Twitter Alerts Nearly 680,000 Users They May Have Been Duped by Russian Accounts

Twitter admitted on Friday evening that its investigation into suspected Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential elections had turned up what it believes were over 50,000 automated accounts linked to the Kremlin—and that it had identified 677,775 other accounts that “followed one of these accounts or retweeted or liked a tweet from these accounts during the election period.” Read More >>

I Can’t Believe How Stupid Facebook’s News Feed Update is

Facebook has been teasing a massive overhaul to the News Feed—its core product—after widespread, utterly deserved criticism that it had acted as a megaphone for disinformation on an unprecedented scale. Today, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced how his platform will handle news, and it’s quite possibly the stupidest solution imaginable. Read More >>

After 14 Years, Facebook Appoints First Non-White Board Member

On Thursday, Facebook announced that Kenneth I. Chenault, CEO of American Express, will join its board of directors. In a blog post celebrating the news, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised Chenault’s decades-long career with American Express and his expertise in brand building. When Chenault officially joins the board on 5th February, the day after Facebook turns 14, he will be the company’s first non-white board member. Read More >>

You Might Want to Turn Off Instagram’s New, Humiliating ‘Activity Status’

It’s a sickness. Whether it’s repeatedly checking for new likes on a pic or mindlessly scrolling through your feed, Instagram can be a tremendously addictive app. And just in time to help feed your habit, Instagram has instituted a new “activity status” feature that shows you the last time someone was actively using the service. Read More >>

Facebook Revenge Porn Case Shows How Police Let a Perpetrator Get Away

In a landmark case, Facebook has agreed to a settlement with a teenager in Northern Ireland after a private photo of her was posted on a “shame page” on the platform “several times” from November 2014 through January 2016. However, the individual who posted the explicit photos of the girl without her consent won’t face prosecution, and the girl’s attorney blames police delays. Read More >>

Facebook Wants to Overhaul Its News Feed—I Made Mine Empty Instead 

“We need to refocus the system,” is how Mark Zuckerberg explained the dramatic changes he plans to make to Facebook’s News Feed in an interview with The New York Times last week. “We want to make sure that our products are not just fun, but are good for people.” Read More >>

Fugitive Yakuza Boss Arrested After Facebook Photos of His Tattoos Go Viral 

Thai police have arrested a member of the Japanese mafia they say has been on the run for 14 years. 74-year-old Shigeharu Shirai was detained in Lopburi, Thailand on Thursday. Authorities say Shirai fled Japan for Bangkok in 2005 while being investigated for the 2003 murder of a rival Yakuza member. Japanese police were alerted to Shirai’s location after pictures of his distinctive tattoos went viral on Facebook. Read More >>

Wistful Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Bring Back the Old Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants you to remember a time when you curated your list of favorite movies, showed off your new pair of shoes, shared some good news, and didn’t see using Facebook as a pseudo-masochistic act of poor impulse control. He wants you to forget the time Facebook made you hate everything. And he insists he has a plan. Read More >>

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Keep Track Of Who Facebook Thinks You Know With This Nifty Tool

Facebook is constantly watching you. Now, you can watch Facebook back. Gizmodo Media Group’s Special Projects Desk is releasing a tool for people who want to study the friend recommendations Facebook chooses to give them. It’s called the “People You May Know Inspector.” To use the tool: Read More >>

Facebook Knows How to Track You Using the Dust on Your Camera Lens

Facebook has long said that it doesn’t use location data to make friend suggestions, but that doesn’t mean it hasn’t thought about using it. Read More >>

Facebook Reportedly Plans to Sell Creepy Video Chat Box That Nobody Will Want

Cheddar is reporting that Facebook will soon release a video-chat device that will sit in your home and scan and recognise the face of anyone who passes by. Read More >>

Mark Zuckerberg’s Personal Challenge for 2018 Is Doing His Job

Mark Zuckerberg wants you to know that he’s not just the guy running a social network that knows way too much about you and has an unbridled misinformation problem. He’s also a guy with a life outside of the machine! Since 2009, Zuckerberg has set out “to learn something new” each year. And today he announced his personal challenge for 2018: better policing his platform. Read More >>

The Government is Threatening Extra Taxes if Social Media Companies Don’t Do Enough to Fight Extremism

The topic of extremism on social media is not new, but it's not going away - mainly because governments aren't happy with the way social media companies are tackling the problem. While the past talk has focused on fining companies for not removing infringing content quickly enough, the UK could be considering extra taxes on the companies that don't seem to be taking the problem seriously enough. Read More >>

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Germany’s New Social Media Hate Speech Law is Now Being Enforced

2017 was the year public sentiment began to turn against massive tech conglomerates like Facebook and Google. But nowhere in the West has the backlash been bigger than Germany, which last year passed a sweeping anti-hate speech law requiring websites to promptly investigate reports of posts illegal under German law and delete them. On January 1st, 2018, the grace period before that law would begin being enforced by authorities expired. Read More >>

Facebook Admits Its Censors Are Failing to Consistently Define Hate Speech

In a new report from Pro Publica, Facebook apologised for inconsistently policing hate speech on its platform. Pro Publica reporters submitted 49 samples of posts from users who believed moderators made the wrong call, either by removing legitimate expression or by allowing hate speech to remain online. In 22 of those cases, Facebook admitted its content reviewers made the wrong call. Acknowledging the mistakes, Vice President Justin Osofsky promised to double the size of its content review team to 20,000 in 2018. Read More >>