What Is QAnon And Why Did Facebook Ban One Of Its Largest Groups?

Facebook has banned one of the largest groups devoted to the far-right, rabidly pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, Business Insider reported on Friday. Read More >>

Facebook Finally Deletes a Trump Post Over Coronavirus Misinformation

Facebook has finally done the least it could do, for the first time ever deleting a post by Donald Trump for spreading misinformation about the novel coronavirus. Twitter in turn restricted Trump’s re-election campaign account from tweeting at all until it deleted an identical post. Read More >>

Facebook Says China Is Its Biggest Enemy, but It’s Also a Highly Valued Customer

Anyone who’s covered the wacky world of tech policy for any time at all probably has some ideas about how today’s major antitrust hearing will go down. Some think Jeff Bezos’s overall net worth will become part of the debate. Tim Cook will be grilled over Apple’s firm chokehold over the mobile app ecosystem. And no matter what, Mark Zuckerberg’s going to be as American as he possibly can be. Read More >>

Facebook Groups: Could Facebook Capitalise on its Double-Edged Sword?

While there has been negativity brewing around Facebook for a number of years with regards to political influence, misinformation, content moderation and market dominance, the reality is that more people are using the platform than ever before. It is the biggest social media company on the planet, and while some advertisers are pulling, or putting a hold on, advertising on the platform many others are still investing huge sums of money into Facebook. Read More >>

Facebook Researchers Say Higher-Ups Ignored Their Findings on Instagram’s Racist Algorithm: Report

During a study in mid-2019, a team of Facebook employees found that proposed rules for Instagram’s automated account removal system disproportionately flagged and banned Black users. When the team approached CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his upper echelon of cronies with this alarming information, they were purportedly ignored and told to halt any further research regarding racial bias in the company’s moderation tools, NBC News reported Thursday. Read More >>

Instagram Promises It’s Not Snooping on iOS Users’ Cameras, Says It’s a Bug

Apple’s iOS 14 beta has proven surprisingly handy at sussing out what apps are snooping on your phone’s data. It ratted out LinkedIn, Reddit, and TikTok for secretly copying clipboard content earlier this month, and now Instagram’s in hot water after several users reported that their camera’s “in use” indicator stays on even when they’re just scrolling through their Instagram feed. Read More >>

Facebook’s New Private Messaging Feature Promises Privacy From Everyone (Except Facebook)

Considering Facebook’s, um, questionable track record on all things privacy, you’d think the company would learn to stop leaning into the phrase when rolling out new products that promise to be safe and secure when the company actually means they’re safe and secure from everyone except, y’know, Facebook. Read More >>

Study Finds That Facebook is Full of Transphobes, Just As We Suspected

Those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community are often the targets of online harassment, and those threats can have fatal consequences. The transgender community in particular faces targeted attacked that are oftentimes “inhumane” or “abusive,” according to a new study from watchdog nonprofit Media Matters for America, and, in some cases, life-threatening. And while social media platforms might not outwardly condone transphobia, they certainly aren’t afraid to make a quick buck off of it. Read More >>

Labour’s Joined the Facebook Advertising Boycott

The UK Labour party says it's joining the Facebook advertising boycott organised by Stop Hate For Profit, "in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement." Read More >>

Facebook: We Were Going to Do the Right Thing Anyway, Believe You Me

Over the past decade and a half, we’ve watched Facebook mature from its halcyon era of “moving fast and breaking things” into one where it can’t seem to stop apologising for doing exactly that. It doesn’t matter if it’s being implicated in multiple(!) human rights abuses, election interference, conspiracy peddling, or, well, just about anything else, the first line of defence always seems to be a well-scripted promise to do better. Read More >>

Facebook Kicks Off Friday by Fucking Up Numerous iOS Apps

A major Facebook fuckup crashed numerous iOS apps that rely on its framework for various purposes throughout Friday morning. Per The Next Web, the affected applications include everything from Spotify and Pinterest to Venmo, Tinder, Apple’s App Store, and even competing social media services like Twitter. It appears to have been resolved, though the screwup persisted for hours. Read More >>

Facebook Removed a Baby Owl Webcam for ‘Nudity and Sexual Activity’

A webcam feed of baby owls in the nest was taken down by Facebook for supposedly breaking its rules about nudity and sexual activity. Read More >>

Independent Civil Rights Audit Finds Facebook Is Making Everything Worse

As noted in Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s post, today is the day the public is supposed to find out the results of its independent civil rights audit, a two-year review of Facebook’s “policies and practices led by noted civil liberties and civil rights expert Laura W. Murphy and Megan Cacace, partner in the civil rights law firm Relman Colfax, PLLC,” said Sandberg. Well, those results are in, earlier than expected, and they confirm what we’ve known for a while about how Facebook handles the spread of discrimination and racism on its platform. Read More >>

Before Independence Day, Facebook Reminds U.S. Users to Wear a Damn Mask

It really should be obvious at this point, but with America continuing to surpass previous records for daily new coronavirus cases, a warning seems warranted: if you plan on getting together with people to celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend, wear a mask. Read More >>

Facebook Is Biased Against Black Workers, New Complaint Says

Facebook is facing new allegations of racial discrimination by an African American manager and two Black job applicants whose qualifications reportedly exceeded the requirements but were nevertheless rejected, according to the Washington Post. Read More >>