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Facebook Remakes App To Copy TikTok’s Algorithm

Axios reports: Facebook wants to shape your online life around the algorithmically-sorted preferences of millions of strangers around the globe. That’s how TikTok sorts the videos it shows users, and that’s largely how Facebook will now organize its home screen. The dominant player in social media is transforming itself into a kind of digital mass media, in which the reactions …

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Amazon Sues Over Fake Reviews Coordinated On FB

The Wall Street Journal reports: Amazon said it filed a lawsuit against the administrators of what it says are more than 10,000 Facebook groups used to coordinate fake reviews of Amazon products. Those in charge of the Facebook groups solicit the reviews for items ranging from camera tripods to car stereos in exchange for free products or money, Amazon said …

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Instagram Also Removing Posts About Abortion Pills

The Associated Press reports: The AP obtained a screenshot on Friday of one Instagram post from a woman who offered to purchase or forward abortion pills through the mail, minutes after the court ruled to overturn the constitutional right to an abortion. “DM me if you want to order abortion pills, but want them sent to my address instead of …

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Facebook Bans Users Who Say They’ll Mail Abortion Pills

Vice News reports: Facebook is removing the posts of users who share status updates that say abortion pills can be mailed and in some cases temporarily banning those users. When exactly Facebook started removing these and similar posts is unclear. But Motherboard confirmed Facebook removed such posts on the same day that the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, the …

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Meta/Facebook COO Steps Down After 14 Years

CNBC reports: Sheryl Sandberg is stepping down from her role as Chief Operating Officer at Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook. Sandberg joined Facebook in early 2008 as the No. 2 to Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, and helped turn Facebook into an advertising juggernaut and one of the most powerful companies in the tech industry, with a …

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Russia Fines Meta And TikTok For “LGBT Propaganda”

Today Online reports: A Russian court on Tuesday (April 26) hit Facebook and Instagram parent company Meta and video platform TikTok with fines for refusing to take down LBGT content. In separate hearings, a Moscow court ordered Meta to pay four million rubles (S$74,000) and TikTok 2 million rubles for failing to delete content with LGBT “propaganda”, news agency Interfax …

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FB To Open Physical Store To Sell Metaverse Gadgets

The Washington Post reports: Facebook said Monday that it’s opening its first physical retail space — its latest gambit to transform itself from a social media platform into a hardware giant inventing the “metaverse.” In the store, customers will be able to test out Facebook’s growing line of smart hardware devices including its virtual reality headset Quest 2, its smart …

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Russia Declares Meta Guilty Of “Extremist Activity”

Reuters reports: A Moscow court on Monday found Meta Platforms Inc guilty of “extremist activity”, but said its decision would not affect the WhatsApp messenger service, focusing its ire on the company’s already banned Facebook and Instagram social networks. Moscow’s Tverskoi District Court upheld a lawsuit filed by Russian state prosecutors on banning the activities of Meta on Russian territory, …

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Russian Influencers Sob As Instagram Gets Blocked

The Washington Post reports: The tears were flowing Sunday among Russia’s airbrushed Instagram influencers, who begged their followers in farewell posts to join them on alternative social media platforms, as Russian authorities prepared to shut down the U.S.-owned social network at midnight. Russia’s communications regulator, Roskomnadzor, officially banned Instagram on Friday and gave Russian users a 48-hour grace period to …

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Texas AG Sues Meta Over Use Of Facial Recognition

The Texas Tribune reports: Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton is suing Facebook’s parent company, Meta Platforms Inc., saying the technology conglomerate infringed on the state’s privacy protections by using facial recognition technology on its users without their consent. Paxton filed the suit, which he said could result in hundreds of billions of dollars in civil penalties, in state court in …

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Peter Thiel Exits Meta To Focus On Electing Cultists

The New York Times reports: Peter Thiel, one of the longest-serving board members of Meta, the parent of Facebook, plans to step down, the company said on Monday. Mr. Thiel, 54, wants to focus on influencing November’s midterm elections. Mr. Thiel sees the midterms as crucial to changing the direction of the country, this person said, and he is backing …

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Meta Threatens To Leave Europe Over Privacy Laws

Mashable reports: Buried in Meta’s dense annual report for the Securities and Exchange Commission, filed Thursday, is a surprisingly stark sentence laying out a scenario in which The Company Formerly Known as Facebook might have to entirely stop operating Instagram and Facebook in Europe. Yep, no Instagram, no Facebook, for all Europeans. At issue are European data regulations that prevent …

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Zuckerberg Loses Billions As Meta Stock Plunges

CNN reports: Late Wednesday, Meta reported a rare drop in profits, driven by spending on its vision for a so-called metaverse while simultaneously confronting advertising challenges on its existing services. The company’s shares plummeted in after-hours trading and are continuing their steep drop on Thursday. By mid-morning, the stock was down nearly 25%, making it the worst performer in the …

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POLL: 76% Say Facebook Makes US Society Worse

CNN reports: Roughly three-quarters of adults believe Facebook is making American society worse, a new CNN poll conducted by SSRS finds, with about half saying they know somebody who was persuaded to believe in a conspiracy theory because of the site’s content. Americans say, 76% to 11%, that Facebook makes society worse, not better, according to the survey. Another 13% …

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Facebook To Shutter Facial Recognition Photo Feature

The New York Times reports: Facebook plans to shut down its decade-old facial recognition system this month, deleting the face scan data of more than one billion users and effectively eliminating a feature that has fueled privacy concerns, government investigations, a class-action lawsuit and regulatory woes. Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Meta, Facebook’s newly named parent company, …

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Hebrew Speakers Mock Zuckerberg: Meta Means Dead

The BBC reports: Facebook’s announcement that it is changing its name to Meta has caused quite the stir in Israel where the word sounds like the Hebrew word for “dead”. To be precise, Meta is pronounced like the feminine form of the Hebrew word. A number of people have taken to Twitter to share their take on the name under …

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Facebook Changes Parent Company Name To “Meta”

CNBC reports: Facebook on Thursday announced that it will change its company name to Meta. The name change, which was announced at the Facebook Connect augmented and virtual reality conference, reflects the company’s growing ambitions beyond social media with the metaverse, a classic sci-fi term Facebook has adopted to describe its vision for working and playing in a virtual world. …

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Google Knows Where You Are

My obsession with statistics goes into overdrive in the face of the magic of Google Analytics, which reveals some interesting tidbits about JMG readers. For folks dropping by in the last 30 days, by far the largest chunk of you are in NYC, about 11%, twice as many as #2, San Francisco. The top twenty: 1. NYC2. San Francisco3. Washington …

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About My Email Suckiness

I created the Gmail address for this blog last November and yesterday the inbox counter rolled over 10,000. Again. I mention this only as a really lame excuse for my sucky track record in responding to everybody. Usually I scan the inbox for familiar names and try to get back to those folks first. But I’m way behind on a …

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JMG: Year Four Begins

Today is JMG’s 3rd blogiversary. My first post: I was born and raised in rural North Carolina. My fondest childhood memory is of playing in the dense, acrid, poison fog that was belched out by the county mosquito control truck, during it’s daily dusk-time trip down our dirt road. The cry of ‘Smokey! Smokey!’ would fly up and down Nine …

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