Trump signs Executive Order targeting Twitter, Facebook

  President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order Thursday that takes aim at social networks such as Twitter and  Facebook. The order came after Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots for containing “potentially misleading information.” Signing the Executive Order doesn’t change how Twitter and Facebook operate, at least not for now. Instead, it calls for the government to clarify a federal law that shields online companies from liability for content posted by users, according to a draft of the order leaked Wednesday. Trump built anticipation for the order with a tweet earlier…

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Trump signs Executive Order targeting Twitter, Facebook  

President Donald Trump signed an Executive Order Thursday that takes aim at social networks such as Twitter and  Facebook. The order came after Twitter labeled Trump’s tweets about mail-in ballots for containing “potentially misleading information.” Signing the Executive Order doesn’t change how Twitter and Facebook operate, at least not for now. Instead, it calls for the government to clarify a federal law that shields online companies from liability for content posted by users, according to a draft of the order leaked Wednesday. Trump built anticipation for the order with a tweet earlier Thursday.…

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Facebook posts: Politicians creating division, tension in Ebonyi community, says group

The Isi-oru age grade, a security outfit of Amasiri community in Afikpo North local government area of Ebonyi State, yesterday said self-seeking political elements in the local government were creating division and tension in the community, using the punishment meted out against Pastor Okochi Obeni. Obeni, a social critic was punished with 36 strokes of cane by the Isi-oru age grade for posting what they considered as slanderous against some leaders of the community including the council chairman, Hon. Oko Enyum. Obeni was said to have made some posts on…

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…Facebook unveils steps to curb misinformation

Social media giant, Facebook, has unveiled a new step it is taking to combat the spread of harmful hoaxes and misinformation about COVID-19 on its platforms. The company said through NEWS FEED that users who interact with harmful COVID-19 claims would receive messages on COVID-19 myths debunked by the WHO including misinformation that has led to imminent physical harm. “This step aims to ensure that all Facebook users who may have interacted with harmful information about the virus get the truth from authoritative sources in case they encounter these claims…

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Facebook, Google to tackle spread of fake news

Facebook, Google and other tech firms have agreed a code of conduct to do more to tackle the spread of fake news, due to concerns it can influence elections, the European Commission said on Wednesday. “Intended to stave off more heavy-handed legislation, the voluntary code covers closer scrutiny of advertising on accounts and websites where fake news appears. “Thereby working with fact checkers to filter it out,’’ the commission said. However, a group of media advisors criticised the companies, also including Twitter and lobby groups for the advertising industry for…

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Instagram co-founders resign in latest Facebook executive exit

Instagram said co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger have resigned as chief executive officer and chief technical officer of the photo-sharing app owned by Facebook Inc, giving scant explanation for the move. The departures at Facebook’s fastest-growing revenue generator come just months after the exit of Jan Koum, co-founder of Facebook-owned messaging app, WhatsApp, media reports on Tuesday. These exits leave the social network without the developers behind two of its biggest services. They also come at a time when Facebook’s core platform is under fire for how it safeguards…

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Facebook loses more younger users – Survey

The world largest social media platform Facebook is losing a large number of young users as about one in four of them had removed the app from their smartphones in the past one year, a new Pew Research Center survey. The survey found that a whopping 44 per cent of users aged between 18 and 29 have removed Facebook’s app from their phones in the past 12 months, and about 42 per cent have taken a break from checking the platform for several weeks or more. The findings coincided with…

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Why I was banned by Facebook –Journalist

  Renowned international investigative Cameroonian journalist, Simon Ateba, has explained why he was recently banned from Facebook. The Washington DC based editor-in-chief of online news website, Today News Africa, said the action was taken because he allegedly posted an ‘indecent’ video posted on his news site. However, he also expressed his dismay at being suspended three months out of seven in just this year alone. Ateba, in a response to a Sunday Telegraph enquiry, directed us to his webside where he indicated that he has been a victim of the…

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Facebook deepens investment in Nigeria

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Social media giant, Facebook has unveiled NG_Hub, its first flagship community hub space in Africa, in partnership with CcHub, as it seeks to deepen its commitment and investment foothold in the continent. With creativity and excellence existing across all of Nigeria, Facebook also announced partnerships with seven other hubs across the country including in Abuja (Ventures Platform), Jos (nHub), Kaduna (Colab Hub), Kano (DI Hub), Uyo (Start Innovation Hub), Enugu (Roar Hub) and Port Harcourt (Ken Saro Wiwa Hub). Speaking at the launch, Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Vice President of Partnerships…

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Facebook renders apology for blocking Catholic content

The CEO of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has rendered an unreserved apologies, to US lawmakers, for the censorship of catholic content by his company, Breaking Christian News reports.   The Facebook boss gave apologies during his two-day congressional hearing following the revelation that millions of Facebook users’ personal data had been compromised.   He said that Facebook “made a mistake” in blocking a Catholic theology degree advertisement by Franciscan University of Steubenville, while responding to a question posed by Washington State Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers.   The ad, which features a…

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