The UK government is taking a hard line when it comes to online safety, appointing what it claims is the world's first independent regulator to keep social media companies in check.
Questions around the ease uploading and sharing hate-filled and violent content came to the forefront after a white supremacist live-streamed himself opening fire on a Christchurch mosque on Facebook Live last week.
In a 118-page complaint filed Tuesday in San Francisco federal court, Facebook accused BlackBerry of stealing its voice messaging technology, among other patented processes.
"My personal challenge for 2018 has been to fix the most important issues facing Facebook -- whether that's defending against election interference by nation states, protecting our community from abuse and harm, or making sure people have control of their information,"
Over the past few months, WhatsApp has drawn flak over its use in spreading fake news through its platform that have even incited incidents of mob-lynching in various parts of the country.
Facebook admitted that up to 87 million users may have had their data hijacked by Cambridge Analytica, which was working for Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Facebook's founding president, Sean Parker, earlier said the company was "exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology" and that the company set out to consume as much user time as possible.
"Social media enables people to spread information faster than ever before, and if we don't specifically tackle these problems, then we end up amplifying them." - Mark Zuckerberg
This model seemed harmless enough in the beginning. But over the years it's morphed into a massive information-gathering machine fueled by the personal data of its users.