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Facebook blocks millions of terrorism related messages: UN

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United Nations: Facebook blocks a million messages every week that promote terrorism or radical ideologies, said Executive Director of UN Counter-Terrorism Committee Jean-Paul Laborde.

“We must learn to move through social networks at the same speed or faster than terrorist organisations,” Efe quoted Laborde as saying on Thursday.

He said this while addressing a meeting on balancing between protecting citizens and maintaining their online privacy, which according to Laborde is “a great challenge” for law enforcement, civil society and private companies.

“We must find the balance between ensuring freedom and privacy online, but at the same time it is necessary to protect the lives of all citizens of the world,” said Laborde.

“One area in which we must first defeat terrorist organisations such as Islamic State is the internet and social networks,” he added.

To achieve these goals new relationships and connections must be forged between civil society, UN members and private enterprises like Facebook, Google, Microsoft and Twitter that control exchange of information online.

“Private companies do not want to look like the bad guy and are doing much to help,” said Laborde and added YouTube cancelled at least 14 million videos of terrorist propaganda in the last two years.(IANS)

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Facebook to Roll Out “Public Switch Telephone Network” Feature Soon

Now go live on Facebook without phone or an account

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Facebook is allowing non-users watch live streams from mobile devices too which was until now only available on desktop. Pixabay

As demand for live video increases during COVID-19 lockdown, Facebook is allowing non-users watch live streams from mobile devices too which was until now only available on desktop. This is a technology news.

The feature is already available to Android users and will be rolling out to iOS “in the coming weeks,” reports Engadget.

Facebook Live is also working on an “audio only” mode.
The social media giant is experiencing a massive surge in usage of its apps as billions of people stay home.

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Facebook is also adding new options like ‘Public Switch Telephone Network’, that would allow people to listen in on a livestream via a toll free number. Pixabay

Seventy per cent more people are using group video calls and are spending more time than usual watching Instagram Live amid the new coronavirus pandemic.

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The social media giant is also adding new options like ‘Public Switch Telephone Network’, that would allow people to listen in on a livestream via a toll free number.

In a bid to manage unprecedented load on Internet infrastructure as more people stay home during the lockdown, FB and Instagram on Tuesday announced to lower video quality in India as well as Latin America. (IANS)