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Facebook Executive Sheryl Sandberg Calls Explosive NYT Report 'Simply Untrue'

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg weighed in on the recent explosive New York Times article that reported the social network carried out a campaign to discredit those who criticized how it handled Russian interference and disinformation. In a lengthy Facebook post published Thursday night, the “Lean In” author wrote that the Times’ “allegations saying I […]

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows

Supported by Mark Zuckerberg Defends Facebook as Furor Over Its Tactics Grows ImageMark Zuckerberg fielded questions from reporters on Thursday about his and Sheryl Sandberg’s management of Facebook.CreditCreditTom Brenner/The New York Times By Cecilia Kang, Matthew Rosenberg and Mike Isaac Nov. 15, 2018 WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive and chairman, held […]

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Facebook tweaks group mentorship tool so users can choose their mentors

Facebook announced today that it’s pivoting a mentorship tool it started testing among groups earlier this year, as the company tries to position itself more as a site for personal and professional development. With mentorship, users will be able to sign up on their own as either a mentor or a mentee within specific groups. […]

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The Shift: Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now.

The Shift Facebook Had a Good Election Day. But It Can’t Let Up Now. ImageFacebook’s war room at its headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif., where workers monitored election-related content on the social network.CreditCreditMonica Davey/Epa By Kevin Roose Nov. 7, 2018 After an Election Day largely free of viral social media misinformation, and with little trace […]

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Facebook Messenger will soon let you delete sent messages

Ever sent something you wished you hadn’t on Facebook Messenger? Whether it’s an embarrassing message or an even more embarrassing photo, you’ll soon have up to 10 minutes in which to erase it from the internet forever. While it’s true that you can already delete messages from Messenger, they only disappear from your own device […]

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Facebook Bans Content Linked To Proud Boys, Gavin McInnes

Facebook has banned content linked to violent neo-fascist group Proud Boys, citing the organization’s promotion of hate speech.  The Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes were removed from Facebook and Instagram on Tuesday. “Our team continues to study trends in organized hate and hate speech and works with partners to better understand hate organizations as […]

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Facebook fined £500,000 for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook has been fined £500,000 by the UK’s data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said Facebook had let a “serious breach” of the law take place. The fine is the maximum allowed under the old data protection rules that applied before GDPR took effect […]

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Anonymous Pro-Brexit ads on Facebook say 'bin Chequers'

An anonymous website has been using Facebook adverts to encourage British voters to email their MP and urge them “to bin Chequers” and back Brexit. Evidence given to the government’s fake news inquiry found that a site called Mainstream Network had spent more than £250,000 on the pro-Brexit campaign. No information is available to say […]

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Facebook hires former deputy PM Sir Nick Clegg

Facebook has hired former deputy prime minister Sir Nick Clegg as head of its global affairs and communications team. The 51-year-old politician was leader of the Liberal Democrats and formed a coalition government with David Cameron and the Conservatives in 2010. Facebook has faced intense scrutiny and the threat of government regulation following the Cambridge […]

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Facebook announced a $200 camera for your home the same week it revealed 30 million accounts were hacked

Reuters / Beck Diefenbach On September 28, Facebook VP Guy Rosen wrote a blog post announcing a “security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts,” where unnamed attackers used a vulnerability to access millions of users’ accounts. Facebook followed up on the security incident last week, and sent notifications to 30 million users on Friday detailing […]

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Facebook says millions of users had phone numbers, search history and location data stolen in recent hack

Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. (Josh Edelson/AFP/Getty Images) Brian Fung Policy reporter focusing on telecommunications, media, cryptocurrencies and competition October 12 at 2:46 PM An online attack that forced Facebook to log out 90 million users last month directly affected 29 million people on the social network, the company said Friday as it released […]

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3D Facebook photos jump out of the newsfeed, no glasses needed

Facebook photos are tapping into another dimension. On Thursday, October 11, Facebook launched 3D Photos, a format that uses dual-lens smartphone photos to add dimension to images in the newsfeed. The result? Images that have depth and movement when you tilt your smartphone or view inside a headset. Like moving a smartphone to pan around […]

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Facebook announced a new $200 gadget that would put a camera and microphone in your home – and plenty of people aren't ready to trust it

Rob Price/Business Insider Facebook launched its video-chat and smart speaker device, Portal, on Monday and reactions have been largely skeptical.  Portal comes standard with a built-in microphone and camera, and many people are wondering why they should trust Facebook amid a year filled with data breaches and the Cambridge Analytica scandal.   Facebook launched its hardware device, Portal, on Monday […]

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Facebook unveils smart displays, promises not to snoop on your video calls

Facebook’s new Portal and Portal+ smart displays. Facebook The $ 199 Portal has a 10-inch, 1280×800 touchscreen. Facebook Both Portals use AI technology to make video chatting better. Facebook The $ 349 Portal+ has a 15-inch, 1920×1080 display that can pivot into portrait and landscape modes. Facebook Along with video chatting through Facebook Messenger, both […]