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Facebook announces new app

Facebook has announced a new app called Facebook Creator for video creators to help them join and manage their communities. The app reportedly allows users to open and close live broadcasts and offers custom live stickers for easy interaction. Reports say, the app has been launched for iOS platform and will soon roll out for Android users.

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Gangster admits to murder in Facebook post

In a Facebook post, allegedly by Saraj Singh Mintoo a gangster and a murder accused in the killing of a Hindu outfit leader Vipan Sharma last month, he claimed responsibility for the murder. "I want to tell my friends that the murder of Vipan Sharma which took place on October 30 on Amritsar-Batala road was committed by me... His killing should not be linked with any religion," he reportedly said in the post. Reports say, police have taken notice of the Facebook post and are investigating the matter. 

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Facebook rolls out new feature in India

To help communities recover faster from disasters in the aftermath, Facebook has introduced several new features including ‘Disaster Maps’ feature in India. As part of the measure, Facebook will make data available through features for safety checks and raising donation for relief measures to the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA) and the Sustainable Environment and Ecological Development society. The measures were reportedly announced at Facebook’s first annual ‘Disaster Response Summit’ in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Party functionary arrested for making obscene cartoon of Tamilisai

Viduthalai Chiruthaigal Katchi’s (VCK) public relation officer B Puthiyavan was reportedly arrested by Cuddalore District police for making obscene posts about Tamil Nadu BJP President Tamilisai Soundararajan on Facebook. BJP's SC/ST wing lodged a complaint on Thursday that Puthiyavan posted a cartoon with derogatory comments on Tamilisai’s appearance. Following which, he was reportedly charged with criminal assault “on a woman with an intention to outrage her modesty” and criminal intimidation. He was produced before a magistrate and remanded in judicial custody on Friday, reports say.

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58 professors from top institutions named as sexual harassers on Facebook post

Raya Sarkar, a woman lawyer, in a Facebook post on Tuesday, invited others to share academics who are sexual harassers. In her Facebook post, 58 professors were alleged as sexual harassers and were listed by the name and the institution they serve at. The list reportedly included academics from several premier academic institutions of India. Though this viral post on Facebook encourages women to come out in the open and talk about the offenders, it is also worrying because anyone can blame anyone without concrete proof and cause serious defamation.

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Facebook tests exciting resume feature

Reports suggest that Facebook is testing a resume feature which is reportedly an expansion of Facebook's 'Work and Education' section. It lets users list their contact details along with professional experience and education on their Facebook accounts, say reports. Users can add their image and other qualifications, that are combined under a single tab, suggest reports.

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Teen uses Facebook to prove her child-marriage in court

According to reports, a 19-year-old girl in Rajasthan used the congratulatory messages on her husband’s Facebook page to prove in court that she was married at 12. An activist named Kriti Bharti, who helped the girl Sushila Bishnoi, reportedly said many of the friends of the husband, who was also 12 at the time of marriage, posted congratulatory messages on his Facebook page for the wedding in 2010. The girl wanted to study while the parents forced her to consummate the marriage, say reports. “The girl is in a government shelter and is continuing studies in an open school”, the activist reportedly said.

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Youth live-streams sex on Facebook, gets arrested

Police have reportedly arrested Linu, a 23-year-old hotel employee, of Vallachalil in Rajakkad in Idukki for live-streaming intimate moments with his girlfriend on Facebook. “The youth said the video was uploaded to get more likes on Facebook. But later he said they quarrelled and he live-streamed their act to take revenge on her”, police reportedly said. After the video went viral on social media, the woman went to police saying he had raped her on false promises of marriage. Her twin sister also filed a complaint to get the video removed from the social media.

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Facebook’s new feature to get familiar with friends' friends

Facebook has come up with a new feature that lets users get familiar with their friends' friends. The feature gives potential friends’ information, say reports. Another feature in its Messenger that would let the users connect if they both are interested in hanging out is being tested, reports added. The feature prompts messages like - “Would you like to meet up with (name) this week?”, say reports.

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Facebook will block ads from Pages that spread fake news

Social media giant Facebook on Monday reportedly announced that it would block advertisements from pages that repeatedly share fake news. Facebook claimed that this move would help reduce the distribution of false news and will keep the pages from making money with false news. However, Facebook added that the pages might start running ads again if they stop sharing false news

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