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Facebook Inc chief executive Mark Zuckerberg laid out a vision of his company serving as a bulwark against rising isolationism, writing in a letter to users that the company’s platform could be the “social infrastructure” for the globe.

In a 5,700-word manifesto, Zuckerberg, founder of the world’s largest social network, quoted Abraham Lincoln, the US president during the country’s 19th century Civil War known for his eloquence, and offered a philosophical sweep that was unusual for a business magnate.

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Facebook is focusing on growing user base and expanding partnerships with businesses in India, which is one of the key growth markets for the world’s largest social networking platform. “We (India) are leading the charter for the emerging markets for Facebook. We are part of Asia Pacific, which is the fastest growing region in the world in terms of Facebook revenue and India is a strategic focus within the region,” Facebook’s newly appointed India and South Asia head Umang Bedi said today.

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Facebook yesterday said that is working to fix flaws in its metrics calculations that led to the audience being overestimated at times.

It was the second time in months that Facebook acknowledged problems with assessing the reach of content at the leading online social network, a key factor in luring crucial advertising.

In September, Facebook said it had overestimated the average amount of time spent watching videos over the course of the previous two years.

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Facebook promised it’ll offer Messenger users end-to-end encryption, and the company finally rolled out the feature to all its users. However, Messenger isn’t end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning you have to manually activate it for each conversation., which can be a hassle.

“Your messages are already secure, but Secret Conversations are encrypted from one device to another,” the iPhone or Android app will tell you. What that means is that your chats are, were, will be encrypted while in transit — that’s the “already secure” part — so they can’t be hacked. But Secret Conversations are the only ones that are also encrypted at each end, including your device and Facebook’s server. That means nobody can snoop on your protected chats.

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After the popular mobile messaging platform WhatsApp, parent company Facebook has rolled out end-to-end encryption for its Messenger users.

People can toggle the “Secret Conversations” feature on in settings to enable end-to-end encryption on Messenger, technology website Engadget reported on Wednesday.

 

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Facebook is launching a “lite” version of it Messenger chat app. It is aimed at emerging markets, where many people use older phones that don’t have enough room to store or ability to run the full-featured application due to slower internet speeds or other issues.

“Messenger Lite” will be available on Android devices in Kenya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Venezuela beginning on Monday. The company did not say when it would be available in other countries or whether it is also coming to Apple devices (although Android is far more popular in emerging markets than even older iPhones).

There is already a “Facebook Lite” available for people whose phones are too old or simple to run the full-fledgedFacebook. Messenger Lite is a similarly slimmed-down version of Messenger. It will let people send text, photos and links but won’t do video calls, for example.

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The online video wars are on, and their major players except one will be meeting in full force this week.

The VidCon convention, once a way for fans to meet their favourite YouTube stars, opens to a sold out crowd of 25,000 enthusiasts and reps from all walks of the growing online video industry.

A burning question for many: Whether Facebook, battling hard for video views with YouTube, will start to share revenues with the legions of semi-professional video creators.

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Facebook Inc has signed deals worth more than US$50mil (RM200.99mil) with media companies and celebrities to create videos for its live-streaming service, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Facebook has signed nearly 140 deals, including with CNN, the New York Times, Vox Media, Tastemade, Mashable and the Huffington Post, the Journal reported on June 21, citing a document.

Comedian Kevin Hart, celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, wellness guru Deepak Chopra and NFL quarterback Russell Wilson are among the celebrities that Facebook has partnered with.

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A gathering of some prominent conservatives is being held this coming Wednesday. Though that, on its face, is likely not cause for news, the location of where this somewhat-secret group of people is meeting is fairly intriguing: Facebook.

The news of the invite comes straight from Glenn Beck who, along with others, has been invited to Facebook to partake in a little summit of-sorts. All this centers around the recent reports that Facebook was allegedly silencing conservative viewpoints within its Trending Topics spot on users’ home pages—an allegation Facebook denies.

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Two competing narratives emerged last week after an article in tech blog Gizmodo accused Facebook of suppressing conservative news in its “trending topics” feature. Both are distractions from what I believe is the real issue.

The first narrative is based on the allegations in the Gizmodo article: that Facebook’s news curators, who select the trending-topics items, are consciously or unconsciously biased against conservative news services and topics.

 

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