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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Funny Twitter Person Blags Job With The Man

Someone who did a good tweet has won the modern internet lottery. We're not talking about a Christmas book deal, a retweet off Armando Iannucci or being blocked by Graham Linehan; the doer of the winning tweet is going to work with tech primadonna Elon Musk, manning the carmaker's social media accounts. Read More >>

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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Twitter and Facebook Should Give Us a ‘Start From Scratch’ Button

The best buttons on the internet are all children of the “delete” key. Read More >>

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 >>

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 >>

Later, Losers

Facebook announced today that it is banning a number of far-right political figures on its platforms, including InfoWars founder Alex Jones, former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopolous, and InfoWars contributor Paul Joseph Watson, among a host of others. Read More >>

Slack is Cracking Down on Fun

A public Slack channel that offered up cash prizes of $1,000 to guess a random word – yes, you read that right – has been shut down by the company, which said the game violated its rules. Read More >>

Facebook Tries to Wipe the Slate Clean by Giving Its Busted Website a New Look

Facebook’s F8 conference is currently underway, which means that Mark Zuckerberg’s company will attempt to rebrand itself as new and improved following its absolute shitshow of a year in 2018. Also: privacy, I guess. Read More >>

Mozilla Calls Out Facebook for ‘Failing’ on Ad Transparency

Over at Facebook, it’s been a year of controversy and climbing profits. Read More >>

You Animals Love Vertical Video So Much Samsung Made a TV That Turns Sideways

It was bound to happen at some point. Realizing that young people like to look at social media on their phones, Samsung is releasing a new TV in Korea that can flip from landscape mode to portrait mode. That means millennials can beam their Snapchat to a big screen, and who knows if that’s a good idea. Read More >>

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China Bans the Word ‘Leica’ on Social Media

When a promotional video for German camera maker Leica hit the web last week, it looked like a bold statement about the hard work done by photojournalists around the world. But the company is now distancing itself from the 5-minute video after Chinese social media users cried foul and the word “Leica” was banned on social media site Weibo. The problem? The dramatic video is set in 1989 during the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests that are forbidden to talk about in China. Read More >>

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Sri Lanka Blocks Facebook, WhatsApp After Easter Bombings Leave Hundreds Dead

After at least 207 people were killed and over four hundred more were reported wounded after a series of bombs went off at Easter services in Sri Lanka, the Sri Lankan government has moved to block access to Facebook, TechCrunch reported on Sunday. Read More >>

Facebook Asked Some Users for Their Email Passwords, Then ‘Unintentionally Uploaded’ 1.5 Million Contact Lists Without Consent

Last month, Facebook admitted that it was asking some users who signed up on desktop while using email addresses not supporting the OAuth open standard to give them the passwords to their email accounts – with options to avoid doing so hidden in a “Need Help?” sub-menu. Now the social media giant has admitted that yes, it did “unintentionally” upload contact lists from up to 1.5 million of those email accounts to Facebook, without their owners’ consent or knowledge. Read More >>

Facebook’s Ending Messenger Payments in the UK

One of the few people who ever actually used the Facebook Messenger payments function has received a message letting him know it'll be shut down on the 15th of June, thus tipping off the rest of us who never quite got round to trying it out. Read More >>