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Facebook Backs Election Integrity, AI Initiatives in Germany  Gadgets 360 · 46 minutes
Facebook has launched German initiatives to defend election integrity and examine the ethics of artificial intelligence (AI), its operations chief said on Sunday. more
Facebook to Set Up Institute for Ethics in AI  Gadgets 360 · 3 hours
Facebook on Sunday said it will create an independent Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence (AI) with an initial grant of $7.5 million. more
Facebook is launching a petitions feature  THE VERGE · 11 hours
Tomorrow, Facebook will launch a petitions feature called Community Actions, reports TechCrunch, which will allow users to notify their local officials of actions that... more
Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield  TechCrunch · 13 hours
Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions... more
Stung by criticism, Facebook’s Sandberg outlines new plans to tackle misinformation  TechCrunch · 16 hours
Stung by criticism of its widely reported role as a platform capable of spreading disinformation and being used by state actors to skew democratic elections, Facebook’s... more
Boo, the 'world's cutest dog,' has died, and family is 'heartbroken' - CNET  CNET · 1 day
The fluffy social-media celeb was the star of a calendar and a book and appeared on national talk shows. more
Leaked image shows off three variants for the Samsung Galaxy S10 lineup  THE VERGE · 1 day
Samsung will hold its next Unpacked event next month, where it’s expected to show off a “fully functional” version of its foldable phone, along... more
Welcome to the abnormalization of transportation  TechCrunch · 2 days
Bill Goodwin Contributor Share on Twitter Bill Goodwin is the head of legal policy at Airmap. Tyler Finn Contributor Tyler Finn is the policy manager at Factual. Something odd is in motion in Los Angeles. On... more
Facebook Said to Be Working on LOL Hub, a Special Feed for Memes  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
Facebook is reportedly experimenting with the "LOL" hub for kids, which will be a special feed of funny videos and GIF-like clips. more
Facebook May Be Fined for Privacy Violations by US Regulators  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
US Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook since last year, but it has not finalised its findings in the probe. more
Facebook May Be Fined for Privacy Violations by US Regulators: Report  Gadgets 360 · 2 days
US Federal Trade Commission has been investigating Facebook since last year, but it has not finalised its findings in the probe. more
Facebook fears no FTC fine  TechCrunch · 2 days
Reports emerged today that the FTC is considering a fine against Facebook that would be the largest ever from the agency. Even if it were ten times the size of the largest, a $22.5 million bill sent to... more
Facebook facing record-breaking fine over privacy violations: report  Global News · 2 days
The FTC reportedly is considering hitting Facebook with a penalty that would top its previous record fine of $22.5 million. more
Facebook could be fined millions by US regulators for privacy violations  THE VERGE · 2 days
Federal Trade Commission officials have discussed imposing a record-setting fine on Facebook after a... more
Facebook could face record fine from US regulators, report says - CNET  CNET · 2 days
The fine hasn't been finalized but is expected to be larger than the record-setting $22.5 million the Federal Trade Commission imposed on Google in... more
Report: Facebook's privacy lapses may result in record fine  ABC NEWS · 2 days
Facebook may be facing the biggest fine ever imposed by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations that breached a commitment to protect the personal information of its social... more
Zimbabwe blocks Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter amid crackdown  BBC · 3 days
A coalition of human rights groups says at least 12 people have been killed in a week of protests. more
Facebook is secretly building LOL, a cringey teen meme hub  TechCrunch · 3 days
How do you do, fellow kids? After Facebook Watch, Lasso, and IGTV failed to become hits with teens, the company has been quietly developing another youthful video product.... more
Updated Facebook Messenger app with redesign rolling out to most users  9to5Mac · 3 days
Announced back in May during its F8 developer conference, Facebook is today rolling out... more
Facebook Messenger’s redesign is finally rolling out to all  THE VERGE · 3 days
Facebook Messenger’s redesign, which was first announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference last May, is finally here. Its... more
Twitter warns that private tweets were public for years  BBC · 3 days
A security flaw meant many private messages were readable for years said Twitter. more
Facebook's Portal Camera Spotted Receiving 5-Star Reviews on Amazon, Penned by Facebook Employees  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
At least three of over 100 five-star reviews for the Facebook Portal on Amazon perfectly match with the names of Facebook employees. more
Facebook Ex-Employee Says Harassed for Criticising Lack of Diversity: Report  Gadgets 360 · 3 days
A Facebook spokesperson said the company doesn't tolerate harassment and has "clear policies about how people should communicate with and treat each other at Facebook". more
Facebook manager exits, says she was 'harassed' for pro-diversity views - CNET  CNET · 3 days
Sophie Alpert, a Facebook engineering manager, said in an internal post that she was targeted for calling out the company's lack of diversity, CNBC... more
Facebook says it will ask employees to take down glowing Portal reviews on Amazon  TechCrunch · 3 days
The reception to Facebook Portal has been, at best, a mixed bag. Between the company’s ongoing privacy woes and a... more
Facebook employees busted leaving 5-star reviews for Portal on Amazon  THE VERGE · 3 days
Facebook’s Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give... more
Twitter bug revealed some Android users’ private tweets  TechCrunch · 4 days
