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Facebook has launched a new resource to help in the fight against climate change.

On Tuesday, ahead of the annual Climate Week summit in New York City, the company announced the launch of its Climate Science Information Center, a special Facebook Page that offers information and resources on climate change.

The company says the new climate info center will provide information on climate change from the world’s leading climate organizations, with Facebook News curators publishing posts from “quality publishers and other relevant sources.” The page will also provide viewers with steps they can take to prevent climate change.

The info center is modeled after the platform’s COVID-19 Info Center, which Facebook launched earlier this year to provide accurate information about the pandemic. The company claims more than 2 billion people have been directed to that info center, with 600 million clicking through to find more information.

The climate info center will first be available in the U.S., UK, Germany, and France, and will be rolling out to other countries “soon.”

Facebook also said it plans to achieve net zero carbon emissions for its global operations in 2020, and aims to reach net zero emissions for its entire value chain in 2030. Facebook’s examples of these efforts include the company’s data center in Odense, Denmark, which is fully supported by wind energy, and the data center in Clonee, Ireland, where the company has added a variety of native plants to support bee populations in the area and introduced a program to cultivate half a million bee hives.

All that sounds great, though it’s also worth noting that climate change denial and conspiracy theories have been running rampant on Facebook in recent years, with the social media company on at least one occasion overruling climate scientists’ fact checking on the matter.

-mashable

You’re scrolling mindlessly on Facebook on your laptop when all of a sudden a notification pops up.

Someone is live now and wants you to watch their live-stream. You click on it and it’s a sales gimmick.

Welcome to Facebook 2020. Though the layout has changed, everything else remains the same.

In a day, I’ve counted more than 10 notifications popping up and in Facebook’s term “poking” me to watch live-videos.

Though some of these videos are important, such as the World Health Organization’s (WHO) updates on COVID-19, everything else doesn’t really relate to me. So why bother?

If you’re annoyed and tired of these notifications, here’s how you can remove these live-notifications on Facebook’s latest layout.

And you’re done! This trick works on the desktop as well.

On desktop.

And you’re done! No more pesky annoying Facebook live notifications.

However, do bear in mind that this will mean that you’ll also be missing out on alerts from your favorite Facebook pages especially when they’re going live.

I just wish we had an option to toggle which pages we would want to be alerted on when it comes to Facebook live videos. Mark Zuckerberg, I hope you’re reading this man.

-mashable

Jual mangkuk tandas curi di Facebook

July 24, 2020 | Crime | No Comments

DUA lelaki yang cuba menjual mangkuk tandas dan sinki di Facebook (FB) ditahan polis di Kuching selepas dipercayai barangan berkenaan dicurinya.

Ketua Polis Daerah Kuching Asisten Komisioner Awang Din Awang Gani berkata, kedua mereka ditahan semalam, sehari selepas mereka dipercayai memecah masuk sebuah rumah di Jalan Semariang.

Menurutnya, suspek berusia 26 dan 29 tahun itu dikesan hasil risikan oleh Task Force Bahagian Siasatan Jenayah Daerah Kuching ketika mereka cuba menjual hasil curi berkenaan menerusi dalam FB.

“Bagaimanapun, taktik mereka itu berjaya dikesan dan polis serta merampas seunit mangkuk tandas daripada mereka,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini.

Awang Din berkata, kedua-dua lelaki warga tempatan itu mengaku memecah masuk dan mencuri mangkuk tandas serta sinki baharu daripada rumah yang baharu siap dibina dan belum didiami itu.

Menurutnya, mereka kemudiannya dibawa ke Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kuching dan ujian saringan awal air kencing mendapati kedua-duanya positif dadah jenis syabu.

Katanya, semakan rekod jenayah juga mendapati seorang daripada suspek terbabit mempunyai satu rekod jenayah.

“Kedua suspek akan direman di Mahkamah Majistret Kuching hari ini dan kes disiasat mengikut Seksyen 457 Kanun Keseksaan,” katanya.

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Facebook is, by and large, a wretched hive of misinformation and villainy. Fortunately, it’s just a tiny bit less scummy now, with the site having suspended one of its largest anti-mask groups.

