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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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A high altitude platform station (HAPS) system, Aquila's mission, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to connect the world and help people who do not have online access all the opportunities of the Internet.

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Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019, the WIRED reported. Pixabay

 As part of its plan to connect billions of people who are still offline, Facebook is working on launching Athena, its own Internet satellite, early in 2019, the WIRED reported.

According to an application Facebook appears to have filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the name PointView Tech LLC, the project is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” the report said on Friday.

Facebook, however, is not alone in aiming to increase Internet accessibility through satellites in low Earth orbit. Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb are two other prominent names who have similar ambitions.

Facebook also confirmed that Athena is their project, according to the report in the WIRED.

“While we have nothing to share about specific projects at this time, we believe satellite technology will be an important enabler of the next generation of broadband infrastructure, making it possible to bring broadband connectivity to rural regions where Internet connectivity is lacking or non-existent,” a Facebook spokesperson was quoted as saying in a statement.

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The project is designed to “efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world,” the report said on Friday. Pixabay

While Facebook had long expressed its cherished goal of connecting billions of underserved people around the world, it has not had much success with two earlier projects.

In June, Facebook announced it decided to abandon its plan to develop high-flying solar-powered drones called Aquila that was aimed to deliver Internet to nearly four billion people in remote parts of the world.

A high altitude platform station (HAPS) system, Aquila’s mission, according to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was to connect the world and help people who do not have online access all the opportunities of the Internet.

Facebook began Aquila project in 2014. In 2017, the solar-powered drone successfully completed the second full-scale test flight.

The social network also discontinued in 2017 a small helicopter drone project that could temporarily replace cellular services in emergency situations, The Verge reported.

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The idea was to send a helicopter equipped with telecommunications equipment hundreds of metres up in the air to be able to tether to fibre and power lines in places where wireless capacity was compromised due to disaster or other factors. (IANS)