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This week Facebook purged accounts the media characterized as “right wing”, even though among them was Nation of Islam leader and Women’s March ally Louis Farrakhan. It has renewed discussion about “de-platforming” and potential bias against conservatives and people on the right wholesale by big tech and social media companies. The President, who is the
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Several media outlets were hit with social media backlash after a bizarre description of Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan as “right-wing.” They were reporting on the action taken by social media platforms to ban some political personalities they considered dangerous, but in the list of those labeled as “right-wing” was the ostentatiously left-wing figure
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Netflix CEO Reed Hastings will not be renominated to Facebook’s board of directors when the members meet in May for the company’s annual stockholder’s meeting, Facebook announced Friday night. The move comes less than three years after Hastings told fellow board member Peter Thiel that he intended to slam the PayPal co-founder’s performance review
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Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan treated his social media followers to another apparent anti-Semitic rant last week, declaring, “Jesus died because he was 2,000 years too soon to bring about the end of the civilization of the Jews” on both Facebook and Twitter. Neither platform has seen fit to remove his controversial posts. Farrakhan
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Facebook is considering jumping into news curation, CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Monday night in a video posted on the company’s platform. Such a service would be fused into Facebook’s platform and would rely on third-party publishers to provide the content,  Zuckerberg told Mathias Döpfner, CEO of German publisher Axel Springer. Facebook significantly altered its
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Tech analysts are scrutinizing Facebook after recent reports reveal the social media company left millions of passwords open to staff members. Facebook violated fundamental computer-security practices, analysts say after the company confirmed that millions of passwords readily available to staff. Basic security practices require organizations and website hold sensitive information in a scrambled form that
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Two senior executives at Facebook left the company this week, with one of them emphasizing Facebook’s need to find leaders who were “excited” about the new direction of the social media company, according to CNN Business. The departures of chief product officer Chris Cox and WhatsApp vice president Chris Daniels were announced Thursday. “This is
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Federal prosecutors are investigating partnership deals Facebook forged with some of the world’s largest technological companies. A grand jury subpoenaed records from two smartphone developers, The New York Times reported Wednesday, citing two anonymous sources familiar with the matter. Both companies entered into large and complex data deals with Facebook, allowing all the firms involved in
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren released a plan Friday to wallop big tech companies like Facebook, Google and Amazon as the Massachusetts Democrat works to differentiate herself among fellow presidential candidates. Her proposal would impose new rules on tech companies with $25 billion or more in annual ad revenue, forcing Amazon and Google to dramatically reduce their
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Facebook removed more than 20 pages tied to Internet provocateur Alex Jones and InfoWars Tuesday after the Silicon Valley giant updated its policies to prevent banned accounts from resurfacing in different forms. The company’s decision comes several months after the company banned four of Jones’ pages August — Twitter and YouTube followed shortly thereafter.
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The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit against Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones on Wednesday, saying Jones violated the First Amendment rights of two Black Lives Matter activists by blocking them on Facebook, according to The Sacramento Bee. Activists Tanya Faison and Sonia Lewis say they were blocked after comments they left on the
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) will be expanding her social media imprint greatly by teaching her fellow Democratic politicians how to tweet, Instagram and Facebook just like she does. The Democratic Socialist firebrand has been lauded for her prowess on social media, but despite being criticized by the Democratic establishment, they are seeking lessons from her
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Facebook is creating new rules limiting employee’s ability to change colleagues’ minds about politics and religion, Business Insider reported Tuesday, citing internal documents reflecting the change. The rules prohibit bullying, bans attempts to change employee’s politics or religion, and outlaw harassing speech, an internal Facebook memo said Monday. Employees have described the Silicon Valley company’s
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A group of progressive Democrats tried to undermine Roy Moore’s Senate campaign by associating him with alcohol prohibition with a fake Facebook page, hoping to scare off moderate and business-oriented Republican voters, according to The New York Times. The effort, called “Dry Alabama,” is the second reported online false flag operation by Democrats who sought
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The government shutdown is threatening to derail a Federal Trade Commission investigation into Facebook’s use of people’s private information, The Washington Post reported Friday, citing former government officials. The FTC has been investigating whether the company violated a consent order it made in 2011 promising to notify people when their private information is handled
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Facebook’s secretive rule book regulating how employees censor certain forms of expression contains numerous biases and outright errors, according to internal documents The New York Times obtained Friday. The nearly 1,400 page document shows the Silicon Valley company’s guidebook is riddled with mistakes and is not nimble enough to handle cultural nuance, the report notes.
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Several civil rights groups are calling on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg step down from the company’s board of directors after reports showed executives paid lobbying firms to target liberal financier George Soros. The Southern Poverty Law Center and MoveOn.org were among dozens of groups that wrote a letter to Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg demanding
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