Facebook launches $10m community leader awards

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg
Updated 09 February 2018
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Facebook launches $10m community leader awards

LONDON: Facebook has launched a community leadership program that will award $10 million in total to more than 100 people who have successfully built groups on the social network as part of its push to create “meaningful” interactions.
The initiative, announced at a Facebook Communities Summit in London, will give five people with a track record in creating groups up to $1 million to fund a project, Facebook’s Jennifer Dulski said.
Another 100 leaders from around the world will receive up to $50,000 each, she said in an interview.
“We are looking for communities that provide meaning to the people that are in them, we are looking for initiatives that drive positive impact, and we are looking for communities that have both online and offline components,” said Dulski, Facebook’s head of groups and community.
Facebook’s Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said last June that the company’s new mission was “to bring the world closer together,” and he set a goal of helping one billion people join “meaningful communities” built around hobbies, neighbors, churches, pets and the like.
The focus on groups came after the social network, which has 1.4 billion daily active users, had been criticized for its role in the distribution of so-called fake news.
Facebook and other Internet groups such as Google’s YouTube and Twitter have also faced pressure from the EU and European governments to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms.
The company’s top European executive, Nicola Mendelsohn, said in December that the number of people working on safety on the platform would double to 20,000 by the end of 2018, including more engineers in London. The contest is open to Facebook community leaders worldwide, with the winners chosen by a panel of independent experts and Facebook employees, Dulski said.


App Watch: Mobile app is right on the money

Updated 25 May 2018
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App Watch: Mobile app is right on the money

  • Masareef’s founders, Nawaf Hareeri and Nour Ahmadein, developed the app to help users monitor their personal expenses and income.

A Saudi mobile app, Masareef, that allows users to keep tabs on where their money goes every month, is being downloaded every two minutes.

This smart, efficient application is ideal for those who struggle to rein in their spending and end up with empty pockets halfway through the month.

Masareef’s founders, Nawaf Hareeri and Nour Ahmadein, developed the app to help users monitor their personal expenses and income.

Using the app is easy, with a tutorial set up after the launch offering concise instructions.

Simply enter the date your salary arrives, the amount you are paid and how much you’re hoping to save and the app will do the rest. It will also separate your bills, groceries, daily spending and other payments for the month.

The app offers daily reminders on how much you’ve spent and what bills need paying.

Users can also set up short- or long-term financial goals, such as buying a new phone or a planning a travel adventure, and keep tabs on how much has been saved to accomplish it.

Masareef saves users’ time, and helps those with short memories keep tabs on their payments.