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UPDATE 1-Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Facebook defends itself against critics of social media

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday struck back against scientific researchers and tech industry insiders who have criticized the world's biggest social media network and its competitors for transforming how people behave and express emotion.

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Facebook to use its News Feed to push more videos to users

SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it would begin to promote videos more prominently inside its News Feed, leveraging the social network's centerpiece product to build interest in episodic shows and compete more directly with YouTube.

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Instagram testing standalone Direct messaging app

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's Instagram said on Thursday it was testing a standalone messaging app called Direct, making it the company's third chat tool alongside its hugely popular WhatsApp and Messenger.

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Facebook rolls out messenger app for kids under 13

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Monday rolled out Messenger Kids, an app that lets the world's biggest social media company expand into a so-far untapped market of kids under 13 while also giving parents complete control over what their children see.

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Facebook opens new London hub, to create 800 UK jobs

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook opened its new London office on Monday and said it would add another 800 jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook opens new London hub, to create 800 UK jobs

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Facebook opened its new London office on Monday and said it would add another 800 jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

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Facebook opens new London HQ, to create 800 UK jobs

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Facebook opens its new London office on Monday and said it would add 800 more jobs in the capital next year, underlining its commitment to Britain as the country prepares for Brexit.

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Facebook suspends ability to target ads by excluding racial groups

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 29 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers on its social network to exclude racial groups from the intended audience of ads while it studies how the feature could be used to discriminate.

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Facebook to eliminate transaction fees on donations on its platform

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has eliminated transaction fees on donations made to non-profit organizations on its platform, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday, a change that could help the world's largest social media network expand its presence in online fund raising.

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Facebook reports progress in removing extremist content

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday that it was removing 99 percent of content related to militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda before being told of it, as it prepared for a meeting with European authorities on tackling extremist content online.

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Facebook to expand artificial intelligence to help prevent suicide

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will expand its pattern recognition software to other countries after successful tests in the U.S. to detect users with suicidal intent, the world's largest social media network said on Monday.

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Facebook to let users see if they 'liked' Russian accounts

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it would build a web page to allow users to see which Russian propaganda accounts they have liked or followed, after U.S. lawmakers demanded that the social network be more open about the reach of the accounts.

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Facebook to open Nigerian hub next year in African tech drive

LAGOS (Reuters) - Facebook will open a "community hub space" in Nigeria next year to encourage software developers and technology entrepreneurs and become the latest technology giant to pursue a training program in fast-growing Africa.

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Facebook to meet Russian regulators to discuss compliance: TASS

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Facebook plan to meet Russian regulators in late December or early January to discuss compliance, TASS news agency cited the head of Russian communications watchdog Roskomnadzor as saying on Tuesday.

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Facebook to train U.S. businesses on ads after Russia scandal

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is kicking off an effort to get U.S. small businesses to spend more on advertising as the image of the social media network's ads have taken a hit for their role in alleged Russian attempts to sway U.S. voters.

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WhatsApp messenger hit by temporary outage; Facebook investigating

MUMBAI/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger suffered a temporary outage in India and many other countries, according to reports from multiple users on Facebook and Twitter on Friday.

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Facebook's WhatsApp messenger down for some users across the globe

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger was down for many users in India and other countries, according to reports from multiple users on Facebook and Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook's WhatsApp messenger down for some users across the globe

MUMBAI, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger was down for many users in India and other countries, according to reports from multiple users on Facebook and Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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Facebook's WhatsApp messenger down for some users in India -social media

MUMBAI, Nov 3 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's WhatsApp messenger was down for some users in India, according to user accounts on Facebook and Twitter on Friday afternoon.

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Facebook pressured to notify people who saw Russian posts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc received several tongue-lashings during U.S. congressional hearings this week, but the world's largest social network also got an assignment: Figure out how to notify tens of millions of Americans who might have been fed Russian propaganda.

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Spending plans trigger Facebook stock retreat

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc shares slid on Thursday, as investors shrugged off strong quarterly results and worried about the cost of the company's decision to spend more on preventing misuse of the world's biggest social media network.

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Facebook sales offset spending concerns -analysts

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc is picking security of its platform over near-term profits but Wall Street analysts remain largely unfazed.

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Facebook profit soars, with no sign of impact from Russia scandal

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc faced harsh criticism in Washington on Wednesday over its failure to prevent Russian operatives from using its platform for election meddling, but the earnings report it issued hours later showed just how insulated its business remains from political risk.

