Tag Archives: Facebook

WSJ: Mark Zuckerberg Told Staff Not To Bring Him Any More Algorithmic Edits To Suppress Extremist Content

Business Insider reports: Facebook has reportedly long known its platform encourages extremist and polarizing content, and the company’s disinterest in making changes to solve these problems goes all the way up to CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Wall Street Journal reports that research Facebook conducted internally in 2016 and 2018 showed the platform’s algorithm contributed to the proliferation of polarizing content. …

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Facebook Boots #QAnon, White Supremacist Groups

The Associated Press reports: Facebook says it has removed several groups, accounts and pages linked to QAnon, taking action for the first time against the far-right U.S. conspiracy theory circulated among supporters of President Donald Trump. The social-media giant made the announcement Tuesday as part of its monthly briefing on “coordinated inauthentic behavior” on its platforms. That’s Facebook’s term for …

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Militia Militants Plot Civil War In Facebook Groups

The Huffington Post reports: Thousands of armed right-wing militants are plotting a violent uprising against the U.S. government during the coronavirus crisis, a new report finds, and Facebook is providing them a platform to prepare and organize. A report published Thursday by the watchdog group the Tech Transparency Project found 125 Facebook groups devoted to the idea of the “boogaloo,” …

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FB To Label National Origin Of Election-Related Posts

The Associated Press reports: Facebook said it will label some election-related posts with their geographic origin in an attempt to curb political misinformation by foreign-based pages that mimic legitimate groups and political parties. The new policy will apply to popular election-related pages, and will stamp every post they make on Facebook and Instagram with its origin. For instance, an Instagram …

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Junior Is Pissed FB Won’t Promote Lockdown Protests

The Hill reports: Donald Trump Jr. and Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), two frequent critics of Silicon Valley, hit Facebook on Monday for taking down the event pages of some demonstrations organized against coronavirus stay-at-home orders. A spokesperson for the social media giant told The Hill on Monday that it removed pages for protests in California, New Jersey and Nebraska after …

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Facebook To Remove Some Posts Promoting Protests

CNN reports: Facebook will remove some posts on anti-stay-at-home protests being organized in California, New Jersey and Nebraska after consulting with officials in those states, a company spokesperson told CNN Monday. The protests run afoul of the states’ social distancing guidelines, Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said. Protests have erupted around the US in recent days as shutdown orders have been …

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Facebook Commits $100M To Struggling News Outlets

Axios reports: Facebook says it is spending $100 million to support news outlets around the world that have been impacted by the coronavirus, the company said Monday. Whatever Facebook’s motivation, this is a much-needed cash infusion at a critical time for the local news industry. While $25 million will be given to local news organizations in the U.S. as grants, …

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Man Charged With Terrorism For Virus Facebook Post

USA Today reports: A Louisiana man has been arrested after allegedly making a social media post that claimed Rapides Parish Sheriff’s deputies had been ordered to shoot on sight those suffering from the coronavirus. Waylon Allen Bailey, 27, of the 3800 block of La. Highway 112, was booked into the Rapides Parish Detention Center on one count of terrorizing, according …

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EMTs Downplay Virus In Massive Pro-Trump FB Group

ProPublica reports: In a 27,000-member private Facebook group for first responders who support President Donald Trump, firefighters and paramedics have posted thousands of comments in recent weeks downplaying the coronavirus pandemic that they are responsible for helping to handle. Posts in the group, which is called IAFF Union Firefighters for Trump and has been endorsed by Trump, scoffed at the …

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Facebook Takes Down Trump’s Fake “Census” Ads

Vox reports: Shortly ahead of the US National 2020 census, President Trump’s campaign is running ads on Facebook that some are saying are misleading users into thinking that a data-gathering and fundraising survey for the Trump presidential campaign is actually the official US national census. Facebook confirmed with Recode that it plans to take down the ads. According to Facebook’s …

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Facebook AI Tool Detects 6.5 Billion Fake Accounts

The Verge reports: Facebook is opening up about the behind-the-scenes tools it uses to combat fake account creation on its platforms, and the company says it has a new artificial intelligence-powered method known as Deep Entity Classification (DEC) that’s proved especially effective. DEC is a machine learning model that doesn’t just take into account the activity of the suspect account, …

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FB Cancels Annual San Francisco Confab Over Virus

The Washington Post reports: Facebook announced Friday that it would cancel a summit it had planned to hold at San Francisco’s Moscone Center in March. “Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” Anthony Harrison, a Facebook spokesman, said. The annual event brings together Facebook employees from …

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WhatsApp Hits 2B Users Amid FTC Antitrust Scrutiny

Variety reports: WhatsApp now has more than 2 billion users globally, according to Facebook — and the company says it “will not compromise” on the messaging app’s end-to-end encryption, despite warnings from law enforcement officials. WhatsApp, which Facebook acquired for $19 billion in 2014, uses strong crypto to keep information sent over the service private, “helping protect you from hackers …

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Anti-Vax FB Group Played Role In Child’s Flu Death

NBC News reports: Facebook groups that routinely traffic in anti-vaccination propaganda have become a resource for people seeking out a wide variety of medical information — including about the ongoing flu season. One recent post came from the mother of a 4-year-old Colorado boy who died from the flu this week. In it, she consulted group members while noting that …

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Facebook Pulls False PragerU Ad About Oz Wildfires

Buzzfeed News reports: Facebook has taken down an ad from the conservative organization PragerU that contained misinformation about deadly wildfires in Australia — but only took the action days after a formal fact-checking review was completed. The incident shows that while the social media giant says it is working to remove misinformation about the fires, it is continuing to accept …

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Inside The Trump Campaign’s Massive Facebook Effort

The Guardian reports: Over the course of 2019, the Trump campaign spent nearly $20 million on more than 218,000 different Facebook ads, a new Guardian analysis shows. Among the ads were some of the images and videos that made front-page news for their xenophobic, fear-mongering, vitriolic, and outright false rhetoric. But the campaign also ran a decidedly mundane social media …

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Hillary Clinton: Facebook Intends To Reelect Trump

The Atlantic reports: Facebook is, in a sense, the world’s first technocratic nation-state—a real-time experiment in connecting humans at massive and unprecedented scale, with a population of users that eclipses any actual nation, nearly as big as China and India combined. It’s also an institution with gigantic levers at its disposal to affect the lives of its user-citizens. Facebook knows …

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Facebook OK’s Large Lie-Filled Pro-Trump Ad Buy

Popular Information reports: Facebook is allowing a major pro-Trump Super PAC, the Committee to Defend the President, to run ads with lies. The Committee to Defend the President, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, is one of the “two biggest non-party outside spenders of this cycle.” Since Saturday, the Committee to Defend the President is running multiple ads that …

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Trump’s Navy Sec Pick Linked To Cambridge Analytica

CBS News reports: Documents apparently generated by Cambridge Analytica suggest that the political consulting firm had a contractual relationship with Kenneth Braithwaite in the year before he was nominated to be U.S. Ambassador to Norway in 2017. Braithwaite, who President Trump has said will be his nominee for Secretary of the Navy, made no mention of an agreement in his …

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Mark Hamill Quits Facebook With Jab At Zuckerberg

MarketWatch reports: The Force isn’t strong with Facebook anymore. OG “Star Wars” star Mark Hamill quit the social network on Sunday, accusing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg of turning to the Dark Side of capitalism. The actor who originated the iconic role of Luke Skywalker in the original “Star Wars” trilogy announced his Facebook boycott on Twitter, where he condemned Zuckerberg …

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