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Inside Facebook (May 9th, 2017)

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Facebook on Tuesday announced a new translation tool that is designed to make it easier for users to share content with their friends and family. The company’s artificial intelligence research team has completed a yearlong project aimed at enhancing translation clarity. Facebook in a blog post said that the new tool has “achieved state-of-the-art accuracy at nine times the speed of” current systems. With more than 1.3 billion daily users, Facebook does not want language to be a barrier in the exchange of content. The translation technology uses what is known as convolutional neural networks, or CNN, instead of recurrent neural networks, known as RNNs. – FAST COMPANY

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Facebook, including its mobile app and Messenger, went out on Tuesday for users in Asia, Australia, New Zealand and parts of the U.S. Facebook was out for about 30 minutes between 1:20 p.m. and 1:50 p.m. EST. It was unclear what caused the error and how many people were affected. When users tried to load the site they were met with a generic error message saying "something went wrong" and "we're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can." – TECH CRUNCH

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Facebook is looking to hire Hollywood producers to help boost its dive into the world of television. The company has posted advertisements for jobs such as movie producer, film software engineer, and production lead. The company plans to roll out 24 shows beginning in June. Facebook is looking to provide two tiers of content: longer, big-budget shows; and a lower tier for shorter, less expensive shows that last about 10 minutes. The move is part of Facebook's sweep toward video content, both by professional content creators and everyday users, in an attempt to maximize digital advertising potential. – BUSINESS INSIDER

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Facebook has been sued by two African-American workers, claiming racial harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit claims that the workers at Facebook’s data center in North Carolina were referred to as “n-----’ and “monkey.” The harassment took place over three years and that Facebook allowed the harassment and discrimination against African-Americans “to infect the working conditions” of the data center. One of the former workers, Robert Gary, said his manager told other employees that Gary was a “lazy n----- who wants everything handed to him” when Gary inquired about a pay raise. The lawsuit was filed in November in California and was transferred on Monday to U.S. District Court in Asheville. – CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

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Gannett Co., the parent organization of USA Today is asking the FBI to investigate an international spamming operation that resulted in millions of fake likes for the pages of major media outlets. Gannett Co., the nation's largest newspaper publisher, reached out to federal authorities after Facebook deleted millions of fake and automated accounts. USA Today saw a loss of 6 million users, reducing the outlet's total number of likes from 15.2 million to 9.5 million. Gannett claims millions of fake likes remain and the site's Facebook page grows by 1,000 fake likes per day. "We don’t know why the scope of impact on USA Today’s Facebook Page appears greater than any other publisher," said Shabnam Shaik, technical program manager on Facebook's protect and care team. – USA TODAY

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Marinna Rollins, who was accused of tying up her dog and shooting it five times in the head while her boyfriend recorded the act and then posted it on Facebook, is deadRollins' body was found Sunday morning; her death is being investigated as a suicide. Her dog was a gray-and-white male pit bull named Cami, a registered emotional support dog that helped Rollins, a U.S. Army veteran, with PTSD. "It's been real Cami. I love you. You're my puppy. You're my puppy but ...," Rollins says in the video just before firing. Rollins' boyfriend, Jarren Heng, also allegedly shot the dog multiple times. – NY POST

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