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Louis Farrakhan Banned From Facebook & Instagram Alongside Right-Wing Nutballs

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Facebook and Instagram took measures to ban Min. Louis Farrakhan from its social media services, lumping him with a pair of Right-Wing extremists who also were banned. Joining Farrakhan on the outs with FB and IG are Alex Jones and Milo Yiannopoulos.

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Facebook Thursday banned from its flagship social network and its subsidiary Instagram the Infowars site and its leader Alex Jones, Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan and far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, saying their presence on the sites violated its policies against dangerous individuals and organizations.

“We’ve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology,” a Facebook spokesperson said in a statement. “The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision to remove these accounts today.”

Facebook last August cited violations of community standards in removing pages belonging to Jones and Infowars, notorious for peddling unfounded conspiracy theories. The action came amid a flurry of suspensions and content take-downs for Jones and Infowars, which were also booted from Google-owned YouTube, Twitter and other platforms.

The outlet adds that the services also banned Infowars contributor and “New Right” advocate Paul Joseph Watson, and right-wing activist Laura Loomer.

In 2018, Facebook removed a video of Farrakhan referring to Jews as “termites.”

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Facebook designates some high-profile people as ‘dangerous’ and will purge them from its platforms

Facebook announced Thursday afternoon that it had designated some high-profile people, including Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, who’s notorious for using anti-Semitic language, and right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as “dangerous” and said it will be purging them from its platforms.


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Canada wants court order forcing Facebook to follow privacy laws

OTTAWA – Facebook broke Canadian privacy laws when it collected the information of some 600,000 citizens, a top watchdog said on Thursday, pledging to seek a court order to force the social media giant to change its practices. Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien made his comments while releasing the results of an investigation, opened a year…
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Facebook says it ‘unintentionally uploaded’ 1.5 million users’ email contacts without permission

Facebook said it used to have a step in the account verification process where some users had the option to confirm their email address and voluntarily import their email contacts onto the site. The process was redesigned but the function was not.
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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp go down for users

The social media behemoth Facebook and its two other digital properties, Instagram and WhatsApp, went down Sunday morning, reports say. Facebook’s website was inaccessible starting at around 6:30 a.m., according to The Verge. The same goes for the picture-sharing app Instagram. The news feeds on both apps were not refreshing, the story says. WhatsApp and…
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Facebook boss: Govts should get bigger role in policing the net

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said governments and regulators should play “a more active role” in policing the internet and the standards of big online companies.
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Former Facebook exec: ‘Zuckerberg is sitting on more data about what people want to do online than anyone else in the world’

Alex Stamos, Facebook's former chief security officer, said Zuckerberg is sitting on a whole lot of data about people's online decision making.
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Anti-vaxers and Facebook: The four subgroups that fuel online attacks

In the ongoing — and sometimes vicious — vaccination debates online, pediatricians who are vocal vaccine advocates have become frequent targets of anti-vaxers.


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Facebook explains why its A.I. didn’t detect the New Zealand mosque shooting video

Facebook said its artificial intelligence requires a large amount of content to learn patterns that would help it detect harmful content.
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Trump Accuses Twitter And Facebook Of Discriminating Against Republicans

US President Donald Trump lashed out against social media platforms for discriminating against Republicans. Naming Twitter and Facebook in a news conference, the President said it is a very dangerous situation, and something should be done about it.

Trump made the remarks when a reporter drew his attention to a larger discussion that Senator Josh Hawley has been leading about making social media
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Facebook claims just 200 viewers livestreamed the New Zealand mosque shooting

Facebook said on Monday that the video of a mass shooting at New Zealand mosque was viewed fewer than 200 times during the live broadcast. The social media company said that the video — where gunman Brenton Tarrant allegedly opened fire at a mosque in the city of Christchurch — was taken down shortly after…
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Facebook says it can’t find enough local news after helping kill local news

Facebook, which has been blamed for killing local newspapers, is now confirming that there aren’t enough of them to supply its users with the local news they want to read. Last year, the giant social network headed by Mark Zuckerberg launched a service called “Today In” that’s now available in 400 cities across the US….
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Facebook shares plunge after surprise exit of top execs

