Facebook alters fact-checking controls for US users

Facebook, owned by Meta, has given US users control over fact-checked content, allowing them to determine the visibility of debunked posts in their feed. While some see it as empowering users, others worry it may benefit spreaders of misinformation and hinder fact-checking efforts.

The move comes amid concerns about content moderation and potential political falsehoods ahead of the 2024 presidential election. Analysts call for more research on the impact of these changes before wider implementation.

Suit says Meta board ‘turned blind eye’ to human trafficking

Meta, the parent company of Instagram and Facebook, is facing a shareholder lawsuit filed in the US state of Delaware accusing its board members of ignoring human and sex trafficking on its platforms. The suit calls for Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives to institute reforms and pay damages.

Meta has already been facing numerous lawsuits, including those related to mental health concerns of young users and allegations that it put profits before safety.

Big Tech defends landmark law in US Supreme Court

by Charlotte Plantive WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES — The US Supreme Court on Tuesday will consider a law that since 1996 has protected tech companies from lawsuits related to content posted on their platforms. The nine justices will examine a case related to the November 2015 attacks in Paris and their ruling, expected by June 30, … Read more

Meta subscriber plan risks digital divide, say critics

Years after Facebook quietly removed a slogan that declared the site was “free and always will be”, parent company Meta announced on Sunday a paid-for subscription service that has already been widely criticised. Meta is following a well-trodden path to subscription services, with rivals from Reddit and Snapchat to Twitter and Discord already in the … Read more

Meta launches paid subscription, for whom and why?

by Julie Jammot SAN FRANCISCO, UNITED STATES — Meta platform users will soon be able to follow in Twitter denizens’ footsteps in affixing a blue badge to their profiles as a token of authenticity and boosting their posts — all for a fee. Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg announced the subscription service for platforms Facebook and … Read more

Facebook agrees to pay US$725 million to settle privacy suit

SAN FRANCISCO, NEW YORK — Facebook parent Meta has agreed to pay $725 million to settle a long-running lawsuit that accused the social network of allowing third parties, including Cambridge Analytica, to access users’ private data. The amount was disclosed in a court filing late on Thursday. “The proposed settlement of $725,000,000 is the largest … Read more

Facebook prompts users of an upcoming unknown election in Singapore on 3 June

SINGAPORE — Just last week, a Reddit user shared an image showing what seems to be a screenshot of the voting reminder setting page in the Facebook mobile application, stating that an election is upcoming on the 3 June for where the user is located, which is Singapore. If you wonder where you can see this notification … Read more