Can Facebook Be Fixed?

Facebook has not done enough to combat hate speech and misinformation, its negligence could impact the November election, and decisions like allowing President Trump to post racist content unfettered constitute a “significant setback for civil rights.” Those were among the conclusions of auditors who spent two years examining Facebook’s policies. None of the findings in […]

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Facebook says it took down network affiliated with Roger Stone that included fake accounts

Facebook on Wednesday took down a network of more than 100 pages and accounts affiliated with Trump confidante Roger Stone for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” The flamboyant political consultant confirmed to Fox News his accounts either have been restricted or taken down. Stone’s personal accounts were among 54 Facebook accounts, 50 Facebook pages and four Instagram accounts closed for […]

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Activists vow to widen Facebook ad boycott after Zuckerberg meeting

An ad boycott against Facebook is threatening to get wider after a meeting over hate speech between Mark Zuckerberg and civil-rights groups fizzled. The social network’s 36-year-old chief executive, along with his top lieutenant Sheryl Sandberg, met on Zoom Tuesday with the organizers of the monthlong boycott — which has attracted more than 400 advertisers […]

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Sheryl Sandberg denies Facebook is feeling pressure from ad boycott

Facebook is making changes to its hate speech policies ahead of its meeting with civil rights leaders on Tuesday, but operating chief Sheryl Sandberg insists they aren’t in response to high-profile ad boycotts. In a Tuesday morning post on her Facebook page, Sandberg said that the results of the company’s two-year independent civil rights audit […]

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Facebook Temporarily Stops Hong Kong Data Requests

Facebook said on Monday that it would temporarily stop processing Hong Kong government requests for user data as the company reviews a sweeping national security law that has chilled political expression in the city. The social network’s assessment of the law, which has already been used to arrest people who have called for Hong Kong […]

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Facebook groups pivot to attacks on Black Lives Matter

CHICAGO — A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracies theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial injustice. These groups, […]

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Facebook is killing Lasso, its TikTok copycat app

Facebook is shutting down its TikTok competitor Lasso. The social network introduced the app — which allows users to make short form video clips similar to TikToks — back in November of 2018. The digital white flag was spotted by a reporter from CNN, and informed users of the app that it would be killed […]

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Facebook Is Hemorrhaging Advertisers Over Its Failure to Moderate Hate Speech

Facebook is finally paying a price for its inability — if not its outright refusal — to effectively moderate hate speech and misinformation on its platform. In recent weeks, over 400 companies have pulled advertising from the social media giant. Coca-Cola, Adidas/Reebok, and Hershey’s are among the major brands to suspend Facebook advertising through the […]

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Facebook bans violent ‘boogaloo’ extremist network

Facebook has banned a violent subset of the anti-government “boogaloo” movement after authorities linked its members to real-world attacks. The social-media giant called the extremist network as a dangerous organization — the same category it applies to white supremacist groups and terrorists — after months of tracking its involvement in protests around the US. “This […]

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Trump Campaign Has Spent $325,000 on Facebook Ads Featuring Brad Parscale’s Page

President Trump’s re-election campaign has begun spending heavily on Facebook ads that also promote the social media pages of his campaign manager, Brad Parscale, running more than $325,000 in such ads, mostly in recent weeks. Mr. Parscale is one of only three people whose Facebook and Instagram pages the campaign has used to display ads. […]

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Facebook Bans Network With ‘Boogaloo’ Ties

Facebook said on Tuesday that it took down a network of accounts, groups and pages connected to an antigovernment movement in the United States that encourages violence. People and groups associated with the decentralized movement, called boogaloo, will be banned from Facebook and Instagram, which Facebook also owns, the company said. Facebook said it had […]

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Facebook to Ban Network With ‘Boogaloo’ Ties

Facebook said on Tuesday that it was taking down a network of accounts, groups and pages connected to an antigovernment movement in the United States that encourages violence. People and groups associated with the decentralized movement, called boogaloo, will be banned from Facebook and Instagram, which it also owns, the company said. Facebook said it […]

