Facebook launches $10 mn community leader awards Feb 10, 2018 0 194 12345 ReutersLONDONFacebook launched a community leadership programme on Friday 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 European Union 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. Pages 123 POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES US markets: Wall St sinks for fifth day Feb 10, 2018 0 200 Brent slides to $64 on excess supply worries Feb 10, 2018 0 187 Asian spot LNG price rebounds Feb 10, 2018 0 186 Waymo, Uber settle trade secret dispute SAN FRANCISCO: Alphabet Inc's Waymo self-driving vehicle unit and ride-hailing firm Uber Technologies Inc have settled their legal dispute over trade secrets, the two companies said on Friday. Uber agreed to pay .. Didi takes aim at Japan's taxi market Tokyo Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing announced a deal with Japanese telecom firm SoftBank on Friday to develop a taxi app in Japan, where services like Uber have struggled to make inroads. SoftBank and Didi ..