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Meta To Shut Down Critical Disinfo Monitoring Tool

Agence France-Presse reports: A digital tool considered vital in tracking viral falsehoods, CrowdTangle will be decommissioned by Facebook owner Meta in a major election year, a move researchers fear will disrupt efforts to detect an expected firehose of political misinformation. The tech giant says CrowdTangle will be unavailable after August 14, less than three months before the US election. The …

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All Meta Platforms Appear To Have Crashed Worldwide

The Daily Mail reports: Meta’s Facebook, Threads, Messenger and Instagram are down worldwide, leaving thousands of users unable to access the social media platforms. The issues appeared around 10:20am ET and are impacting both social media sites’ apps and website. Rather than showing a skeleton version of the site, Facebook will automatically kick you out. An error message saying that …

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Meta Platforms To Stop Promoting Political Content

Variety reports: In a blog post Friday, Instagram, the popular photo and video app owned by Meta, said it will no longer “proactively recommend” political content from accounts that users do not already follow. The same policy applies to Threads, the Twitter-copycat app launched last summer under the Instagram brand. “We want Instagram and Threads to be a great experience …

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Meta Board Wants Stronger Rules Against Fake Videos

The Guardian reports: Meta’s oversight board has found that a Facebook video wrongfully suggesting that the US president, Joe Biden, is a paedophile does not violate the company’s current rules while deeming those rules “incoherent” and too narrowly focused on AI-generated content. The board, which is funded by Meta – Facebook’s parent company – but run independently, took on the …

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Meta To Investors: Zuckerberg’s Hobbies Could Kill Him

The New York Post reports: Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s love of “high-risk activities” pose a “risk of serious injury and death,” the company warned investors in its latest Securities and Exchange Commission filing. The warning was included for the first time under “risk factors” in Meta’s 10-K filing — a comprehensive report on the tech behemoth’s activities throughout 2023 — …

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Zuckerberg Apologizes To Families Harmed By Meta

The Guardian reports: Following an intense line of questioning with Mark Zuckerberg, Republican senator Josh Hawley asked the Meta executive if he would like to apologize to families of victims who are sitting in the audience of today’s Senate hearing, many of whom hold photos of children they say died or were harmed due to his platform. Zuckerberg stood up …

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Meta Accused Of Collecting Data On Underage Users

The New York Times reports: Meta has received more than 1.1 million reports of users under the age of 13 on its Instagram platform since early 2019 yet it “disabled only a fraction” of those accounts, according to a newly unsealed legal complaint against the company brought by the attorneys general of 33 states. Instead, the social media giant “routinely …

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Meta May Charge EU Users For Ad-Free Subscriptions

Reuters reports: Meta Platforms is exploring options to introduce ad-free subscription plans for Instagram and Facebook users in Europe, a person familiar with the matter said on Tuesday. The proposal is an attempt by Meta to circumvent European Union regulations that threaten to curb its ability to personalize ads for users without their consent and hurt its major revenue source. …

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Musk: I’m Driving To Zuck’s House To Challenge Him

Mediaite reports: Another day, another Nerd War update. Just as the cage fight between Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk appeared to be called off, Musk reignited the feud with plans to drive to the Facebook CEO’s home Monday night. As the lure of the fight began to grow larger, it appeared Musk’s excitement dwindled. He said that Italy would be …

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Zuckerberg To Musk: It’s Time To Put Up Or Shut Up

Mediaite reports: Elon Musk says he’s ready to rumble. In a screenshotted text sent to his biographer Walter Isaacson, Musk challenged Mark Zuckerberg to an MMA fight on Monday. And — per the text — he’s even willing to cede the home octagon advantage. “Wanna do a practice bout at your house next week?” Musk asked. Zuckerberg — evidently sick …

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Musk: Zuck Bout Will Happen In “Epic” Italian Location

Gizmodo reports: Are you not entertained?! Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk’s will they/won’t they continues, and it appears that the long awaited fight between the two tech billionaires could take place in Italy. Musk tweeted this morning that he spoke to the Prime Minister of Italy and the Minister of Culture to hold the brawl in Italy. The fate of …

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Zuckerberg: Threads Will Soon Launch Desktop Version

The Verge reports: If you go to Threads.net to access Meta’s popular Twitter clone, you’ll still find a spinning placeholder galaxy — but that should change in the next few weeks, according to a new tweet from CEO Mark Zuckerberg. “Search and web coming in the next few weeks,” he tweets, saying he’s “excited about the team’s pace of shipping.” …

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Mark Zuckerberg: Coming Features Will Boost Threads

Reuters reports: Meta Platforms executives are heavily focused on boosting retention on their new Twitter rival Threads, after the app lost more than half of its users in the weeks following its buzzy launch, CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday. Retention of users on the text-based app was better than executives had expected, though it was “not perfect,” said …

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Threads Approaches 100 Million Users On Third Day

Digital World reports: Just to give you a better understanding of the mega success it has attained in a two-day span, even the world’s leading apps couldn’t make the breakthrough records and success it has attained. Remember, ChatGPT got 100 million users in two months while TikTok got 100 million downloads in 9 months. Meanwhile, Meta’s own Instagram attained 100 …

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Threads Garners Over 70 Million Users By Second Day

Bloomberg News reports: Meta Platforms Inc.’s new social media app Threads has garnered 70 million users in just two days after its launch, a sign of enthusiasm that Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said was “way beyond our expectations.” Threads launched on Wednesday as an alternative to Elon Musk’s Twitter, which had 237.8 million users as of July 2022, but …

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Twitter Threatens To Sue Meta Over “Copycat” Threads

Semafor reports: Twitter is threatening legal action against Meta over its new text-based “Twitter killer” platform, accusing the social media giant of poaching former employees to create a “copycat” application. A lawyer for Twitter, Alex Spiro, sent a letter to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg accusing the company of engaging in “systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter’s trade secrets and …

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Zuckerberg: 30 Million Joined Threads In First 12 Hours

CBC News reports: More than 30 million people have signed up to Threads, Meta’s rival to Twitter, within the first few hours of its launch, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said late Thursday morning. The number is likely to grow quickly as more Instagram users and social media fans open accounts on Threads. The app is the biggest challenger yet to …

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Over 10 Million Join Threads In Hours After Launch

Reuters reports: Meta Platforms on Wednesday launched a direct challenge to Twitter with Threads, garnering millions of users in hours as it sought to take advantage of its rival’s much-weakened state after a series of chaotic decisions from owner Elon Musk. Those quick to join the new platform included celebrities such as Kim Kardashian and Jennifer Lopez as well as …

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Meta’s Twitter Clone “Threads” Won’t Launch In EU

Bloomberg News reports: Meta Platforms Inc.’s Threads app — the social network rolling out this week to take on Twitter Inc. — won’t be offered in the European Union as the company works out how data sharing between the new platform and its Instagram app will be regulated. Meta is waiting for more guidance around the Digital Markets Act, new …

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Meta To Launch Its Twitter Competitor On Thursday

The Associated Press reports: Meta is poised to unveil a new app that appears to mimic Twitter — a direct challenge to the social media platform owned by Elon Musk. A listing for the app, called Threads, appeared on Apple’s App Store, indicating it would debut as early as Thursday. It is billed as a “text-based conversation app” that is …

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