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Facebook restricts Myanmar military’s accounts for spreading ‘misinformation’

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Hong Kong (CNN Business)Facebook is trying to limit the spread of “misinformation” by Myanmar’s military after it took power in a coup last week.

The social media company said Thursday that it was “treating the situation in Myanmar as an emergency,” adding that it would “significantly reduce the distribution of all content” on pages and profiles run by the military, called the Tatmadaw, “that have continued to spread misinformation.”

That means that people using Facebook (FB) will see significantly less content from those pages in their News Feed. Facebook has tens of millions of users in Myanmar.

The company has also “indefinitely suspended” the Myanmar government agencies from using special channels reserved for officials to send requests to Facebook to remove content, according to a blog post by Rafael Frankel, the director of policy at Facebook for emerging economies in the Asia Pacific region.

    He said the company is “protecting content, including political speech, that allows the people of Myanmar to express themselves and to show the world what is transpiring inside their country.”

    Myanmar blocks Twitter and Instagram

    The accounts Facebook is restricting include the Tatmadaw Information Team’s page, as well as one run by Tatmadaw spokesperson Brigadier-General Zaw Min Tun, according to the blog post.

    Frankel added that Facebook would no longer recommend the military-run pages to people, which makes it less likely that people will be directed to those pages.

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    The Facebook announcement comes a little over a week after Myanmar’s army seized power in a coup, detaining the country’s civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi and numerous other top government figures.

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    Following the coup, internet and news services were disrupted across the country, limiting the ability of people to get information about the events. Facebook told CNN last week that its services were “disrupted for some people.” The country later expanded the block to include Facebook-owned Instagram as well as Twitter (TWTR).

    The company said Friday that the blocking order is still in place. (That doesn’t prevent people, though, from accessing Facebook services by using virtual private networks, or VPNs, which use encryption to disguise internet traffic.)

    Facebook is ubiquitous in Myanmar, and for many people represents one of the primary ways they access the internet.

    Marzuki Darusman, the chair of a United Nations probe into human rights in Myanmar, once said that “social media is Facebook, and Facebook is social media” in the country.

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    That’s also led to a lot of scrutiny about how Facebook operates in the market, and it has in the past admitted that it has failed to do enough to prevent its platform being used to fuel political division and bloodshed there.

    Frankel, the Facebook policy director, said in his blog post that the company’s efforts to protect Myanmar’s citizens “build on our work since 2018 to keep people safe and reduce the risk of political violence in Myanmar.”

      In addition to removing misinformation, he said the company is also helping people who “reasonably” fear detention secure their Facebook accounts, among other measures.

      — Rishi Iyengar, James Griffiths and Helen Regan contributed to this report.

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      Updating Special Ad Audiences for housing, employment, and credit advertisers

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      On June 21, 2022 we announced an important settlement with the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that will change the way we deliver housing ads to people residing in the US. Specifically, we are building into our ads system a method designed to make sure the audience that ends up seeing a housing ad more closely reflects the eligible targeted audience for that ad.

      As part of this agreement, we will also be sunsetting Special Ad Audiences, a tool that lets advertisers expand their audiences for ad sets related to housing. We are choosing to sunset this for employment and credit ads as well. In 2019, in addition to eliminating certain targeting options for housing, employment and credit ads, we introduced Special Ad Audiences as an alternative to Lookalike Audiences. But the field of fairness in machine learning is a dynamic and evolving one, and Special Ad Audiences was an early way to address concerns. Now, our focus will move to new approaches to improve fairness, including the method previously announced.

      What’s happening: We’re removing the ability to create Special Ad Audiences via Ads Manager beginning on August 25, 2022.

      Beginning October 12th, 2022, we will pause any remaining ad sets that contain Special Ad Audiences. These ad sets may be restarted once advertisers have removed any and all Special Ad Audiences from those ad sets. We are providing a two month window between preventing new Special Ad Audiences and pausing existing Special Ad Audiences to enable advertisers the time to adjust budgets and strategies as needed.

