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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 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.

What prompted Facebook to launch a print magazine?

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What prompted Facebook to launch a print magazine?

Social networking websites emerged as one of the biggest threats for the print media over the last decade. As mobile device users can access enormous information online via social platforms, there was a question as to why anyone would want to spend money and time on physical publications.

Given this, it was somewhat surprising that Facebook, the world’s biggest social network, quietly launched in June a high-end print magazine called Grow.

Facebook Is Killing Off an Anonymous Social App That Turned Out to Be a Failure

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Last year, Facebook bought an anonymous social app called tbh, which was apparently popular with teenagers—a crucial demographic for Facebook, which is seeing engagement drop among its younger users.

At the time, tbh—a platform for providing positive feedback to friends—was enjoying a terrific rise in popularity, but that doesn’t seem to have lasted. On Monday, Facebook announced that it was killing off tbh, along with two other apps that it bought or launched in recent years. The reason for closing all three apps was “low usage.”

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