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Facebook's WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumours

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Facebook's WhatsApp limits text forwards to five recipients to curb rumours. JAKARTA (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger service is globally limiting the number of times a user can forward a message to five, in a bid to fight "misinformation and rumours", company executives said on Monday. "We're imposing a limit of five messages all over the world as of today," Victoria Grand, vice president for policy and communications at WhatsApp, said on Monday at an event in the Indonesian capital. The five-recipient limit expands globally a measure WhatsApp put into place in India in July after the spread of rumours led to several killings in the country.

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Russia opens civil proceedings against Facebook and Twitter

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Russia's communication watchdog opened administrative proceedings against Facebook and Twitterfor failing to comply with local data laws. Roskomnadzor, the regulator, said on Monday that the two social networks did not explain how and when they would comply with legislation requiring them to store Russian users' personal data on servers in Russia. "The companies managing the social networks of Facebook and Twitter provided formal answers to our demands to confirm the localization of personal data of Russian users in Russia," Roskomnadzor told CNBC in an emailed comment Monday. Russia has tightened its internet laws over the last five years, adding requirements for search engines to censor results, messaging apps to share their encryption keys and social media firms to store data on Russians on local servers.

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[$$] Facebook, Germany to Collaborate Against Election Interference

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said the company will work with the German ministry for information security in a broad effort to guide policy here and throughout Europe on election interference. The collaboration will build upon previous work between the social network and the regulator during the 2017 federal elections in Germany, Ms. Sandberg said. The effort is part of continued work by Facebook to strengthen its platform against interference.

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Facebook backs election integrity, AI initiatives in Germany

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MUNICH (Reuters) - Facebook has launched German initiatives to defend election integrity and examine the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), its operations chief said on Sunday, seeking to convince sceptics it is serious about privacy and democracy. The world's largest social network had a tough 2018 as it was buffeted by revelations that UK consultancy Cambridge Analytica had improperly acquired data on millions of its U.S. users to target election advertising. Founder Mark Zuckerberg has been grilled by lawmakers on the data lapses and, according to newspaper reports, U.S. regulators are discussing fining Facebook for violating a binding agreement to protect the privacy of its users. Sandberg said Facebook had struck a new partnership with Germany's federal cyber-security office to help to uphold the integrity of elections and would also commit $7.5 million towards research into the ethics of (AI) at the Technical University in Munich.

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Sandberg admits to Facebook stumbles, says 'we need to do better' after rough year

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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg acknowledged on Sunday that the embattled social media giant "understands the deep responsibilities we have," as it strives to earn back users' trust following months of controversies over user privacy protection and data sharing. "At Facebook, these last few years have been difficult," she said, speaking at the DLD conference in Munich. The public backlash really erupted last year when Facebook was accused of misusing its users' personal information, amid after reports found political consultant agency Cambridge Analytica tapped millions of Facebook users without their explicit consent. Those steps include: Investing in safety and security; protecting against election interference; cracking down on fake accounts and fake information; making sure people feel like they control their own information; and increasing transparency at Facebook, she said.

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Facebook's Mobile Gaming Ecosystem Is Rapidly Expanding

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The HTML5-based games could be launched within Facebook's chat apps, and didn't require additional downloads from a mobile app store. Facebook opened up the platform to all developers last March, sparking the rapid growth of its gaming library -- which includes social games like Words with Friends, Battleship, Draw Something, and 8 Ball Pool. Facebook also keeps users connected to games with Game Bots on Messenger, which mirrors the app store notifications on iOS and Android. Many smaller developers considered the fee fair, since Google Play and the App Store gave their apps better visibility, access to user reviews, and streamlined one-click downloads. However, bigger companies soon realized that they could avoid those "app store taxes" with a few clever moves. Android app developers could ask users to download and install their apps from external websites to cut Google out of the loop, as Epic Games did with its hit game Fortnite last year.

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Report: Facebook’s privacy lapses may result in record fine

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Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations involving the personal information of its social network’s 2.2 billion users. The Washington Post reported the FTC is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million , which it dealt to Google in 2012. In an automated response, the FTC said it was unable to comment, citing its closure due to the U.S. government shutdown. The potential fine stems from an FTC investigation opened after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica had vacuumed up details about 87 million Facebook users without their permission.

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Facebook Faces Potential Record U.S. Fine on Privacy Violations

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Facebook Faces Potential Record U.S. Fine on Privacy Violations. (Bloomberg) -- A U.S. privacy investigation of Facebook Inc., begun after a major data breach was exposed in March, is likely to result in a record fine against the company, according to a person familiar with the matter. The Federal Trade Commission, the nation’s chief privacy watchdog, is weighing a penalty against the social-media giant for violating a 2011 settlement with the agency that required the company to take a series of steps to protect users’ personal information, said the person, who asked not to be named because the investigation is confidential. The agency opened it’s investigation after the disclosure that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to information on about 70 million Facebook users in the U.S.

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Facebook fears no FTC fine

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Reports emerged today that the FTC is considering a fine against Facebook that would be the largest ever from the agency. Even if it were ten times the size of the largest, a $22.5 million bill sent to Google in 2012, the company would basically laugh it off.

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