Google, Facebook agreed to team up against possible antitrust action, draft lawsuit says – WSJ

Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google agreed to “cooperate and assist one another” in case of an investigation into their pact to work together in online advertising, the Wall Street Journal reported late on Monday. News – FashionNetwork.com USA BEST … Read more…

U.S. vs. Facebook: Inside the tech giant’s behind-the-scenes campaign to battle back antitrust lawsuits

The company ramped up its lobbying, hired high-powered lawyers and launched a slew of internal initiatives as the government prepared to sue — and rebuffed its early entreaties to try to ward off the case. Technology BEST DEAL UPDATE:

State, federal antitrust lawsuits likely to challenge Facebook for buying rivals and weaponizing data

State and federal investigators are preparing to bring antitrust charges against Facebook that will challenge the tech giant’s acquisition of two rivals, Instagram and WhatsApp, alleging that the deals helped create an anti-competitive social networking juggernaut that has left users … Read more…

Facebook argues its own tool showing conservative dominance isn’t ‘fully representative’

Listen to Facebook, just not a Facebook-owned analytics tool designed to provide insight into Facebook.  That appears to be the argument made late Tuesday by Facebook’s Alex Schultz in a frankly confounding blog post titled “What Do People Actually See … Read more…

Facebook bans ‘STOP THE STEAL’ group Trump allies were using to organize protests against vote counting

The campaign and its aides have tapped a network of new and existing Facebook pages, groups and events — some of which have hundreds of thousands of members — to rally people in public this week around the unfounded belief … Read more…

Facebook group pushing false claim of stolen election rapidly gains 325,000 members

A public Facebook group pushing false claims about voter fraud and Democrats trying to “steal” the US election rapidly swelled to more than 325,000 members on Thursday, a day after it was created. The “Stop the Steal” group, which says … Read more…

Investor Lonsdale breaks from Facebook to protest move to ‘authoritarian left’

Joe Lonsdale is taking a break from Facebook to protest what he calls the social network’s capitulation to the “authoritarian left.” The 38-year-old Silicon Valley investor — a Stanford-educated protege of Peter Thiel and co-founder of data-mining giant Palantir — … Read more…

Former Facebook and Pinterest exec Tim Kendall traces "extractive business models" to VCs

Last month, former Facebook and Pinterest executive Tim Kendall told Congress during a House hearing on the dangers of social media that Facebook made its products so addictive because its ad-driven business model relies on people paying attention to its … Read more…

Facebook wants NYU researchers to stop sharing the political ad data it keeps secret

Facebook isn’t happy with New York University. It’s because of NYU Ad Observatory, a newly launched research project from the university’s engineering school that aims to show how different election campaigns are spending their ad money on the site, and … Read more…

Last month, Facebook gave money to three members of Congress who refused to condemn QAnon

When it comes to QAnon conspiracy theorists, Facebook is wagging a finger with one hand, and slipping some enablers cash with the other. According to ProPublica’s database of congressional contributions, in September, Facebook donated money to 45 members of Congress … Read more…

Facebook, Instagram reportedly censor posts about Nigeria’s anti-police brutality protests

Facebook wrongly tagged posts about anti-police brutality demonstrations in Nigeria as fake news — suppressing the content, according to a report Thursday. The social media giant, and its company Instagram, admitted to filtering out hashtags linked to the protests, which … Read more…

Facebook defends decision to leave anti-vaccine posts untouched as it bans anti-vaxxer ads

Our mission to help you navigate the new normal is fueled by subscribers. To enjoy unlimited access to our journalism, subscribe today. Facebook will ban ads that discourage people from getting vaccines, but it will still let anti-vaxxers and supporters COVID … Read more…

Trump falsely claims there’s ‘a cure’ for COVID-19 in rambling Facebook, Twitter posts

Donald Trump is spreading dangerous misinformation — again — about the coronavirus on both Facebook and Twitter.  Late Wednesday afternoon the president posted a rambling video to both social media platforms in which he claims, falsely, that there is “a … Read more…

As QAnon grew, Facebook and Twitter missed years of warning signs about the conspiracy theory’s violent nature

QAnon posts began threatening violence in 2018. But it would be 2020 before Facebook and Twitter would make major moves to curb QAnon’s presence on their platforms, allowing it to become the major presence it is today. Technology BEST DEAL … Read more…

Facebook gives more details about its efforts against hate speech before Myanmar's general election

About three weeks ago, Facebook announced will increase its efforts against hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar before the country’s general election on November 8, 2020. Today, it gave some more details about what the company is doing to prevent … Read more…

Variety Announces ‘Staying Ahead of Modern Audiences’ Panel With Discovery Inc., Facebook, Fox Entertainment & NBCUniversal on Oct. 1

Variety will host “Staying Ahead of Modern Audiences” on Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET in the Variety Streaming Room presented by Facebook. The conversation explores how modern trends are … news entertainment – BingNews BEST … Read more…

Variety Announces ‘Staying Ahead of Modern Audiences’ Panel With Discovery Inc., Facebook, Fox Entertainment & NBCUniversal on Oct. 1

