Tag Archives: Facebook

Big Pharma Is Paying Social Media Influencers

STAT News reports: For years, so-called influencers — celebrities, former reality television contestants and sometimes, former lawyers or other professionals — have hawked diet teas and hair products everywhere from Facebook to Snapchat. And now, pharma is catching on. An entire industry has cropped up to link drug makers with the industry’s own version of an influencer — people, usually …

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Facebook Bans Gavin McInnis And The Proud Boys

The New York Post reports: The far-right extremist group Proud Boys has been removed from Facebook following a brawl in Manhattan that led to at least six arrests. The group and its founder Gavin McInnes were banned from the social media platform on Tuesday as part of the company’s effort to remove hate speech and hate organizations from their site. …

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Facebook Promotes Election “War Room” To Thwart Fake News, Spam, Hate Speech, Voter Suppression [VIDEO]

The Guardian reports: Facebook is promoting a new “war room” as a part of its solution to election interference, unveiling a team of specialists working to stop the spread of misinformation and propaganda. It’s unclear how well it’s working. The Silicon Valley company, which has faced intensifying scrutiny over its role in amplifying malicious political content, opened its doors to …

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Sarah Palin Rants At Instagram For Deleting Her Meme Comparing Liberals Protesters To Down Syndrome Son

The Daily Mail reports: Sarah Palin has slammed Instagram as biased against conservatives after the company removed a controversial image she posted which used her own son with Down Syndrome to mock liberal protesters. Palin posted the meme to her Instagram page on Tuesday, and the company removed it on Friday for violating “community guidelines” after intense outcry over the …

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Facebook: Hackers Stole Details For 29 Million Users

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc said on Friday attackers stole names and contact details of 29 million users in the mass security breach disclosed by the social media network late last month. The breach, Facebook’s worst ever, has exacerbated concerns among users, lawmakers and investors that the company is not doing enough to safeguard data, particularly in the wake of the …

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Facebook Removes Nearly 800 “Inauthentic” Pages

CNBC reports: Facebook on Thursday announced the removal of 559 Pages and 251 accounts that it says broke the company’s rules against spam and “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The company said it chose to disclose the removal of these accounts and pages due to the “timing ahead of the U.S. midterm elections.” Facebook said many of the Pages in question were …

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Tim Cook Calls For More Privacy Regulations [VIDEO]

Business Insider reports: The amount of information about individual users stored online and on their phones is enormous, Cook said in an interview with Vice News Tonight on Tuesday. The tech industry hasn’t done a good job of respecting and protecting that data, he said. “I’m not a pro-regulation kind of person, I believe in the free market deeply,” Cook …

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Facebook Network Breach Exposes 50 Million Users

The New York Times reports: Facebook on Friday said an attack on its computer network led to the exposure of information from nearly 50 million of its users. The company discovered the breach earlier this week, finding that attackers had exploited a feature in Facebook’s code that allowed them to take over user accounts. Facebook fixed the vulnerability and notified …

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Instagram Co-Founders Resign Without Explanation

The Associated Press reports: The co-founders of Instagram are resigning their positions with the social media company without explanation. Chief Executive Kevin Systrom said in a statement late Monday that he and Mike Krieger, Instagram’s chief technical officer, plan to leave the company in the next few weeks and take time off “to explore our curiosity and creativity again.” “Mike …

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Facebook Ends On-Site Help To Political Campaigns

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc said on Thursday that it would no longer dispatch employees to the offices of political campaigns to offer support ahead of elections, as it did with U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2016 race. The company and other major online ad sellers including Alphabet Inc’s Google and Twitter Inc have long offered free dedicated assistance to …

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Survey: 74% Have Curtailed Facebook Use In 2018

Pew Research reports: Significant shares of Facebook users have taken steps in the past year to reframe their relationship with the social media platform. 42% of Facebook users have taken a break from the site in the past year. Just over half of Facebook users ages 18 and older (54%) say they have adjusted their privacy settings in the past …

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LIVE VIDEO: Social Media Heads Testify Before House

Already underway. The Washington Post reports: Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter’s Jack Dorsey tried to convince skeptical lawmakers Wednesday they are better prepared to combat foreign interference on their platforms than during the 2016 election. Sandberg and Dorsey delivered their message at a congressional hearing about countries such as Russia that seek to spread divisive political messages online using inauthentic …

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Junior Would “Love” To Create A Right Wing Facebook

Mike Allen reports at Axios: Donald Trump Jr., who has 3 million Twitter followers and 1.3 million Instagram followers, told me there is “exactly zero doubt in my mind” that tech bias is real: “I don’t think [this issue] is going away, because I don’t think it’s changing.” The president’s oldest son, reflecting Trumpworld’s growing appetite for action against Big …

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Trump Declares It “Very Dangerous” For Social Media To Regulate Content: You Too Could Be Banned Tomorrow

Reuters reports: President Donald Trump said on Monday that it is “very dangerous” for social media companies like Twitter and Facebook to regulate the content on their own platforms. “I won’t mention names but when they take certain people off of Twitter or Facebook and they’re making that decision, that is really a dangerous thing because that could be you …

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Trump Whines About Social Media “Censorship”

This is probably about Alex Jones, wouldn’t you say? President Trump on Saturday charged that social media is “totally discriminating against Republican/Conservative voices” and argued that the platforms should allow both “good and bad” content online amid an ongoing debate over social media’s role in policing content online. Republicans in recent months have more frequently made the claim that social …

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Christian Social Media Attempt Raises $58K In 90 Days

Three months ago when I first mentioned Pastor Steven Andrew’s attempt to launch a “censorship-free” Christian version of Facebook, his crowdfunding page showed just over $100,000 with “26 days to go” in the campaign. As of this writing Andrew has raised $158,513. Curiously, the campaign still has “26 days to go.” Andrew’s money begs continue to appear nearly daily on …

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Facebook Finally Bans Alex Jones And InfoWars

Fortune Magazine reports: Problems for Alex Jones and Infowars multiplied Monday as Facebook announced it had “unpublished” four pages run by the conspiracy theorist and radio host, effectively removing him from that platform. The announcement comes just as Apple announced it had removed the entire library of five out of six Infowars’ podcasts, saying the video and audio files had …

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BREAKING: Facebook Identifies “Sophisticated Attempt” To Influence Midterms Via Fake Accounts And Pages

The New York Times reports: Facebook announced on Tuesday that it has identified a coordinated political influence campaign, with dozens of inauthentic accounts and pages that are believed to be engaging in political activity ahead of November’s midterm elections, according to three people briefed on the matter. In a series of briefings on Capitol Hill this week, the company told …

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Ted Cruz: Facebook Is Violating Alex Jones’ Free Speech

Gizmodo reports: Texas Senator Ted Cruz took some time out of his busy schedule of being generally hated by everyone on Saturday to defend conspiracy theorist and Infowars grifter Alex Jones against a temporary suspension on Facebook. For once, Cruz struck a centrist position, albeit one between him and Infowars: He disapproves of what Jones says, but he will defend …

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