Facebook accounts with large reach contained misinformation about COVID vaccine: report

A new report says three dozen Facebook pages reaching approximately 14.2 million users contained inaccurate and unsubstantiated allegations about the safety and effects of any future COVID-19 ­vaccine, and vaccines in general. NewsGuard, which released the report Thursday, labeled the … Read more…

Investor Lonsdale breaks from Facebook to protest move to ‘authoritarian left’

Joe Lonsdale is taking a break from Facebook to protest what he calls the social network’s capitulation to the “authoritarian left.” The 38-year-old Silicon Valley investor — a Stanford-educated protege of Peter Thiel and co-founder of data-mining giant Palantir — … Read more…

Former Facebook and Pinterest exec Tim Kendall traces "extractive business models" to VCs

Last month, former Facebook and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its … Read more…

Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter

The sprawling operation by Turning Point Action, led by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, evades guardrails put in place to prevent the spread of online disinformation, experts said. Politics SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription … Read more…

Facebook reveals its impotence as Trump sows confusion about voting twice

In the friendly face-off between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump, Zuckerberg just blinked. Again. On Thursday, mere hours after the Facebook CEO announced “additional steps” to “fight misinformation” ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Trump used the platform to spread … Read more…

Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harrassment

In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from twenty states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some … Read more…

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook gave user data to third-party developers, even after specifically telling users it wouldn’t.  In a Wednesday blog post, Facebook announced that (oops!) thousands of developers continued to receive updates to users’ … Read more…

‘Live’ Facebook Protest Videos Drew Millions of Views, but Some Footage Was Years Old

A number of foreign-run Facebook pages appear to be spreading misleading—and widely viewed—videos about the protests in the U.S. using the platform’s live-video features. WSJ.com: US Business SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card … Read more…

Talkspace CEO says he’s pulling out of six-figure deal with Facebook, won’t support a platform that incites ‘racism, violence and lies’

The company’s CEO said that he pulling out of a deal with Facebook that would have been potentially lucrative. But he said he can’t move forward until the company moderates post that incite violence. Health and Science SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: … Read more…

Trump expected to sign executive order that could threaten punishment against Facebook, Google and Twitter over allegations of political bias

The move comes two days after Twitter took the rare step of labeling one of the president’s tweets and linking viewers to news articles that fact-checked his claims. Technology BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Pregnant Katy Perry ‘can’t wait to drink again’ when baby is born as she hosts sober Facebook Live before American Idol

KATY Perry, who’s currently pregnant with her and fiance Orlando Bloom’s first child together, is “very excited” when she’s able to drink again. The American Idol judge, 35, opened up about her pregnancy while hosting a Facebook Live event for … Read more…

Pregnant Katy Perry ‘can’t wait to drink again’ when baby is born as she hosts sober Facebook Live before American Idol

KATY Perry, who’s currently pregnant with her and fiance Orlando Bloom’s first child together, is “very excited” when she’s able to drink again. The American Idol judge, 35, opened up about her pregnancy while hosting a Facebook Live event for … Read more…

Facebook Invests $5.7 Billion In India, Buying Stake In Reliance Industries’ Digital Division Jio Platforms

Facebook Tuesday announced a $ 5.7 billion investment in Jio Platforms Limited, part of Reliance Industries, making the social media giant its largest minority shareholder. In a blog post  FB said the sizeable investment “underscores our commitment to India, and … Read more…

Pro-gun activists using Facebook groups to push anti-quarantine protests

A trio of far-right, pro-gun provocateurs is behind some of the largest Facebook groups calling for anti-quarantine protests around the country, offering the latest illustration that some seemingly organic demonstrations are being engineered by a network of conservative activists. Technology … Read more…

Facebook and Google see surge in online activity, still expected to see combined ad revenue hit of $44 billion

Facebook and Google generate around $ 200 billion per year in advertising revenue, so you’d think that this period of self-isolation and working from home is driving more use of their services and thus, more revenue. However, brands are in … Read more…

It’s not just you: A Facebook glitch marked authentic coronavirus news as spam

Social platforms and big tech companies have stepped up amid the coronavirus pandemic, moving aggressively to try and combat misinformation and put expert, reliable sources front and centre for users. And people have been using Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and various … Read more…

Facebook, Reddit, Google, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube issue joint statement on misinformation

In an unprecedented move to reassure customers and flag the potential for misinformation about COVID-19 on their platforms, all of the major social media companies and their parent corporations issued a joint statement on their efforts. Last week, U.S Chief … Read more…

Facebook, Twitter suspend Russian-linked operation targeting African Americans on social media

Facebook and Twitter have disabled a Russian operation designed to stoke racial tensions among African Americans in the United States, the companies announced Thursday, raising fresh alarms that the Kremlin may seek to interfere in the 2020 presidential election and … Read more…

Australia sues Facebook for $529 billion. That’s more than the government makes in a year.