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      For more details, please visit our Newsroom post.

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      Impact to Advertisers using Marketing API on September 13, 2022

      For advertisers and partners using the API listed below, the blocking of new Special Ad Audience creation will present a breaking change on all versions. Beginning August 15, 2022, developers can start to implement the code changes, and will have until September 13, 2022, when the non-versioning change occurs and prior values are deprecated. Refer below to the list of impacted endpoints related to this deprecation:

      For reading audience:

      • endpoint gr:get:AdAccount/customaudiences
      • field operation_status

      For adset creation:

      • endpoint gr:post:AdAccount/adsets
      • field subtype

      For adset editing:

      • endpoint gr:post:AdCampaign
      • field subtype

      For custom audience creation:

      • endpoint gr:post:AdAccount/customaudiences
      • field subtype

      For custom audience editing:

      • endpoint gr:post:CustomAudience

      Please refer to the developer documentation for further details to support code implementation.

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      Introducing an Update to the Data Protection Assessment

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      Over the coming year, some apps with access to certain types of user data on our platforms will be required to complete the annual Data Protection Assessment. We have made a number of improvements to this process since our launch last year, when we introduced our first iteration of the assessment.

      The updated Data Protection Assessment will include a new developer experience that is enhanced through streamlined communications, direct support, and clear status updates. Today, we’re sharing what you can expect from these new updates and how you can best prepare for completing this important privacy requirement if your app is within scope.

      If your app is in scope for the Data Protection Assessment, and you’re an app admin, you’ll receive an email and a message in your app’s Alert Inbox when it’s time to complete the annual assessment. You and your team of experts will then have 60 calendar days to complete the assessment. We’ve built a new platform that enhances the user experience of completing the Data Protection Assessment. These updates to the platform are based on learnings over the past year from our partnership with the developer community. When completing the assessment, you can expect:

      • Streamlined communication: All communications and required actions will be through the My Apps page. You’ll be notified of pending communications requiring your response via your Alerts Inbox, email, and notifications in the My Apps page.

        Note: Other programs may still communicate with you through the App Contact Email.

      • Available support: Ability to engage with Meta teams via the Support tool to seek clarification on the questions within the Data Protection Assessment prior to submission and help with any requests for more info, or to resolve violations.

        Note: To access this feature, you will need to add the app and app admins to your Business Manager. Please refer to those links for step-by-step guides.

      • Clear status updates: Easy to understand status and timeline indicators throughout the process in the App Dashboard, App Settings, and My Apps page.
      • Straightforward reviewer follow-ups: Streamlined experience for any follow-ups from our reviewers, all via developers.facebook.com.

      We’ve included a brief video that provides a walkthrough of the experience you’ll have with the Data Protection Assessment:

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      The Data Protection Assessment elevates the importance of data security and helps gain the trust of the billions of people who use our products and services around the world. That’s why we are committed to providing a seamless experience for our partners as you complete this important privacy requirement.

      Here is what you can do now to prepare for the assessment:

      1. Make sure you are reachable: Update your developer or business account contact email and notification settings.
      2. Review the questions in the Data Protection Assessment and engage with your teams on how best to answer these questions. You may have to enlist the help of your legal and information security points of contact to answer some parts of the assessment.
      3. Review Meta Platform Terms and our Developer Policies.

      We know that when people choose to share their data, we’re able to work with the developer community to safely deliver rich and relevant experiences that create value for people and businesses. It’s a privilege we share when people grant us access to their data, and it’s imperative that we protect that data in order to maintain and build upon their trust. This is why the Data Protection Assessment focuses on data use, data sharing and data security.

      Data privacy is challenging and complex, and we’re dedicated to continuously improving the processes to safeguard user privacy on our platform. Thank you for partnering with us as we continue to build a safer, more sustainable platform.

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      Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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      Resources for Completing App Store Data Practice Questionnaires for Apps That Include the Facebook or Audience Network SDK

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