Shares of Facebook Inc. fell as much as 5 percent Friday to their lowest in nearly three months after the surprise departure of chief product officer Chris Cox, at a time when the company is again being scrutinized over its handling of privacy, extremism and political content. Cox, a Wall Street favorite who has worked…
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Two top Facebook execs are leaving the company

Two of Facebook’s top executives are leaving the social network — a week after its boss Mark Zuckerberg announced a big strategic pivot toward private messaging. Zuckerberg said in a Thursday blog post that chief product officer Chris Cox — who joined the social network in 2005 when it was still in its infancy —…
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Zuckerberg wants Facebook to build a mind-reading machine

If you’re concerned about Facebook’s privacy scandals or worried that it’s listening in on your phone calls, you’ll likely be disturbed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s recent comments at Harvard. Despite the fact that Facebook is under fire from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and facing more skepticism from the public about its business practices, the tech…
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Jordyn Woods’ “Red Table Talk” Episode Breaks Facebook Watch Records

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Jordyn Woods’ sit down with her family friend Jada Pinkett Smith to explain her side of the story in the Tristan Thompson/Khloe Kardashian scandal was must see content.

So much so that the interview broke records on the day of its release. According to Variety, it is now Facebook Watch’s most-watched original episode ever in that time frame. Within twenty-four hours “Jordyn Woods Shares The Truth,” had been viewed by 7.6 million Facebook users for at least 60 seconds. (Facebook counts a view as any video that has been watched for at least three seconds.)

As we reported, in the video Woods denied sleeping with Thompson, flirting with him or maintaining some of long-term secret relationship with Thompson, the on-again, off-again boyfriend of Khloe Kardashian and father of her child. During the interview, Woods did admit that Thompson kissed her as she left his house. But she said he initiated it and she left immediately after.

The story appeared to involve all the elements of a good story love, betrayal and scandal as Wood and Kylie Jenner, Khloe Kardashian’s sister.

But in her interview, Woods made it clear that she was not the reason Tristan and Khloe’s relationship didn’t work out .

In addition to this interview, Pinkett-Smith’s “Red Table Talk,” is consistently one of Facebook Watch’s most-viewed shows. The show which features Pinkett-Smith, daughter Willow Smith and mother/grandmother Adrienne Banefield Jones.

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Facebook is greasing up politicians around the globe, leak reveals

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Facebook’s whole business model hinges on collecting data and breaching users’ privacy, so it comes as no surprise to learn that the company has been currying favor with politicians around the globe to stymie legislation that protects people’s privacy.

Leaked internal documents from Facebook, reported on by The Guardian and Computer Weekly Saturday, outline a litany of ways that Facebook was using its power, money, and influence to sway politicians including a former UK chancellor, a former prime minister of Ireland, and a former president of India.

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New York Requests Documents from Facebook, Apps on Data Sharing

A New York regulator is ramping up a promised investigation of how Facebook gathered sensitive personal information from popular smartphone applications, after a report by The Wall Street Journal revealed that many such apps were sending the social-media giant data including users’ body weight and menstrual cycles.
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Traumatized Facebook moderators turn to sex on the job

Worst. Job. Ever. So-called “content moderators” on Facebook — tasked with vetting user posts that have been flagged for pornographic material, graphic violence or hate speech — are so traumatized by their work that they’ve resorted to smoking weed, spouting conspiracy theories and even having sex on the job, according to reports. In one instance…
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Of course some apps are sharing private health details with Facebook

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Stop us if you’ve heard a version of this one before. Facebook is slurping up a trove of extremely personal data from users of almost a dozen smartphone apps — apps which send along info that includes extremely private health details that the user, of course, is unaware Facebook is getting its hands on.

That’s according to a test of more than 70 apps reviewed by The Wall Street Journal, which found that at least 11 are sending such details to Facebook without the users’ knowledge. Not only that, Facebook can apparently also collect this data from users of the various apps in question who don’t have a Facebook account.

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Pinterest cracks down on anti-vaxxers, pressuring Facebook to follow

Pinterest has taken the boldest step thus far among the largest tech giants in blocking bad health advice.
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An Illinois Woman Was Sexually Assaulted On Facebook Live At An Atlanta Nightclub

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A woman who was visiting Atlanta to celebrate her birthday had no idea her special day would turn into a nightmare. While at Opera nightclub, Jasmine Eiland was sexually assaulted by another club goer on the dance floor. Unbeknownst to the man assaulting her, 34-year-old Dominique Williams, Eiland was streaming her birthday festivities on Facebook Live.

