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Facebook Shuts Down AI Bots That Invented Their Own Language

Facebook has invested heavily in Artificial Intelligence as the future of its platform. From content regulation to Messenger chat bots, AI will increasingly be relied upon to interface with human users. However, one of the company’s AI systems took a creepy turn by inventing a language that its human creators could not understand. Last month,…

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Spam “Videos” Rack Up View Counts By Tricking Users

No matter how hard Facebook tries to regulate spammy content, the spammers themselves always seem to be a step ahead. That’s how it’s gone with a recent spate of bait-and-switch “videos” intended to trick users into watching just to boost the spam publisher’s view count. How the scheme works is simple: shady publishers simply create…

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Facebook Funds Effort To Fight Election Hacking

In the wake of last November’s presidential election, many observers blamed Facebook for not doing enough to prevent so-called “election-hacking.” The company has introduced several measures since to help fight the spread of fake or misleading content, but it went even further this week, funding a group at Harvard dedicated to tackling the issue. Facebook…

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Facebook Bought A Startup To Crack Down On Piracy

With over 2 billion active users, Facebook is by far the largest social platform in the world. As a result, the site gets used for tons of purposes — including illegal ones like copyright infringement. Indeed, Facebook wants to prove to content creators that it’s serious about fighting digital piracy. The company did just that…

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Police Issue Warrant To Facebook For Copies Of Sexual Assault Video

Controlling the spread of content on social media platforms is difficult, if not impossible. Once something is posted on Facebook, there’s little that can stop it from being copied or reposted again and again. That’s the problem Facebook faces this week after police issued warrants to the site aiming to discover if more copies exist…

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Facebook Is Working To Stop Explicit Photos Before They’re Even Posted

Facebook is often criticized for not responding quickly enough to requests to remove explicit, violent or otherwise offensive content. Indeed, the site often lets posts like this remain visible for hours before taking action. However, the social media giant vowed this week to create a tool that will stop users from sharing intimate photos before…

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Facebook Blames Error For Blocked Catholic Pages

Facebook is no stranger to dealing with controversy over its decision-making process when it comes to blocking content. However, the site faced a particularly loud barrage of complaints this week when it took down more than 20 Catholic-focused pages with millions of followers for over a day. The social media giant eventually restored the pages…

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Facebook Introduces Another New Feature To Fight Hoax Content

One of the greatest ongoing battles Facebook fights is against fake news and other kinds of spam links. The company has notably stepped up this battle over the past six months, and it struck another blow this week when it took away the ability for any Page to edit the appearance of a link on…

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Facebook Stands Up For User Privacy In Pakistan

Facebook has over 2 billion active users around the world, and it often has a hard time abiding by the laws of the countries it operates in. However, the platform faces its fiercest criticism when these foreign governments use it to oppress or monitor their populations. That’s why privacy advocates took heart this week when…

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Support To Net Neutrality

This week, protesters and advocates held an Internet-wide “day of action” over the issue of net neutrality. Many tech giants, including Facebook, Google and Amazon, joined the fight to preserve these protections and ensure the Internet stays accessible for everyone. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg weighed in personally, offering to work with congress on…

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Facebook Blocks Pages Of Legal Marijuana Shops

The guidelines Facebook uses to take down content are confusing, and often unevenly enforced. That leads to many different kinds of censorship controversies, with the latest landing in Facebook’s lap this week after the site blocked the pages of several legal Alaskan marijuana shops. By its standards, Facebook bans content that promotes the sale of…

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Facebook Announces Ads On Messenger Platform

In what could be a potentially invasive new move to monetize its platform, Facebook announced this week that sponsored ad content will begin to appear in Facebook Messenger. The ads, which will be targeted specifically to you, will appear on your Messenger home screen. If you click on one, the ad will redirect you to…

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