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Facebook Removes Ads Identifying Ukraine Whistleblower

Facebook removed ads identifying the Ukraine whistleblower by name after hundreds of thousands of users had already seen them, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The tech giant is facing criticism for the decision, which came in response to a query from the Post asking why Facebook had not yet removed the ads naming the CIA official, whose identity is protected ...

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Google Considers Political Ad Policy Change As Democrats Worry About Potential Backlash

Google and Facebook are considering a change to their political ad policies that would alter micro-targeting, a form of advertising that allows organizations to tailor advertisements for specific groups. Google might change political ad policies related to what type of audiences ad buyers can target on the company’s platform, The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday, citing employees who are familiar ...

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California AG Accuses Facebook Of Failing To Comply With Subpoenas Regarding Privacy Investigation

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra accused Facebook of not complying with subpoena requests regarding a privacy investigation by the state in a lawsuit released Wednesday. Becerra asked the San Francisco Superior Court force the tech giant to adequately respond to requests for information related to the probe that started in 2018, he said during a Wednesday press conference, according to ...

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Mark Zuckerberg Leans On Free Speech While Defending Facebook’s Ad Policies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pushed back Thursday against critics who believe his company’s new advertisement policies will allow politicians to lie and misinform voters ahead of the election. Zuckerberg defended the new ad policy, which largely exempts politicians from Facebook’s fact checkers, during an interview with The Washington Post, telling reporters that Americans probably don’t want a company being the ...

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Barr Asks Facebook To Halt A Program Officials Believe Will Prevent Them From Busting Sex Predators

Attorney General William Barr sent a letter to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday asking him to halt a privacy program that could potentially hide criminal evidence by encrypting messages. Barr’s letter says that while encryption is important, Facebook must take necessary steps to ensure that such a program does not hurt law enforcements’ efforts to catch criminals who operate ...

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REPORT: Row Over Abortion, Climate Change Spurs Facebook To Exempt Opinion, Advocacy From Fact Checks

Facebook plans to exempt opinion content and political advocacy organizations from the social media giant’s independent fact checking efforts, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, citing anonymous sources. The company plans to also allow publishers of information found to be false to appeal directly to Facebook, sources told TheWSJ, adjusting previous operating procedure that restricted brands and individuals to appealing ...

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Facebook Removed False Label After Scientists Said Climate ‘Alarmist’ Fact Checkers Are Targeting Them

Facebook dinged a fact check after climate scientists said a partisan fact-checking group the company uses is defaming them. Another Facebook fact checker came under criticism after dinging an editorial from a pair of climatologists about the problems with climate models. “Facebook is on a slippery slope,” one of the scientists said, referring to the company’s decision to allow supposedly ...

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‘Startling’ Study Finds Drug Dealers Turning To Facebook, Twitter, Google To Sell Steroids

Drug dealers are using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to sell illicit appearance and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs). The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and cyber-intelligence firm GiPEC purchased some of the drugs being promoted on these sites and found some drugs contained potentially harmful steroids or were altogether fake. The social media sites’ policies state it ...

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Facebook Dings Netanyahu’s Account For Saying Arabs Plan To ‘Annihilate’ Jews

Facebook suspended a feature on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account Thursday after someone managing the profile posted comments suggesting Arabs plan to destroy all Jewish people. The move, which Facebook says will last for 24 hours, comes after chatbot messages were sent from Netanyahu’s page stating that “Arabs want to annihilate us all,” Israeli publication Haaretz reported. The message ...

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Hawley, Cruz And Lawmakers Challenge Facebook Over Live Action Fact-Check

Lawmakers sent a letter to Facebook challenging a fact check on the pro-life organization Live Action’s content. Republican Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and  Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz were among the lawmakers who sent the letter. Live Action has said that they were targeted by pro-abortion fact checkers, and that Facebook “took sides” and “called us the spreaders of false news.” ...

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New York Attorney General Leads Eight State Coalition To Open Antitrust Probe Into Facebook

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday morning an eight-state coalition to open an investigation into Facebook that will focus on the social media titan’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. The probe will include the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio, among others, James’s office said in a statement. The probe “focuses on Facebook’s dominance ...

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Facebook Integrates Instagram into First of a Kind Dating App

Facebook officially launched its new dating feature, Facebook Dating, in the United States on Thursday. The tech giant says the new feature will take “the work out of creating a dating profile and gives you a more authentic look at who someone is” in a Thursday newsletter. The feature will allow users to connect their Dating profiles with their Instagram ...

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What Could Go Wrong? Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft Meet With Intel Agencies To Prep For 2020

Facebook, Twitter, Google and Microsoft met with U.S. intelligence in Washington, D.C., on Thursday to discuss plans to avoid the spread of misinformation ahead of 2020. The tech giants met with officials from the FBI, Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI), and Department of Homeland Security to explore ways to avoid security threats during the next presidential election, ...

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‘He Hurt A Lot Of People’: Ron Wyden Floats Putting Mark Zuckerberg In Prison For Facebook’s Alleged Privacy Violations

Sen. Ron Wyden is floating the possibility that imprisoning Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg might be the best way to hold the social media company responsible for privacy violations. “I think he ought to be held personally accountable, which is everything from financial fines to—and let me underline this—the possibility of a prison term,” Wyden said in an interview published Saturday on ...

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Facebook Clamps Down On Political Ad Buyers Ahead Of The 2020 POTUS Election

Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers on ads, which critics say undermines Facebook’s desire to be transparent about spending on ...

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