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Facebook labeled 180 million posts for election misinformation

Facebook just offered its first look at the scale of its fight against election misinformation. In the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election, Facebook slapped warning labels on more than 180 million posts that shared misinformation. And it remove…
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The FTC may sue Facebook over antitrust violations by late November

The FTC may have narrowed down the time frame for an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook. Politico sources claim the Commission is “likely” to sue Facebook before November is over. It might not be the quick, public legal battle some would hope for, th…
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Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup

Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook’s defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagram and…
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Facebook didn’t actually take down the event page for Wisconsin militia

When Facebook said that it had removed a Wisconsin militia group and an event page associated with the organization following a deadly shooting, the company’s explanation wasn’t entirely accurate.While Facebook did remove the “Kenosha Guard” group fr…
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Facebook threatens to block all news in Australia

Facebook users in Australia could lose their ability to share news on the social network, the company is warning. The threat is the result of a proposed law from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) that would require Facebook an…
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Facebook bans ‘boogaloo’ accounts and Pages linked to violence

Facebook isn’t just limiting the spread of “boogaloo” groups on its platform — it’s tossing many of those groups out. The social media giant has banned accounts and PAges from the pro-civil-war group after deeming a violent network that breaks the co…
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The North Face pulls Facebook ads over hate and misinformation policies

Criticism of Facebook’s approaches to hate speech and misinformation may hit the social network where it hurts the most: its finances. CNN reports that clothing brand The North Face has become the most recognizable company yet to join an advocacy gro…
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‘Go Go Bots’ is a Facebook Gaming exclusive from Ustwo

Ustwo Studios — a division of the creative company behind Monument Valley and Assemble with Care ­– has dropped a new title on Facebook Gaming: Go Go Bots. It’s a fast-paced, strategic climbing game set in a glitchy, cyberpunk future — choose from on…
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You can now move your Facebook Photos and Videos to Google Photos in the US and Canada

Back in December we told you of a tool allowing you to transfer your Facebook photos to other platforms. Well it is now starting to roll out with users in the US and Canada able to use the data transfer tool to move their Facebook photos to Google Photos starting today. The tool is part […]

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Facebook removes Trump campaign’s ‘census’ ads

Facebook has removed more than a thousand of Donald Trump's campaign ads for breaking its rules prohibiting misinformation related to the 2020 U.S. census. The ads, which were first reported by journalist Judd Legum, urged users to participate in the…
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Ring says its app will allow more control over data shared with Google, Facebook

A couple of weeks ago, the Electronic Frontier Foundation published the results of its investigation into data the Ring app is sharing with third parties. While the Amazon-owned company has faced criticism over its links to law enforcement and the se…
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Facebook is still running anti-vaccination ads despite ban

Facebook ostensibly frowns on anti-vaccination ads, but it's apparently letting some promos slide. BuzzFeed News has learned that alternative medicine company Earthley is running Facebook and Instagram ads that point users to a whooping cough treatm…
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Facebook is testing a facial recognition tool to verify your identity

Facebook isn't entirely shying away from facial recognition, it seems. Code explorer Jane Manchun Wong has discovered a reference to a facial recognition system in Facebook's mobile app that would verify your identity. You'd have to take a "video s…
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Instagram tests Group Stories after Facebook ditched them

Facebook might not be giving up on Group Stories just because it's cutting them from its main app. App sleuther Jane Manchun Wong has found test code for a Group Story feature in Instagram. There's no mystery to how it works — you'd just choose to…
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Facebook reaches settlement with company selling fake Instagram likes

Instagram has been struggling recently from an onslaught of spam comments, fake likes and fake follows. Now Facebook, which owns the service, has won a small victory against the spammers. The social media giant has settled a court case with a New Zea…
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US Justice Department to reportedly open Facebook antitrust investigation

In the ongoing storm of legal controversy around Facebook and whether it engaged in anticompetitive behaviors, yet another player has joined the fray. Soon the Justice Department will open its own antitrust investigation into the company, according t…
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News anchor sues Facebook, Reddit after creepy photo appears in ads

