Facebook To Limit Internal Discussions On Zuckerberg’s Handling Of Political Content

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Facebook Inc (NASDAQ: FB) is placing restrictions on its employees so as to curb debate on social and political issues, Reuters reported Thursday.

What Happened: The Menlo Park, California-based company has put in place new rules that would affect the employees’ ability to discuss how its executives deal with sensitive political content, a company spokesperson told Reuters.


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The spokesperson revealed that Facebook  would ensure that the debate of executive decisions could be held on “appropriate channels,” without affecting work-related discussions.

“We’re updating our employee policies and work tools to ensure our culture remains respectful and inclusive,” the spokesperson said.

The Mark Zuckerberg-led company is also reportedly reinforcing its harassment policy to protect underrepresented employees and foster respectful conversation. 

Why It Matters: Facebook has its own internal social network dubbed “Workplace,” where employees can converse freely and Zuckerberg also holds a a weekly Q&A session

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4 Ways to Improve Your Facebook Business Page SEO

In the year 2020, it’s almost unheard of for an organization not to have a Facebook Business Page. However, while most businesses have a page set up, they don’t necessarily have it optimized. Facebook page SEO is the key to increasing organic traffic to both your Facebook Business Page and your website.

Optimizing Your Facebook Business Page

In order for your potential customers to find you, you must increase your organic visibility both on Facebook and in search engines. For this to happen, use these four best practices for improving the SEO on your Facebook Business Page.

Create a Custom Username and Vanity URL

One of the easiest ways for people to find your Facebook Business Page is with a custom username and vanity URL. If you haven’t already done this, the process is simple. The username should be simple and concise. Once the username is created, the default URL

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Tech sector backs Facebook over ‘terrible’ government overreach

“These laws are looking to get extra money from tech, where the right argument is that Facebook and Google, as well as Microsoft, IBM, Atlassian and others should have all the revenues that are attributed to Australia, recognised in Australia and have tax paid on it in Australia.

Freelancer CEO Matt Barrie said Facebook and Google were right to fight back as he believed they were being subjected to a shakedown. James Brickwood

“Tech companies have structured themselves to have a very low tax base in Australia, and that’s just wrong … It is glaringly wrong because of how big they have become. The revenues would be huge and could be partially directed towards funding journalism, but the government has avoided that conversation.”

Mr Petre said the ACCC media code looked unworkable, and seemed to be simply designed to pay back media companies for advertising revenue they had lost in

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Facebook Admits Climate Denialist Content is ‘Viral’ on Platform, Launches Hub to Combat Misinformation

Facebook has launched a climate change information hub to combat misinformation on the site, after admitting that climate denialist content “exists on the platform and … is viral.”

Facebook describes its new Climate Science Information Center as a “dedicated space” on the site that will “connect people to factual and up-to-date climate information.”

As well as facts, figures and data from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), UN Environment Programme (UNEP), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), World Meteorological Organization (WMO), and Met Office, the hub will offer “actionable steps people can take in their everyday lives to combat climate change,” the company says.

Earlier this year, a study from researchers at George Washington University found that fringe and fake science, including climate change denialist views and anti-vaccination conspiracy theories, is more effective at attracting an audience on Facebook than legitimate sources of information, as they can offer “attractive

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Facebook Gaming looks to give content creators music options for streams

Facebook Gaming streamers don’t need to worry about whether they’ll get slapped with a DMCA for playing copyrighted music in the background of their stream, the platform announced today.

In a blog post, Facebook Gaming said it’s worked out deals with numerous music labels, including Universal, Warner, Sony, Kobalt, and BMG, among others. While details of those agreements are confidential, Facebook is boasting that most popular music across a plethora of genres will be usable. 

To start, the platform is going to hook up Facebook Gaming partners with the feature. But it expects to give “Level Up” creators, the lower tier streamers, access soon. 

Facebook’s move toward getting gamers access to licensed music comes shortly after many streamers, primarily from Twitch, were given DMCA notices for playing background music on their streams earlier this summer. 

