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Facebook Chooses Canada for Dating Feature Launch, But Privacy Concerns Abound

Facebook Chooses Canada for Dating Feature Launch, But Privacy Concerns Abound

By Tara Deschamps, The Canadian Press

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes the keynote speech at F8, Facebook’s developer conference in San Jose, Calif., on May 1, 2018. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Marcio Jose Sanchez)

TORONTO — Mark Zuckerberg is ready to play matchmaker for Canadians.

His company Facebook Inc. will aim to make its social media platform’s users more than just friends with a new dating feature that will mark its North American launch in Canada on Thursday.

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Victoria-Based AggregateIQ Data Services Denies Link to Facebook Data Scandal

Victoria-Based AggregateIQ Data Services Denies Link to Facebook Data Scandal

By Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press

In this March 15, 2013, file photo, a Facebook employee walks past a sign at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jeff Chiu)

VANCOUVER – A small Victoria, B.C.-based tech firm has found itself mired in a privacy scandal unfolding in Europe as it faces accusations that it played a role in influencing Britain’s vote to leave the European Union.

AggregateIQ Data Services Ltd. is a digital advertising, web and software development company, according to its website.

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Most Canadian Facebook Users Plan Changes to How They Use It

Most Canadian Facebook Users Plan Changes to How They Use It

By The Canadian Press

A Facebook logo is displayed on the screen of an iPad, in this Wednesday, May 16, 2012 file photo taken in New York. Some members of Canada’s media industry say they expect to be able to weather the potential setback created by the latest change to Facebook’s content sharing priorities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/James H. Collins, file)

TORONTO – Nearly three-quarters of Canadian Facebook users say they will make at least some change to how they use the social media platform in the wake of a data mining scandal.

A survey by Angus Reid Institute suggests 73 per cent of Canadian Facebook users say they will make changes, while 27 per cent say it will be “business as usual.”

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Facebook to Use Canada as Testing Ground for New Ad Transparency Features

Facebook to Use Canada as Testing Ground for New Ad Transparency Features

By Armina Ligaya, The Canadian Press

This May 16, 2012, file photo shows a Facebook logo displayed on the screen of an iPad in New York. (AP Photo/James H. Collins, File)

Facebook will use Canada as a testing ground as it rolls out new ad transparency features and increases scrutiny of political advertising.

The social media giant said that starting next month Canadian users will be able click “View Ads” on a Facebook page to view what ads it is running on the main platform, as well as Messenger and Instagram.

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Leaf Rapids School Aide Charged with Sexual Assault

RCMP Crest LogoAn educational assistant at a school in Leaf Rapids has been charged with sexual assault following inappropriate Facebook messages sent to two youths.

RCMP were notified on Monday by a concerned mother regarding messages sent to her daughter through the site. Police say Brayley had inappropriate personal interaction with two youths under the age of 14.

The same day, police arrested Douglas Brayley, 22, of Leaf Rapids. He has been charged with sexual assault and sexual interference.

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Brandon Teen Arrested Over Facebook Threat

By Sarah Klein


A 17-year-old Brandon girl is facing charges after allegedly threatening to kill a 14-year-old girl on Facebook.

Police say the suspect threatened the victim on the social networking website over a disput regarding some property.

The teen was arrested on January 5 and has been charged with threatening to cause death or injury, and breach of probation.

She was released on a promise to appear in court on March 12.

Facebook Launches Mobile Calling Feature in Canada

FacebookCanadian Facebook users have been chosen to test drive the social network’s ability to place free phone calls via its mobile app.

The company announced Friday its new Messenger app for iOS-enabled devices will support Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone calls. The calls will use data as opposed to wireless minutes on a user’s mobile plan.

The new app will work on iPhone, iPod touch and iPad with iOS 4.3 or higher and also allow for voice-messaging.

Canada is the first country where the service is being rolled out, with additional markets to follow.

Facebook doesn’t plan to add either VoIP or voice-messaging to its web version.

— Staff

Amber Alert Facebook Page Launched to Find Missing Manitoba Children

Manitoba law enforcement agencies will begin using Facebook as a way of communicating information on missing or abducted children.

With Amber Alert Manitoba, authorities are hoping to get the news of an Amber Alert out faster and farther than ever before. The agencies want as many people as possible to subscribe or ‘like’ the Facebook page so they will receive a notification as soon as it is sent out.

“When a child goes missing, we need to use every tool at our disposal, and social media can immediately reach thousands of Manitobans who can assist in the search,” said Manitoba Justice Minister Andrew Swan. “The faster we get the word out that a child is missing, the better the chance that child can be found, and we are enthusiastic about the partnerships that have gotten us to this point.”

The first Amber Alert was issued in the province in July 2010 at the request of police in Saskatchewan. The alert resulted in the safe recovery of an abducted child and the arrest of a suspect.

An Amber Alert may be initiated in Manitoba if:

  • the missing person is under 18 or is an individual with a proven disability;
  • there is a confirmed abduction either by witnesses or supporting evidence;
  • police believe the victim is at risk of serious bodily harm or death;
  • there is enough descriptive information about the victim, the suspect or the suspect’s vehicle;
  • it can be issued in a timely enough fashion for the public to identify these elements and it is believed the suspect can be apprehended before fleeing.