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Whistleblowers accuse Facebook of deliberately taking down important non-news pages during its 2021 fight over paying for news

- May 10, 2022 4 MIN READ

On Friday, the Wall Street Journal published information from Facebook whistleblowers, alleging Facebook (which is owned by Meta) deliberately caused havoc in Australia last year to influence the News Media Bargaining Code before it was passed as law. During Facebook’s news blackout in February 2021, thousands of non-news pages were also blocked – including important… Read more »

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Competition watchdog the ACCC joins Andrew Forrest in suing Facebook over celebrity scam ads

- March 18, 2022 3 MIN READ

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission (ACCC) has launched legal action against Facebook’s parent company, Meta, alleging the social media giant engaged in false, misleading or deceptive conduct by publishing scam advertisements featuring prominent Australians. The Federal Court case claims Facebook was in breach of the Australian Consumer Law (ACL) or the Australian Securities and… Read more »

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Andrew Forrest launches legal action against Facebook over cryptocurrency scam ads

- February 3, 2022 2 MIN READ

Western Australian billionaire Andrew Forrest has lodged criminal proceedings against Facebook over cryptocurrency scam ads that used his name and image. Dr Forrest, chair of Fortescue Metals Group, and a major tech startup investor, has alleged that Facebook breached federal anti-money laundering laws by failing to remove the ads, which have been appearing on the… Read more »

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Facebook rebrands its parent company as ‘Meta’ as it looks dominate the metaverse

- October 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has announced the company will change its name to Meta, saying the move reflects the fact the company is now much broader than just the social media platform (which will still be called Facebook). The rebrand follows several months of intensifying discourse by Zuckerberg and the company more broadly on… Read more »

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The Facebook outage reveals major problems within the social media giant

- October 6, 2021 3 MIN READ

Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance. In a blog post, Downdetector.com, a major monitoring service for online outages, called it the largest global outage it had ever recorded — with 10.6 million reports from around the world. The outage had an especially massive… Read more »

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Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp have crashed

- October 5, 2021 2 MIN READ

Social media giant Facebook has been hit by a global outage that’s also taken down its subsidiary sites Instagram and WhatsApp. The cause of the crash is unknown, but is believed to have occurred just before 3am AEDT and has continued for at least five hours in one of the longest outages of the platforms… Read more »

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Women are finding support in closed Facebook groups, but running them adds to their burden and stress

- September 27, 2021 3 MIN READ

Would you share your most intimate thoughts with strangers? For many women, during the pandemic and associated lockdowns, closed Facebook groups have been a place to do just that. These groups offer a chance to escape the house virtually and spend time with like-minded souls, sometimes chatting, often venting, and seeking solidarity in virtual sisterhood.… Read more »

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Business

Facebook’s Ray-Ban plan seems to be all about normalising surveillance technology

- September 14, 2021 3 MIN READ

In partnership with eyewear brand Ray-Ban, Facebook has released its first pair of smart glasses, offering wearers the ability to capture photos and videos without even needing to pull out their phone. The glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, are now available for A$449 and are functionally similar to devices already on the market, such as SnapChat… Read more »

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Global tech

Facebook clamps down on underage ad targeting after Australian research revealed children were shown gambling, smoking & alcohol ads

- July 28, 2021 3 MIN READ

Instagram’s parent company, Facebook will default set Instagram accounts for users under 16 to private, and restrict targeted advertising to them following an Australian expose that revealed how easy it was for marketers to show smoking, gambling, extreme weight loss, and alcohol advertising to underage users. The social media giant announced the changes in a… Read more »

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6 questions answered on the Facebook Oversight Board making calls on user bans

- May 7, 2021 5 MIN READ

Facebook’s quasi-independent Oversight Board on May 5, 2021, upheld the company’s suspension of former President Donald Trump from the platform and Instagram. The decision came four months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg banned Trump “indefinitely” for his role in inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. The board chastised Facebook for failing to… Read more »

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Signal cops Facebook ban for ads warning how the social media platform uses your personal data

- May 6, 2021 2 MIN READ

Privacy-focused messaging app Signal has invoked the ire of Facebook after it created a series of advertisements designed to show Instagram users how their data is being used for micro-targeting. In a blog post this week, Signal’s head of growth Jun Harada said the app – owned by the non-profit Signal Foundation – found its ad-buying account… Read more »

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Data

Apple’s latest iOS update has app tracking controls that threaten Facebook’s revenue. Here’s how it works and whether you should you use it

- April 29, 2021 4 MIN READ

Apple users across the globe are adopting the latest operating system update, called iOS 14.5, featuring the now-obligatory new batch of emojis. But there’s another change that’s arguably less fun but much more significant for many users: the introduction of “app tracking transparency”. This feature promises to usher in a new era of user-oriented privacy,… Read more »