The Verge reports that Facebook group Unmasking America! has been removed for spreading misinformation about COVID-19. Over 9,600 members strong, the group opposed the use of face masks, spread widely debunked myths about the accessories, and loudly advocated for people to completely ignore medical professionals amidst a deadly global pandemic.

“We have clear policies against promoting harmful misinformation about COVID 19 and have removed this group while we review the others,” Facebook spokesperson Dami Oyefeso told Mashable.

Unmasking America! was removed after The Verge reached out to Facebook for comment on the group. A quick search by Mashable found numerous other anti-mask groups currently remain active on Facebook, such as NO MAS(K) with over 3,400 members and Anti-Maskers with over 1,700. The Verge notes Facebook group Million Unmasked March is still active as well, with almost 8,000 members. What’s more, it’s promoting a rally at which unmasked people will gather in large numbers — exactly what medical professionals are begging people not to do.

Misinformation surrounding the use of face masks has been rife both online and off, with anti-mask campaigners claiming they reduce your oxygen levels and infringe on people’s personal freedoms. Such arguments have been repeatedly, exhaustively countered and debunked by medical experts, yet this dangerous and inaccurate rhetoric continues to circulate.

Despite the rampant spread of misinformation on its platform, Facebook has been reluctant to remove false content altogether unless it may lead to “imminent physical harm.” In an April blog post, the website stated it is instead combating COVID-19 misinformation by having content assessed by fact-checkers and, if found false, “[reducing] its distribution and [showing] warning labels with more context.”

Fortunately, it seems Facebook is at least acknowledging that refusing to wear a mask and encouraging others to do the same may quickly lead to physical harm.

“Examples of misinformation we’ve removed include harmful claims like drinking bleach cures the virus and theories like physical distancing is ineffective in preventing the disease from spreading,” Facebook wrote in April.

-mashable

FACEBOOK antara laman media sosial yang popular dalam kalangan pengguna selain Instagram dan juga Twitter.

Kira Facebook ni abang sulunglah sebelum lahirnya Instagram, Twitter dan paling hangat kini TikTok.

Terbaharu, pengguna laman sosial Facebook kini berpeluang untuk menikmati kemas kini terbaru menerusi aplikasi berkenaan.

Dilaporkan, pihak Facebook telah mengemas kini reka bentuk antaramuka laman Facebook.com dengan menjadikannya lebih mudah dan pantas diakses penggunanya.

Antara penambahbaikan yang dibuat termasuklah akses tetapan pilihan dark mode, tiga akses mudah kepada Event, Feed dan Group serta iklan Facebook.

Facebook juga memaklumkan bahawa reka bentuk baru antaramuka Facebook.com kini sudah ditawarkan untuk semua pengguna di seluruh dunia. Jadi, korang boleh aktifkan sahaja mode tersebut sama ada menggunakan smart phone atau desktop. Dua-dua kini dah boleh.

Paparannya pun not bad. Menarik dan cantik kena dengan era terkini la. Nampak muda sikit walaupun Facebook kini dah berusia.

Selain itu, Facebook juga mengalu-alukan maklum balas daripada korang sebagai pengguna yang boleh dibuat menerusi ciri Give Feedback.

Namun jika korang lebih suka dengan interface yang lama, korang boleh sahaja klik pada tetapan pilihan Switch to Classic Facebook pada bila-bila masa. Paparan Classic seperti sebelum ini akan berubah dengan serta merta.

Jika korang mengubah kepada paparan lama jangan lupa tinggalkan maklum balas, mungkin pihak Facebook akan memperbaiki kelemahan yang dimiliki melalui maklum balas korang.

Selamat mencuba!

-sinarplus

KUALA LUMPUR: An unemployed man pleaded guilty in the sessions court here today to improper use of network facilities by making and initiating the transmission of offensive communication that insulted the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).

Mohammad Shahrizal Md Shah Rudin, 30, made the plea after the charge was read out to him before judge M. M. Edwin Paramjothy.

The court then allowed him bail of RM3,000 in one surety pending sentencing on July 14.

Mohammad Shahrizal was charged with knowingly making and initiating the transmission of communications that was offensive in character against PDRM with intent to annoy others through his Facebook, with the profile name “Riz Mhmd” at 8pm last April 28.

The charge, framed under Section 233(1)(a) of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998, provides a fine not exceeding RM50,000, or imprisonment for up to a year, or both, if found guilty, and shall also be liable to a further fine of RM1,000 for every day during which the offence is continued after conviction.