Facebook is being sued by the Australian government for allegedly violating the country’s privacy laws, with requested damages potentially reaching $ 529 billion. The Cambridge Analytica data scandal may have been years ago now, but its effects still linger on. … Read more…

Facebook decides to take down Trump 2020 campaign’s ‘census’ ads

Facebook Inc on Thursday removed ads by President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign that asked users to fill out an “Official 2020 Congressional District Census” because the ads violate the company’s policy against misinformation on the government’s census. Reuters: Technology News … Read more…

U.S. legislation targets online child sexual abuse; threatens encryption on Facebook, Google

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators on the powerful judiciary committee on Thursday introduced a bill aimed at curbing online distribution of child sexual abuse material that technology and civil liberties groups said was an attack on strong encryption critical … Read more…

Coronavirus live updates: Facebook confirms contractor tested positive, South Korea reported 438 new cases

The total number of confirmed cases in South Korea is now 5,766, including 35 deaths, according to the country’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. US Top News and Analysis COMMUNITY NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX … Read more…

Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Adobe pull out of more conferences as coronavirus spreads

Facebook, Google and Adobe on Monday announced their decisions to cancel, alter and pull out of various upcoming conferences due to the spreading of the coronavirus. Health and Science U.S.HEALTHCARE UPDATE: SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free … Read more…

John Legend Partners With Facebook On Loved-Themed Animated Series For Valentine’s Day

John Legend is celebrating Valentine’s Day with a new animated series on Facebook featuring love stories from around the globe, the social media giant announced today. Starting February 9, the singer-songwriter and Facebook will roll out eight episodes of the … Read more…

Facebook sends cease-and-desist to facial recognition startup Clearview AI over photo scraping

Facial recognition software startup Clearview AI has been under fire over revelations it’s been training its machine learning algorithm on billions of publicly available photos, including public personal images scraped from social media without permission. Now Facebook has become the … Read more…

Podcast: Violaine Gressier (Facebook France) on the growing power of luxury labels on social media

Violaine Gressier is in charge of the relationship with the luxury industry at Facebook France. In this new podcast, in French, she gives her views on the relationship between luxury labels and social media. News – FashionNetwork.com USA BEST DEAL … Read more…

5 Lessons From Q3 Earnings in Entertainment and Tech, From Teflon Facebook to Disney’s Streaming Onslaught

With the third quarter earning season officially wrapped up, it’s time to take a step back and see how major entertainment and tech companies held up at a time of transition. For many content-based … news entertainment – BingNews DEAL … Read more…

Facebook, YouTube censor mentions of ‘whistleblower’ in Trump-Ukraine scandal

Social media companies are removing any mentions of the whistleblower in the Trump-Ukraine scandal, according to a report. Though the whistleblower’s name has been percolating online — including in the widely-read Drudge Report — Facebook said publishing the name on … Read more…

Facebook and YouTube block spread of supposed whistleblower’s name and photo. Twitter allows both.

Facebook and YouTube said they would block references to the supposed whistleblower’s name under their policies against “coordinating harm.” But Twitter said it would permit such references, including posts that both name the person and show pictures supposedly depicting the … Read more…

Watch live: Facebook CEO Zuckerberg is grilled in Congress on cryptocurrency, 2020 election

Washington Post SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine! SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE: Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating … Read more…

Years after Obama used Facebook to help him win the presidency, Silicon Valley is under Democratic fire

The Democratic Party’s rapidly fading love affair with Big Tech has broken into open acrimony in recent weeks, punctuated by a presidential debate Tuesday in which leading candidates took turns decrying the industry’s impact on the nation and workshopping ways … Read more…

Balancing the Ledger: Ripple CEO Brad Garlinghouse Talks XRP, Lawsuit, and Facebook Libra

Fortune Magazine SPECIAL NEWS BULLETIN: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription card and save up to 80% off of your medicine! SPECIAL DONATION REQUEST UPDATE: Please help American Consultants Rx achieve it’s biggest goal yet of donating … Read more…