Internet giants are about to face another test of their liability for the content they host. The Verge has learned that Fox 29 News anchor Karen Hepp filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Giphy, Imgur, Reddit and porn outlet XNXX for allegedly violating…
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Facebook stops scanning faces by default

Facebook is directly tackling complaints about its facial recognition practices for photo tagging. It's expanding access to its Face Recognition privacy setting (introduced in 2017) to all users, and will stop scanning faces by default. Those who d…
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US, UK regulators ask Facebook how Libra will protect personal data

Facebook knew its Libra cryptocurrency would face a regulatory gauntlet, but it might not have expected a united front. Regulators from the US, UK, EU and four other governments have asked Facebook to answer several questions about how it will prote…
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Facebook tests controls that turn off those angry red notification dots

Red may be an attention-grabbing color, but too much of it can trigger anxiety. You might soon see a lot less of the hue on Facebook. The company is testing the ability to turn off the crimson in-app notification dots that seem to pop up every time y…
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Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook's apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn't left…
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Stream select Tribeca Film Festival talks live on Facebook

The Tribeca Film Festival is underway, and it's live-streaming a handful of its talks. Through the festival's Facebook page, you can watch conversations with celebs like Queen Latifah, Michael J. Fox, Denis Leary, Ali Wong and Tiffany Haddish. You ca…
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Facebook may combine your News Feed and Stories into one carousel

It looks like Facebook may be testing a way to combine your News Feed and Stories into one swipeable, hybrid carousel. On Twitter this morning, Jane Manchun Wong — a software engineer who's spotted changes like Twitter's "subscribe to conversation"…
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Leaked emails show Facebook is still struggling to tackle hate speech

On the same day that Facebook announced it was banning white nationalism from its platforms, journalists obtained a lengthy email chain involving Instagram's content moderators, highlighting their struggle to crack down on anti-Semitism.
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Facebook reportedly took three years to tackle fake news in one country

Facebook is quick to tout its efforts to thwart misinformation campaigns in major European countries and the US, but its approach in other countries might not be quite so enthusiastic. Developers in Moldova told BuzzFeed News that they'd been asking…
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Facebook cracks down on companies selling fake accounts

Facebook has cracked down on companies churning out and peddling fake accounts. The social network has filed a lawsuit in US federal court against four companies and three individuals based in China, not only for promoting the sales of fake accounts,…
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Facebook secretly pays users for complete access to their data

According to TechCrunch, Facebook has been paying teenagers around $ 20 a month to use a VPN app called "Facebook Research" that allowed the company full access to all of their phone and web activity. The app appears to be a reincarnation of Onavo Pro…
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Facebook wants to integrate messaging from Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger

Facebook has made many major acquisitions over the years, with Instagram and WhatsApp being two of the most notable integrations. Up to this point, though, all of those services and platforms have been almost totally separate, but it looks like that might be changing in the future. Mark Zuckerberg reportedly wants to have users from […]

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Facebook introduces political petitions to your News Feed

Facebook's efforts to improve civic engagement are expanding beyond easy access to politicians and voter registration campaigns. As of January 21st, it's launching a Community Actions feature in the US that brings political petitions to the News Fee…
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Facebook Stories test helps you invite friends to events

It's hard to make events exciting in Facebook. You can plan things down to the smallest detail, but that won't matter if people don't notice your event amid all the puppy videos and heated debates. Facebook may have a simple solution: put events wh…
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Facebook and ZeniMax settle VR copyright lawsuit

John Carmack isn't the only one ending a legal fight with ZeniMax. Facebook and ZeniMax have agreed to settle a lawsuit that had accused Facebook and Oculus of violating copyright for the alleged "unlawful misappropriation" of ZeniMax VR code. The…
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Facebook tests the ability to block certain words on your wall

If you're looking to keep certain content from ever appearing on your Facebook wall, there might be a feature in the pipeline for you. Computer science student Jane Manchun Wong discovered code on Facebook that appears to show the company is testing…
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Facebook is testing a Watch Party-like feature for Messenger

Earlier this year, Facebook rolled out Watch Parties, a way for group members to watch the same videos together. Now, it looks like the company is testing a similar feature for Messenger. TechCrunch reports that code spotted by mobile investigator An…
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Facebook starts rolling out Messenger’s ‘unsend’ feature

