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Facebook Users Look For Answers As Company’s AI Goes Haywire After Moderators Were Sent Home

Facebook said Tuesday a bug in the company’s anti-spam system that is randomly and mistakenly flagging user content is unrelated to any changes in the workforce due to coronavirus. Twitter users tweeted images of a warning they received from Facebook suggesting their content violated company policies against spam. The content was flagged due to a bug rather than a lack ...

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How Social Media Echo Chambers Dupe the Public

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST Social media has become a staple in our society. Through these platforms, we stay connected with family and friends, create “cyber friends”, glean information, and take action on events and issues that are important to us. As social media spheres become more politicized they also become more compartmentalized. This leads to the danger of producing large ...

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Facebook Will Now Allow Campaigns To Use Sponsored Content After Bloomberg’s Meme Posting Spree

Facebook is now allowing presidential campaigns to use sponsored content after former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s team paid several social media influencers to hype the candidate. Facebook will allow so-called branded content from political candidates. The company and subsidiary Instagram previously banned such content from politicians, according to a Facebook representative, Politico reported. “After hearing from multiple campaigns, ...

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Pelosi Tries And Fails To Badger Facebook, Twitter Into Nixing An Edited Video Of Her SOTU Speech Rip

Facebook and Twitter are refusing to bow to requests from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to nix an edited video of the California Democrat tearing up President Donald Trump’s State of the Union speech. The edited video was posted on both social media platforms after the Tuesday night SOTU in which Pelosi can be seen ripping to shreds copies of the ...

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Soros Takes A Page Out Of Liz Warren’s Playbook, Says Facebook And Trump Are Conspiring To Win Reelection

Billionaire financier George Soros floated the possibility Thursday that President Donald Trump and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are conspiring to get the president reelected. The tech titan has the ability to allow misinformation to spread widely on the platform, Soros said at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He did not provide evidence supporting his theory — Soros is ...

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Nearly 30K Facebook Employees’s Bank Info Compromised After Thief Steals Hard Drives From Employee’s Car

A thief swiped a bag from a Facebook employee’s vehicle in November that contained private information of more that 30,000 of the tech company’s employees, Bloomberg reported Friday. The stolen hard drives included the bank account numbers and portions of employees’ social security numbers, among other highly private information, Facebook told staff members Friday, the report noted. The employee who ...

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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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