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Facebook Unfriends Australia In War With Lawmakers

CBS News reports: Facebook announced Thursday it has blocked Australians from viewing and sharing news on the platform because of proposed laws in the country to make digital giants pay for journalism. Australian publishers can continue to publish news content on Facebook, but links and posts can’t be viewed or shared by Australian audiences, the U.S.-based company said in a …

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Facebook Expands Crackdown On COVID Anti-Vaxxers

From Facebook’s corporate blog: Today, we are expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines and vaccines in general during the pandemic. Since December, we’ve removed false claims about COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts. Today, following consultations with leading health organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), we …

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Better Business Bureau: Don’t Post Your Proof Of Vax

Via press release from the Better Business Bureau: You got your COVID-19 inoculation, and you are excited to share the good news and encourage others to do the same. You take a selfie holding your vaccination card and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or another social media platform. Unfortunately, your card has your full name and birthday on it, as …

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Facebook To Stop Pushing Political Content To Users

CNN Business reports: CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Facebook is considering steps it can take to reduce the amount of political content in the News Feed. “One of the top pieces of feedback that we’re hearing from our community right now is that people don’t want politics and fighting to take over their experience on our services,” Zuckerberg said. Ahead of …

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Facebook Refers Trump’s Ban To Its “Supreme Court”

Politico reports: Facebook said Thursday it will refer its indefinite suspension of former President Donald Trump’s account to its independent oversight board — the highest-profile test to date for the panel, and a move that could lead to Trump either returning to the platform or facing a permanent suspension. The announcement: Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice president of global affairs and …

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Facebook Blocks Events In DC And State Capitals

Engadget reports: Facebook is cracking down on events in an effort to prevent its users from organizing violence ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration. The social network says it will block all events in areas around Washington D.C. and state capitals through next week’s inauguration. “We are blocking the creation of any new Facebook events happening in close proximity to locations …

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Facebook Sees Rise In Plans For Inauguration Violence

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc has seen an increase in signals indicating potential future acts of violence associated with efforts to contest the result of the U.S. presidential election since the Capitol siege last week, a company spokeswoman told Reuters. The spokeswoman, who asked not to be named for security reasons, said late Tuesday the storming of the U.S. Capitol by …

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Facebook To Remove All “Stop The Steal” Content

NBC News reports: Facebook said Monday that it will begin removing any content that includes the phrase “stop the steal” from its platforms, expanding its efforts to limit the spread of election misinformation. The company two months ago removed the original group of the same name, which fueled voter fraud misinformation after the election. The move is part of the …

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Facebook Allegedly Bans Homocon “WalkAway” Group

Homocon Trump cultist Brandon Straka appeared here yesterday when he boasted that it was “patriots” who rioted at the US Capitol and definitely not antifa. Today Straka is screaming because Facebook has apparently banned his “WalkAway” group. According to a notice allegedly sent Straka by Facebook, the group violated their policies on “hateful, threatening, or obscene” content. Straka, who has …

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Facebook Blocks Trump For Remainder Of His Term

Via press release from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg: The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden. His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his …

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Facebook Removes Trump’s Video Expressing Solidarity With Rioters: “It Contributes To The Ongoing Violence”

From Facebook’s vice president of integrity: This is an emergency situation and we are taking appropriate emergency measures, including removing President Trump’s video. We removed it because on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence. CNBC reports: President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged swarms of his supporters rioting in and around the U.S. …

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Facebook Lifts Political Ads Ban For Georgia Runoffs

The Verge reports: Facebook on Tuesday said it would make an exception to its political ad ban to let campaigns and other political organizations run advertising for the upcoming Georgia runoff elections. The Senate races, which will determine which US political party controls that chamber of Congress, take place on January 5th. Facebook says advertisers authorized to run ads on …

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FTC And State AGs Hit Facebook With Antitrust Suit

The Wall Street Journal reports: The Federal Trade Commission and a bipartisan group of state attorneys general sued Facebook Inc. on Wednesday, bringing broad antitrust allegations that the social-media giant engaged in a yearslong campaign to buy up or freeze out nascent tech firms that one day might have become rivals. CNBC reports: The FTC alleges that Facebook engaged in …

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FB To Face Antitrust Suit Over Instagram, WhatsApp

The Washington Post reports: State and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook that will challenge the tech giant’s acquisition of two rivals, Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the deals helped create an anti-competitive social networking juggernaut that has left users with few quality alternatives. The charges form a critical part of what could be a wide-ranging …

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Zuckerberg Defends Not Banning Steve Bannon: Calling For Beheading Anthony Fauci “Did Not Cross The Line”

Reuters reports: Facebook chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg told an all-staff meeting on Thursday that former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon had not violated enough of the company’s policies to justify his suspension when he urged beheading two senior U.S. officials, according to a recording heard by Reuters. “We have specific rules around how many times you need to violate …

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FB Removes Pages Linked To Steve Bannon For Disinfo

CNBC reports: Facebook on Monday removed a network of pages tied to former Trump advisor Steve Bannon for using tricks to increase their reach. Facebook routinely removes networks of pages set up to mislead users with disinformation. “We’ve removed several clusters of activity for using inauthentic behavior tactics to artificially boost how many people saw their content,” a spokesman for …

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Cultists Tricked Into Joining “Gay Communists” Group

The Guardian reports: Thousands of Donald Trump supporters have unwittingly found themselves in a Facebook group called “Gay Communists for Socialism”, after being tricked by its creators into joining what they thought was a pro-Trump election group. On Thursday, a Facebook group called “Stop the Steal”, a reference to the president’s false claims that Joe Biden is “stealing” the US …

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Facebook Sees Rise In “Violence Incitement” Metric

Buzzfeed News reports: As votes are being tallied across the country to determine the next US president, internal Facebook data shows that the company has seen a significant increase in what it calls “violence and incitement trends.” In a post to a group on Facebook’s internal message board, one employee alerted their colleagues to a nearly 45% increase in the …

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FB Bans “Stop The Steal” Group Over Calls For Violence

CNET reports: Facebook on Thursday shut down a massive group with more than 348,000 members that was spreading misinformation about voter fraud. The public group, called “STOP THE STEAL,” was pushing false claims that Democrats are trying to “steal” the US presidential election. “In line with the exceptional measures that we are taking during this period of heightened tension, we …

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Instagram Zaps “Recent” Tab To Fight Election Disinfo

Reuters reports: Facebook Inc’s Instagram said today it was making changes to its image sharing platform for U.S. users to prevent the spread of misinformation around the Nov. 3 presidential election. For users in the United States, Instagram temporarily removed the “Recent” tab from hashtag pages starting Thursday, it said in a statement on Twitter. “We’re doing this to reduce …

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