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Facebook Reportedly Used Anti-Muslim Ad as Test Case in Video Formats Facebook Reportedly Used Anti-Muslim Ad as Test Case in Video Formats

“It’s important that Facebook is a place where people with different views can share their ideas,” wrote Mark Zuckerberg following the violent “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville. “But when someone tries to silence others or attacks them based on who they are or what they believe, that hurts us all and is…

What Happens to Facebook’s Mind Reading Project Now That Its Leader Is Gone? What Happens to Facebook’s Mind Reading Project Now That Its Leader Is Gone?

Regina Dugan, a tech exec with roots in the government sector as the former director of DARPA, is leaving Facebook and her departure calls into question the status of one of the craziest things Facebook has been working on.

Justice Department Drops Request for Names of People Who 'Liked' Anti-Trump Facebook Page Justice Department Drops Request for Names of People Who 'Liked' Anti-Trump Facebook Page

In a court hearing today, the Department of Justice dropped its request for the names of an estimated 6,000 people who “liked” a Facebook page about an Inauguration Day protest, the American Civil Liberties Union said. The ACLU challenged several warrants related to protests against President Trump’s inauguration on…

People at Facebook Don’t Know How Facebook Works People at Facebook Don’t Know How Facebook Works

Facebook is a vast and bewildering operation, working with visible and invisible data streams via opaque algorithms on a scale larger than humans can readily comprehend. Many of us have been baffled, for example, by the social network’s ability to figure out who we know in real life, as reflected by the suggestions…

Facebook and Twitter Deleted Data Tied to Russian Accounts That Targeted 2016 Election Voters Facebook and Twitter Deleted Data Tied to Russian Accounts That Targeted 2016 Election Voters

Data that may have proved critical to investigations into Russia-funded political ads appears to have been tossed by Facebook and Twitter into the proverbial shredder.

Facebook Can't Stop Doing Too Many Things Facebook Can't Stop Doing Too Many Things

If you’ve been wondering why you couldn’t order food without leaving Facebook, you’re in luck. Facebook just launched this very feature and it sounds simply awful. Remember when Facebook was just a utility that helped you find your friends’ email addresses? We were such dorks back then.

As Punishment, Facebook Commits to Hiring One (1) Black to Its Board  As Punishment, Facebook Commits to Hiring One (1) Black to Its Board 

On Thursday, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg assured members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) that the social media company will name a black director to its board “within the foreseeable future.” Currently, Facebook’s eight-member board of directors is all white and 75 percent male.

Man Arrested for Facebook Page Parodying Police Sues Cops, Wants His Damn Xbox Back Man Arrested for Facebook Page Parodying Police Sues Cops, Wants His Damn Xbox Back

A Cleveland-area man acquitted of a felony charge for creating a parody account of his local police department has filed a lawsuit against the city of Parma, two of its police officers, and a third law enforcement official, alleging a violation of his civil rights.

Oculus Is Trying to Get Ahead of Harassment In Virtual Reality Oculus Is Trying to Get Ahead of Harassment In Virtual Reality

Facebook wants one billion people to experience virtual reality—about one-seventh of the entire human population. That’s an audacious goal even without a timeframe, which Mark Zuckerberg did not provide. But to lure that many people into the void, users don’t just need their minds blown. They also need to feel safe.

Lawmakers Plan to Release Russian-Bought Facebook Ads Lawmakers Plan to Release Russian-Bought Facebook Ads

The Russia-funded political ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 election will be shown to the public, members of the House Intelligence Committee said on Wednesday. House and Senate committees are investigating ads that ran on Facebook, Twitter, Google, and other platforms in an effort to determine how…

How Facebook Outs Sex Workers How Facebook Outs Sex Workers

Leila has two identities, but Facebook is only supposed to know about one of them.

Oculus Go, Facebook's Rumored $200 Standalone Headset, Is Finally Here Oculus Go, Facebook's Rumored $200 Standalone Headset, Is Finally Here

When it comes to VR, you really only have two choices today: a big, expensive headset that needs to be connected to a PC, or a less immersive setup that relies on your smartphone. However, Facebook is looking to give us a third option with the $200 Oculus Go.

The Jury In the Comments Section The Jury In the Comments Section

In 2009, Ashley Jordan went to a party at her friend Thomas Oliver’s house in Portland, Oregon. The two had met a few months earlier at a bar. They had a few friends in common; both were part of a small scene that centered around the local music community. It was towards the end of the evening and most everyone was…

Microsoft Confirms Investigation Into Whether Russians Bought Pre-Election Ads Through Bing Microsoft Confirms Investigation Into Whether Russians Bought Pre-Election Ads Through Bing

The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine.

Mark Zuckerberg Took a Tour of Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico in 'Magical' VR  Mark Zuckerberg Took a Tour of Hurricane-Ravaged Puerto Rico in 'Magical' VR 

On Monday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promoted the social media giant’s new Facebook Spaces app, which allows users to remotely cast cartoon avatars of themselves walking around locations in the real world, by taking a “magical” tour of Puerto Rico.

Russian Agents Used Google to Interfere in Election: Report Russian Agents Used Google to Interfere in Election: Report

Russian actors spent tens of thousands of dollars on Google ads meant to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Citing employees “familiar” with Google’s internal investigations, the Post reports that these ads, which appeared on Gmail and YouTube, “do not appear to…

Facebook Security Chief Alex Stamos Hits Back at Media Coverage of Its Algorithms Facebook Security Chief Alex Stamos Hits Back at Media Coverage of Its Algorithms

Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, defended his employer against “coverage of our recent issues driven by stereotypes of our employees and attacks against fantasy, strawman tech cos.” in a lengthy tweetstorm on Saturday.

Woman's Webcam Starts Following Her Movements and Taunts 'Hello' Woman's Webcam Starts Following Her Movements and Taunts 'Hello'

Internet of Things devices are notoriously insecure and webcams are among the creepiest targets for hacks. A woman in the Netherlands recently learned just how disturbing these vulnerabilities can be, capturing footage of a home webcam that started tracking her movements and speaking to her in a sinister, unfamiliar…

YouTube's Search Results Promote Conspiracy Theories About the Las Vegas Shooting YouTube's Search Results Promote Conspiracy Theories About the Las Vegas Shooting

Fabrications, hoaxes and other lies about the horrific mass shooting in Las Vegas this week which killed at least 59 people and wounded well over 500 others have been spreading rampant on YouTube, and it’s unclear if the video giant has any plans to do anything about it.

Tech Companies Will Testify at Senate Hearing on Russian Election Interference [Updated] Tech Companies Will Testify at Senate Hearing on Russian Election Interference [Updated]

Facebook and Twitter will send representatives to testify at a Senate hearing next month on Russian interference in the US presidential election, sources at the companies told Gizmodo.

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