Deputy public prosecutor Annur Atiqah Abd Hadi prosecuted, while the accused was unrepresented.

-thesundaily

Now that it is almost time for Raya, lots of people have been using this MCO period to cook and bake. Sometimes the recipes flop and end up on Masak Apa Tak Jadi Hari Ini, while other times, they come out delicious! So here’s a fool-proof recipe for cookies that tastes exactly like Famous Amos’!

This recipe was shared by a Malaysian mum on Facebook and because of its simplicity, it has been shared over 208,000 times during the time of writing! Without further ado, let’s get to it! Psst. this recipe yields four jars!

This is what you need:

Now that we have everything, it’s time to do this!

  • Put the butter, egg, brown sugar and vanilla essence into a bowl and mix it well using a spatula (NO mixer used in this entire recipe!).
  • In the same bowl, put in wheat flour, cornflour, soda bicarbonate, baking powder and oil. Mix it well slowly.
  • Put the chocolate chips into the bowl and not your mouth. Mix well.
  • Cover the mixture with cling wrap and put it into the fridge for about 30 minutes to harden. Leave it longer if your fridge is not that cool.
  • Preheat your oven to 150 degrees. Grease your baking pan with some butter and scoop out the dough into small pieces. There’s no need to flatten it.
  • Put the baking pan/ tray int the oven for 20 minutes.
  • Take out from the oven and let cool before putting it into any containers.

Well, that was easy! As it doesn’t involve a lot of equipment and it’s easy to make, it will be perfect as a couple/family activity!

This amazing recipe caught the attention of locals, and even made it to Singapore and Indonesia. It’s a super crazy feat to amass over 200,000 shares and 13,000 comments, especially when the whole recipe is in Malay. We’re definitely looking forward to create them ourselves!

-worldofbuzz

A coffee shop in Bedok recently found itself in the spotlight after a video showing one of their beer promoters holding a glass of beer to the lips of a male customer went viral.

The 20-second-long video, posted onto Facebook on March 7, has since racked up over 13,000 shares.

In the clip, the cameraman can also be heard making a remark about how such a service costs $50.

A Shin Min Daily News reporter paid a visit to the coffee shop a day later, having identified the location as an eatery near 59 New Upper Changi Road. Both the Tiger Beer promoter and her customer were not present at the time of the visit.

The young woman, allegedly known as the area’s ‘belle’, would be questioned by the company that day, or be relocated to another branch, her colleague told the Chinese daily.

As their company has strict guidelines — beer promoters are not allowed to wear skirts, sit down with customers or partake in drinking — she was worried her colleague would lose her job.

According to a stall vendor, the man in the video was one of the beer promoter’s regular customers.

“She asked if he wanted to drink and he said yes, but his hands were holding onto the newspaper so she inadvertently held the cup up to him,” he said. He also denied the videographer’s claims that she offered such a service.

Asia Pacific Breweries (APB) told AsiaOne the beer promoter has received a stern warning and she has since been transferred to a different outlet.

The company also emphasised that such behaviour did not comply with its brand promoters policy and they did not condone it.

In addition, APB said it has reminded their beer promoters that they need to strictly observe the policy, which serves to “ensure the safety and well-being of staff from harassment, as well as provide guidance on responsible service.”

AsiaOne

Facebook to ban coronavirus ‘cure’ ads

February 27, 2020 | Tech | No Comments

Facebook will no longer permit ads that promise a cure for the Covid-19 coronavirus, Business Insider reported Wednesday. 

“We recently implemented a policy to prohibit ads that refer to the coronavirus and create a sense of urgency, like implying a limited supply, or guaranteeing a cure or prevention. We also have policies for surfaces like Marketplace that prohibit similar behavior,” a Facebook spokesperson told the outlet. 

Facebook said in late January that it will work to “limit the spread of misinformation and harmful content about the virus and [connect] people to helpful information.” This included using Facebook’s network of third-party fact-checkers to identify misinformation about the virus, and removing content with “false claims or conspiracy theories that have been flagged by leading global health organizations and local health authorities.” 

Finally, Facebook said at the time it would remove “claims related to false cures or prevention methods — like drinking bleach cures the coronavirus — or claims that create confusion about health resources that are available.” The new ad removal policy seems to be just a continuation of these efforts. 

