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‘Facebook has a blind spot’: why Spanish-language misinformation is flourishing

Researchers say Spanish-language content is less often and less quickly moderated for misinformation than English content Kari Paul in San Francisco Wed 3 Mar 2021 11.00 GMT https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/mar/03/facebook-spanish-language-misinformation-covid-19-election?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Newsletters&utm_source=sendgrid In the last year, Facebook adjusted some of the most fundamental rules about what gets posted on its platform, halting algorithmic recommendations of political groups, banning lies about vaccines and removing a […]

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Facebook lawsuit brings one country’s domain to a screeching halt

Kevin Murphy, February 22, 2021, 16:28:29 (UTC), Domain Registries Bangladesh’s ccTLD registry has reportedly frozen all registrations and transfers after a cybersquatting lawsuit filed by Facebook. According to local reports a couple weeks back, Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd has implemented Draconian pre-registration roadblocks to registration, such that only exact-match domain names are available to individuals and organizations. And […]

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Mark Zuckerberg ‘personally thwarted attempts by Facebook to block far right figures and conspiracy theorists’

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9285551/Facebook-allowed-far-right-figures-conspiracy-theorists-including-Infowars-Alex-Jones-online.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ito=1490&ns_campaign=1490 Facebook was about to ban conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and links from his Infowars website in April 2019 Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg did not consider Jones to be a hate figure and so overruled his own internal experts regarding the decision A loophole was then created whereby Facebook banned Jones but still allow users to post support […]

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Blame Facebook, Twitter and YouTube for the mob at the Capitol

The big Internet platforms have invoked “free speech” to protect their own interests for far too long. By Dipayan GhoshDipayan Ghosh is author of “Terms of Disservice” and leads the Digital Platforms and Democracy Project at the Harvard Kennedy School. He is a former adviser at Facebook and in the Obama White House.Jan. 7, 2021 at […]

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Poland’s Government Tightens Its Control Over Media

January 4, 202111:56 AM ET ROB SCHMITZTwitter Journalist Mariusz Kowalewski quit his job at Poland’s national public broadcaster TVP after editors asked him to follow an outspoken critic of the country’s ruling party with a drone. “This was an intimidation method straight out of communism,” he says.Rob Schmitz/NPR Journalist Mariusz Kowalewski noticed something was amiss […]

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New US lawsuits could force Facebook to sell Instagram, WhatsApp

With the filing of the two US lawsuits, Facebook is the second big tech company to face a major legal challenge. 9 Dec 2020 The United States Federal Trade Commission and nearly every US state sued Facebook Inc on Wednesday, saying it violated antitrust law and should potentially be broken up. With the filing of […]

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The social media addiction bubble

Scott Rosenberg Illustration: Annelise Capossela/Axios Right now, everyone from Senate leaders to the makers of Netflix’s popular “Social Dilemma” is promoting the idea that Facebook is addictive. Yes, but: Human beings have raised fears about the addictive nature of every new media technology since the 18th century brought us the novel, yet the species has always seemed […]

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Ireland to Order Facebook to Stop Sending User Data to U.S.

It follows a legal decision by the EU Court of Justice on privacy standards.Corinne ReichertSept. 9, 2020 2:20 p.m. PT The Irish Data Protection Commission has asked Facebook to halt transferring user data from the European Union to the US. A preliminary order was sent in late August, The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. Facebook confirmed the […]

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Facebook Faces Shrinking Popularity, But Researchers Warn It May Be ‘Too Big To Fail’

Alison DurkeeForbes StaffBusiness As criticism of Facebook grows and a widespread advertiser boycott takes aim at the company’s business model, new research published Tuesday in the Internet Policy Review finds there could be “catastrophic social and economic consequences” if the mounting opposition were to result in Facebook actually shutting down without further regulations. KEY FACTS The University of Oxford […]

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Turkish MPs to vote on bill that could block Facebook and Twitter

Law would give authorities power to regulate content on large social media sites Bethan McKernan in Istanbul and Alex Hern Fri 24 Jul 2020 13.12 BSTLast modified on Fri 24 Jul 2020 15.58 BST Turkey’s parliament is preparing to vote on a bill that would effectively block sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube unless they comply with strict new regulations, as […]