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Drug dealers are using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube to sell illicit appearance and performance-enhancing drugs (APEDs). The Digital Citizens Alliance (DCA) and cyber-intelligence firm GiPEC purchased some of the drugs being promoted on these sites and found some drugs contained potentially harmful steroids or were altogether fake. The social
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Topics in this post: Benjamin Netanyahu Facebook Facebook suspended a feature on Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s account Thursday after someone managing the profile posted comments suggesting Arabs plan to destroy all Jewish people. The move, which Facebook says will last for 24 hours, comes after chatbot messages were sent from Netanyahu’s page stating
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On Thursday’s episode of “White House Brief,” Jon Miller discussed CNN’s climate change town hall and if those who participated in the town hall best represented the American voter. In this video, Jon explained why CNN ‘s selection of participants in Wednesday’s climate change town hall did not fairly represent the American people. According to
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Topics in this post: antitrust Facebook New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Friday morning an eight-state coalition to open an investigation into Facebook that will focus on the social media titan’s alleged anticompetitive business practices. The probe will include the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina and Ohio, among others,
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Early Tuesday morning, writer and podcast host Bridget Phetasy revealed that Facebook blocked a post featuring her podcast with BlazeTV host Glenn Beck for going against its “Community Standards.” Phetasy posted screenshots of a message she received from Facebook explaining that her post sharing the “Walk-Ins Welcome w/Bridget Phetasy” episode with Beck could not be
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Topics in this post: Facebook the 2020 Election Facebook announced Wednesday a new policy requiring people and groups who buy ads promoting political candidates or hot-button issues to provide more information about who is responsible for paying for them. The Silicon Valley company’s decision comes after several high-profile examples of governments placing misleading disclaimers
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The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s new plan to gather vast amounts of public data from Facebook, Twitter and other social media to identify threats to the U.S. violates surveillance policies. The FBI is working with outside companies to create a contract to gather social media public data, such as people’s names, user IDs and photos
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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) called on Facebook to target “romance scams,” saying that women had been fooled into thinking that they were talking to him through the social media platform. What’s the story? In a letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, dated Wednesday, Kinzinger wrote: My staff and I find various accounts posing as me
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Former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos said Wednesday that people are missing the most important element involved in holding the Silicon Valley company responsible for alleged privacy rights violations. “The real threat to the tech giants is competition, not regulation, and everybody is missing what really happened today,” he told his Twitter followers. He
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One Louisiana police officer was fired on Monday over a post about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), and another for clicking “like” on that post. “This vile idiot needs a round,” Charlie Rispoli wrote in the Facebook post. “And I don’t mean the kind she used to serve.” The post was later deleted, but screenshots were
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Conservative pundit Deneen Borelli is blaming Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg after she lost her commentary gig at the BlazeTV.  Borelli’s cancelled Facebook show comes shortly after the company dramatically changed its algorithms to de-emphasize political content.  Facebook’s changes appear to be affecting smaller outlets and individual pundits at a greater rate than larger media entities
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Facebook agreed Tuesday night to hand French judges the identification data of French users who are suspected of distributing hate speech. The decision comes after several meetings between Zuckerberg and French President Emmanuel Macron, who wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech. France’s minister for digital affairs Cedric
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Facebook is disputing a Wall Street Journal report published Wednesday that suggests CEO Mark Zuckerberg might have been aware of some potential abuses of private data. Zuckerberg raised issues with a third-party app that was capable of accessing Facebook users’ information regardless of their privacy settings, and was thus aware there was a problem,
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Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton excoriated social media platform Facebook for allowing the spread of a doctored video mocking House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) She made the comments during her commencement address at the Hunter College Commencement ceremony in New York City on Wednesday. “The big social media platforms know their systems are being manipulated
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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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