Social Media

New York Leads 47 States In Facebook Antitrust Probe

Axios reports: The multi-state antitrust investigation into Facebook, which moved forward Monday as state officials met with experts, now counts 47 attorneys general among its membership. Facebook is facing attacks on all fronts, with antitrust scrutiny of the company’s size and power also taking shape at the Federal Trade Commission, the Justice Department and Congress. New York Attorney General Letitia …

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Zuckerberg: Facebook Has Already Thwarted “Highly Sophisticated” 2020 Election Meddling By Russia, Iran

NBC News reports: Facebook unveiled new plans Monday to fight 2020 election interference. It will clearly label news that comes from state-owned media, and will give greater transparency for the origins of Facebook pages. And it has already found interference coming from authoritarian regimes overseas. In an interview with NBC News, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company has thwarted …

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Trump 2020 Pours Big Bucks Into Lying Digital Ads

Axios reports: As the 2020 election inches closer, Republicans continue to enjoy the digital edge they seized in 2016. Why it matters: Online ad spending offers President Trump an efficient way to target sympathetic voters with fundraising pitches and barrage them with inflammatory messages on issues ranging from immigration to impeachment. It’s especially cost-effective on Facebook, because there, the more …

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Romney’s Secret Twitter Account Is “Pierre Delecto”

The Atlantic reports: While the president spent a too-online Saturday earlier this month unloading on Twitter—launching #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY into the canon of viral Trump taunts—Romney enjoyed a quiet afternoon picking apples with his grandkids in Utah and refusing to take the bait. When I met him in his office a couple of weeks later, I asked if the Twitter insults bothered …

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Facebook Takes Down Trump Ad For Using Profanity

Business Insider reports: In the three days after Trump’s impeachment inquiry was announced on Sep. 24, the Trump campaign spent $1 million on Facebook ads, many of which included false or misleading claims. One of these Trump ads even referred to Joe Biden as a ‘bitch’ — which violated Facebook’s ad policies against profanity and was taken down upon review, …

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Zuckerberg To Sit For First Ever Fox News Interview

The cozying up to the right wing continues: Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg will appear on Fox News on Friday for an interview amid calls from Democrats for his platform to pull ads created by the Trump campaign targeting former Vice President Joe Biden. Fox News representatives confirmed in a press release Wednesday evening that the Facebook CEO would …

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Twitter To Restrict Interaction With World Leaders Who Post Offensive Tweets: No Liking, Sharing Such Tweets

TechCrunch reports: Twitter said it will restrict how users can interact with tweets from world leaders who break its rules. The social media giant said it will not allow users to like, reply, share or retweet the offending tweets, but instead will let users quote-tweet to allow ordinary users to express their opinions. The company said the move will help …

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Zuckerberg Is Hosting Private Meetings With Cultists

Politico reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been hosting informal talks and small, off-the-record dinners with conservative journalists, commentators and at least one Republican lawmaker in recent months to discuss issues like free speech and discuss partnerships. The dinners, which began in July, are part of Zuckerberg’s broader effort to cultivate friends on the right amid outrage by President Donald …

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Major Partners Bail From Facebook’s Cryptocurrency

The Associated Press reports: On Friday, Visa and MasterCard announced their departures from the Libra project, as did e-commerce giant eBay and payments startup Stripe. Last week, PayPal became the first major company to drop out of Libra. The exodus comes amid growing — not to mention stronger-than-anticipated — regulatory pushback against Libra in the U.S. and elsewhere. “It’s a …

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Carlson: No Company Has Hurt US More Than Twitter

“It’s hard to think of a company that’s hurt this country more than Twitter. Maybe there are some. I can’t think of one. If you look at the hate and the division and  the cruelty that’s now common, it wasn’t common 10 years ago, Twitter is a huge part of that.” – Tucker Carlson, interviewing Rep. Devin Nunes last night …

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“Non-Partisan” News Site Runs Secret Far-Right FB Page

The Daily Beast reports: The company behind the non-partisan news site RealClearPolitics has been secretly running a Facebook page filled with far-right memes and Islamophobic smears, The Daily Beast has learned. Called “Conservative Country,” the Facebook page was founded in 2014 and now boasts nearly 800,000 followers for its mix of Donald Trump hagiography and ultra-conservative memes. One recent post …

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Facebook Policy Change: Politicians Can Lie In Their Ads

Popular Information reports: Last week, Facebook quietly changed the language of its advertising policies to make it easier for politicians to lie in ads. On Tuesday, the Trump campaign launched a new ad on Facebook, which includes a claim that was ruled false by Facebook-approved third-party fact-checkers. On the surface, such an ad appears to violate Facebook’s rules against false …

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Pro-Trump, Pro-Police FB Pages Are Out Of Kosovo

Public Information reports: The “Police Lives Matter” Facebook page accumulated over 170,000 fans, with viral content that reached more Facebook users than some of the largest media outlets. The page purported to be run by U.S. police officers, with cops posting about the “first dayshift of my career with a K9” or being “brand new dad.” What these posts did …

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YouTube Won’t Remove TOS Violations By Politicians

Politico reports: YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki said today that content by politicians would stay up on the video-sharing website even if it violates the company’s standards, echoing a position staked out by Facebook this week. “When you have a political officer that is making information this is really important for their constituents to see, or for other global leaders to …

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Twitter Boots Another 10,000 Fake News Bot Accounts

Reuters reports: Twitter has continued a crackdown on what it considers improper content by removing more than 10,000 accounts for spreading political misinformation and unrest. According to a company blog post, most of the accounts were engaged in fomenting political dissent through the spread of false information. It said many of the accounts in the UAE, for example, “were often …

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Twitter Boots Saudi Arabia State Media Accounts

The Independent reports: Twitter suspended the account of former Saudi royal court adviser Saud al-Qahtani on Friday, nearly a year after he was sacked over his suspected role in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The social network also separately removed accounts linked to Saudi Arabia’s “state-run media apparatus” and others in the United Arab Emirates and Egypt, …

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Twitter Won’t ID People Behind Nunes Parody Accounts

The Sacramento Bee reports: Twitter is refusing a judge’s request to disclose the identities of two anonymous social media users who are are critical of Rep. Devin Nunes and are being sued by the California Republican. Nunes, R-Tulare, demanded the names of anonymous writers through a lawsuit he filed in Virginia against them, Twitter and a Republican political strategist. The …

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ISRAEL: Facebook Penalizes Netanyahu For Hate Speech

The Guardian reports: Facebook has suspended a chatbot on Benjamin Netanyahu’s official page after it breached hate speech policy by sending visitors a message warning of Arabs who “want to destroy us all”. Battling a tight election race in the run-up to the 17 September polls, the Israeli prime minister has sought to appeal to far-right religious and nationalist voters …

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New York Leads Multi-State Facebook Anti-Trust Probe

CNBC reports: New York State Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday she is launching a multi-state investigation into Facebook for possible antitrust violations. Facebook shares were down about 0.5% in Friday’s premarket, but did not seem to react to James’ announcement. Attorneys general of Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee and the District of Columbia will join the …

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Facebook Rolls Out “Facebook Dating” Feature In US

TechCrunch reports: Are Americans ready to trust Facebook with their dating life? Barely more than a month has passed since the U.S. Federal Trade Commission fined Facebook a record $5 billion over its privacy lapses, and imposed a modified corporate structure to hold the company more accountable for its decisions over user privacy. In the wake of this historic action, …

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