In the video, Eiland, who is from East St. Louis, IL,  is obviously in and out of consciousness. Williams allegedly assaulted Eiland on an outside patio area as well. Someone can be heard in the back of the video telling Williams to stop. Williams turned himself into authorities on January 29th and was denied bond last week.

“I figured that if I had not come forward and put my face forward, what would the next woman do,” Eiland told the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Williams’ lawyer, Shequel Ross, described him as a family man and that Eiland is targeting him due to wanting a pay day.

“He takes care of his 6-year-old, as well as his grandmother who is 78 and his 11-year-old,” Ross told Fox 5 Atlanta. We are conducting a full-fledged investigation. She has a financial interest. The next day she hired an attorney and is alleging to sue the nightclub.”

Since the attack, Eiland has filed a lawsuit against Opera nightclub claiming that there wasn’t adequate security for their three-story space.

“The safety of all our guests is our main priority and we have always upheld the highest standard of security each night,” Opera’s lawyer Bryan Knight said in a statement to the AJC. “We have worked diligently with the Atlanta Police Department to assist with this ongoing investigation. The legal action filed today involving the club will be defended vigorously.”

After Eiland came forward, another woman accused Williams of sexual assault. The unidentified woman said that she was sexually assaulted after having two drinks with him. Williams is now facing charges for this attack as well.

 

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Facebook Prohibited an Art Museum From Promoting an Exhibit With Images of Nude Statues

(GENEVA) — A Geneva art museum says Facebook prohibited it from promoting an upcoming exhibit with images of two statues — a half-naked Venus and a nude, kneeling man.

The Museum of Art and History took to Twitter to say it had wanted to post pictures of the statues on Facebook to promote the “Caesar and the Rhone” exhibit that opens Friday, but the social media platform “prevented us from it, because of their nudity.”

The museum instead put the images on Twitter on Friday with the French word for “censored” over the statues’ presumably private parts, adding: “Maybe it’s time that this platform changes its policy for museums and cultural institutions?”

Facebook didn’t immediately respond to an email from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The museum’s 3½ -month exhibit pulls together works from the Louvre Museum in Paris, an antiquities museum in Arles, France, and other institutions to convey Caesar’s invasion of the Rhone River region running through Geneva and southeast France to the Mediterranean.

The marble statue of “Venus of Arles” was made in the first century and depicts the goddess posed with one arm outstretched and a robe draped around her waist. The first-century B.C. bronze of a bearded captive shows him with his hands seemingly bound behind his back, symbolizing Rome’s triumph over Gallic tribes.

Museum of Art and History spokeswoman Sylvie Treglia-Detraz said a first attempt to post the images drew a Facebook response: “We don’t allow ads that depict nudity, even if it isn’t sexual in nature. This includes the use of nudity for artistic or educational purposes.”

The issue strikes at the differing attitudes about nudity in Europe, where topless and even nude beaches and parks aren’t unusual, and in the United States, where government officials have been known to cover up topless statues.


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Sheryl Sandberg defends Facebook data-collecting app: Users ‘knew they were involved and consented’

"The important thing is that the people involved in that research project knew they were involved and consented," Sandberg told CNBC's Julia Boorstin after an earnings report that smashed expectations on Wednesday.
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Zuckerberg to integrate WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger: NYT

Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg is planning to unify the underlying messaging infrastructure of the WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger services and incorporate end-to-end encryption into these apps, the New York Times reported on Friday.


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A study analyzes the impact of targeted Facebook advertising on the election

Research has studied the effectiveness of micro-targeted political advertising on social media such as Facebook in the United States. The research concludes that it may have increased the number of Donald Trump voters by ten per cent in the 2016 presidential elections.
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Facebook, Twitter Turn to Right-Leaning Groups to Help Referee Political Speech

Advisers on touchy issues include Tony Perkins’ Family Research Council, Grover Norquist’s Americans for Tax Reform and, on the left, the Southern Poverty Law Center. Their involvement behind the scenes, designed to tamp down a furor over social media’s policing of content, has instead kicked up a new range of disputes.
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Facebook has an ever-changing secret rulebook for political speech

