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Facebook turned down 2.2 million ads meant to interfere with US voting

By 2020 elections, ads, advertising, election, election 2020, engadget, facebook, gear, Internet, News, nick clegg, politics, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook really, really wants you to know it’s cracking down on attempts to interfere with voting in the 2020 US election. Global affairs VP Nick Clegg told Le Journal du Dimanche in an interview (via The Guardian and AFP) that Facebook had re…

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Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

By 2020 election, engadget, facebook, gear, instagram, Internet, media, News, politics, russia, social media, Social network, social networking

Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June. The labels were …

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Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup

By antitrust, engadget, facebook, gear, instagram, Internet, News, Regulation, social media, Social network, social networking, Whatsapp

Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook’s defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagr…

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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

By ByteDance, China, commerce department, Department of Commerce, Donald Trump, engadget, gear, Internet, News, Oracle, politics, president trump, social media, Social network, social networking, tiktok, tiktok global, walmart

TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussi…

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Facebook takes down false claims of extremists starting Oregon wildfires

By disinformation, engadget, facebook, fake news, gear, Internet, misinformation, News, Oregon, social media, Social network, social networking, wildfire, wildfires

Facebook has once again found itself stamping out false information that could foster violence, if not on a topic where it’s normally an issue. Policy communications lead Andy Stone has revealed (via Gizmodo) that Facebook removed false claims…

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Facebook launches Campus to keep college kids connected (again)

By college, engadget, facebook, facebook campus, News, School, social media, Social network, social networking, social networks, tomorrow

When you see Mark Zuckerberg being grilled by Congress or listening to people discuss his company’s role in presidential elections, it can be easy to forget Facebook’s roots as a college-only social network. Now, with a new school year upon us, Faceb…

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Facebook blocks terminally ill French man from livestreaming his death

By engadget, euthanasia, facebook, Facebook Live, France, gear, Internet, livestreaming, News, social media, Social network, social networking, suicide

Facebook is dealing with a test of its policies barring live streams involving suicide and self-harm. The social media giant told the AFP (via The Verge) it would block terminally ill French man Alain Cocq from livestreaming his death. The Fre…

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Twitter says Chadwick Boseman’s final post is the most liked tweet ever

By black panther, chadwick boseman, engadget, entertainment, gear, Internet, News, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter, wakanda

Twitter has a new record for the most liked tweet, but it’s a bittersweet moment. The social network has confirmed (via Deadline) that the late Chadwick Boseman’s last post, the news of his death by his family, is the “most liked tweet ever.” …

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Instagram starts merging chats with Facebook Messenger

By android, chat, engadget, Facebook Messenger, gear, instagram, Internet, ios, Messaging, messenger, News, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook seems to be acting on its plan to unify messaging across its apps, however slowly. People at The Verge (and likely elsewhere) have received notice through Instagram’s Android and iOS apps that they’ll have the ability to “chat with fr…

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Facebook will label ads from politically connected publications

By ads, advertising, Business, engadget, facebook, gear, instagram, Internet, News, policies, politics, social media, Social network, social networking

With the 2020 presidential election coming up, Facebook is introducing a new policy that will require US-based publications connected with political parties, PACs and politicians to disclose their affiliation when they buy political ads.Facebo…

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Facebook removes massive QAnon group over hate and harassment claims

By bullying, conspiracy theories, conspiracy theory, engadget, facebook, gear, harassment, hate, hate speech, Internet, misinformation, News, qanon, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook just took down one of the larger targets in its crackdown on QAnon conspiracy theories. The social network told Reuters that it had removed Official Q/Qanon, a group with almost 200,000 members, after multiple posts reportedly violate…

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TikTok may sue White House over ban as soon as August 11th

By ByteDance, China, Donald Trump, engadget, gear, Internet, lawsuit, Lawsuits, News, social media, Social network, social networking, tiktok, trump

TikTok might quickly make good on its promise to fight the White House’s threatened ban on its service. An NPR source claims TikTok will file a lawsuit against the Trump administration as soon as August 11th. The suit will contend that the exe…

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Hackers defaced dozens of Reddit communities with pro-Trump messages

By Donald Trump, engadget, gear, hack, Hacking, hacks, Internet, News, politics, reddit, social media, Social network, social networking, trump

If your favorite Reddit community looked like a political billboard on August 7th, you can blame it on hackers. Both Motherboard and ZDNet report that hackers defaced dozens of subreddits with pro-Trump messages, including major subreddits lik…

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Facebook blocks Brazil president’s allies after court order

By brazil, disinformation, engadget, facebook, fake news, gear, Internet, jair bolsonaro, law, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking

Facebook has been eager to fight misinformation on its platform, but it’s concerned Brazil might have taken things a step too far. BBC News reports that Facebook has blocked the accounts of a dozen allies of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro …

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TikTok blocks QAnon hashtags amid larger crackdown

By conspiracy theories, conspiracy theory, disinformation, engadget, gear, Internet, misinformation, News, qanon, social media, Social network, social networking, tiktok

TikTok is joining Facebook and Twitter in cracking down on QAnon posts, at least to a degree. The social network told BBC News that had blocked multiple hashtags related to the unsupported conspiracy theory, including “QAnon” itself and relate…

