The new Christmas list? Facebook Collections feature can be shared with friends

Facebook is allowing users to share their collections with friends for the first time. It's something which could come in handy ahead of Christmas to give others an idea of what gifts you would like. The social network already allows people to curate everything from posts and pages, to adverts and videos, but the update…

Parliament seizes cache of Facebook documents in ‘unprecedented move’

A cache of internal Facebook documents has been dramatically seized using Parliament’s legal powers as MPs probe the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The documents are said to shed light on the social media giant’s data and privacy controls before the massive breach was made public. The documents were intercepted when the boss of a US…

Facebook’s PR and lobbying work ‘should be independently reviewed’

  George Soros (Sean Dempsey/PA) The head of the foundation created by philanthropist George Soros has called for an independent review into Facebook’s lobbying practices amid allegations the site used a PR firm to undermine its critics. A New York Times report claimed Facebook used Definers to smear critics of the…

Facebook launches UK mentorship programme for aspiring young engineers

Facebook has announced a UK mentorship programme to help children from disadvantaged schools across London in pursuit of an engineering career. Some 120 aspiring engineers will have the chance to receive one-on-one mentoring from 30 of Facebook’s own engineers based at its office in the capital, with monthly sessions until June 2019. As well as…

Instagram rolls out time management tools to improve ‘digital wellbeing’

Instagram has begun to roll out the time management tools the Facebook-owned social network announced in the summer. As part of a notable shift by major technology firms to better address digital wellbeing, Facebook and Instagram said a new Activity tool would be added to the site to enable users to track their time on…

Facebook and Instagram using AI to detect drug dealers

Facebook and Instagram are starting to detect drug dealers trying to sell on the social networks with the help of artificial intelligence. Proactive detection technology will be used across the two platforms to look out for signs that someone is attempting to sell drugs, such as images, alongside prices, phone numbers or usernames for other…

Facebook commissions news from Channel 4 ‘to combat sensationalism’

Channel 4 is to provide news content to Facebook in a bid to increase the reach of “high-quality” and credible journalism on the social media platform.  The social media giant has commissioned a new weekly show from Channel 4 News for its video on demand service, following a commitment made by founder Mark Zuckerberg to combat…

Technology dominates Top 100 World’s Most Valuable Brands. Google and Apple remain top.

Bingeing on Netflix box sets, sharing stories on Facebook and downloading content from Apple’s iTunes and Alibaba’s Ali Picture have contributed to a record year for tech brands in the 2018 BrandZTM Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands ranking released today by WPP and Kantar Millward Brown. Eight out of the Top 10 are technology or tech-related brands. This category continues to dominate the rankings with Google and Apple retaining…

Open banking – what will it mean for me?

Open banking will inevitably mean greater competition and new types of aggregation services where you can manage your money more effectively in one place. But it also signals the end of high street banking as we know it, predicts Chris Price Just as telecommunications were opened up when third parties were allowed access to BT’s…