Facebook is attempting to tackle misinformation and hate that its platform has enabled with a massive, byzantine and secret document of rules packed with spreadsheets and PowerPoint slides that gets updated regularly for its global content moderators. According to a blockbuster New York Times report, the rules show the social network to be “a far more powerful arbiter of global…
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Cost to walk away from Facebook for a year? More than $1,000, new study finds

Using a series of auctions in which people were paid to close their accounts for as little as one day or as long as one year, a new study finds that Facebook users would require an average of more than $ 1,000 to deactivate their account for one year.
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Fixing Facebook will be a long-term project, according to Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg. “To be clear, addressing these issues is more than a one-year challenge,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post, according to a Bloomberg report on Friday. “For some of these issues, like election interference or harmful speech, the problems can never fully be…
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Instagram’s botched experiment is a reminder that the future of Facebook is Stories

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You’d think Instagram would know by now that even the smallest changes can send users into a paranoid frenzy. That still didn’t stop the company from unintentionally pushing out a major update that screwed up users’ feeds this morning. 

Annoying and confusing as it may be, the “bug,” which made Instagram feed posts look and feel more like Story posts, underscores an important point: Facebook is preparing for a future where Stories are more important than feeds. 

That’s more evident then ever today, when Instagram abruptly began testing a new horizontally-scrolling UI in which users had to tap through feed posts instead of scrolling, with a much larger group of users than it had originally intended, according to Instagram chief Adam Mosseri. The update, which Instagram PR declared a “bug,” was swiftly rolled back, but not before igniting a massive backlash against the change. Read more…

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Facebook shares could hit $160 in 2019: Citron

Short-seller Citron Research on Wednesday backed Facebook Inc, saying the stock could hit $ 160 in 2019 as the company’s revenue and user base have seen little impact from the reported data scandals and privacy issues this year.


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Facebook, Snapchat and TikTok have a massive underage problem — here’s why it matters

The teen suicide rate is on the rise, and some researchers are linking the rise in depression to social media use.
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Washington, D.C. sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica’s data use

The attorney general for Washington, D.C. said on Wednesday the nation’s capital city had sued Facebook over the scandal that broke earlier this year involving Cambridge Analytica’s use of data from the social-media giant.


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Veteran tech journalist Walt Mossberg quits Facebook, because yeah

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Facebook will be losing yet another prominent user: Walt Mossberg, one of the most respected technology journalists of our era, said that he will delete his account at the end of this year.

The former Wall Street Journal, Verge, and Recode writer announced on Facebook his Facebook and Messenger accounts will be deactivated “around the end of the year” (or in other words, any day now) and he will no longer be posting content on the social network.

“I am doing this — after being on Facebook for nearly 12 years — because my own values and the policies and actions of Facebook have diverged to the point where I’m no longer comfortable here,” Mossberg said in a Facebook post. Read more…

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Marijuana and CBD companies can’t advertise on Facebook and Google, so they’re getting creative

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Facebook blames bug for exposing photos of 6.8 million users

Facebook revealed Friday that a bug in its system accidentally exposed the private photos of up to 6.8 million users — the latest in a series of data spills that have attracted worldwide regulatory heat. In a Friday blog post, the social networking giant said the breach occurred between Sept. 13 and Sept. 25, and…
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Facebook opening Bryant Park pop-up to teach users about privacy

Sorry about sharing your Facebook data. How about a cup of hot chocolate? Mark Zuckerberg’s social network plans to open a pop-up kiosk on Dec. 13 in Midtown Manhattan, where it will field questions about its data-sharing practices and teach users how to understand its new privacy controls. “It’s been a tough year, and people…
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Facebook has created ‘too many adversaries,’ says analyst who just downgraded the stock

Stifel on Wednesday published a note saying it has lowered its rating for Facebook shares from "Buy" to "Hold" following a year in which "Facebook's management team has created too many adversaries." The firm is maintaining its target price.
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I quit Instagram and Facebook and it made me happier — and that’s a big problem for social media

Christina Farr used to spend 5 hours a week posting and interacting with friends on Instagram. She quit cold this summer, and her life changed dramatically for the better.
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Facebook shuts ‘war room’ fighting election interference