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Facebook profit soars, no sign of impact from Russia issue

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday as it pushed further into video advertising, showing no sign of financial damage from the controversy over how Russia used the social network in an attempt to sway voters in the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook profit trounces estimates as ad sales rise

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday as it pushed further into video advertising in a quarter dominated by reports that Russia allegedly used the social network to meddle in the 2016 U.S. elections.

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Some 20 million Americans may have seen Russian-backed content on Instagram: Facebook

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc disclosed on Wednesday that about 20 million Americans may have seen Russian-backed content on Instagram as lawmakers questioned tech companies for a second day about Russia's use of social media to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook shares Russian reach on Instagram in day two of U.S. lawmaker grilling

WASHINGTON, Nov 1 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc disclosed on Wednesday that about 20 million Americans may have seen Russian-backed content on Instagram as lawmakers questioned tech companies for a second day about Russia's use of social media to influence the 2016 U.S. election.

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Tech executives head to U.S. Congress under harsh spotlight

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc , Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google head before U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday for two days of grueling hearings on how Russia allegedly used their services to try to sway the 2016 U.S. election.

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UPDATE 2-Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time.

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Facebook says 126 million Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook says 126 mln Americans may have seen Russia-linked political posts

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday that Russia-based operatives published about 80,000 posts on the social network over a two-year period in an effort to sway U.S. politics and that about 126 million Americans may have seen the posts during that time.

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Facebook, in reversal, to publish cache of political ads

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced a plan to increase transparency about its role in political advertising on Friday, ahead of congressional hearings next week on social media companies and Russia's meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election.

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UPDATE 2-Facebook, in reversal, to publish cache of political ads

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 27 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc announced a plan to increase transparency about its role in political advertising on Friday, ahead of congressional hearings next week on social media companies and Russia's meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook says will make ads more transparent

Oct 27 (Reuters) - Facebook said on Friday it will make advertising on its social network more transparent and ask for documentation from advertisers, especially for political and election-related ads.

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Facebook dealt setback by EU court adviser in privacy dispute

BRUSSELS, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Facebook was dealt a setback on Tuesday when an adviser to the top European Union court said any data protection authority in the bloc had the power to take action against it for breaching privacy laws.

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Facebook tests splitting its News Feed into two

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 23 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Monday it was testing the idea of dividing its News Feed in two, separating commercial posts from personal news in a move that could lead some businesses to increase advertising.

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Facebook to launch news subscription feature, some big names opt out

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has signed up 10 news publishers including the Washington Post and The Economist to take part in a trial that gives its mobile app users access to a limited number of articles a month and then the option to subscribe via the publishers' own websites.

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Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook, Twitter lawyers to testify in Congress on Russia meddling

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Twitter Inc will send their general counsels to testify on Nov. 1 before two Congressional panels investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the companies said on Thursday.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress on Nov. 1

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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Facebook general counsel to testify before Congress Nov. 1

WASHINGTON, Oct 19 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's general counsel will testify on Nov. 1 before a U.S. House of Representatives panel investigating possible Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election, the company said on Thursday.

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BRIEF-Head of Facebook's secretive hardware lab Regina Dugan says she is leaving Facebook "to focus on building and leading a new endeavor" - Facebook post

* Head of Facebook's secretive hardware lab Regina Dugan says she is leaving Facebook "to focus on building and leading a new endeavor" - Facebook post Source text: http://bit.ly/2ihLWow Further company coverage:

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Facebook buys teen app tbh

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world's largest social network looks to attract more users.

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Facebook launches U.S. food order and delivery service

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Friday launched a service through which its U.S. users can order food for take-away or delivery directly through its app or website.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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UPDATE 2-Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook will help investigators release Russia ads, Sandberg tells Axios

WASHINGTON, Oct 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook committed to helping investigators release Russia ads: Sandberg

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Thursday that the company was fully committed to helping U.S. congressional investigators publicly release Russia-backed political ads that ran during the 2016 U.S. election.

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Facebook pushes ad overhaul before 2018 U.S. election: executive

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook's chief technology officer said on Wednesday.

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Facebook pushes ad overhaul before 2018 U.S. election - executive

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has begun overhauling how it handles political ads on its platform and may put some changes in place before U.S. elections next year, Facebook's chief technology officer said on Wednesday.

