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Lawmakers in Germany are working to institute large fines against social media companies that fail to quickly remove hate speech. Those fines would be issued against Facebook and others that don't quite comply with the country's standard. The fines could top $55 million.
Facebook is trying out new tools that can protect against the theft of profile pictures, which are often used by spam accounts in their campaigns. Beginning today, a pilot version of the tools is available in India. Facebook is planing on a wide rollout after the initial testing.
A new Spotify feature has arrived on Facebook Messenger, enabling friends to create shared playlists for the music streaming service. The feature comes as an expansion of Spotify's original Messenger bot, which arrived earlier in 2017. That bot initially let people share clips.
Rushin Shah, a leader of Apple's Siri natural language processing team, has left the company for Facebook. Shah departed Apple earlier this month and now we know he's joined up with Facebook's Applied Machine Learning team. He'll work on natural language.
Instagram is trying out a new feature that makes it easy for celebrities and influencers on the platform to reveal sponsored content. The tool is a simple label that reads "paid partnership with..." and it's an alternative to posting other disclosures.
Archiving has fully launched on Instagram and is now available for all users. The Archive feature lets users easily hide pictures without actually deleting them. They can restore their content whenever they want to. Instagram began trying out the feature last month.
The UK and France are teaming up to place pressure on social media companies in order to make them swiftly and reliably remove extremist content. UK prime minister Theresa May will meet today with France's Emmanuel Macron to discuss combating online extremism.
Facebook has rolled out a feature called "disaster maps" that'll provide early responders with useful information when disaster strikes. It's working with UNICEF and others to figure out which sort of data should be included in the maps. The maps will be regularly updated.
Closed captioning support has appeared on Facebook Live, enabling livestreams to work well for those who have a hearing impairment. The update was first mentioned by Facebook in April during its F8 conference and now it's rolling out. It's also useful if you're avoiding sound.
Internet companies like Twitter have fired back against the claim that they offer a "safe space" for terrorists. Just after the London terrorist attack, UK prime minister Theresa May said more internet regulations were needed to remove the "safe spaces" offered by tech companies.
Facebook appears to be creating an app for teenagers. Code found within the main social network app points to the existence of Talk, a chat app for young people. You may be able to use the app without even having a Facebook account. It comes with some parental controls.
2016 US presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has opened up about the role social media played in the election. At the Code conference on Wednesday, Clinton said Facebook needs to keep fake news from "creating a new reality."
Facebook says a hate speech bill making its way through Germany's government isn't "suitable" to combat hate speech. The bill , which was proposed by the Ministry of Justice, would fine social networks up to €50 million if they don't quickly get rid of infringing content.
Like other European countries, the UK is considering the implementation of fines against social media companies that don't adequately moderate their services. There seems to be support throughout the government for increased regulations covering social media.
Facebook is increasing its focus on news on mobile devices with an update to the Trending Topics section. The network previously hid trending topics within the search area. Now you'll see them directly in your news feed. This will give news content more exposure.
A proposal to force companies like Facebook and YouTube to get rid of hate speech has been approved by the European Union. Before the rules are actually implemented, they must still be approved by the European Parliament. The rules are likely to pass.
Facebook is investing millions of dollars in original content for its platform. Much of the content is targeted specifically at young people. The company has reportedly signed deals with Vox, BuzzFeed, ATTN, and Group Nine Media. Those deals are for up to $250,000.
Facebook's personal fundraiser feature has exited its beta stage and also received some updates. The feature now supports campaigns for sports teams and communities. Facebook launched the capability as a more limited beta in March 2017. It's similar to GoFundMe.
Facebook Live users can now add other people to their stream, enabling Facetime-like conversations that everyone can see. The network's iPhone app now comes with the option to invite other people to join a steam, just like inviting someone to a Hangout.
Facebook's moderation team disabled over 14,000 accounts just in January 2017 for guideline violations involving revenge porn and sexual extortion. The Guardian, which gained access to leaked Facebook moderator documents, reports 33 of the cases involved children.