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Inside Facebook (Jun 16th, 2017)

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Facebook is asking users for input by posing "Hard Questions" about censorship, terrorism, fake news, and other topics. The new forum features a series of seven questions and an email (hardquestions@fb.com) for responses. The first question published in the blog is about policies to counter online terrorist propaganda. The next question is concerned with what happens to the online identity of someone who has died. — TECHCRUNCH

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Instagram is introducing a new tag on sponsored posts. The label will help followers know when a celebrity or influencer has partnered with a brand or has been paid to post. The Federal Trade Commission requires such labeling, but only 7 percent of the sponsored posts from the top 50 celebrities on Instagram were in compliance. Post creators who use the new tag will also be able to access metrics about how many users saw or engaged with the posts. The tag is optional for now, but the company said to expect an official policy about labeling in the future. — MARKETWATCH

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Facebook's "M," the AI-powered virtual assistant, is now available in Spanish in the U.S. and Mexico. The company launched M to all users in April. The AI assistant offers a few basic features, suggesting ride services, payment options, location sharing, or polls to help make decisions. Facebook already has a feature that translates news posts into multiple languages, but the AI assistant works on Facebook's Messenger app. M's new language option was announced on the company's official Messenger account in Mexico. — ENGADGET 

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A security lapse caused the personal identities of 1,000 Facebook content moderators to be revealed. Of the 1,000 workers affected, approximately 40 were based at a counter-terrorism unit in Facebook's European headquarters in Dublin, Ireland. Some of the personal profiles were viewed by terrorist groups, and at least one of the moderators has gone into hiding. Some terrorists have been known to take an interest in moderators because they believe such work to be sinful. — GUARDIAN

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Facebook will now allow users to post GIFs in the comments section. Yesterday was the 30th anniversary of the GIF file format, and Facebook threw a "GIF party" by announcing the new comments feature and by sharing statistics about GIFs. Almost 13 million GIFs were sent using Facebook Messenger in 2016, and on January 1, 2017, 400 million GIFs were sent, letting users express themselves through the animated image format. Facebook added GIF support to its news feed a couple of years ago, but until yesterday users could only post a GIF in comments using a workaround where the file was hosted elsewhere. — TECHCRUNCH

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Facebook will deploy AI to detect extremist content and monitor terrorist propaganda. Earlier this year, the company increased the number of workers who moderate content for bullying, hate speech, and terrorism. The use of AI will help Facebook to step up its counter-terrorism efforts, in response to the UK Prime Minister Theresa May's indictment of the role social media played in recent terror attacks. The artificial-intelligence system will be used in conjunction with the human moderators and will help to identify key phrases used by extremists and remove inappropriate content. — NY TIMES

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