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Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to sell portable headset for virtual reality

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is launching a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, allowing more mobile uses than the company's existing Oculus Rift product, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Facebook's Sandberg to meet House intelligence leaders: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the leaders of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook's Sandberg to appear before House intelligence: sources

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook's Sandberg to appear before House intelligence -sources

WASHINGTON, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg will meet with the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee behind closed doors on Thursday, according to three sources familiar with the situation.

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Facebook to launch new virtual reality headset, 'Oculus Go'

SAN JOSE, Calif., Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to release a new virtual reality headset that does not require a separate computer to operate, unlike its Oculus Rift product, which allows for mobile uses, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday.

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Facebook and Instagram down for some users

Oct 11 (Reuters) - Facebook and Instagram users in some parts of the United States, Europe and Canada were unable to access their accounts on Wednesday as the social networking website faced technical issues.

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Facebook brings British profits onshore after tax rule change

LONDON, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Facebook reported profits in Britain in 2016 of 58.4 million pounds ($77 million) after the introduction of anti-profit shifting measures but a modest rise in its tax bill shows the challenge Europe faces in working out how to tax technology giants.

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Facebook says about 10 mln U.S. users viewed Russian-sponsored ads

Oct 2 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said that about 10 million individuals in the United States had viewed Russian ads that it had shared with the U.S. Congress on Monday.

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Facebook to hire 1,000 people to review ads after Russian buys

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to hire 1,000 more people to review ads and ensure they meet its terms, as part of an effort to deter Russia and other countries from using the social media network to interfere in others' elections, it said on Monday.

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Facebook pulls page, limits posting for exiled Chinese tycoon Guo

SHANGHAI, Oct 2 (Reuters) - Facebook has taken down a page affiliated with China's highest profile fugitive, exiled billionaire Guo Wengui, and temporarily restricted his ability to post on his profile, citing violations of its community standards.

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Facebook to give Russia-linked ads to U.S. Congress on Monday

NEW YORK, Oct 1 - Facebook Inc said it plans on Monday to turn over to the U.S. Congress copies of some 3,000 ads that the social network says were bought on Facebook likely by people in Russia in the months before and after the 2016 U.S. election.

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Zuckerberg seeks forgiveness for division caused by his work

Oct 1 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc founder and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg asked for forgiveness for ways his work was used to divide people in a Facebook posting marking the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday of atonement on Saturday.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg defends company after critical Trump tweet

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc's CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday defended his company's role in U.S. elections and rejected assertions in a tweet from U.S. President Donald Trump that the social network was against him.

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Facebook says deleted many fake accounts in German campaign

FRANKFURT, Sept 27 (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday its efforts to fight fake news during Germany's national elections included taking down tens of thousands of fake profiles in the final month of the campaign.

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Facebook, Google bound to change handling of politics ads - marketing executives

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday.

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Facebook, Google bound to change handling of politics ads -marketing execs

NEW YORK, Sept 25 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc's Google have little choice but to rein in internet political ads in the face of growing U.S. government pressure, a panel of advertising consultants and executives said on Monday.

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Zuckerberg nixes new Facebook share class after shareholder lawsuit

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

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UPDATE 1-Zuckerberg nixes new Facebook share class after shareholder lawsuit

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chairman Mark Zuckerberg abandoned plans on Friday to create a new class of company stock with no voting power, which was meant to be a way for Zuckerberg to retain control over the company he founded while fulfilling a pledge to give away his wealth.

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Facebook drops Class C plan: shareholder attorney

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has dropped its plan to issue Class C stock, according to an attorney who sued the company on behalf of a Facebook shareholder because the plan would have allegedly extended founder Mark Zuckerberg's control over the company.

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Facebook trial over Class C stock canceled: Delaware court

WILMINGTON, Del. (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's trial over a shareholder lawsuit opposing the company's stock reclassification has been canceled, according to a clerk in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

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Facebook trial over Class C stock canceled -Delaware court

WILMINGTON, Del., Sept 22 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's trial over a shareholder lawsuit opposing the company's stock reclassification has been canceled, according to a clerk in Delaware's Court of Chancery.

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Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook to overhaul political ads after threat of U.S. regulation

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 21 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements, giving a concession to U.S. lawmakers who have threatened to regulate the world's largest social network over secretive ads that run during election campaigns.

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Facebook to overhaul political ads, share some with U.S. Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc on Thursday launched an overhaul of how it handles paid political advertisements on the world's largest social network, responding to criticism that it has not done enough to prevent the manipulation of elections.