Facebook didn't take long to roll out Messenger's unsend feature, although it may be a while before you have the option of correcting missteps in your part of the world. Unsending is now available in Messenger's Android and iOS apps in Bolivia, Colo…
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Facebook reportedly pressured Palmer Luckey to support a politician

When Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey left Facebook, neither said exactly why. The implication that it was due to his quiet donation to a group spreading pro-Trump memes. Now, however, we might have a better idea — and it raises questions about Fac…
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Facebook reorganizes Oculus to further its long-term VR goals

Facebook isn't done shaking up its strategy for Oculus. TechCrunch has learned that Facebook reorganized its augmented and virtual reality teams this week to focus on areas of technical expertise, rather than specific products. The company acknowle…
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WSJ: Facebook believes spammers were behind its massive data breach

More than two weeks after Facebook revealed a massive data breach, we still don't know who was using the flaw in its site to access information on tens of millions of users. Now the Wall Street Journal reports, based on anonymous sources, that the co…
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Facebook tests tracking Location History via Instagram

After an abrupt exit by Instagram's founders, there have been reports that they weren't always happy with being seen as one of Facebook's apps, instead of a standalone platform. With curious timing, TechCrunch reports that at least one user, Jane Man…
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Facebook Messenger finally gets its sleek, simplified redesign, plus a dark mode

Facebook teased a simplified redesign for its Messenger app earlier this year, also indicating that the next refresh for the app would come with a dark mode. Now that update is finally rolling out from Facebook directly, so users should expect to see it over the coming weeks. The update rearranges the navigation bar on […]

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Facebook used phone numbers from two-factor authentication to target users with ads

It’s pretty rare for Facebook to ever be in the news for a good reason, and this time it’s because the social media/data harvesting company has confessed to using user phone numbers to target people with advertisements. Normally not a huge deal, but in this instance they were using numbers from 2FA systems to send […]

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Facebook pulls iOS VPN app following Apple’s privacy objections

Apple's increasingly tougher stance on app privacy has led Facebook to pull one of its iOS apps. The Wall Street Journal has learned that Facebook is removing its VPN-based Onavo Protect program from the App Store after Apple warned the social networ…
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Anne Frank Center asks Facebook to remove Holocaust denial pages

The Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect is calling out Facebook for allowing Holocaust denial pages on its site. And the center is doing so through a petition in which it's requesting Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg take them down. "When these page…
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Facebook hopes to launch an internet satellite in early 2019

Facebook has cooperated on internet satellite initiatives (with less-than-ideal results), but there's been precious little word of plans to make its own satellite beyond high-level promises. Now, however, there's something tangible. Both publicly d…
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Facebook hires top Google engineer to head its chip development

Google snapped up a few Apple chip design talents over the past year to create its own processors, but now it has lost one of its own to another rival. According to Bloomberg, Facebook has hired Shahriar Rabii to head its silicon development efforts….
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Facebook only checks for impostors within your circle of friends

When you go to Face Recognition in Facebook's Settings page, there's a link that leads you to more info about it that says switching it on can "help protect you from strangers using a photo of you as their profile picture." That pertains to a feature…
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Facebook adds donation matching to its fundraising tools

In 2016, Facebook began allowing its users to raise money for 501c3 nonprofits and it expanded that tool last year, giving users the option to create fundraisers for personal needs. Today, the company has announced a few changes to its fundraising pl…
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Facebook removes Pages of two groups run by Richard Spencer

Earlier this week, during his testimony before the House Energy and Commerce Committee, Mark Zuckerberg responded to a question from Representative Eliot Engel (D-NY) about hate groups by saying, "We do not allow hate groups on Facebook, overall. So,…
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Facebook starts telling users if Cambridge Analytica had their data

Though initial reports estimated that around 50 million Facebook users' information was improperly obtained by Cambridge Analytica, Facebook upped that number to 87 million last week. The company also said that it would soon be informing those users…
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Facebook survey asks users if it is ‘good for the world’

Facebook has scrambled to win back trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the leaked 'ugly truth' memo. The company has made it easier for users to delete their data, dump third-party apps in bulk and started rolling out news verification to…
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