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April 10, 2019

Congress Learns A Lesson About Internet Hate In Real Time

The comments on the House Judiciary Committee’s livestreamed congressional hearing on online hate had to be disabled due to hate speech

April 10, 2019

Facebook unveils yet another tired plan to reduce ‘problematic content’

Surely, this will be the policy change that fixes things. 
On April 10, Facebook unveiled an updated plan to reduce “problematic content” on the platform, detailing in an almost 2,000-word blog post its latest and greatest techniques for keeping…

April 10, 2019

The Facebook scandals didn’t stop anyone from using Facebook

It turns out that social media is the bad boyfriend we refuse to dump for good.
Despite a year of social media scandals and public skepticism, U.S. adults are still using Facebook and other social networking sites at the same rates that they were one…

April 10, 2019

Facebook delays its ‘Clear History’ tool yet again

Last year at F8, one of Mark Zuckerberg’s major announcements was “Clear History,” which was touted as a way for Facebook users to have the ability to delete their account history. It was promised to arrive last year, and then was delayed until “spri…

April 10, 2019

GamesBeat Summit 2019: Talks on refugees, peace, climate change, and accessibility

GamesBeat Summit 2019 will feature more than 90 speakers, including talks on gaming communities related to refugees, peace, climate change, and accessibility.

April 10, 2019

Facebook has a three-part plan for tackling ‘problematic’ content

Facebook has faced intense scrutiny over the past couple of years for how it handles issues like harassment, hate speech and the spread of misinformation. Though it’s attempted to manage them, clearly the company is still struggling and has faced a l…

April 10, 2019

Facebook agrees it will be liable for future Cambrige Analyticas

Some big changes are coming to Facebook’s terms of service in the fallout of the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The European Commission announced this week that the world’s biggest social networking website has agreed to a few major changes…

April 8, 2019

Why ‘Move Fast and Break Things’ Is Out

More like ‘move slow and fix things’ now

April 8, 2019

Pinterest scales back IPO price in hopes to raise $1.5 billion

Pinterest has set the pricing of its initial public offering slightly below its last  private-market valuation from two years ago.
The social media website updated its IPO filing with the SEC on Monday, stating that it would sell 75 million shar…

April 8, 2019

3 in 5 Americans don’t trust Facebook to protect their data, poll says

A whopping 60 percent of people in a new poll say they don’t trust Facebook to protect their data.
The poll comes courtesy of NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, which also found that more than half of Americans view aspects of Facebook and s…

April 8, 2019

I Thought I Understood Facebook. Then My Dad Died

A son’s look at social media through a new lens.

April 8, 2019

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin’s B Capital makes $406M first close of new fund

B Capital, the VC firm from Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin, has made the first close of its second fund. The firm has closed out $406 million in initial capital, according to a filing lodged with the FCC last month. The document doesn’t include details of a target raise or which LPs have committed. Saverin came […]

April 8, 2019

Misogyny at Microsoft, Farscape, and the New Airpods: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

It’s April 2019—and perhaps the month that will later be known as the dawn of the Age of Fungus. A concerning report in the New York Times this weekend detailed how multiple strains of Candida auris, a drug-resistant species of pathogenic fungus, have …

April 5, 2019

On balance, the cloud has been a huge boon to startups

Today’s startups have a distinct advantage when it comes to launching a company because of the public cloud. You don’t have to build infrastructure or worry about what happens when you scale too quickly. The cloud vendors take care of all that for you. But last month when Pinterest announced its IPO, the company’s cloud […]

April 4, 2019

Amazon joins SpaceX, OneWeb and Facebook in the race to create space-based internet services

Amazon is officially joining the race to create a network of satellites in low Earth orbit that will provide high-speed terrestrial internet services. The company has filed its first papers with the U.S. government for approval to launch a network of 3,236 satellites through a subsidiary called Kuiper Systems LLC, according to a report in GeekWire. […]

April 4, 2019

Oculus is giving avatars a range of human expressions

Oculus has rolled out a huge update for its virtual reality avatars, giving them the ability to simulate human expressions. Well, the most basic human expressions like smiling, that is — but at least they’ll look a bit livelier and friendlier when w…

April 4, 2019

Facebook removes user data exposed on Amazon’s servers

Facebook said that it removed public databases containing user data on AWS servers after a cybersecurity firm discovered millions of exposed records.