Since the issue arose, causing mass panic from online content creators, many streamers have avoided

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Delhi Assembly panel summons Facebook vice-president over hateful content row

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On the basis of “scathing depositions of the key witnesses”, a Delhi Assembly panel has issued a notice to Facebook India vice-president and managing director Ajit Mohan asking him to appear before it on September 15.

The summon was issued in connection with complaints about the social media platform’s alleged deliberate and intentional inaction to contain hateful content in the country.

“Summon was issued on the basis of scathing depositions of the key witnesses as well as incriminating material submitted by them on record,” an official statement stated on Saturday.

The summon by the Delhi Assembly panel on peace and harmony follows a recent Wall Street Journal report which claimed that one of Facebook’s senior India policy executives intervened in internal communication to stop a permanent ban on Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker from Telangana T Raja Singh after he allegedly shared communally charged posts.

“We hereby summon you (Ajit

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Zoom Video to Soon Appear on Amazon, Facebook, and Google Smart Display Devices

Zoom Video Communications (NASDAQ:ZM) is taking advantage of the boom in working from home due to the coronavirus pandemic by announcing its videoconferencing software will soon be available on popular smart displays from Amazon.com, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), and Google.

Zoom on Portal from Facebook should be available next month, while capabilities for Amazon’s Echo Show and Google’s Nest Hub Max will be available by the end of the year.

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Image source: Zoom Video Communications.

Dialing into the home office

Zoom launched its Home product last month, and it ties together with its hardware-as-a-service (HaaS) program to let businesses outfit their employees with affordable conferencing and collaboration equipment.

It recently announced its Zoom Phone cloud phone service was now available in 40 countries around the globe.

The video communications specialist cites a Morning Consult study that shows working from home has tripled compared to before the COVID-19 pandemic, and a

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How To Scam Millions With Facebook Ads, Shopify Stores, And Fake Products

It’s been a little challenging to get fitness equipment lately, hasn’t it?

Scammers have noticed too.

That’s why there’s been a proliferation of scammy-looking fitness product ads on Facebook lately. I’ve personally seen literally dozens of ads for fake Bowflex products, often from “stores” with unpronounceable names and obscure but extremely similar websites.

“Scammers are taking advantage of Facebook’s advertising options to promote anything they can,” says Molly Borman Heymont, a direct-to-consumer retail entrepreneur. “Facebook does not appear to validate the legitimacy of their advertisers’ website or products, so it’s more of a buyer beware situation.”

After seeing five or six ads for fake Bowflex products in a single day, I decided to take action.

Listen to this story on the TechFirst podcast:

So I bought a pair from a store with the unlikely

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iQSTEL Announces New Shareholder Ambassador Facebook Group and Contest

NEW YORK, NY, Sept. 10, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — via NEWMEDIAWIRE — iQSTEL Inc. (OTC: IQST), a leading-edge 21st Century Enhanced Telecommunications Service Provider, is pleased to announce the new iQSTEL Shareholder Ambassador Program and has set up a private Facebook group for shareholder interaction. In addition, we are running a contest for existing shareholders, see below for more details.

As previously stated: The iQSTEL Shareholder Ambassador program is designed to reward our long-standing shareholders with special benefits, events, and rewards to show our appreciation and maintain better investor relations.

Shareholder Ambassador Program benefits include:

  • VIP Access to e-meet company officers and social media influencers.
  • Special recognition on Social Media and Website
  • Free offers, discounts, and first-look access to our new products and services.
  • Upcoming “Meet and Greet” Annual Events exclusive to the Ambassadors.

For a limited time, as a bonus for shareholders to sign up for the program, the

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Civil rights organisations write to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to address hate content

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Civil rights organisations write to Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to address hate content

Facebook India public policy director Ankhi Das should be placed on leave till the ongoing audit is complete, say 41 civil rights groups in an open letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

In the letter dated September 9, the groups said, “Das should be placed on leave pending a full audit of Facebook India and an investigation into her statements as reported in The Wall Street Journal. Should the audit or investigation reinforce the details of The Wall Street Journal, she should be removed from her role.”

“The need to act is urgent – lives are at stake,” the letter said.

This comes in the wake of The Wall Street Journal expose that brought to light how top leadership at Facebook’s India office did not apply the company’s content moderation rules such as hate speech, misinformation

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