Variety will host “Staying Ahead of Modern Audiences” on Oct. 1 at 9:30 a.m. PT / 12:30 p.m. ET in the Variety Streaming Room presented by Facebook. The conversation explores how modern trends are … news entertainment – BingNews BEST … Read more…

Pro-Trump youth group enlists teens in secretive campaign likened to a ‘troll farm,’ prompting rebuke by Facebook and Twitter

The sprawling operation by Turning Point Action, led by conservative activist Charlie Kirk, evades guardrails put in place to prevent the spread of online disinformation, experts said. Politics SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount prescription … Read more…

FBI and police departments say wildfire conspiracy theories spreading on Facebook aren’t true

As wildfires devastate the West Coast, the FBI and local officials in California, Oregon, and Washington are also fighting the spread of something else: rampant misinformation. Conspiracy theories about the wildfires are quickly spreading on Facebook. While they vary, most … Read more…

Another Facebook worker quits in disgust, saying the company ‘is on the wrong side of history’

Facebook software engineer Ashok Chandwaney quit the company Tuesday to protest CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s policies on hate speech and their impact on people of color. He is one of thousands of employees that have protested the company’s decisions and one … Read more…

Facebook boots Patriot Prayer, a far-right group with a history of violence

Facebook removed accounts belonging to far-right group Patriot Prayer and its leader Joey Gibson on Friday, citing a new effort to eradicate “violent social militias” from the platform. Reinoehl appears to have been a self-described anti-fascist and a regular attendee … Read more…

Facebook reveals its impotence as Trump sows confusion about voting twice

In the friendly face-off between Mark Zuckerberg and Donald Trump, Zuckerberg just blinked. Again. On Thursday, mere hours after the Facebook CEO announced “additional steps” to “fight misinformation” ahead of the U.S. presidential election, Trump used the platform to spread … Read more…

After restricting a group critical of Thailand's monarchy, Facebook says it will take legal action against the government

After restricting access to a popular group with posts critical of Thailand’s monarchy, Facebook is planning legal action against the Thai government, which the social media giant says forced it to restrict content deemed to be illegal. On Monday, Reuters … Read more…

Facebook announces it’s cracking down on both QAnon and Antifa

One is a conspiratorial pro-Trump movement that believes Hollywood celebrities and the Democratic Party run a global, satanic child-sex-trafficking ring. The other is a protest movement featuring antifacist activists who sometimes get a bit violent when defending communities, like Charlottesville, … Read more…

Facebook internal investigation finds millions of members in QAnon groups

Facebook officially has a QAnon problem. An internal investigation carried out by the social networking giant found that Facebook groups related to the far-right conspiracy theory QAnon are racking up millions of members on the platform. According to documents provided … Read more…

Fédération inks deals with YouTube, Google, Instagram and Facebook; launches dedicated platform for Paris couture and menswear

The Fédération de la Couture et de la Mode, the governing body of French fashion, has created two dedicated new platforms to present this July’s haute couture and menswear seasons in Paris. News – FashionNetwork.com USA BEST DEAL UPDATE:

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump coronavirus posts of Fox interview about kids being ‘almost immune’

Facebook took down post from President Trump’s personal page of a Fox News interview in which he said that children are “almost immune” from COVID-19.        GANNETT Syndication Service SPECIAL NEWS UPDATE: Click today to request your free ACRX discount … Read more…

Attorneys general from twenty states call on Facebook to do more to fight discrimination, disinformation and harrassment

In an open letter to Facebook’s leadership posted earlier today, the attorneys general from twenty states called on the company to do more to fight intimidation, discrimination, disinformation, harassment and hate speech on the platform. “Although Facebook has made some … Read more…

Trump Pushes Fake COVID Cure From Fringe Doctors, Banned by Facebook

Jim Watson/AFP/Getty President Donald Trump exhibited his new serious tone toward the coronavirus crisis on Monday night, sharing a viral video of fringe doctors touting the controversial anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as “a cure for COVID.” The video, which also featured … Read more…

Facebook admits to improperly giving user data to third-party developers, again

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Facebook gave user data to third-party developers, even after specifically telling users it wouldn’t.  In a Wednesday blog post, Facebook announced that (oops!) thousands of developers continued to receive updates to users’ … Read more…

WATCH: What You Need To Know — June 23, 2020: It’s Votin’ Day! — Covid-19 To Spread Like Fire — Companies Boycott Facebook

1. Tuesday is Votin’ Day What You Need To Know: Rescheduling of primary voting days continues as elections are taking place today. State and presidential primaries will be held in Kentucky and New York, a state primary in Virginia and … Read more…

Microsoft will shut down its Twitch competitor Mixer, free Ninja, and partner with Facebook Gaming

Microsoft is throwing in the towel for Mixer. On Monday, the computer conglomerate announced that it would close down its video game livestreaming platform on July 22. Microsoft also announced it would be partnering with Facebook to transfer Mixer’s partners … Read more…

Facebook, Twitter remove Trump’s manipulated ‘toddler besties’ video after parent complains

President Donald Trump has practically had free reign on Facebook. Despite whatever misinformation or violent rhetoric Trump posts, the social media giant, particularly its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has defended its decisions to keep the president’s posts on its … Read more…