April 1, 2019

Facebook’s plans for a ‘high quality news tab’ sure sound like a swipe at Apple News+

Facebook doesn’t actually want to quit the news game — and Apple should watch out.
One year ago, Facebook responded to criticism of how fake news and political animosity spread on Facebook by committing the platform to content about family and …

April 1, 2019

Facebook asks for public input about its plans for a content oversight board

In November, Facebook announced its plans to create an external content oversight board that would serve as something of a “supreme court” for Facebook’s more controversial content policy decisions. With the release of a draft charter in January, the company took the first steps to describe how this content review board would function. Today, Facebook is […]

April 1, 2019

Facebook wants your input on its content oversight board

Facebook may have a way to address the lingering questions surrounding its planned content oversight board: ask everyday people for input. It’s launching a public consultation process that uses a survey to ask how you would run the oversight body. T…

April 1, 2019

Facebook may add a dedicated news tab later this year

Mark Zuckerberg has revealed he may add a dedicated tab for "high-quality news" to Facebook, perhaps by the end of the year. The section would reportedly be free for users, though Facebook might pay publishers whose work is featured….

April 1, 2019

Years of Mark Zuckerberg’s Old Facebook Posts Have Vanished. The Company Says it ‘Mistakenly Deleted’ Them.

Old Facebook posts by Mark Zuckerberg have disappeared — obscuring details about core moments in Facebook’s history. An anonymous reader shares a report: On multiple occassions, years-old public posts made by the 34-year-old billionaire chief executiv…

April 1, 2019

Facebook removes over 1,000 pages ahead of India’s election

Facebook announced today that it has removed 1,126 Pages, groups and accounts ahead of India’s general election. Most of the accounts, which were based in India and Pakistan, were flagged for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” In total, Facebook rem…

April 1, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Has Made the Case Against a Fragmented Internet. Here’s the Case for It.

Having separate Internets, so to speak, has its upsides.

April 1, 2019

Data Sheet—How Unregulated Social Media Fed the Fyre Festival Scam

This is your Data Sheet newsletter for Monday, April 1, 2019.

April 1, 2019

New Facebook tool answers the question “Why am I seeing this post?”

Facebook announced today that it is adding a feature called “Why am I seeing this post?” to News Feeds. Similar to “Why am I seeing this ad?,” which has appeared next to advertisements since 2014, the new tool has a dropdown menu that gives users information about why that post appeared in their News Feed, […]

April 1, 2019

Facebook will give you more info about why certain posts show up in your News Feed

Facebook is adding a feature to its News Feed in an effort to be more transparent.
The social media giant is introducing a tool to help you understand why posts from friends, pages, and groups appear in its News Feed — and to some extent, contr…

April 1, 2019

Facebook gives you more control over what you see in your News Feed

Facebook has announced a new feature called "Why am I seeing this post?" which will help you better understand the content that shows up on your News Feed from friends, Pages and Groups you follow. Not only that, but this will also g…

March 31, 2019

How Zuckerberg thinks Facebook should be regulated: A brief guide

Government regulation is coming for Facebook — and Mark Zuckerberg has some ideas about how it should all go down.
Over the weekend, the Facebook CEO published an op-ed in the Washington Post outlining the kinds of regulation he thinks Facebook…

March 31, 2019

Facebook makes vague noises about ‘restrictions’ on live video after tragedy

Facebook could impose new limits on who can live stream to Facebook Live following the Christchurch terror attack, which was broadcast live on the social network.
In an open letter published in the New Zealand Herald, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg lai…

March 31, 2019

Facebook Reportedly Worked on Project to Build Fleet of Bird-Sized Internet Drones

It turns out that Facebook’s onetime plan to build huge drones that would relay wireless networks to parts of the world without widespread access to high-speed internet, Project Aquila, isn’t the only odd method the company has explored in its quest to…

