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Inside Facebook (May 30th, 2017)

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Facebook has unveiled a prototype that allows users to control a keyboard with their minds. The system currently functions at a speed of eight words per minute. Facebook would like to increase the speed to 100 WPM and roll the product out commercially. The technology has been trialed by a patient at Stanford University. Researchers implanted an array of electrodes which record her neurons firing when she imagines moving a cursor over a digital keyboard on a screen. The product is being developed by a Londom team of developers. – TECH WORLD

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Facebook is hiring Filipinos to remove offensive and terror-related material from the internet giant's site, and paying them $2.33 an hour. According to an investigative report by the Daily Mail, Facebook is hiring the workers, some with limited English skills, to work grueling shifts, in some cases. Workers face termination if they fail to meet strict quotas -- reviewing hundreds of extreme posts every shift. Facebook reportedly works with multinational professional services firm Accenture to hire the workers. – DAILY MAIL

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Social networking giant Facebook has apologized after it temporarily banned a design of a profile picture frame relating to the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in China. Facebook initially rejected the frame, saying it 'belittles, threatens or attacks a particular person, legal entity, nationality or group." Funk Ka Keung, chief executive at the Hong Kong Professional Teachers' Union said he submitted a design that read: "end dictatorial regime," but it was rejected. The design marked the 28th anniversary of the student-led democracy movement in Tiananmen Square, Beijing, when an unknown number of students were killed. Facebook eventually approved the profile design after complaints from internet users. – DAILY MAIL

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In what could be the first case of its kind, a Swiss court has fined a man for “liking” defamatory comments on Facebook. The 45-year-old defendant accused an animal rights activist of racism and anti-Semitism and hit the “like” button under several comments from third parties that were deemed inflammatory. The comments were made in 2015 during heated discussions about animal rights and vegans. The court said it did not matter that the comments had not originated from the defendant, whose name was not given. By clicking the like button, “the defendant clearly endorsed the unseemly content and made it his own,” the court statement said. – THE GUARDIAN

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Fake news stories, disguised as pranks, are growing popular on Facebook, and costing some business owners. Channel23News.com’s homepage is a form that enables anyone to create a fake news story, add an image, and instantly share it on Facebook. People who click on the fake news links are brought to a page with the story, and text that reads, “You've Been Pranked! Now Create A Story & Trick Your Friends!” A prank that accused Indian restaurant owner Shrina Begum of selling human meat has cut her business in half. – BUZZFEED

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A Texas Republican lawmaker allegedly threatened to shoot a Democratic colleague in self-defense should he feel threatened after leaving the building. Republican Congressman Matt Rinaldi called ICE on several illegal immigrants who held signs in a government building during session which said "I am illegal and here to stay." Rinaldo said in a Facebook post that when he told Democrats that he called called ICE, "Representative Ramon Romero physically assaulted me" and that Representative Poncho Nevarez said he would "get me on the way to my car." Rinaldi said he made it clear that if he attempted to "get me," that "I would shoot him in self defense." – RAW STORY

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