Launched in February 2004, Facebook is a social networking service founded by Mark Zuckerberg with his college roommates and fellow students Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz and Chris Hughes. Early investors include Microsoft and Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka- shing, through his namesake charitable foundation. Facebook’s US$16 billion initial public offering in May 2012 generated huge investor interest although the shares subsequently slumped in price.

Facebook has a moral duty to police the posting of violent videos

Facebook will reimpose a ban on gruesome videos and pictures. Graphic: Emilio Rivera

Facebook has become an integral part of life for many of its 1.15 billion users. A decision by the company to reimpose a ban on the posting of gruesome videos and images such as those of beheadings is therefore sensible. Media organisations usually apply a "public interest" test to determine what should be published where morality issues are involved. Social media, given its prevalence and role, should follow the same example.

Friday, 25 October, 2013, 1:22am

Facebook about-turn as video of beheading is removed

Facebook said it would use a broader set of criteria to determine when gory videos are permitted on the site. Photo: Reuters

Facebook has removed a beheading video from the social network following outrage over its lifting of a ban on gory images. The about-turn comes as Facebook seeks to balance the diverse sensitivities of its billion-plus members with a desire to be a platform for free speech and real-world news stories.

24 Oct 2013 - 5:02am

Facebook lifts ban on decapitation videos

Facebook says gory photos and videos are permitted on its site as long as the users 'condemn' the acts. Photo: AP

Facebook has surreptitiously resumed allowing decapitation videos to be posted on its website, lifting a temporary ban it had placed earlier this year on content featuring graphic violence.

22 Oct 2013 - 10:05am

Weibo: Xiaomi finds fans in Facebook, Vancl

Combination photo of Xiaomi founder Lei Jun, Xiaomi senior executive Hugo Barra, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: SCMP Pictures

High-flying smartphone maker Xiaomi is at the centre of 2 recent strings of microblog posts, one touching on an interesting new connection with Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) and the other hinting at an increasingly cozy relationship with struggling online clothing seller Vancl.

21 Oct 2013 - 6:07pm

Facebook removes teen restrictions, allowing them to share with everyone

Facebook is allowing teenagers to share their posts

Facebook is now allowing teenagers to share their posts on the social network with anyone on the internet, raising the risks of minors leaving a digital trail that could lead to trouble.

18 Oct 2013 - 5:16am

Teens sharing less but learning more from Facebook, study finds

Teens sharing less but learning more from Facebook, study finds

Social networking site Facebook is losing its popularity as a communication tool among Hong Kong teenagers and is increasingly being used for self-promotion and information gathering, according to a new survey.

13 Oct 2013 - 5:29am

Facebook's Zuckerberg buys homes next door to protect his privacy

Zuckerberg and Chan at home on their wedding day. Photo: AP

He made his fortune by persuading over a billion people to share their lives online, but when it comes to protecting his own privacy Mark Zuckerberg appears to spare no expense: the Facebook founder has reportedly spent US$30 million buying four houses that surround his own home in California.

13 Oct 2013 - 6:15am

New setting leaves nowhere to hide for Facebook's one billion users


Facebook is ending a feature that allowed users to hide from the social network's billion-plus members. The feature will be removed from November 11, meaning that someone looking for another Facebook user can more easily find that person.

13 Oct 2013 - 6:15am

Facebook's dismal debut clouds Twitter prospects

When Facebook was preparing to go public last year, the telephones at Granite Investment Advisers rang off the hook as clients called about the social media's company's highly anticipated debut.

7 Oct 2013 - 6:16am

China to lift ban on Facebook – but only within Shanghai free-trade zone

A general view from the top of the under-construction Shanghai Tower in Shanghai. Photo: AFP

Beijing has made the landmark decision to lift a ban on internet access within the Shanghai Free-trade Zone to foreign websites considered politically sensitive by the Chinese government, including Facebook, Twitter and newspaper website The New York Times.

25 Sep 2013 - 4:24pm 23 comments

'Is Facebook real?' China's internet users ask in frustration as Iran lifts its ban

A computer screen that displays the logo of Facebook is reflected in a window before the Beijing skyline. Photo: AFP

China’s online community brimmed with disappointment - if not despair -  on Tuesday after online media reported that Iran had granted its citizens access to Facebook and Twitter. Both sites had been walled off from Iranian users since 2009.

This leaves China, along with its neighbour North Korea, among the very few countries which still block Facebook and Twitter.

17 Sep 2013 - 1:33pm 2 comments

FTC to scrutinise new Facebook facial recognition feature

Government oversight of Facebook’s privacy practices began in 2011 after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg apologised for privacy missteps. Photo: AP

US officials will examine changes to Facebook’s privacy policy to determine whether they violate a 2011 agreement with federal regulators, a Federal Trade Commission spokesman confirmed Wednesday after certain changes drew fire from privacy advocates.

13 Sep 2013 - 2:44am

Facebook to spur more digital advertising in Hong Kong

Facebook's Jayne Leung is upbeat on advertising opportunities in the city, with 2.9 million people visiting its site daily. Photo: May Tse

When Sony Mobile Communications chose Facebook as the Hong Kong launch pad for its new Xperia smartphone in October last year, the campaign became one of the company's most successful social media initiatives in the city.

9 Sep 2013 - 5:48am

Hackers pass round hat after Facebook snub

Facebook founder and co-chief executive Mark Zuckerberg. Photo: Reuters

A man who hacked into Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook page to expose a software bug is getting donations from hackers around the world after the company declined to pay him under a program that normally rewards people who report flaws.

21 Aug 2013 - 11:05am

Facebook hacked off by Zuckerberg page posting

Mark Zuckerberg on Facebook was the victim of a hacker.

A researcher who hacked into Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's profile to expose a security flaw won't get the customary reward payment from the social networking website.

20 Aug 2013 - 1:45am