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Facebook executive says eliminating all hate speech is impossible

A high-powered Facebook executive has defended the company’s response to hate speech, arguing that it is almost impossible to catch every case of it. Steve Hatch, the social network’s boss for the UK and Northern Europe, went on BBC Tuesday to hit back at the harsh criticism Facebook has received in recent weeks saying that […]

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Texas Prosecutor Resigns Over Facebook Post About Nazi Germany

A prosecutor in Harris County, Texas, resigned on Monday after she was criticized for sharing a Facebook post that seemed to compare demonstrators for racial justice to Nazis who “tore down statues” and “banned free speech.” The post was not written by the prosecutor, Kaylynn Williford, but came from a Facebook page that has criticized […]

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Facebook boycott leaders want European companies to join

Organizers of a Facebook advertising boycott campaign that has drawn support from a rapidly expanding list of major companies are now preparing to take the battle global to increase pressure on the social media company to remove hate speech. The “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign will begin calling on major companies in Europe to join […]

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Nunes: Twitter, Google, Facebook are ‘tech tyrants’ that censor conservatives

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., railed against Twitter, Google and Facebook tech giants, claiming they improperly wield power over the content Internet users view by censoring conservative-leaning content. Nunes currently suffered a loss in a defamation lawsuit he filed against Twitter, parody accounts known as “Devin Nunes’ Mom” and “Devin Nunes’ Cow,” and a Republican strategist when […]

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Elliott: As NASCAR continues, Bubba Wallace is weary in endless fight against racism

For a brief time this week it was possible to go to the Facebook Marketplace and see something advertised as a “Bubba Rope.” Capitalizing on the discovery of a noose in the garage of NASCAR racer Bubba Wallace last Sunday at Talledega Superspeedway, Mike Fulp, owner of the 311 Speedway track in Stokes County, N.C., […]

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Facebook, Twitter stocks plummet after Unilever joins ad boycott

Facebook shares tumbled more than 7 percent Friday as its advertiser boycott grew even larger, with Unilever announcing it is pausing its ads on the platform through the end of 2020. The maker of Dove soap, Lipton tea and Hellmann’s mayonnaise said it would be halting its ad spend due to “the polarized atmosphere in […]

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Facebook scrambles to keep advertisers from jumping ship

Facebook is reportedly scrambling to stop the growing chorus of calls to boycott advertising on its platform. The social network — which in recent weeks has seen the likes of Patagonia, Verizon and Ben & Jerry’s commit to stop running ads on its site — has been meeting with advertisers and ad agencies to reassure […]

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Verizon joins in on Facebook ad boycott

A Facebook ad boycott gathered more steam on Thursday, when telecom giant Verizon said it would pull ads in July over criticisms of the social media giant’s failure to monitor hate speech. The “Stop the Hate for Profit” campaign had already convinced Unilever-owned ice cream maker Ben & Jerry’s to join the campaign, as well […]

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NAACP chief calls Facebook ‘one of the biggest threats to democracy’

The head of the NAACP called Facebook a major threat to democracy amid a growing advertising boycott over the social-media giant’s approach to hate speech. “They are probably one of the biggest threats to democracy that we see,” Derrick Johnson, the civil-rights group’s president and CEO, said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “They have fanned […]

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Ben & Jerry’s, Eddie Bauer join Facebook ad boycott

Ben & Jerry’s and Eddie Bauer have joined a Facebook advertising boycott over concerns about how the social-media giant handles hate speech. The ice-cream brand and the sportswear retailer pledged Tuesday to pause Facebook and Instagram ad spending for July in support of the “#StopHateForProfit” campaign launched by a coalition of civil-rights groups. In a […]

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Ben & Jerry’s CEO says Facebook ad boycott doesn’t go far enough

The boss of Ben & Jerry’s says the ice cream slinger is considering joining a growing Facebook ads boycott, but thinks it doesn’t go far enough. Facebook’s failure to police hate speech and misinformation “is not fully right with our values, period,” Chief Executive Matthew McCarthy said, adding that the revenue generated by the social […]

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