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Facebook Scrambles for a Middle Ground on Misleading Video of U.S. Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Nancy Pelosi, the 79-year-old speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, has been a frequent target for President Donald Trump and his political allies. This week, she became the subject of an unusual viral video intentionally slowed down to create the impression of slurred speech, which proliferated across Facebook and other social media platforms with the help of, among many others, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani. Read More >>

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Facebook Pilots Anti-Hate Speech Moderation Team Because of All the Nazis and Stuff

Four million. That’s the number of pieces of content on Facebook that the platform claims it took action against for containing hate speech from January to March this year, according to its most recent transparency report. (And to put a fine point on it, that’s just the content it actually caught.) In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, vice president of global operations Justin Osofsky teased a plan to pilot a subgroup of moderators who are specifically tasked with handling hate speech. Read More >>

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Facebook Said to Be Coming For Your Wallet With Its ‘GlobalCoin’ Cryptocurrency in 2020

Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg is a man with a cryptocurrency plan. According to a BBC News report, Facebook plans to launch its highly anticipated cryptocurrency in about a dozen countries as early as Q1 2020, with possible testing to begin at the end of this year. Read More >>

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You’ll Never Guess What Sheryl Sandberg Thinks About This Whole ‘Break Up Facebook’ Thing

With calls for breaking up Facebook now winning support from multiple US 2020 presidential candidates, including Senators Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders, it’s getting hard for the social media giant’s leadership to hide from the growing chorus of voices throwing their weight behind the cause. Read More >>

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The Person in Charge of Facebook’s Toxic Content Problem Keeps Crying During Interviews

Soon after Mike Schroepfer was promoted to Facebook CTO, he began recruiting top neural network researchers to build up the company’s AI capabilities. At the time, he and CEO Mark Zuckerberg wanted to use machine learning to focus on areas like facial recognition, targeted ads, language translation, and chatbots. Read More >>

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It Appears That Even a Truck Full of Money Can’t Get Top Talent to Work for Facebook These Days

Former Facebook recruiters say the company’s damaged image is driving away potential hires, according to a new report. Facebook, meanwhile, claims it’s doing better than ever, thank you very much. Read More >>

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Facebook Has So Many Apps, It’s Killing One You Didn’t Know Existed

Instagram is reportedly killing off its direct message app. And the most surprising thing about this is that—Instagram has a direct message app? Read More >>

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Following Livestreamed Mass Shooting, Facebook Introduces One Strike Policy On Livestreams

In the two months since a man brutally attacked Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand, and livestreamed his shootings on Facebook, the social media company has faced scrutiny and pressure from advocates and politicians to stop the spread of violent and hateful content. Read More >>

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Facebook Caves, Increases Salaries and Benefits for Contractors

After years of critical coverage citing the emotional distress experienced by Facebook’s contractors, particularly those who review often upsetting and violent content on the platform day in and day out, the social media giant announced a number of deal-sweeteners for this vulnerable workforce yesterday. Read More >>

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Facebook Argues Against Breaking Up Facebook

On Thursday, Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes penned an editorial in the New York Times calling for the company to be broken up, its subsidiaries Instagram and WhatsApp spun off, and future acquisitions banned for several years. Hughes argued that Facebook, and by extension its all-powerful CEO Mark Zuckerberg, suppresses competition by “acquiring, blocking or copying” it, has sweeping power over speech, and is so big it can ignore virtually all forms of external accountability. He also called for the formation of an independent government agency to regulate tech companies. Read More >>

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Facebook Sues South Korean Analytics Company to Send a ‘Message’ That It Means Business Now

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against South Korean data analytics company Rankwave over a breach of contract after the company allegedly failed to prove that it was complying with Facebook’s data policies. Read More >>

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Do Facebook’s Fact-Checking Efforts Even Work?

At the end of 2016, Facebook decided to finally do something about its misinformation problem. It tasked a bunch of third-party fact-checkers to flag and weed out fake and misleading content from its News Feed. Now, it’s extending this fact-checking effort to Instagram. Read More >>

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‘Private Post’ Means Something Slightly Different to Facebook

When you privately share something to a specific group of friends on Facebook, there’s a chance other people will read it. Reuters reports that Facebook employs a couple hundred contractors to read all Facebook posts, including the private ones, in order to train the company’s software. There’s no way to opt out of this. Read More >>

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Facebook Invites Journalists to See New ‘War Room,’ Won’t Let Them Ask Workers Questions

Facebook, the social media giant that helped enable genocide and yet is still allowed to exist for some reason, had a big public relations push this weekend. And if the news stories that came out are giving you a sense of deja vu, you’re not alone. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Secretive Cryptocurrency Payment System Is Apparently Code-Named ‘Project Libra’

Facebookcoin, or whatever we’re calling it, is reportedly getting even closer to becoming a reality. Read More >>