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Facebook Project calls together ten outlets from five Brazilian regions to foster local journalism and reach ‘news deserts’

A program from the Facebook Journalism Project that has passed through the United States, Germany, Canada and Australia arrived in Brazil on July 29 to strengthen local journalism in five regions of the country.

The Local News Accelerator selected ten Brazilian media outlets to participate in the 12-week training and mentorship program with experts, Facebook said on July 24. The program also provides financial support for each media outlet to develop a project focused on local journalism. Read more »


Folha de S. Paulo stops publishing on Facebook and editor says other newspapers may follow suit

Folha de S. Paulo, the newspaper with the largest circulation in Brazil, surprised the news industry on Feb. 8 by announcing it would stop publishing content on Facebook as its directors believe that recent changes in the social network’s algorithm diminish the visibility of professional journalism and favor the spread of false content. The newspaper’s executive editor, Sérgio Dávila, says there are reports of similar moves in other newsrooms. Read more »


Instagram account offers new lens on life in Latin America

From one day to the next, followers of the Instagram account Everyday Latin America can travel virtually from Paraguay to Costa Rica to Mexico and beyond. Read more »


Facebook launches new service to publish newsworthy content from social media

With more than one billion people using its platform to share photos, videos and news updates, Facebook decided to aggregate newsworthy content and publish it in a new resource called FB Newswire, designed to help journalists and newsrooms find news on social media more easily, the company announced on April 24 in their Newsroom blog. Read more »


Social media users push back after Costa Rican president announces Facebook defamation lawsuit


Nearly two months after Costa Rica hosted the United Nations World Press Freedom Day, Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla announced that she would sue anyone who “defames” her on social media. The president’s lawsuit against a hotel owner who posted remarks about her on his personal Facebook page outraged social media users, who say it calls the country’s reputation for freedom of expression into question.  Read more »


Daily News Digest: Peruvian NGOs call on president to protect citizens' digital rights over copyright enforcement

Peruvian non-profits have launched a campaign asking President Ollanta Humala Tasso to ensure that Peruvians' digital rights are respected during the next Trans-Pacific Partnership meeting in Lima, which aims to set international agreements on online copyright enforcement. Read more »


Daily News Digest: Bloomberg News apologizes for snooping on subscribers

Bloomberg admits to terminal snooping. Bloomberg News issued an apology after former employees revealed that some of its reporters were trained to use a function on the company’s financial data terminals to view limited subscriber contact information and login activity. Read more »


After threats from organized crime, citizen journalist's social media accounts in Mexico go dark without explanation

Update, April 3: The Facebook page Responsabilidad por Tamaulipas, a group that claims affiliation with the curator of the Valor por Tamaulipas social media accounts, posted a statement on Monday, April 1, announcing that the feeds would be temporarily suspended. Read more »


Ecuadorian cartoonist receives threats on Facebook after imbroglio with government

Ecuadorian cartoonist Javier Bonilla “Bonil” of the newspaper El Universo claimed he received threats on Facebook, reported the non-governmental organization Fundamedios. According to the NGO, the cartoonist posted on his personal account on March 11, “This is an example of some of the threats coming from an incomprehensible hate. If I put this up on Facebook it’s because we should shut up,” added the organization. Read more »


Facebook's re-designed News Feed promises to be a "personalized newspaper"

Screenshot of sharing features as part of Facebook's revamped News Feed. Source: Facebook + Journalists

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