Facebook said Monday it has shuttered a “war room” that was meant to fight election interference as the social network grapples with a fresh round of scandals. The Menlo Park, Calif.-based social network’s decision to close the war room — which some media had reckoned was little more than a publicity stunt — comes as…
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Russian firm linked to election meddling sues Facebook

A Russian company whose accountant was charged by federal prosecutors for attempting to meddle in US elections sued Facebook on Tuesday, claiming it is a legitimate news outlet and its Facebook account should be restored. The Federal Agency of News LLC, known as FAN and its sole shareholder, Evgeniy Zubarev, filed the lawsuit in federal…
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Facebook reports steep rise in data requests from Indian government

NEW DELHI — Facebook says there was a steep rise in data requests from India’s government in the first half of this year as compared to the previous two years. The company said in a report released Friday that it received 16,580 data requests from the government in the January-June period as compared to 22,024…
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Facebook defends Russia response, updates plan to curb misbehavior

Facebook Inc Chairman and Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended his response to Russian election meddling on the world’s largest social media network and issued a new plan aimed at stifling misbehavior while maintaining a vibrant hub for online speech.


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Facebook Makes It Easier Than Ever For You to Vote

Over the past couple of years, Facebook has been instrumental in making it easier for users to prepare for Election Day. They’ve done this by supporting voter registration drives in both the primaries and general election through the nonpartisan TurboVote Challenge.

This year is no different. They’ve added feature sets that let people ask their friends to join them in registering to vote. In addition to that, research shows people who make a plan to vote are more likely to do so, so the platform is helping users find their polling locations, with the option to set a reminder just in case it slips their mind.

One of the biggest reasons folks shy away from voting is because they don’t know the candidates or understand the policies and the research can get confusing. Facebook now has a new tool that provides Candidate Info, which lets people hear directly from their federal, state, and local candidates on why they’re running for office, what policy issues they care about, and what they hope to accomplish if elected.

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The short videos allow the candidates to showcase the following:

  • Introduce themselves to voters and tell people about the office they’re running for.
  • What their top policy priority is and why they are the right person to work on it
  • Talk about what makes them most qualified to represent their district
  • Address what the most important goal is they hope to accomplish in office and how they plan to get it done

Facebook isn’t alone in this. Instagram is rolling out their feature set as well. You can now post that you voted with a custom “I Voted” sticker and a “We Voted!” story will appear at the front of your stories bar on November 6th so you can see all of your friends who participated. The goal for this is to encourage more users to get out and vote. As they see their friends, counterparts, and associates doing so, the hope is that it will create a viral effect encouraging others users to do so.

The post Facebook Makes It Easier Than Ever For You to Vote appeared first on Black Enterprise.

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Palmer Luckey, co-founder of virtual-reality pioneer Oculus, was ousted after his political activity sparked a furor within the social-media giant and Silicon Valley. His firing was one of the earliest political spats of the kind that is now roiling the technology industry.
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Facebook Goes After TikTok With the Debut of Lasso

First, they came for Snapchat. Now, they’re coming for TikTok.

They, of course being Facebook, just launched Lasso, according to an Engadget report. It’s a new app for short videos aimed at teenagers.

The move comes after Facebook already took on Snapchat with the debut of stories, photos, and videos that appear for 24 hours on a user’s profile on both Facebook and Instagram. Stories were what set Snapchat apart, aside from its disappearing messages.

Now, TikTok takes the role as the emerging app of choice for younger users, a demographic that’s been moving away from Facebook. TikTok offers short videos with music, stickers, filters, and other special effects. Lasso operates similarly, but being part of the Facebook family also integrates with the parent company site and Instagram. You can already cross-post Lasso videos to Facebook stories, and the Verge reported, the same ability will be coming to Instagram stories as well.

Lasso launched this week on iOS and Android without much attention. There wasn’t an announcement from Facebook posted, as similar changes usually are.

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Facebook got through the midterms mostly unscathed, although it’s still got lots of work ahead

After failing to recognize and stop the threat of fake news before the 2016 U.S. elections, Facebook ramped up its efforts to curtain harmful content on its services. So far, Facebook's efforts appear to be working. 
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Facebook admits it didn’t do enough to prevent ‘offline violence’ in Myanmar

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A night before the U.S. midterm elections, Facebook has dropped an independent report into the platform’s effect in Myanmar.

