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New York, April 19, 2017: During the annual F8 developers conference on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg`made a cursory mention of a murder video posted to Facebook, saying the company would do everything to prevent such tragedies.

“We have a lot of work, and we will keep doing all we can to prevent tragedies like this from happening,” Zuckerberg said on stage at F8, Facebook’s annual developers conference.

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“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Robert Godwin Sr.,” Zuckerberg added.

He opened his keynote with jokes about the Fast and the Furious. He spoke briefly about building community before addressing the Cleveland murder, CNN reported.

On Sunday, 37-year-old Steve Stephens when murdered an elderly man in Cleveland, Ohio, and then posted video of the crime on Facebook.

The shooter, who appeared to choose his victim at random, also posted that he had killed 12 people in all and vowed to continue killing.

Stephens was found dead after a brief police pursuit in the US state of Pennsylvania.

The news of his death broke just an hour before the conference kicked off.

Facebook came under severe criticism for not removing the murder video for more than two hours.

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“We know we need to do better,” Justin Osofsky, Vice President of global operations at Facebook, wrote in a post on Monday.

Facebook is said to have thousands of people reviewing content around the world.

“Once a piece of content is reported by users as inappropriate, it is typically reviewed within 24 hours,” the report noted.

Earlier, Zuckerberg had said that Facebook was developing artificial intelligence to better flag content on the site.

“This system already generates about one-third of all reports to the team that reviews content,” Zuckerberg’s said. (IANS)

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Apple’s ‘Families’ to help curb kids’ screen addiction

Not only Apple, Facebook, which has over two billion users, is also making drastic changes to its News Feed that will allow users to see more updates from family and friends

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  • Apple has introduced new ‘Families’ page to this website
  • The aim is to curb children’s addiction to screens
  • The app will benefit the community

To help parents control their children’s screen addiction touted as a “growing public health crisis”, Apple has introduced a new page called “Families” on its website.

The page has features like “Ask To Buy” tool that lets parents approve or decline app purchases from their device. “Find My Friends” feature lets parents keep track of their kids’ locations, get alerts when they leave or arrive somewhere, and see distances and travel times to where they are.

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Parents can even track the activities of their children. Pixabay

Another app management feature lets users automatically block in-app purchases. It has the option to limit adult content on kids’ devices and restricts browsing to only pre-approved websites.

“We’ve also made it easy for parents to set privacy controls on their kids’ devices. We’re continually designing new features to help make sure kids use them in the ways you want,” Apple said on the new page.

Two key Apple shareholders had requested the Cupertino-based iPhone maker to take urgent steps to safeguard young users from the ill-effects of iPhone addiction.

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In a letter, Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System told Apple to make its products safer for the younger users.

Not only Apple, Facebook, which has over two billion users, is also making drastic changes to its News Feed that will allow users to see more updates from family and friends than posts from businesses, brands, and media.

Facebook is also concentrating more towards friends and family of its users. VOA

According to its CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook has got a feedback from the community that public content — posts from businesses, brands and media — is crowding out the personal moments that lead us to connect more with each other. IANS