Facebook’s action follows Amazon’s recent efforts to remove fake products that are promising to treat or cure coronavirus. 

There’s also been an increase in malware and spam campaigns related to the coronavirus outbreak, including (likely phishing) sites that promise “detection tests” for the virus, as well as malware that promises to report the spread of coronavirus in Japan, but instead points people to download a malicious email attachment. 

The coronavirus outbreak has so far killed 2,700 people and infected 80,239, with the majority of cases being registered in China. 

-mashable

TikTok and its Chinese equivalent Douyin ranked as the world’s second most downloaded app last year, but the short video platform operated by ByteDance is facing challenges from both upstart rivals and established players that are starting to embrace short-form content.

TikTok and Douyin amassed a combined 740 million downloads last year, overtaking Facebook and Messenger to become the world’s second most downloaded app behind WhatsApp, according to market analyst Sensor Tower.

One of its smaller rivals, Likee, a short video platform owned by Singapore-based Bigo, made its debut among the top 10 with over 330 million installations, half of those from India, according to Sensor Tower, whose report included worldwide downloads for iPhone, iPad and Google Play but excluded Apple apps and Google pre-installed apps.

It also did not include Android downloads from third-party stores mostly used by Chinese because Google Play is blocked in China.

“Short video has been popularised by TikTok for sure, but bigger social networking platforms like Facebook and Instagram are aware of it and are doing something about it,” said Meenakshi Tiwari, an analyst at technology market research firm Forrester, who pointed to Instagram’s TikTok-like video-music remix feature “Reels” launched in Brazil two months ago.

Another challenge for TikTok is WhatsApp, which has not yet monetised its user base but might do so this year, Tiwari said.

TikTok, owned by ByteDance, has its own monetisation challenges because most of its Beijing-based parent’s revenue is generated in China, despite the app’s rapid international expansion.

For example, Beijing-based Chenjin Culture operates an account featuring a pair of twins on both Douyin and TikTok.

The Douyin account, with nearly 5 million followers, earns between 50,000 yuan (S$9,700) and 100,000 yuan for each short video ad it produces for clients wanting to associate their product with the account, but the TikTok version has not been able to generate any income despite having more than 1.6 million followers, said Joey Wang, Chenjin’s co-founder and chief executive.

A TikTok spokeswoman did not comment on the app’s monetisation strategy.

TikTok is reportedly looking at luring advertisers by launching a new feed that would include curated content from TikTok users or original videos created by professional publishers, mimicking rival Snap that has a specific channel that supports video advertisements, according to a Financial Times report on the weekend citing sources familiar with the matter.

TikTok’s efforts may placate the concerns of brands and advertising agencies that worry their commercials could run alongside distressing or even illegal user-generated content on the platform.

TikTok was also thinking about allowing users to shop directly from links embedded in brand advertising, Blake Chandlee, head of the platform’s US ads partnership programme, told the Financial Times in December.

In a response to the report on the new monetisation plan a US TikTok spokeswoman said it was “exciting to see the creativity coming from our publisher community and the successes they’ve experienced creating custom and native content for TikTok. We’re looking forward to continuing to work with them as this community grows”.

Besides competition, another major challenge facing TikTok is the resistance shown by US lawmakers over privacy and security issues.

In response, the app has made efforts to distance the platform from politics, including implementing a ban on political ads and overhauling community guidelines, which spell out the type of content considered “misleading”.

TikTok chief executive Alex Zhu was expected to talk with US lawmakers in the second week of December to address these concerns, but the meetings were cancelled at the last minute and no new time has been scheduled.

Although TikTok is trying to be apolitical, its users in India are doing the opposite.

During ongoing protests against the country’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, related hashtags like #caa have amassed more than 47 million views, with young people using the app to express their political opinions.

In TikTok’s first ever transparency report published in late December, the app operator revealed that the most requests to remove or restrict content in the first half of 2019 came from India.

Tiwari said operating in the India market can present a big challenge for social media companies given the country’s diverse culture and religion.

In response, the TikTok spokeswoman said the app’s users “can post videos on whatever is interesting and expressive to them, aside from things like hate speech or other violations of our community guidelines”.

AsiaOne

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