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Disney said to have ‘dramatically’ cut ad spending on Facebook amid boycott

By disney, engadget, facebook, gear, hate speech, Internet, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking, verizon

Disney might be the largest company yet to join a growing ad boycott against Facebook. Wall Street Journal sources say the media and theme park giant has “dramatically” reduced its ad spending on Facebook. It’s not clear just how deep the cut …

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Pinterest’s moderation doesn’t catch some abusive and false material

By abuse, anti-vaxx, child abuse, child pornography, engadget, gear, Internet, misinformation, moderation, News, Pinterest, racism, social media, Social network, social networking

Pinterest has received kudos for moderation that relies on customizing search results to hide or counter material, but it appears to have its limits. OneZero has discovered numerous cases where Pinterest’s moderation didn’t catch some abusive …

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LinkedIn faces lawsuit over claims it ‘secretly’ read iPhone clipboard data

By clipboard, engadget, gear, Internet, ios, ios 14, iPhone, lawsuit, Lawsuits, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mobile, News, privacy, social media, Social network, social networking

The clipboard detection in iOS 14 isn’t just prompting developers to rethink app privacy — it’s also putting these companies in legal trouble. Reuters reports that iPhone user Adam Bauer has sued LinkedIn over claims the job-focused social net…

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Reddit and LinkedIn will fix clipboard snooping in their iOS apps

By clipboard, engadget, gear, Internet, ios, ios 14, iPad, iPhone, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Mobile, News, privacy, reddit, social media, Social network, social networking

The clipboard privacy feature in iOS 14 is prompting more major developers to tone down their apps’ nosy behavior. To start, Reddit told The Verge in a statement that it would fix code in its iOS app that copies clipboard data with virtually e…

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Starbucks pauses all social media ads over hate speech concerns

By ads, advertising, boycott, engadget, facebook, gear, hate, hate speech, Internet, News, social media, Social network, social networking, starbucks, Twitter

Starbucks is joining the chorus of major brands withdrawing ads from social networks to highlight complaints about online hate speech. The coffee chain announced it would “pause” ads on all social networking platforms, not just Facebook, while…

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Twitter will fix its overly aggressive ‘5G corona’ fact-checking

By 5g, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, fact check, gear, Internet, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Twitter knows its system for automatically fact-checking posts mentioning 5G and the coronavirus is more than a little overzealous, and it’s hoping to tone things down. The social network has promised to “improve” the precision of its labeling…

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The North Face pulls Facebook ads over hate and misinformation policies

By ads, advertising, boycott, engadget, facebook, gear, hate speech, instagram, Internet, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking, the north face

Criticism of Facebook’s approaches to hate speech and misinformation may hit the social network where it hurts the most: its finances. CNN reports that clothing brand The North Face has become the most recognizable company yet to join an advoc…

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Twitter DMs will be easier to access in Android 11

By android, android 11, bubbles, chat, engadget, Facebook Messenger, gear, Messaging, Mobile, News, smartphone, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Android 11’s conversational upgrades will extend to the Twitter crowd. Google and Twitter have confirmed that Twitter direct messages will be available through Android 11’s Conversation API, which puts your messaging notifications in an easier…

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Twitter test asks you to open an article before you share it

By android, app, disinformation, engadget, fake news, gear, Internet, misinformation, News, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Twitter is about to deal with one of the greatest threats to meaningful discussions on the internet: people who forward articles they haven’t even read. It’s starting an Android test that asks you if you’d like to open an article you’re about …

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Twitter clumsily fact-checks ‘5G corona’ tweets

By 5g, conspiracy theories, conspiracy theory, coronavirus, covid-19, engadget, fact check, gear, health, medicine, News, social media, Social network, social networking, Twitter

Twitter is getting more aggressive with the use its fact-checking label — it might even be hard to avoid the label in some cases. Business Insider and others have noticed that Twitter is displaying a “get the facts on COVID-19” link underneath…

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Facebook now lets everyone export media to Google Photos

By data, data transfer project, engadget, facebook, gear, google, Google Photos, Internet, News, Photos, social media, Social network, social networking

You no longer have to wonder whether or not you can transfer Facebook pictures and videos to Google Photos. The company’s Alexandru Voica has revealed that everyone worldwide now has access to a tool that sends media to Google’s cloud service….

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Senator Ted Cruz asks DOJ to investigate Twitter over Iran sanctions

By ali khamenei, engadget, gear, Internet, investigation, Iran, News, politics, sanctions, senate, social media, Social network, social networking, ted cruz, treasury secretary, Twitter

Twitter is facing yet more scrutiny over its approach to politicians, albeit for different reasons. Axios (via The Verge) has learned that Senator Ted Cruz sent letters to the Justice and Treasury Departments ‘urging’ them to investigate Twitt…

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Facebook is releasing a dedicated gaming app tomorrow

By android, app, engadget, facebook, facebook gaming, games, gaming, gear, Internet, ios, livestreaming, Mobile, News, social media, Social network, social networking, Streaming, streaming video, video games

Facebook’s bid to conquer gaming is about to get a dedicated home. The social media giant told the New York Times it’s releasing a Facebook Gaming mobile app on April 20th (that’s tomorrow, if you’re reading in time). It’ll include some casual…

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