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Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — Some families are stepping forward to assist the community and the government tackle community spread of the virus by identifying family members who have tested positive for the virus on social media. Members of the community believe that identifying a family member who...
Fake memo posted on AS-DOE facebook
Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — A photo posted on the local Education Department Facebook page, is marked by ASDOE as “FAKE MEMO”, and apparently circulated over the weekend that public schools were to close yesterday due to severe weather conditions. The fake-information quickly circulated on social...
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East Lancing, MICHIGAN — The metaverse is a network of always-on virtual environments in which many people can interact with one another and digital objects while operating virtual representations – or avatars – of themselves. Think of a combination of immersive virtual reality, a massively...
Facebook has been quietly experimenting with reducing the amount of political content it puts in users’ news feeds. The move is a tacit acknowledgment that the way the company’s algorithms work can be a problem. The heart of the matter is the distinction between provoking a response and providing...
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Menlo Park, CA — Facebook says it has launched a public education campaign to combat health-related misinformation in the Pacific Islands region. In a time of critical public vaccination efforts, Facebook says its campaign will help people in five Pacific Island countries and territories learn how...
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Apia, SAMOA — In a public notice released yesterday, signed by the CEO of the Samoa Ministry of Customs &  Revenue, Matafeo Avalisa Viali-Fautua’alii, ‘confidential’ waste is said to have been dug up from a landfill and outed on Facebook, as supposedly confidential documents/ waste found on the...
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Apia, SAMOA — The party of Samoa's caretaker government is walking back suggestions from its leader that Facebook could be banned before the next election. Samoa will go to the polls for the second time this year on 21 May, following a controversial decision by the country's Head of State last week...
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Menlo Park, CALIFORNIA — On Wednesday Facebook launched a public education campaign to help people in Samoa learn how to identify and combat health misinformation.  The campaign, which will run for the next five weeks in Samoa includes graphics and videos that will run in English and Samoan, and...
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Menlo Park, CA — With just over one week until Samoans head to the polls, Facebook will launch an Election Day Prompt encouraging voters to get out and vote ahead of the General Election on 9 April. The prompt will be available in Samoan and English and will encourage Samoans to vote and direct...
Newspaper headlines in Australia over Facebook move
BEIJING (AP) — For two decades, global news outlets have complained internet companies are getting rich at their expense, selling advertising linked to their reports without sharing revenue. Now, Australia is joining France and other governments in pushing Google, Facebook and other internet giants...

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