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Facebook blames hate speech ads on mistake, immediately approves more hate speech ads |... - 0 views

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    ""We submitted another two examples of real-life Amharic-language hate speech to them a week later," said Global Witness. "Both ads were, again, accepted by Facebook for publication within a matter of hours.""
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Facebook moderators call on firm to do more about posts praising Bucha atrocities | Tec... - 0 views

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    "That ties their hands in how they can treat content related to the killings, they say, and forces them to leave up some content they believe ought to be removed. "It's been a month since the massacre and mass graves in Bucha, but this event hasn't been even designated a 'violating event', let alone a hate crime," said one moderator, who spoke to the Guardian on condition of anonymity. "On that same day there was a shooting in the US, with one fatality and two casualties, and this was declared a violating event within three hours.""
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Snapchat's Evan Spiegel dismisses Facebook's metaverse as 'hypothetical' | Snapchat | T... - 0 views

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    "The Snapchat founder, Evan Spiegel, has dismissed Facebook's "metaverse" ambitions as "ambiguous and hypothetical" as he announced a raft of new augmented reality features coming to phones and Snap's experimental AR Spectacles over the next year."
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Facebook struggles as Russia steps up presence in unstable west Africa | World news | T... - 0 views

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    "A report by investigators from the Digital Forensic Lab, a global network of digital forensic researchers run by US-based thinktank the Atlantic Council, reveals how pro-Russian Facebook pages in Mali coordinated support for anti-democracy protests and the Wagner group, a controversial Russian private military contractor that was invited into the unstable country last year after the overthrow of President Bah N'daw by the military."
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Facebook fails to label 80% of posts promoting bioweapons conspiracy theory | Facebook ... - 0 views

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    "Facebook failed to label 80% of articles on its platform promoting a fast-spreading conspiracy theory that the US is funding the use of bioweapons in Ukraine, according to a study released Friday by the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH)."
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How Silicon Valley's Russia crackdown proves its power - and its threat | April Glaser,... - 0 views

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    "Tech companies around the world appeared to listen. The very public and very swift removal of Russian channels on social media represented a sea change from years of prior content moderation decisions, when government requests for removals were often done with less fanfare and were frequently met with ire from human rights groups."
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I've been waiting 15 years for Facebook to die. I'm more hopeful than ever | Cory Docto... - 0 views

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    "My prediction failed. For a decade and a half, Facebook resisted the fate of all the social networks that preceded it. In hindsight, it's easy to see why: it cheated. The company used investor cash to buy and neutralize competitors ("Kids are leaving Facebook for Insta? Fine, we'll buy Insta. We know you value choice!"). It allegedly spied on users through the deceptive use of apps such as Onavo and exploited the intelligence to defeat rivals. More than anything, it ratcheted up "switching costs.""
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Facebook mistakenly banning ok content a growing problem | Thaiger - 0 views

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    "People have been censored or blocked from the platform because their names sounded too fake. Ads for clothing disabled people we removed buy algorithms that believed they were breaking the rules and promoting medical devices. The Vienna Tourist Board had to move to adult content friendly site OnlyFans to share works of art from their museum after Facebook removed photos of paintings. Words that have rude popular meanings but other more specific definitions in certain circles - like "hoe" amongst gardeners, or "cock" amongst chicken farmers or gun enthusiasts - can land people in the so-called "Facebook jail" for days or even weeks."
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Facebook's lame attempts to grab my attention make it clear: it's time to leave | Elean... - 0 views

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    "This is the longest I've spent on Facebook in about four years. Finally, I've decided to delete it. In my 30s, it's started to stress me out that my profile still exists. Drunk pictures of me on display for people I haven't thought about in a decade. Whatever teenage me saw worthy of a status update just out there, searchable, findable, obscured only by privacy settings that I don't fully understand."
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Facebook to shut down facial recognition system - 1 views

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    "Social media giant, Facebook, announced Tuesday that it is shutting down its facial recognition system which automatically identifies users in photos and videos, citing growing societal concerns about the use of such technology. "Regulators are still in the process of providing a clear set of rules governing its use," said Jerome Pesenti, vice president of artificial intelligence at Facebook, in a blog post. "Amid this ongoing uncertainty, we believe that limiting the use of facial recognition to a narrow set of use cases is appropriate.""
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Inside Facebook's struggle to keep young people - The Verge - 3 views

