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Survey: Facebook Is The Least-Trusted Tech Company

Facebook has dealt with a recent torrent of bad press on a variety of issues, ranging from privacy, data-sharing, content moderation, election interference and more. So, perhaps not surprisingly, a recent survey from digital publication Quartz found that Facebook is the least-trusted major tech company. The news outlet surveyed 1,600 readers and asked them “Which…

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Facebook Promotes Hoax Content, Accidentally Identifies Wrong Man In Wake Of Las Vegas Shooting

Facebook was already under intense scrutiny for its role in allowing fake news and hoaxes to thrive on its platform. Now, the site is again facing outrage in the wake of Sunday’s tragic shooting in Las Vegas. At the center of this most recent controversy is the fact that Facebook shared fake content in its…

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Facebook Hires 1,000 More Content Moderators Amid Controversy

Since the 2016 presidential election, Facebook has found itself in near-constant public relations turmoil regarding its content moderation. The latest chapter finds the social media company handing over 3,000 Russian-bought ads to Congress following public outrage over the site’s lack of transparency. In another move intent on currying public favor, Facebook also announced this week…

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European Officials Issue Final Warning To Facebook To Clean Up Hate Speech

European officials have long warned Facebook to clean up its act when it comes to regulating hate speech and offensive content. Now it seems as though those officials have lost their patience—the European Union has issued a set of guidelines for Facebook, Google, Twitter and other tech companies to abide by, and if they don’t,…

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Facebook Distances Itself From Ad Controversy

In recent months, Facebook has found itself at the center of a raging controversy over Russia’s role in influencing the 2016 presidential election. And, as writer Keith Collins pointed out at Quartz this week, the company has deflected the criticism in a curious way. Several executives at Facebook have downplayed the issue by saying that…

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Facebook Deleted “Tens Of Thousands” Of Fake Accounts Before German Election

Maybe Facebook has learned from its mistakes in the United States: according to a report this week, the social media giant deleted “tens of thousands” of fake accounts in the run-up to the recent German parliamentary election. The company has faced relentless criticism at home for its role in allowing Russian-bought ads to live on…

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Facebook Accidentally Used A Rape Threat To Advertise Instagram

In recent months, Facebook has repeatedly run into trouble for its algorithms failing to catch instances of hate speech. Another dramatic example occurred this week when a reporter from The Guardian saw an ad for Instagram on Facebook that prominently featured a screenshot of a rape threat. The screenshot had been shared by reporter Olivia…

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Woman Sues Facebook For Deleting Her Comments

Facebook is no stranger to legal battles–with other companies, foreign governments and even its own users. That’s what happened this month when a woman filed a civil suit against the company for $1 million, alleging it infringed on her First Amendment rights by deleting her comments. The woman, Amanda Kaye Phillips, is defending herself in…

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Typing ‘Following Me’ in your Facebook Block List Will Not Show Your Followers

A viral message is spreading around Facebook that claims you can see who is following you by going in to your ‘Blocking‘ settings and typing ‘Following Me‘ in the ‘Block Users’ search bar. This is a silly hoax like most messages that circulate wildly on Facebook. If you follow the directions in the post, all…

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Facebook Scam Tries To Take Advantage Of Hurricane Victims

It’s a sad reality of Facebook: after tragedy strikes, you can be sure con artists will try to trick people into handing over their hard-earned cash. That’s what happened last week when a Facebook scam offering to send victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey on a cruise went viral. The post, which was shared…

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Facebook Accused Of Silencing Reports Of Ethnic Cleansing in Myanmar

Facebook is no stranger to controversy surrounding what content it does and does not delete from the platform. Another ugly example occurred this week when activists in Myanmar accused the social media giant of censoring posts that document ethnic cleansing in the country. Hundreds of thousands of refugees have been displaced from Myanmar after the…

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Facebook Content Moderators Say The Company Didn’t Prepare Them To Detect Propaganda

The controversy over Facebook’s role in the spread of fake news in the 2016 presidential election continued to rage this week, and now Facebook employees themselves are weighing in on the issue. Investigators have recently accused Facebook of selling $100,000 in ads to a shady Russian company, and according to several former content moderators, the…

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