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In battle against fake news, politicians put too much trust in Big Tech

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When it comes to tackling fake news and hate speech, politicians from Brussels to Washington are relying on the “have your cake it and eat it” style of rulemaking.

As the world gears up for a new round of elections (from the U.S. midterms to the Swedish and European Parliament votes), lawmakers want the likes of Facebook and Google to take greater ownership of policing what’s posted on their social networks, while also warning that these tech giants are gaining too much sway over every aspect of people’s online lives.

Facebook DOWN: Social networking site not working as newsfeed crashing and not loading

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FACEBOOK DOWN - UPDATE ONE: The issues affecting Facebook today appear to have been resolved.

The number of reports of Facebook down on Down Detector has plummeted from tens of thousands to a few hundred.

While on social networking sites users have reported seeing Facebook working for them once again.

Speaking to Express.co.uk, a Facebook spokesperson said: “Earlier today, a technical issue caused some people to have trouble connecting to Facebook and it has since been resolved.”

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Facebook begins testing dating project internally

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SAN FRANCISCO: In a bid to take on mobile dating apps like Tinder and Bumble, Facebook has begun testing its dating project internally with employees.

According to a report in The Verge on Friday, an independent app researcher Jane Manchun Wong found evidence of the dating feature testing and posted it on Twitter.

"This product is for US Facebook employees who have opted-in to dogfooding Facebook's new dating product.

"The purpose for this dogfooding is to test the end ..

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Investors Step Back From Social-Media Highfliers

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Shares of Twitter Inc. TWTR -20.54% and Facebook Inc. FB -0.78% endured a surprise rout this week, as investors were rattled by signs that users are souring on the social-media stalwarts.

Twitter said Friday that its number of monthly users dropped in the second quarter and could continue to fall as it purges fake accounts, results that echoed Facebook’s bombshell guidance Wednesday that its growth is expected to slow through the end of the year.

Facebook suspends data analytical firm Crimson

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Facebook has suspended the account of another social media analytical firm.

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal said that the social networking site had suspended the Facebook and Instagram accounts belonging to Boston based Crimson Hexagon. Facebook is investigating whether the company violated the platform's policies in regards to the collection, sharing and storing of user data. In addition, Crimson Hexagon had contracts with the U.S. government and a non-profit company connected to the Kremlin.

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