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Facebook, Instagram promote minors’ accounts to child predators, New Mexico alleges in lawsuit

New Mexico Attorney General Raúl Torrez (D) is suing Meta and CEO Mark Zuckerberg over allegations the company’s platforms — Facebook and Instagram — promoted underage accounts to purported child predators. The state attorney general’s office says its undercover investigation found Meta allowed its platforms to “become a marketplace for predators in search of children upon whom they prey.” The investigation involved creating decoy accounts pretending to be children 14 years and younger. The lawsuit, filed…

Facebook, Instagram posts about Israel, Gaza under ‘expedited review’ by Meta Oversight Board

Two posts on Meta-owned platforms Instagram and Facebook about recent attacks in Israel and Gaza are under an “expedited review” by the Meta Oversight Board, the group announced Thursday. The cases mark the first time the Meta Oversight Board is conducting a review on an expedited basis, meaning a decision will be published within 30 days. Meta, like other tech platforms, has been scrutinized over its handling of content about the conflict. “Crisis situations are not an excuse for social media platforms…

Meta to automatically encrypt all calls, messages on Facebook Messenger

Meta is rolling out default end-to-end encryption for all calls and messages on Facebook Messenger, the company announced on Wednesday. While users have had the option to turn on end-to-end encryption since 2016, the feature will now automatically apply to all private chats and calls, Loredana Crisan, the head of Messenger, said in a blog post. “This has taken years to deliver because we’ve taken our time to get this right,” Crisan said. “Our engineers, cryptographers, designers, policy experts and product…

Democrats urge tech companies to contain abortion misinformation

House Democrats on Thursday called on Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk to push back on the “rapid spread of abortion misinformation and disinformation,” with the lawmakers saying people are being discouraged from receiving abortion services due to “bad medical advice.” The Democratic representatives on the House Oversight and Accountability Committee said the misinformation and disinformation being spread online was putting people’s health at risk. “As the legal status of abortion changes across the country…

80 Of The Most Cheerful And Wholesome Posts Shared In This Dedicated Facebook Group

There are very utilitarian reasons to genuinely invest in building deep connections with other people. To put it bluntly, folks who have lots of meaningful, positive relationships in their lives live longer, have a higher quality of life, and are way happier.So even if you prefer to be by yourself, it’s well worth consciously reaching out more often to the people you care about the most.The Harvard Study of Adult Development has been running since 1938 and has been extensively covered in the news and by content creators…

The 23andMe data breach just keeps getting more scary

23andMe The 23andMe breach that took place in October has been confirmed as much worse than originally reported, affecting 6.9 million people, as opposed to the 14,000 users first thought. Information stolen in the breach included users’ full names, birth years, relationship labels, and locations. Approximately 1.4 million users also had Family Tree profile information on the service compromised. Hackers could also access genetic information in the breach, including details about common DNA percentages shared with…

Meta’s AI chatbot is now available in Instagram, Messenger, WhatsApp

A few months ago, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled Meta AI. It is a chatbot developed by Meta that is based on LLaMA, the company's in-house foundational and conversational LLM (Large Language Model). Back then, the company announced that it would be made available soon in its messaging apps, and that has now happened. Meta AI chatbot is now available in all of Meta's messaging platforms in the US Meta AI chatbot is now available on Facebook Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp. However, it is currently available only to…

Beeper MIni will support Facebook calls soon, not just iMessage

There’s been a lot of talk about Apple’s iMessage in the past few months, considering the increased pressure on Apple to support RCS messages. Apple announced that it will support the standard RCS version but not Google’s proprietary app. That was days before the EU tentatively found that iMessage is not a gatekeeper service in the region. If the conclusion is the same in February, Apple won’t have to open the app to rivals.Separately, British smartphone maker Nothing brought iMessage support to its phones, only…

Enhanced security: Default end-to-end encryption now on Facebook Messenger

Meta Platforms has fulfilled a longstanding promise by introducing default end-to-end encryption for one-on-one conversations and calls on Facebook Messenger. The company asserts that with this encryption enabled, only the sender and recipient of a message can access its contents. Initially introduced as an opt-in feature in 2016, end-to-end encrypted texts and calls for individual discussions will now be the standard, marking a significant milestone after an extended development process.A Comprehensive OverhaulLoredana…

Meta brings end-to-end encryption to Facebook Messenger by default

Last updated: December 8th, 2023 at 08:56 UTC+01:00 In an official blog, Meta announced that it is bringing end-to-end encryption to Facebook Messenger. Notably, end-to-end encryption will be enabled by default on Messenger, giving you that extra bit of safety while you converse with your loved ones. Apart from end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger, Meta is also adding the ability to edit messages. Facebook Messenger is one of the most used instant messaging applications, even though there is a huge migration…