Facebook, Google, Twitter open up to Congress about Russian misinformation

Congress on Thursday published responses by Facebook, Twitter and Google to questions about how Russia used their platforms to spread misinformation amidst the 2016 presidential election.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/28/facebook-google-twitter-open-up-to-congress-about-russian-misinformation.html

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Tech chief compares Facebook to cigarettes, urges government regulation

Facebook could be regulated much like Big Tobacco because of social media’s addictive, harmful properties, a prominent tech executive said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/25/tech-chief-compares-facebook-to-cigarettes-urges-government-regulation.html

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Facebook to give privacy controls to users ahead of European law

Facebook will unveil new tools to make it easier for users to make choices about their privacy in response to new European privacy laws, according to the company’s chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/24/facebook-to-give-privacy-controls-to-users-ahead-european-law.html

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Facebook can't guarantee social media is good for democracy

As Facebook acknowledges it plays a bigger role in society than ever, the company has attempted to try to right some of the wrongs it created, including letting its user base rank the credibility and trustworthiness of news organizations.However, the Mark Zuckerberg-led tech giant admits it isn’t sure whether social media was good for democracy.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/22/facebook-cant-guarantee-social-media-is-good-for-democracy.html

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Facebook, YouTube and Twitter warned about new type of extremism as lawmakers grill them

Facebook, YouTube and Twitter were warned about an insidious new form of online extremism on Capitol Hill as they sought to push back on the notion that they aren’t doing enough to rid their platforms of terrorists and hate-filled content.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/18/facebook-youtube-and-twitter-warned-about-new-type-extremism-as-lawmakers-grill-them.html

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Facebook's Move to Dial Back News Ratchets Up Drama


Facebook once again has found itself at the center of a media storm, following Mark Zuckerberg’s recent announcement of plans to shift its focus away from promoting news and business content and more toward emphasizing interactions from friends and family. The shift follows more than a year of heavy criticism directed against Facebook. It has been blamed for failing to combat fake news during the 2016 presidential election. In addition, concerns have been growing over mental health issues linked to spending too much time on social media.

The original article can be found here: http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/85070.html?rss=1

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Mark Zuckerberg says DACA situation is 'a basic question of whether our government works'

On Wednesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg expressed optimism that resolving the situation surrounding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would be resolved, but also noted it is “a basic question of whether our government works.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/17/mark-zuckerberg-says-daca-situation-is-basic-question-whether-our-government-works.html

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Facebook considers major news feed changes

Facebook Inc. is considering changing how it prioritizes news stories in users’ feeds to give better placement to media outlets deemed more trustworthy, as the company continues efforts to limit the exposure of false news, people familiar with the matter said.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2018/01/11/facebook-considers-major-news-feed-changes.html

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Mark Zuckerberg's 2018 goal to fix Facebook is widely mocked

Amid a myriad of controversies that surrounded the company in 2016, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for 2018 is fixing Facebook.

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Facebook, Google could face new tax in Britain for failing to tackle extremism

Tech giants like Google and Facebook, already under fire for not doing enough to combat extremism and fake news, could face new taxes in the United Kingdom if a government official has his way.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/31/facebook-google-could-face-new-tax-in-britain-for-failing-to-tackle-extremism.html

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Facebook rolling back controversial initiative to fight fake news

Facebook announced last week that it is rolling back its controversial “Disputed Flags” measure next to articles deemed fake news amid studies showing it does not stop the spread of such content and only encourages users to click on it.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/28/facebook-rolling-back-controversial-initiative-to-fight-fake-news.html

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Facebook says job ads that target by age aren’t (necessarily) discriminatory

ProPublica is picking on Facebook’s ad-targeting system again, but Facebook says the age filters are appropriate. The report names a number of companies that took out job ads on Facebook that were targeted to specific age groups.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/22/facebook-says-job-ads-that-target-by-age-aren-t-necessarily-discriminatory.html

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The US government is asking Facebook for more and more data on its users

Facebook is getting a growing number of requests for data on the social network’s users from U.S government entities, according to the company’s latest transparency report.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/20/us-government-is-asking-facebook-for-more-and-more-data-on-its-users.html

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Did you accidentally friend a North Korean hacker on Facebook?

North Korean hackers have been preying on potential targets using Facebook, but the company has thwarted at least some of their activities.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/20/did-accidentally-friend-north-korean-hacker-on-facebook.html

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Facebook starts demoting 'engagement bait' posts

Facebook may be used by billions of people, but the content posted isn’t always of the highest quality, and that remains true even when you discount the fake news the social network is trying to stamp out.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/18/facebook-starts-demoting-engagement-bait-posts.html

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Ex-Facebook exec backtracks 'destroying how society works' comments after backlash

It’s been a rough week for Chamath Palihapitiya, the former Facebook vice president whose harsh criticism of the social networking giant led to a rare rebuke from his onetime employer and made him a headline topic throughout the tech world.Now he’s trying to put out the fire he started.

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/15/ex-facebook-exec-backtracks-destroying-how-society-works-comments-after-backlash.html

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Facebook slams former exec over comments on social media's ills

In a rather unusual move, Facebook has fired back at Chamath Palihapitiya after the former Facebook exec said social media is “destroying how society works.”

The original article can be found here: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/12/13/facebook-slams-former-exec-over-comments-on-social-medias-ills.html

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