Posts tagged as Facebook

‘Latvian ABC’ available to watch online

Monday, June 8, 2020

As recently reported by LSM, the Latvian Institute has produced a new English-language brochure designed to act as a primer for anyone interested in our country. There’s also a series of brief video clips available to watch online via  YouTube   or via the Latvian Institute’s Facebook page ”   If You Like Latvia, Latvia Likes You  ” (English subtitles are available in the player controls if they do not immediately appear).…

Harmony avoids explanation of pro-Stalin Facebook entries

Monday, June 8, 2020

Political party “Harmony” posted controversial pro-Stalin regime messages on Facebook, which later disappeared. No explanations were provided, Latvian Television broadcast De Facto reported on June 7. In Stalin times, life in Latvia was better – such a message could be perceived about the regime on one of the “Harmony” Facebook pages “Saskaņa Online” (Harmony Online). The Member of the European Parliament, former Mayor of Riga Nils Ušakovs had also shared…

STRATCOMCOE talks “Communication Risk”

Monday, May 25, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) has another in its series of online conversations taking place this week. This time the topic is  “Communication Risk” with Prof. Rasmus Kleis Nielsen (Director, Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism at the University of Oxford), Dr. Rod Lamberts (Deputy Director, Australian National Centre for the Public Awareness of Science) and Mr. Ben Heap (Senior Expert, NATO StratCom COE). “During a crisis, people want to take…

Facebook announces Re:Baltica as fact-checking partner

Thursday, March 26, 2020

The social media company Facebook announced March 26 it was partnering with “independent, third-party fact-checkers” in the Baltic states who will review and  rate the accuracy  of content. “Today we’re announcing the launch of our third-party fact-checking program in Latvia and Estonia, and expansion in Lithuania with  Re:Baltica   and Delfi, which will join our current partner    15min.lt  . All partners are    certified   through the non-partisan International Fact-Checking Network,” a press…

EU warns Facebook

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met top European Union officials on a visit to Brussels on Monday, days before the bloc is expected to release new proposals on regulating artificial intelligence. The billionaire social network founder is the latest U.S. tech executive to make the trip to the headquarters of the EU, which is becoming an increasingly important player in technology regulation. Zuckerberg’s visit came as the company warned that potential…

Facebook and social media fail to stop fakes – report

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

A damning report by the Latvian-based NATO research centre has revealed that social media giants have failed to fix loopholes that allow manipulation and subversion on their platforms. The report, published earlier in December, shows that researchers at the NATO StratCom Centre of Excellence were able to buy 3,530 comments, 25,750 likes, 20,000 views, and 5,100 followers for just 300 euros. The researchers were thus able to identify 18,739 fake accounts…

Bust spies, fine Facebook, foster elves: how to counter Russia’s actions – report

Friday, December 13, 2019

From the Baltic examples of fostering local ‘elves’ and exposing Russian spies, to punishing internet giants for their inaction, a European think-tank has published a series of guidelines on how to counter Russia’s actions against Western democracies and the EU. The  guidelines   released this month by the European Values Center for Security Policy based in the Czech Republic were signed by experts from across Europe, including Lithuania. The report…

Zuckerberg defends Facebook’s currency plans before Congress

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg endured hours of prickly questioning from lawmakers Wednesday as he defended the company’s new globally ambitious project to create a digital currency while also dealing with widening scrutiny from U.S. regulators. Representatives also grilled Zuckerberg on Facebook’s track record on civil rights, hate speech, privacy and misinformation — not surprising given the litany of scandals Facebook has been dealing with over the past two years. The…

Bank of Lithuania: Facebook’s Libra may turn into ‘something interesting’

Friday, October 11, 2019

Facebook’s plans to issue Libra has prompted central banks to take a closer look at stablecoins – cryptocurrencies offering price stability, a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board has told the business daily Verslo Zinios. According to Marius Jurgilas, Libra could “turn into something interesting”. “The Bank of Lithuania has no official position on the Libra cryptocurrency. I, as a member of the Bank of Lithuania’s board, think that this…

Facebook tries out turning off «likes» to curb user competition for reactions

Friday, September 27, 2019

Not to show the number of thumbs-up and other reactions on posts – such is the novelty introduced as a test on Friday, September 27, in Australia by Facebook with the declared aim of easing competition among users. French news agency AFP reports that account holders across the country will also be blocked from viewing the number of reactions and video views on other people’s posts from Friday, but will…