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    "The "aging up issue is real," the researcher wrote in an internal memo. They predicted that, if "increasingly fewer teens are choosing Facebook as they grow older," the company would face a more "severe" decline in young users than it already projected"
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Facebook harms children and is damaging democracy, claims whistleblower | Facebook | Th... - 0 views

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    "Facebook knows its systems lead teenagers to anorexia-related content. The company had to "break the glass" and turn back on safety settings after the 6 January Washington riots. Facebook intentionally targets teenagers and children under 13. Monday's outage that brought down Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp meant that for more than five hours Facebook could not "destabilise democracies"."
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Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen details company's misleading efforts on 60 Minute... - 0 views

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    "Frances Haugen: When we live in an information environment that is full of angry, hateful, polarizing content it erodes our civic trust, it erodes our faith in each other, it erodes our ability to want to care for each other, the version of Facebook that exists today is tearing our societies apart and causing ethnic violence around the world. 'Ethnic violence' including Myanmar in 2018 when the military used Facebook to launch a genocide. "
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"Don't Believe Proven Liars": The Absolute Minimum Standard of Prudence in Merger Scrut... - 0 views

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    "In 2014, Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19b, and promised users that it wouldn't harvest their data and mix it with the surveillance troves it got from Facebook and Instagram. It lied. Years later, Facebook mixes data from all of its properties, mining it for data that ultimately helps advertisers, political campaigns and fraudsters find prospects for whatever they're peddling. Today, Facebook is in the process of acquiring Giphy, and while Giphy currently doesn't track users when they embed GIFs in messages, Facebook could start doing that anytime"
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What Police Can Do With Social Media Spy Tool ShadowDragon - 0 views

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    ""Social media surveillance technologies, such as the software acquired by Michigan State Police, are often introduced under the false premise that they are public safety and accountability tools. In reality, they endanger Black and marginalized communities,""
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Facebook has made it easier than ever to profit off teen girls' insecurity - 0 views

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    "As adolescents and young adults fled Facebook for platforms like Instagram and Snapchat, Facebook knew its long-term survival depended on winning over that demographic. But the savvy business move had a different, less public price tag. Caught up in recommendations from a powerful algorithm designed to keep them engaged, some teen girls found Instagram worsened their body image, according to a new Wall Street Journal investigation. Users even pinned feelings of increased depression, anxiety, and suicidal thinking on the app."
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Facebook aware of Instagram's harmful effect on teenage girls, leak reveals | Instagram... - 0 views

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    ""We make body image issues worse for one in three teen girls," said a slide from one internal presentation in 2019, seen by the Wall Street Journal. "Thirty-two per cent of teen girls said that when they felt bad about their bodies, Instagram made them feel worse," a subsequent presentation reported in March 2020."
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Facebook AI equated Black men with 'primates'. Cue a toothless apology. - 0 views

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    "Some Facebook users who recently watched a Daily Mail video depicting Black men reported seeing a label from Facebook asking if they were interested in watching more videos about "primates." The label appeared in bold text under the video, stating "Keep seeing videos about Primates?" next to "Yes" and "Dismiss" buttons that users could click to answer the prompt. It's part of an AI-powered Facebook process that attempts to gather information on users' personal interests in order to deliver relevant content into their News Feed"
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Facebook is obstructing our work on disinformation. Other researchers could be next | L... - 0 views

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    "Facebook disabled our personal accounts, obstructing the research we lead at New York University to study the spread of disinformation on the company's platform. The move has already compromised our work - forcing us to suspend our investigations into Facebook's role in amplifying vaccine misinformation, sowing distrust in our elections and fomenting the violent riots at the US Capitol on 6 January."
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Techies think we're on the cusp of a virtual world called 'the metaverse'. I'm skeptica... - 0 views

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    "In a recent interview with The Verge, an enthusiastic Zuckerberg described the metaverse as "the successor to the mobile internet," and a kind of "embodied internet, where instead of just viewing content - you are in it.""
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