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Advertising integrity chief of Facebook steps down

NEW YORK (US) – Facebook Inc’s chief of advertising integrity, who handled the company’s ad products around sensitive subjects such as politics and coronavirus misinformation, departed this week. Rob Leathern, director of product management, said earlier this month on Facebook’s internal network that he would be leaving the company on Dec. 30. His
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Facebook takes down page of Aussie celebrity chef for hosting pandemic conspiracy content

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) – Facebook announced on Thursday it has removed the page of Australian celebrity-chef-turned-conspiracy theorist Pete Evans for disseminating canards about the pandemic. This is the latest move by the social media behemoth as far as policing of misinformation about the coronavirus is concerned. Evans, a former judge on prime time Australian cooking
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Facebook lawsuits will take longer to be solved

WASHINGTON (US) – Facebook, faced with two major antitrust lawsuits, could be forced to breakup, settle with changes to its business, or it could prove its government challengers wrong and win in court, antitrust experts said. The Federal Trade Commission and a major coalition of states are asking that Facebook be forced to sell WhatsApp […]
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Facebook stops false claims about COVID-19 vaccines

PALO ALTO, Calif. (US) – Facebook Inc on Thursday said it would remove false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts, following a similar announcement by Alphabet Inc’s YouTube in October. The move expands Facebook’s current rules against falsehoods and conspiracy theories about the pandemic. The social media
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Solomon Islands govt mulls banning Facebook

SYDNEY (AUSTRALIA) – The Solomon Islands is contemplating a ban on Facebook for an indefinite period, reported the Solomon Times. This comes after it carried an inflammatory critique of the government on its platform. Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare said a formal statement in this regard would be issued on Tuesday. Once the ban comes into […]