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Facebook to share Russia-linked ads with U.S. Congress

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it plans to share with U.S. congressional investigators some 3,000 political ads that it says Russia-based operatives ran on Facebook in the months before and after last year's U.S. presidential election.

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Facebook's Zuckerberg to speak about protecting elections

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg plans to speak at 12:30 p.m. California time (1930 GMT) on Thursday on "next steps protecting elections," he said on his Facebook page.

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Facebook to add more human review to ad system: COO Sandberg

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will add "more human review and oversight" to its ad-buying system, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on Wednesday, responding to rising criticism that automated processes have allowed people to buy discriminatory ads.

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BRIEF-Facebook appoints Jennifer Dulski as product leader for the groups team - CPO Chris Cox

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Facebook hires AI expert, launches lab in Canada's Montreal

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has hired artificial intelligence academic Joelle Pineau to head its new research lab in Montreal, the Silicon Valley social media company said on Friday.

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Facebook hires prominent artificial-intelligence expert to open Montreal lab

TORONTO, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc plans to open an artificial-intelligence laboratory in Montreal, which will be run by prominent AI researcher Joelle Pineau, two people familiar with the plan said on Friday.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was temporarily disabling the ability of advertisers to target based on people's self-reported education and job information after a report that those features allowed targeting based on anti-Semitic topics.

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Facebook removes feature that let ads reach 'Jew haters'

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc this week stopped advertisers from targeting messages to people interested in topics such as "Jew haters" and "how to burn Jews" after journalists inquired about it, the news organization ProPublica reported on Thursday.

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Facebook to launch election integrity effort in Canada

TORONTO, Sept 14 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc, under pressure over its role in possible Russian meddling in last year's U.S. presidential election, said it plans an election integrity initiative to protect Canada's next vote from cyber threats.

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Facebook won't make cars, Sandberg reassures Germany

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - Facebook's Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went on a charm offensive in Germany on Thursday, telling the country's powerful automakers that the world's biggest social network does not want to compete with them.

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Facebook to clamp down on who can cash in on ads

COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it would introduce tougher rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it makes it too easy for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

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Facebook introduces new rules on advertising, hate speech

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept 13 (Reuters) - Facebook said on Wednesday it would introduce tougher rules on who can make money from advertising on its network, responding to criticism that it makes it too easy for providers of fake news and sensational headlines to cash in.

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REFILE-Facebook pays millions for reality show on NFL's Marshawn Lynch

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is paying Time Warner Inc's Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch, the sports site told Reuters - a sign that the social media firm is willing to pay top dollar to lure viewers and ads to its Watch video service.

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Facebook pays millions for reality show on NFL's Marshawn Lynch

Sept 12 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc is paying Time Warner Inc's Bleacher Report millions of dollars for a reality show on NFL player Marshawn Lynch, the sports site told Reuters - a sign that the social media firm is willing to pay top dollar to lure viewers and ads to its Watch video service.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook fined 1.2 million euros by Spanish data watchdog

MADRID, Sept 11 (Reuters) - Facebook has been fined 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) for collecting personal information from users in Spain that could then be used for advertising, the national data protection watchdog said on Monday.

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Facebook fined 1.2 million euros by Spanish data watchdog

MADRID (Reuters) - Facebook has been fined 1.2 million euros ($1.4 million) for allegedly collecting personal information from users in Spain that could then be used for advertising, the national data protection watchdog said on Monday.

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UPDATE 4-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook gives election ad data to U.S. special counsel -source

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc has turned over information about U.S. election ads it believes were bought by Russians to Robert Mueller, the special counsel in charge of investigating alleged Russian interference in last year's election, a source familiar with the matter said on Wednesday.

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Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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UPDATE 3-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded U.S. ads with political message

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook says likely Russian-based operation spent money on ads on issues

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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UPDATE 1-Facebook says likely Russian-based operation spent money on ads on issues

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 6 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an influence operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May.

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Facebook inflates ad reach, claims Pivotal Research analyst

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc inflates the number of people who can see the advertisements on its platform, a Pivotal Research Group analyst said in a note.

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Facebook's pricey cricket bid shows appetite for big sports events

Sept 5 (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's $600 million losing bid to buy the streaming rights to a hugely popular cricket tournament in India shows the social network is willing to spend big bucks for high-profile sporting events to keep users engaged on its platform.