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Facebook canceled a 5,000-person conference in San Francisco because of coronavirus

Facebook canceled a 5,000-person conference in San Francisco because of coronavirus

Facebook is canceling an annual marketing conference it was planning to host in San Francisco next month over concerns about the new coronavirus — now officially known as Covid-19. “Out of an abundance of caution, we canceled our Global Marketing Summit due to evolving public health risks related to coronavirus,” Facebook spokesman Anthony Harrison said…
How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook

How to delete what Facebook knows about your life outside of Facebook

Facebook users just got a new glimpse into — and a little control over — the myriad ways the social network tracks what they do when they’re not using Facebook. If you didn’t already realize it, by the way, Facebook is tracking an astounding amount of what you do when you’re not using the platform,…
Facebook is like sugar — too much is bad for you, says a top Facebook exec

Facebook is like sugar — too much is bad for you, says a top...

It’s no longer news when a prominent tech figure describes Facebook as a product with potentially toxic effects. We’ve been hearing that for several years now. It is news when that description comes from a current top Facebook executive. The Facebook executive is Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, a longtime Facebook executive who currently runs the company’s…
Facebook is banning deepfake videos

Facebook is banning deepfake videos

Facebook announced late Monday that it would ban “deepfakes,” which are AI-manipulated videos that distort reality, often simulating real people in fake situations. The social media giant announced the changes in a company executive blog post, saying it will remove deepfakes and other types of heavily manipulated media from its platform. Specifically, the company laid…
Facebook says California’s new privacy law doesn’t apply to its trackers. These lawyers disagree.

Facebook says California’s new privacy law doesn’t apply to its trackers. These lawyers disagree.

The California Consumer Protection Act, which regulates data collection, doesn’t go into effect until next month, but it may already be heading for a showdown with one of the biggest data collectors of them all: Facebook. When the CCPA (full text here, if you really want to dig in) goes into effect on January 1,…
Sacha Baron Cohen Delivered A Scathing Speech About Facebook & It’s Essential Viewing

Sacha Baron Cohen Delivered A Scathing Speech About Facebook & It’s Essential Viewing

But, what was his aim here? The frustrated comedian used his platform to demand more tech regulation and a fundamental rethinking of social media, noting that current tools give “some of the most reprehensible people on earth the biggest platform in history.” The comedian admonished social media giants for not doing enough to counter the…
Vox Sentences: The Facebook Papers

Vox Sentences: The Facebook Papers

Vox Sentences is your daily digest for what’s happening in the world. Sign up for the Vox Sentences newsletter, delivered straight to your inbox Monday through Friday, or view the Vox Sentences archive for past editions. Facebook has a leaky document problem Thousands of revealing internal documents and emails that Facebook struggled to keep secret…
Twitter Banned Political Ads. Will Facebook Follow Suit?

Twitter Banned Political Ads. Will Facebook Follow Suit?

"While internet advertising is incredibly powerful and very effective for commercial advertisers, that power brings significant risks to politics, where it can be used to influence votes to affect the lives of millions," wrote Dorsey. "Internet political ads present entirely new challenges to civic discourse: machine learning-based optimization of messaging and micro-targeting, unchecked misleading information,…
Twitter’s new ban on political ads is a silent challenge to Facebook

Twitter’s new ban on political ads is a silent challenge to Facebook

Facebook is facing increasing blowback over its policy that allows politicians to lie in ads on its platform, and critics have been urging the company to stop running political ads. So far, the company hasn’t backed down. But on Wednesday, fellow social media company Twitter announced it will stop all political advertising on its platform…
AOC Grilled Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebook Lies & The Internet Is Here For It

AOC Grilled Mark Zuckerberg Over Facebook Lies & The Internet Is Here For It

"Do you see a potential problem here with a complete lack of fact-checking on political advertisements?" she asked, to which he responded, "Well, Congresswoman, I think lying is bad, and I think if you were to run an ad that had a lie in it, that would be bad. That’s different from it being...in our…

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