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Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed' Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.

Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017  Silicon Valley’s Worst Apologies of 2017 

Silicon Valley had somewhat of a reckoning this year. The tech overlords finally had to face the music: their products and services aren’t as wholesome and life-changing as they preached them to be. Turns out, a bunch of white men didn’t anticipate issues that might impact their non-white-male users. Like sexual…

Facebook Has Some Intensely Thirsty Questions for You Facebook Has Some Intensely Thirsty Questions for You

Hey, here’s a question for you. If a random stranger came up to you on the street and started asking you to tell them about who you’d like to be stuck in an elevator with or what your guilty pleasures are, do you think you would:

Facebook Launches New Messenger App for Young Kids—What Could Possibly Go Wrong? Facebook Launches New Messenger App for Young Kids—What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Facebook—home to rampant harassment, misinformation, and foreign election interference—is coming for your kids. The company announced a new app on Monday for children as young as six years old. The app, Messenger Kids, is a messaging service that gives parents authority over who their kids can chat with.

People Are Getting Robocalls About Their "Derogatory" Trump Posts [Updated] People Are Getting Robocalls About Their "Derogatory" Trump Posts [Updated]

Brett Vanderbrook was driving for Uber last week when he got a call from an unfamiliar number. He let it go to voicemail and when he listened to it later, he got a shock: It was a recorded message telling him to stop making “negative and derogatory posts about President Trump.”

Caught Again, Facebook Is (Still) Very Sorry for Letting Advertisers Exclude Black and Latino Users Caught Again, Facebook Is (Still) Very Sorry for Letting Advertisers Exclude Black and Latino Users

Facebook announced Wednesday that it would temporarily stop letting advertisers exclude users from seeing their ads based on race and ethnic group. The highly controversial (and legally dubious) practice was first uncovered during an investigation by Pro Publica in 2016. Though Facebook said it would end the practice…

Facebook May Soon Demand a Selfie if It Detects Suspicious Activity on Your Account Facebook May Soon Demand a Selfie if It Detects Suspicious Activity on Your Account

Facebook appears to be preparing to launch a new kind of captcha which asks users to prove their identities by uploading photos of their faces, Wired reported on Tuesday.

FCC Chair Says Twitter and YouTube's Political Biases Are the Real Threat to an Open Internet FCC Chair Says Twitter and YouTube's Political Biases Are the Real Threat to an Open Internet

Would more Nazis and terrorists on social media make our internet more free?

Facebook Expands Self-Harm Prevention Program That Monitors Users’ ‘Thoughts of Suicide’ Facebook Expands Self-Harm Prevention Program That Monitors Users’ ‘Thoughts of Suicide’

Facebook is expanding its artificial intelligence-based suicide prevention efforts. The company said today that it has plans to eventually monitor and respond to suicidal intent on Facebook “worldwide,” excluding the European Union.

5 Things to Know About Tencent, the Chinese Internet Giant That's Worth More Than Facebook Now 5 Things to Know About Tencent, the Chinese Internet Giant That's Worth More Than Facebook Now

While most people in the United States still aren’t familiar with Tencent, the Chinese digital media and telecom conglomerate has quickly become one of the biggest players on the internet. Just last week, Tencent’s market cap valuation of $530 billion propelled it past Facebook and into the fifth spot among the…

Report: FBI Failed to Warn U.S. Officials Targeted by Russia's Fancy Bear Hackers Report: FBI Failed to Warn U.S. Officials Targeted by Russia's Fancy Bear Hackers

As Russian hackers affiliated with the Fancy Bear cyber-spying unit were attempting to break into the Gmail accounts of “scores of U.S. officials” in recent years, the FBI failed to notify almost any of them that they were being targeted, the Associated Press reported on Sunday.

Facebook Plans to Tell Users Which Russian Accounts They Followed Facebook Plans to Tell Users Which Russian Accounts They Followed

Facebook is creating a tool that will allow users to check whether or not they followed Russian propaganda accounts on Facebook or Instagram during the 2016 election cycle, the company announced today. The tool, which is expected to launch by the end of this year, is a response to continued pressure from lawmakers who…

Facebook Still Lets Landlords Discriminate by Race and Disability in Apartment Ads Facebook Still Lets Landlords Discriminate by Race and Disability in Apartment Ads

Last year, an explosive investigation by ProPublica revealed that Facebook was allowing advertisers to discriminate in housing ads by enabling landlords to filter out people who might view a given ad by their race. And today ProPublica released a follow-up to that investigation. Did Facebook fix its…

No, Facebook Didn't Remove the Ability to Delete Posts—But It Did Hide It From Some Users No, Facebook Didn't Remove the Ability to Delete Posts—But It Did Hide It From Some Users

There’s a popular conception that whatever you post online lives eternal—and while it’s probably true, the reality is that for most people hitting that delete button is usually sufficient to at least hide an embarrassing post from prying family, friends, and potential employers. Anyone who’s ever been on Facebook or…

Apple's Diversity Chief Is Leaving After Six Months Apple's Diversity Chief Is Leaving After Six Months

Apple’s Vice President of Diversity and Inclusion, Denise Young Smith, is leaving the company at the end of the year, Bloomberg reports. Earlier this month, Cornell Tech announced Young Smith would be joining the faculty as an executive-in-residence in January.

What Mark Learned What Mark Learned

As personal goal that many interpreted as a trial balloon for a presidential campaign, Mark Zuckerberg has spent the last year traveling to all 50 states. He’s done now, and he’s posting about it.

You Need to Deal With Your Digital Legacy Right Now You Need to Deal With Your Digital Legacy Right Now

It used to be that when someone died, their executor would follow a standard roadmap to settle their estate: clean out the house, go through the file cabinets, and file a tax return at the end of the year. Now this wasn’t exactly easy—handling the administration after a loved one’s death can be emotionally and…

Rotten Tomatoes Will Piss Everyone Off by Delaying Justice League Rating Rotten Tomatoes Will Piss Everyone Off by Delaying Justice League Rating

Having just weathered a news cycle that saw Hollywood execs attacking the movie review aggregation service for allegedly hurting box office receipts, Rotten Tomatoes has chosen a strange time withhold the score for this week’s Justice League. But that’s just what it’s doing—and no one is going to be happy.

Suspicious Account Behind Viral Roy Moore Conspiracy Theory Deletes All of Its Tweets Suspicious Account Behind Viral Roy Moore Conspiracy Theory Deletes All of Its Tweets

Republican Roy Moore, the homophobic bigot and former state Supreme Court justice running for Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ vacated Alabama Senate seat, has seen his campaign begin to crash and burn after the Washington Post produced well-evidenced allegations that decades ago, Moore molested teenagers. Moore has…

Report: Facebook Fact-Checking Is A Sham, According to Facebook Fact-Checkers Report: Facebook Fact-Checking Is A Sham, According to Facebook Fact-Checkers

Facebook has been on a mission to stamp out the spread of misinformation and propaganda since last November, after reports first began to shed light on the role that social media played in the US election. But the fact-checkers the company has relied on don’t seem to have much faith in the tech giant’s plan to fix…

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