March 31, 2019

Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg proposes four ways to regulate the internet

Facebook has signaled some openness to regulations, but it’s making things clearer this weekend. Mark Zuckerberg has posted an editorial floating four ideas for regulating the internet, including approaches that could apply worldwide. To begin with…

March 31, 2019

Facebook axed its bird-size internet drones before they even flew

Facebook’s Aquila wasn’t the company’s only experimental project meant to boost slow mobile internet speeds. According to a Business Insider report, the social network also explored the use of fixed-wing bird-size drones to provide people in remote l…

March 30, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg Wants The Government To Help Police Internet Content

“Mark Zuckerberg says regulators and governments should play a more active role in controlling internet content,” according to the BBC, calling for new laws governing harmful content, election integrity, privacy, and data portability.

An anonymous re…

March 30, 2019

Facebook wants to restrict certain users from broadcasting live

In a blog post penned by COO Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook said it would explore restrictions on certain users’ ability to broadcast live video.

March 30, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg: OK, Fine, Regulate Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg—whose company has blundered its way into controversies over everything from user privacy and data breaches to amplification of extremist content and literal genocide as of late—responded to growing criticism of the tech sec…

March 30, 2019

Facebook says it accidentally deleted some of Mark Zuckerberg’s posts

Don’t read Mark Zuckerberg’s posts if you’re trying to revisit Facebook’s biggest moments. The social network told Business Insider that it “mistakenly deleted” some of Zuckerberg’s posts a few years ago “due to technical errors,” including every pos…

March 30, 2019

Facebook Says Some of Mark Zuckerberg’s Posts Have Been Deleted Due to Technical Errors

The company says it is unclear which posts were deleted

March 30, 2019

Mark Zuckerberg actually calls for regulation of content, elections, privacy

It’s been a busy day for Facebook exec op-eds. Earlier this morning, Sheryl Sandberg broke the site’s silence around the Christchurch massacre, and now Mark Zuckerberg is calling on governments and other bodies to increase regulation around the sorts of data Facebook traffics in. He’s hoping to get out in front of heavy-handed regulation and […]

March 30, 2019

Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook is ‘exploring’ restrictions following Christchurch attacks

In an open letter published by the New Zealand Herald, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg finally addressed the shocking mass shootings that left 50 dead at two Christchurch mosques. The first of part of the deadliest mass shooting in modern new Zealand history was live-streamed on Facebook by the attacker. But while the site’s technology was […]

March 30, 2019

EC Weekly: Gaming, crypto, shipping and the multiple future strategies of tech

Niantic EC-1 Greg Kumparak published the first part of his planned four part EC-1 series on Niantic yesterday, focusing on the founding story of the AR/gaming unicorn from Keyhole and Google Earth to a complicated spinout from Alphabet. Lots of great nuggets on how companies get formed and built, but one I particularly enjoyed was […]

March 30, 2019

This week in tech history: Three years of Oculus figuring out VR

At Engadget, we spend every day looking at how technology will shape the future. But it’s also important to look back at how far we’ve come. That’s what This Week in Tech History does. Join us every weekend for a recap of historical tech news, annive…

March 29, 2019

Facebook COO says it’s ‘exploring’ restrictions on who can go live

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg took to the Instagram blog this evening saying "We have heard feedback that we must do more – and we agree" (the post was also published as an op-ed in the New Zealand Herald). Despite the lack …

March 29, 2019

ServiceNow teams with Workplace by Facebook on service chatbot

One of the great things about enterprise chat applications, beyond giving employees a common channel to communicate, is the ability to integrate with other enterprise applications. Today, Workplace, Facebook’s enterprise collaboration and communication application, and ServiceNow announced a new chatbot to make it easier for employees to navigate a company’s help desks inside Workplace Chat. […]

March 29, 2019

Facebook will only stream six MLB games this season

Facebook will broadcast live Major League Baseball games once again this season. However, it will offer far fewer games than last year. Under the latest one-year deal, Facebook will stream six non-exclusive games on Watch, one per month during…