Tag Archives: Facebook

BRITAIN: Facebook Bans Multiple Far-Right Groups

The Guardian reports: Years after the company first dismissed fears it was empowering extremists, Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First. The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: …

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Trump Targets Seniors With Facebook Immigration Ads

Axios reports: The Trump campaign is spending nearly half (44%) of its Facebook ad budget to target users who are over 65 years old, as opposed to Democratic candidates who are only spending 27% of their budget on that demographic, according to data given to Axios exclusively from Bully Pulpit Interactive. Other data points pulled from the Facebook ad archive …

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AOC Quits Facebook, Calls Social Media “Health Risk”

The Washington Post reports: Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose mastery of social media has helped drive the national conversation and shed light on the inner workings of congressional power, has given up on the most popular social network in the world. In an interview Sunday with the Yahoo News podcast “Skullduggery,” the New York Democrat said she stopped using her Facebook …

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HUD Charges Facebook With Housing Discrimination

The Washington Post reports: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said Thursday it is charging Facebook with housing discrimination, alleging its targeted advertising platform violates the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing” unlawful discrimination by restricting who can view housing ads. The charges caught Facebook off guard, coming one week after the social media giant agreed …

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Facebook Bans White Nationalists & White Separatists

We’ll stand by for Steve King’s page to be deleted. Motherboard reports: In a major policy shift for the world’s biggest social media network, Facebook banned white nationalism and white separatism on its platform Tuesday. Facebook will also begin directing users who try to post content associated with those ideologies to a nonprofit that helps people leave hate groups, Motherboard …

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Facebook Staffers Could Probably See Your Password

The Associated Press reports: Facebook left millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse. By storing passwords in readable plain text, Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices. Those call for organizations and websites to save passwords in a scrambled form that makes it almost impossible to recover the …

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ACLU Reaches Landmark Settlement Over Facebook’s Practice Of Allowing Advertisers To Exclude Minorities

Via press release: The ACLU, along with our client Communications Workers of America, and other civil rights groups, announced a historic settlement agreement with Facebook that will result in major changes to Facebook’s advertising platform. Advertisers will no longer be able to exclude users from learning about opportunities for housing, employment, or credit based on gender, age, or other protected …

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Facebook Can’t Find Local News For Local News Project As Hundreds Of Newspapers Have Folded Nationwide

Axios reports: Facebook wants to deliver more local news, but there aren’t enough local news outlets across the U.S. to do so, according to research the platform released Monday morning in conjunction with four academic researchers. Facebook and rival Google have shouldered blame for creating local news deserts by upending the business models of small, local newspapers. Now, the tech …

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Feds Target Facebook Data Deals In Criminal Probe

The New York Times reports: Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks. A grand jury in New York has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent …

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Ted Cruz Backs Warren On Facebook “Censorship”

She gave him the opening and he went for it. Mediaite reports: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) expressed some rare agreement with a prominent rival across the aisle, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), on Twitter after Warren lamented big tech companies have “too much power” to decide what and what not to censor on social media platforms. “Curious why I think FB …

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Facebook Boots Warren’s “Break Up Facebook” Ads

Politico reports: Facebook has removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. The ads, which had identical images and text, touted Warren’s recently announced plan to unwind “anti-competitive” tech mergers, including Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp and Instagram. A message on the three ads reads: “This ad was …

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Calls For Breaking Up Big Tech: I Will End Google, Facebook, And Amazon’s Monopolies

From Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s post on Medium: Twenty-five years ago, Facebook, Google, and Amazon didn’t exist. Now they are among the most valuable and well-known companies in the world. It’s a great story — but also one that highlights why the government must break up monopolies and promote competitive markets. I want a government that makes sure everybody — even the biggest and most …

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Zuckerberg Vows “Privacy-Focused” Future At Facebook

CNBC reports: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday posted a 3,000 word note outlining a more “privacy-focused” future for the tech company, saying that communications platforms that protect privacy will “become even more important than today’s open platforms.” “I believe the future of communication will increasingly shift to private, encrypted services where people can be confident what they say to …

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Facebook CEO Floats Crowd-Sourced Fact-Checking

The Guardian reports: Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg revealed that he is considering crowd sourcing as a new model for Facebook’s third-party fact checking partnerships. “I think that the real thing that we want to try to get to over time is more of a crowdsourced model where people, it’s not that people are trusting some sort, some basic set …

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BRITAIN: Parliament Issues Scathing Report Calling For Stiffer Regulation Of “Digital Gangsters” At Facebook

CBS News reports: Senior managers at Facebook knew about a data breach associated with campaign consulting firm Cambridge Analytica before it was first reported in the media in 2015, according to a U.K. Parliament report that concludes the company “deliberately misled” a wide-ranging investigation into disinformation, “fake news” and election interference. “Some malicious forces use Facebook to threaten and harass …

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Facebook To Reveal Who Targeted You For Advertising

TechCrunch reports: Starting February 28th, Facebook’s “Why am I seeing this?” button in the drop-down menu of feed posts will reveal more than the brand that paid for the ad, some biographical details they targeted and if they’d uploaded your contact info. Facebook will start to show when your contact info was uploaded, if it was by the brand or …

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Alex Jones Is “Ready For War” After Facebook Purges Another 22 Pages That Were Posting Infowars Content

The Verge reports: Facebook today removed 22 pages associated with far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as part of a previously announced update in which the company is tightening rules for administrators whose pages have been previously banned. The pages, which were among 89 removed by the social network, were created before Jones was banned in August for violations related to …

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Facebook Deletes Hundreds Of Russia-Linked Fake News Pages That Were Inflaming Anti-NATO Sentiments

Mediaite reports: Facebook announced that it has removed hundreds of pages “for engaging in coordinated inauthentic behavior” as part of a disinformation campaign being run by employees of Russian news outlet Sputnik. The stunning announcement, made early Thursday, revealed that Facebook has removed 364 pages — boasting 790,000 followers and $135,000 in ad buys between them — that were “part …

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Facebook To Invest $300M In Journalism Programs

CNN reports: Facebook says it is making by far its biggest investment yet into struggling sectors of the news industry. On Tuesday the company is announcing a three-year commitment to invest $300 million in “news programs, partnerships and content.” Some of the funds will go directly to nonprofit organizations like the Pulitzer Center and Report for America. The cash infusion …

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Tony Perkins On Working With Facebook: I Told Them They Have A Problem With Censoring Right Wingers

Hate group leader Tony Perkins appeared on Fox & Friends this morning where he attempted to downplay a Wall Street Journal report that Facebook has asked him for advice on their hate speech rules. Media Matters has the transcript: “I was in Egypt earlier this week. Read the story. I was a bit surprised that I was described as consulting …

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