Twitter accidentally revealed some users’ “protected” (aka, private) tweets, the company disclosed this afternoon. The “Protect your Tweets” setting typically allows people to use Twitter in a non-public fashion. These users get to... more
Facebook removes hundreds of fake pages, accounts tied to Russia - CNET  CNET · 4 days
Two separate operations out of Russia used similar tactics to mislead followers, the company says. more
Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts  CBC · 4 days
Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations,... more
Prisma’s style transfer tech creeps into kids’ books  TechCrunch · 4 days
The style transfer craze kicked off by an app called Prisma a couple of years ago led to a tsunami of painterly selfies flooding social feeds for several months, as we reported at the... more
Former Facebook engineer picks up $15M for AI platform Spell  TechCrunch · 4 days
In 2016, Serkan Piantino packed up his desk at Facebook with hopes to move on to something new. The former Director of Engineering for Faceboook AI Research had... more
Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts  ABC NEWS · 4 days
Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages and accounts it says were part of two big disinformation operations more
Facebook tackles Russians making fake news stories  BBC · 4 days
The pages campaigned for months creating and sharing stories that were fake, said Facebook. more
Don’t underestimate Americans’ knowledge of Facebook’s business model  THE VERGE · 4 days
As part of its ongoing study of attitudes about Facebook, Pew Research today released some new data on how well... more
Facebook Removes More Pages, Accounts With Russia Links  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Facebook said it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated pages, accounts, and groups that it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behaviour. more
Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts  TechCrunch · 4 days
Two years on from the U.S. presidential election, Facebook continues to have a major problem with Russian disinformation being megaphoned via its social tools. In a blog post today the company reveals... more
A popular WordPress plugin leaked access tokens capable of hijacking Twitter accounts  TechCrunch · 4 days
A popular WordPress plugin, installed on thousands of websites to help users share content on social media sites, left linked Twitter accounts exposed to... more
WhatsApp Tops Facebook to Become Social Giant’s Most Popular App: App Annie  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
WhatsApp Messenger crossed Facebook to become the most popular Facebook-owned app in the last year. The chat app grew 30 percent. more
Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency  Sky News · 4 days
Facebook has removed 364 pages and accounts linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik from its platform. more
Musk Quotes $1 Billion to Build Tunnel Under Australian Mountain Range  Gadgets 360 · 4 days
Australia could become a test ground for another of Elon Musk's massive infrastructure projects after the maverick billionaire tweeted a "bargain" price. more
Facebook denies that ’10 year challenge’ is a ploy to collect facial recognition data  Global News · 4 days
Facebook has denied that the "10 year challenge" fad sweeping its social media platform is part of an orchestrated effort... more
Facebook urged to give users greater control over what they see  TechCrunch · 4 days
Academics at the universities of Oxford and Stanford think Facebook should give users greater transparency and control over the content they see on its platform. They... more
AirPower Referenced in iPhone XS Smart Battery Case Description in Malaysia [Removed]  MacRumors · 4 days
As discovered by MacRumors tipster Sri Ram and others on Twitter, Apple has referenced its long-awaited AirPower charging mat in the product description for... more
Facebook poaches Google’s AR/VR engineering lead to take over Portal team  TechCrunch · 4 days
Facebook is bringing on the engineering lead for Google’s entire AR/VR team to tackle Portal hardware. Ryan Cairns comes aboard after 12 years at Google where... more
Most users don't know Facebook keeps a list of their interests, traits - CNET  CNET · 5 days
And about half say they're uncomfortable with it, says a study by the Pew Research Center. more
Facebook is still a dog's best friend - CNET  CNET · 5 days
Mark Zuckerberg's social network remains under fire for all sorts of reasons, but animal shelters and pet rescue organizations can't live without it. more
WATCH: Netflix price increase causes backlash  ABC NEWS · 5 days
Widespread outrage on social media over the company's latest monthly subscription hike. more
Snap up a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 camera for its best price yet  Windows Central · 5 days
These nifty Fujifilm cameras are like the Polaroid's cooler sibling... Amazon has the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera on sale for... more
Twitter for Android Gets Reverse-Chronological Timeline Option  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
Twitter has rolled out the reverse-chronological timeline for Android smartphone users that would enable them to switch to the timeline view of their choice. more
Roku pulls InfoWars channel citing complaints from ‘concerned parties’  THE VERGE · 5 days
After an intense social media backlash, Roku has backtracked on its decision to allow the InfoWars channel on... more
Facebook Brings Stricter Ads Rules to Countries With Big 2019 Votes  Gadgets 360 · 5 days
As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means for politicians and their adversaries to distribute fake... more
Roku now deleting Infowars from its platform after customer outcry  TechCrunch · 5 days
Roku is deleting the Infowars channel from its platform, a couple days after adding it as a supported channel. In a tweet, Roku said after the channel became available,... more
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