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Facebook Forums to be held in Singapore to better understand local context

Facebook has revealed plans to organise public engagements this year to garner feedback on its community standards – with Singapore and India being considered as some of locations for the engagements.

In an interview with ChannelNews Asia, Guy Rosen, VP for product management at Facebook, added that the event is likely to be held this year, and looks to engage organisations such as the Media Literacy Council, Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and human rights NGO Maruah. This is to aid the social media giant in better understanding the local context and settings.

The report added that plans for the public forums were revealed last month, in conjunction with the release of Facebook’s internal guidelines when it came to enforcing community standards. It also follows announcements which allow users to appeal posts removed for violating community standards.

Marketing has reached out to Facebook for comment.

Earlier this week, Facebook suspended 200 apps on its platform following an investigation to which ones had access to large amounts of information. This applied to apps affected by its 2014 platform policy change, which reduced the amount of data the apps could access. The Facebook announcement, however, did not disclose which apps were suspended. It added apps suspended are still pending a thorough review on whether or not it had in fact misused any data.

The blog post was an update on its investigation and audit from Facebook, which was promised by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg previously following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. It added that the investigation process is “in full swing” and consists of two phases.

Most recently, Facebook appointed Joyee Biswas as its head of APAC sports. In a Facebook post confirming the move, Biswas added that he is tasked with managing partnerships with APAC-based leagues, teams, athletes and sports media across all Facebook-owned platforms. Prior to the move, Biswas was ESPN’s Southeast Asia head, a role he held since November 2016, according to his LinkedIn.

Before ESPN, Biswas was also the Asia managing director of Eleven Sports Network, a role he took up from January to October 2016, and was replaced by Circus Social’s Shalu Wasu later on. During his time at the network, he had direct responsibility across all business areas including affiliate and content distribution, advertising sales, programming, marketing and production for the network’s territories in Asia.

Biswas also held the role of director of sports content and programming at Singtel, responsible for multiple linear and non-linear channels and platforms. He also held a tenure at Fox International Channels and ESPN Star Sports in Singapore.

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