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 'to launch Android phone'

Rumours are circulating that Facebook will launch its own Android phone. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has previously denied this. Photo: AP

Facebook is poised to launch an Android phone, according to rumours circulating the internet on Friday.

Friday, 29 March, 2013, 1:04pm

Facebook blocked in North Korea, Iran, Cuba and 'another country,' says state media

The Facebook page of China has over 282,000 likes as of March, 2013. Photo: SCMP pictures

If you have blocked Facebook, then at least have the guts to admit it.

Apparently this doesn’t work for China’s censors, who, of course, have also said on numerous occasions that there is no internet censorship in China.

28 Mar 2013 - 4:02pm 10 comments

Be careful what you ‘like’: Facebook users reveal secrets, study shows

Researchers were able to accurately infer a Facebook user’s race, IQ, sexuality, substance use, personality or political views based on their 'likes'. Photo: AFP

Facebook users are unwittingly revealing intimate secrets - including their sexual orientation, drug use and political beliefs - using only public “like” updates, according to a study of online privacy.

The research into 58,000 Facebook users in the US found that sensitive personal characteristics about people can be accurately inferred from information in the public domain.

12 Mar 2013 - 12:28pm 1 comment

Mother’s video surveillance of daughter angers Facebook users

Photo: AFP

The woman admitted the girl was her daughter and she recorded the video through a webcam installed on her daughter’s desk lamp. “…[Today’s homework]progress is not bad, but she kept talking to herself, and was singing while doing [homework],” the woman commented on the video.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:03pm

Small retailers show big-name stores how to use social media to sell

Facebook has provided home start-up clothes retailer Lolly Wolly Doodle with a platform to sell thousands of items. Photo: AP

Brandi Temple, a 39-year-old mother of four, transformed a living-room hobby into a retailing business that ships 30,000 items of children's clothing a month, using online social tools that giant competitors have failed to master.

6 Mar 2013 - 5:05am

Facebook apps for iPhone-iPad add free calls

The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in California. Photo: Reuters

Facebook allowed users on Friday to make free calls to friends at the leading social network using its application tailored for iPhones or iPads.

An updated Facebook “app” for the popular Apple mobile devices shows when friends are online and then gives the option of ringing them up by tapping an icon on the screen.

8 May 2015 - 4:20pm

Yahoo seeks closer Facebook ties

Marissa Mayer says Yahoo hired 120 staff with computer science degrees recently to push for product improvements. Photo: AP

Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer said she planned to focus on mobile applications and strengthen ties with Facebook to bolster turnaround efforts at the biggest US internet portal.

14 Feb 2013 - 4:53am

Online service common in businesses

Facebook and YouTube were found to be popular platforms for customer service representatives to interact with customers. Photo: AFP

Using the internet to provide customer service has become a common tactic for businesses, a survey shows.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:12am

Briefs, January 18, 2013

Horse and rider take part in an annual event. Photo: Reuters

Peace process stalled in Afghanistan

18 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

Vietnam lifts school suspension for girl who parodied Ho Chi Minh

The late president Ho Chi Minh is still held in great respect in Vietnam. Photo: Reuters

Authorities in Vietnam have lifted a one-year suspension handed down to an eighth-grade student for posting a parody of a speech by revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh on Facebook.

The girl’s post used language from a famous speech by Ho Chi Minh in 1946 appealing for resistance against French colonialists.

15 Jan 2013 - 1:25pm

Letters Facebook, January 9, 2013

Security guards stand near protest banners and flowers are laid outside the headquarters of Southern Weekly newspaper in Guangzhou, Guangdong province. Photo: AP

On vets charging more than doctors:

Harminder Singh - Vet costs discourage me from owning more animals. I simply couldn't afford the care if my pets needed major surgery which I feel would be unfair to them and would break my heart and my family's heart too.

9 Jan 2013 - 1:27am

Facebook stops New Year messaging tool

Facebook temporarily disabled its New Year's Eve messaging tool after a university student was able to read and delete private messages intended for other users.

2 Jan 2013 - 6:31am

Would you pay for social media?

Illustration: Oliver Raw

Would you pay for Facebook or Weibo if it meant not having to look at adverts? Until a few months ago I was in the habit of firing up the Facebook app on my smartphone about twice a day, occasionally to "check in" or post a link to one of my stories, but mainly to see what my friends had been up to - and in chronological order.

28 Dec 2012 - 10:06am

Instagram to share data with Facebook

From next month Instagram’s new privacy policy clears the way for sharing data with its parent, social networking giant, Facebook. Photo: EPA

Smartphone photo sharing service Instagram has refined its privacy policy to clear the way for sharing data with Facebook, which bought the company earlier this year.

“Nothing has changed about your photos’ ownership or who can see them,” Instagram said in a blog post.

18 Dec 2012 - 1:17pm

Easier organ donation in Hong Kong for Facebook users

The government is developing a Facebook app through which organ donors will be able to register, and at the same time spread awareness of the life-saving initiative to their friends. Photo: AP

The government is developing a Facebook app through which organ donors will be able to register, and at the same time spread awareness of the life-saving initiative to their friends.

17 Dec 2012 - 5:46am