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Meta to restore Trump’s Facebook, Instagram accounts

San Francisco, U.S. | Xinhua | Meta announced on Wednesday that the company would restore former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts in the coming weeks, ending a two-year suspension. “In the event that Mr. Trump posts further violating content, the content will be removed and he will …

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Facebook is failing journalists

Its behavior contradicts its pledge to be mindful of how bad actors could abuse its platforms COMMENT | AZRU GEYBULLA | On January 29, 2018, the prominent Berlin-based Azerbaijani news site Meydan TV had its Facebook page hacked for the first time. The attackers removed all admin accounts, deleted all …

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Facebook’s parent company Meta cuts 11,000 jobs

San Fransisico, U.S. | Xinhua | Meta Platforms Inc., the parent company of Facebook, said on Wednesday that it would lay off 13 percent of its staff, or more than 11,000 employees. The mass layoffs result from a sharp reduction of the company’s value amid a crumbling advertising market and decades-high …

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Mabirizi asks prisons to take him to Arusha for court hearing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Jailed city lawyer Male Mabirizi is negotiating with the Uganda Prisons Services to take him to the East African Court of Justice in Arusha, Tanzania for the hearing of his case challenging the decision to shut down the internet and Facebook during the 2021 general elections, …

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Russia bans Facebook, Instagram for “extremism”

Moscow, Russia | Xinhua | A Moscow court ruled on Monday to ban Facebook and Instagram in Russia, labeling the parent company of the two social networks Meta Platforms Inc. “extremist.” The Prosecutor General’s Office of Russia said that the lawsuit was aimed at protecting Russians from “a violation of their …

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Dictators using social media

Is social media becoming a threat to democracy on the continent? ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | In early 2021, Facebook (Meta) deactivated more than 20 accounts linked to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Shortly afterward, Twitter also followed suit, closing 11% of the nearly 3,500 …

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