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Facebook Closes 23 Pages with Fake News.

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About twenty three Italian own pages have been brought down by Facebook, for spreading fake news and breaking other social network rules.

The closure which includes many pages supporting the country’s populist government parties action, came amid renewed concerns through investigations, that fake news could poison the campaign for the May 26 European Parliament elections, said a Facebook spokesperson in a statement on Monday,

“We have removed a number of fake and duplicate accounts that were violating our authenticity policies, as well as multiple pages for name change.”  

“We also took action against some additional pages that repeatedly posted misinformation. We will take further action if we find additional violations.” 

Facebook however thanked Avaaz for flagging up its concerns and said it was “focused on protecting the integrity of elections across the EU and around the world.’’

In a separate statement, Avaaz said the pages that were closed down had a total of 2.46 million followers and used to spread false or divisive messages against migrants, vaccines and Jews.


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Facebook suspends thousands of apps in response to Cambridge Analytica row

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Facebook Inc said, it has suspended tens of thousands of apps on the social networking platform, as part of the company’s ongoing app developer investigation it began in March 2018 in response to the Cambridge Analytica row.

The suspended apps are associated with about 400 developers, Facebook said, adding that it is not necessarily an indication that these apps were posing a threat to users.

Earlier this year, the company agreed to pay a record-breaking $5 billion fine to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to resolve a government probe into its privacy practices.

The FTC privacy probe was triggered last year by allegations that Facebook violated a 2012 consent decree and inappropriately shared information of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

Facebook has since agreed to boost safeguards on user data and has put curbs on the amount of information that third-party developers can request from platform users.

“… We’re making progress. We won’t catch everything, and some of what we do catch will be with help from others outside Facebook,” the company said in a blogpost.

Source: Reuters

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Female robber escaping through a window at the bank

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A female robber trying to escaping through the window after robbing a bank in Adum area of Kumasi in Ghana.

In the video, the lady threw the money down from the window and jumped down to get the money, but she was caught and arrested by the bank’s security operatives.

The details of the lady is still unknown as at the time of filling this report

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