U.S. Capitol Police officer charged with telling rioter to destroy evidence


WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Federal prosecutors on Friday accused a U.S. Capitol Police officer of obstructing a probe into the Jan. 6 attack on the government building by urging a participant to destroy Facebook posts showing him inside, warning that he could be prosecuted.

Fourteen U.S. state attorneys general press Facebook on vaccine disinformation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The attorneys general of 14 U.S. states sent a letter to Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asking if the top disseminators of vaccine disinformation on the platform received special treatment from the company.

Exclusive-Facebook to change rules on attacking public figures on its platforms

Facebook Inc will now count activists and journalists as "involuntary" public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview this week. | Video

Technology, Oct 13 2021

Facebook says interim ads chief will fill role permanently

Facebook Inc said Wednesday it appointed Nicola Mendelsohn as its new head of global business group to oversee the social media company's vast advertising business.

Technology, Oct 13 2021

Irish regulator proposes 36 million euro Facebook privacy fine - document

DUBLIN (Reuters) -Ireland's Data Protection Commission (DPC) has proposed fining Facebook up to 36 million euros ($42 million) in one of more than a dozen probes it has opened into the social media giant, according to a draft decision published by the complainant on Wednesday.

Technology, Ireland, Oct 13 2021

Philippines tells tech giants to halt sales of 'text blast' kit after election plug

MANILA The Philippines has ordered tech giants Facebook, Alibaba Lazada and Sea's Shopee to stop allowing sales of cellular equipment used for emergency messaging, after "text blasts" were used to promote a presidential election candidate.

World, Technology, Oct 13 2021

U.S. senator asks Facebook CEO to retain documents linked to testimony

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -Senate Commerce Committee Chair Maria Cantwell on Tuesday called on Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg to preserve all documents related to a testimony last week from company whistleblower Frances Haugen.

Technology, France Oct 12 2021

Instagram testing feature to notify users of outage or issue inside app

(Reuters) -Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Monday it is testing a feature to notify users of outages or technical issues directly on the photo-sharing app, days after two outages disrupted the social media giant's services.

Technology, Oct 11 2021

Facebook's oversight board to meet with whistleblower Frances Haugen

Facebook Inc's oversight board, a body set up by the social network to give independent verdicts on a small number of thorny content decisions, said on Monday it would meet with former employee and whistleblower Frances Haugen in the coming weeks.

Technology, Oct 11 2021

Facebook-backed group launches misinformation adjudication panel in Australia

SYDNEY (Reuters) -A tech body backed by the Australian units of Facebook, Google and Twitter said on Monday it has set up a special committee to adjudicate complaints over misinformation, a day after the government threatened tougher laws over false and defamatory online posts.