The report into Facebook’s impact on human rights within the country was commissioned by the social media giant, but completed by non-profit organization BSR (Business for Social Responsibility).

And it affirms what many have suspected: Facebook didn’t do enough to prevent violence and division in Myanmar.

“The report concludes that, prior to this year, we weren’t doing enough to help prevent our platform from being used to foment division and incite offline violence. We agree that we can and should do more,” Facebook’s product policy manager Alex Warofka wrote in a statement. Read more…

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Facebook said on Friday it had deleted more accounts originating in Iran that attracted more than 1 million US and British followers its latest effort to combat disinformation activity on its platform. The social media company headed by Mark Zuckerberg removed 82 pages, groups and accounts on Facebook and Instagram that represented themselves as being…
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Facebook Live: What About Those Sky-High Air Ambulance Costs?

It’s bad enough that a patient has a health emergency so dire it requires a helicopter ride to make it to the hospital in time. But then comes the bill, which can approach six figures and for which insurance coverage is often spotty. In this Facebook Live discussion, Diane Webber, a senior editor at KHN who has coordinated coverage of the issue, talks with senior editor Stephanie Stapleton about the regulatory and market-based factors that contribute to these sky-high costs.

Here’s our coverage, done in partnership with NPR:

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If ads are so important to Facebook, why does it suck this bad at them?

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Facebook is the social media mega-titan that it is partly because it has such a strong money-making operation underneath the whole thing that has powered its growth and helped the company steamroll over competitors for years. You could even argue the company is really a highly targeted ad business, with a social network that’s glommed on to it. Recall Mark Zuckerberg’s appearance on Capitol Hill earlier this year, during a hearing in which one Senator asked Facebook’s taciturn chief executive how exactly you maintain a business in which users don’t pay for the product. “Senator, we run ads,” was Zuck’s response.

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Facebook sued for inflating video stats for advertisers

Facebook grossly inflated video viewership metrics and then lied to advertisers about it, new court filings against the ever-embattled social-media giant allege. The company previously admitted it played fast and loose with such statistics, but a handful of advertisers suing Facebook say the deceit happened on a grand scale. “Facebook’s internal efforts behind the scenes…
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Linguistic red flags from Facebook posts can predict future depression diagnoses

Research finds that the language people use in their Facebook posts can predict a future diagnosis of depression as accurately as the tools clinicians use in medical settings to screen for the disease.
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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds of U.S. Pages It Says Spread Misinformation

Facebook has taken down hundreds of accounts that were spreading false or misleading political content ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, one of the social network’s most aggressive efforts to stop misinformation spread primarily by Americans.
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Facebook Inc. on Monday launched a pair of smart-speakers that enable video calling on the company’s Messenger service. The devices, which feature cameras and microphones, are intended to challenge Amazon and Google’s dominance in the smart-speaker market. Both the devices are now available for pre-order in the U.S. – from Facebook at portal.facebook.com, as well as Amazon and Best Buy.
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Facebook Live: The Cancer Divide

If you get cancer, how long you live may depend on factors outside of your control: your race or ethnicity. Where you live. Your age. The type of insurance you have.

Although Californians and Americans overall are living longer with cancer, some communities fare better than others. There are many reasons for this cancer divide. Certain groups may not have regular access to doctors or cancer screening. Smoking and physical inactivity play a role, as does exposure to air pollution.

On Friday, Kaiser Health News senior correspondent Anna Gorman discussed cancer disparities with Dr. Kenneth Kizer, a University of California-Davis professor. Kizer is the director of the Institute for Population Health Improvement, which works with the state Department of Public Health to manage California’s cancer registry.

Survival differs based on race and ethnicity, geography and income, Kizer said during the discussion.

“Overall, as a blanket statement, people who are poor and economically challenged do less well than people who are not in that situation,” he said.

Kizer explained that many factors influence how long people live with cancer, including whether they have access to cancer screening and high-quality treatments. Having health insurance increases the odds of getting better care, he said.

“However, it’s not that simple, because not all health insurance is the same,” he added. “So, the better health insurance you can get the … more likely you’ll end up in a place where you can get evidence-based treatment.”

To read Gorman’s previous coverage about how Californians with cancer are faring, please click here.


This story was produced by Kaiser Health News, which publishes California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.

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