Feb 20: Meta Platforms (META.O) on Sunday announced that it is testing a monthly subscription service, called Meta Verified, which will let users verify their accounts using a government ID and get a blue badge, as it looks to help content creators grow and build communities.
March 5: Russia said it would block Facebook for excluding state media and CNN said it would stop broadcasting in Russia after a new law punishing "fake news" raised the stakes in Moscow's fight with foreign corporation.
Dec 8: Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), formerly known as Facebook, said on Wednesday it would ban all Myanmar-military controlled businesses from having a presence on its platforms in an expansion of its earlier curbs on the country's security forces.
Dec 7: Rohingya refugees from Myanmar are suing Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), formerly known as Facebook, for $150 billion over allegations that the social media company did not take action against anti-Rohingya hate speech that contributed to violence.
PROVIDENCE, Nov 3: Facebook said it will shut down its face-recognition system and delete the faceprints of more than 1 billion people amid growing concerns about the technology and its misuse by governments, police and others.
Oct 29: Facebook Inc (FB.O) is now called Meta, the company said on Thursday, in a rebrand that focuses on building the "metaverse," a shared virtual environment that it bets will be the successor to the mobile internet.
The six-hour outage at Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp was a headache for many casual users but far more serious for the millions of people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to run their businesses or communicate with relatives, fellow parents, teachers or neighbors.
Oct 5: Facebook, Instagram, Messenger and WhatsApp lit up again late on Monday afternoon Eastern time after a nearly six-hour outage that prevented the company's 3.5 billion users from accessing its social media and messaging services.
Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids’ version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app.
CALIFORNIA, June 5: Facebook Inc on Friday suspended former U.S. President Donald Trump until at least January 2023 and announced changes to how it will treat world leaders who break the rules on its site.
Facebook said on Monday it planned two new undersea cables to connect Singapore, Indonesia and North America in a project with Google and regional telecommunication companies to boost internet connection capacity between the regions.
CALIFORNIA, March 15: Facebook Inc, which has been criticized by lawmakers and researchers for allowing vaccine misinformation to spread on its platforms, said on Monday it has started adding labels to posts that discuss the safety of the shots and will soon label all posts about the vaccines.
SINGAPORE, Feb 25: Facebook on Thursday said it had banned the Myanmar military from using its Facebook and Instagram platforms with immediate effect, as pro-democracy demonstrators continued to stage rallies to protest the military seizing power.
CANBERRA, Australia, Feb 25: Australia’s laws forcing Google and Facebook to pay for news are ready to take effect, though the laws’ architect said it will take time for the digital giants to strike media deals.
CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will restore Australian news pages after negotiating changes with the government to a proposed law that forces tech giants to pay for media content displayed on their platforms.
CANBERRA, Feb 23: Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after a deal was struck with Australia’s government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism.
SYDNEY, Feb 21: Australia’s government pledged a publicity campaign for its rollout of COVID-19 vaccine on Sunday - but not in Facebook advertisements, as a feud continues over the social media giant blocking news content from its platform in the country.
SYDNEY, Feb 18: Australians woke to empty Facebook news feeds on Thursday, after the social media giant blocked all media content in a surprise escalation of a dispute with the government, which could be a test for the future of online publishing worldwide.
CANBERRA, Feb 18: Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism.
SYDNEY, Dec 24: Facebook Inc said on Thursday it has removed the page of Australian celebrity chef turned conspiracy theorist Pete Evans for spreading misinformation about COVID-19, the tech giant’s latest move to police false content about the pandemic.
SYDNEY, Dec 16: An Australian regulator sued Facebook Inc on Wednesday accusing it of collecting user data without permission, building on government efforts around the world to rein in the social network.
WASHINGTON/PALO ALTO, Dec 10: Facebook Inc could be forced to sell its prized assets WhatsApp and Instagram after the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and nearly every U.S. state filed lawsuits against the social media company, saying it used a “buy or bury” strategy to snap up rivals and keep smaller competitors at bay.
KATHMANDU, Dec 7: Ramro Nepali Vyakaran, written by Begendra Subba and Ramchandra Khanal, a government-prescribed textbook for lower secondary level defines a woman as a “helpless person”. The synonym has sparked outrage and debate after Laxmi Basnet, a Kathmandu-based journalist, noticed this on her fifth grader daughter's book and posted it on her Facebook on Saturday.
SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 15: Facebook and Twitter cast doubt on a New York Post story that made claims about Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s son, taking proactive steps to restrict dissemination of the story in the hours after it was published on Wednesday.
Are you worried that your children are getting bored and kind of depressed due to the current lock down situation? Then, how about letting your kids listen to fun stories online, where professionals such as teachers, writers, journalists and more come live on Storytime in Nepal's Facebook page at 3 pm.
Facebook is the biggest social media site, with more than two billion people using it every month. Around 65 million businesses are using Facebook Pages and more than six million advertisers are actively promoting business through Facebook.
MARCH 5: Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Thursday confirmed that a contractor at a Seattle office has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and the social media giant said it would close that location until March 9.
MILAN, Jan 24: Italy’s competition watchdog has launched proceedings against Facebook for non-compliance with a previous request it had made regarding improper commercial practices in the group’s treatment of user data, the agency said on Friday.
TOKYO, Jan 22: The challenge posed by Facebook’s Libra cryptocurrency likely prodded major central banks to set up a new group to study the potential for issuing their own digital currencies, a former Bank of Japan executive said on Wednesday.
YANGON, Jan 19: Facebook Inc (FB.O) on Saturday blamed a technical error for Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s name appearing as “Mr Shithole” in posts on its platform when translated into English from Burmese, apologizing for any offense caused.
SAN FRANCISCO, Jan 9: Facebook Inc said on Thursday it was making some changes to its approach to political ads, including allowing users to turn off certain ad-targeting tools, but the updates stop far short of critics’ demands and what rival companies have pledged to do.
Jan 7: Facebook Inc (FB.O) said it will remove deepfakes and other manipulated videos from its platform if they have been edited, but not content that is parody or satire, in a move aimed at curbing misinformation ahead of the U.S. presidential election.
Currently under investigation for possible antitrust violations, Facebook may be forced to move away from its plans to further integrate its family of social media apps, including Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger.
SINGAPORE, Nov 30 : Facebook (FB.O) said on Saturday it had issued a correction notice on a user’s post at the request of the Singapore government, but called for a measured approach to the implementation of a new “fake news” law in the city-state.
SINGAPORE, Nov 29: Singapore said on Friday it had instructed Facebook (FB.O) to correct a post on its social media platform under a new ‘fake news’ law, after a user declined a government request to do so.
WASHINGTON, Nov 22: Facebook Inc has agreed to turn over additional documents after the California state attorney general’s office went to court this month to compel the social media firm to comply with requests for information in its privacy investigation.
Over 15 years ago, on February 4, 2004, then-19-year old Harvard student Mark Zuckerberg, along with some of his classmates, launched a little website called the Facebook. "The facebook is an online directory that connects people through social networks at colleges", the original website greeted its visitors back then, explaining that it would enable them to "search for people at your school, find out who are in your classes [sic], look up your friends’ friends and see a visualization of your social network."