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Wednesday, Jul. 8, 2020
A two-year audit of Facebook's civil rights record found "serious setbacks" that have marred the social network's progress on matters such as hate speech, misinformation and bias.
Facebook hired the audit's leader, former American Civil Liberties Union executive Laura Murphy, in May 2018...
Monday, Jun. 1, 2020
Facebook employees are using Twitter and Facebook's internal communications tools to register their frustration over CEO Mark Zuckerberg's decision to leave up posts by President Donald Trump that suggested protesters in Minneapolis could be shot.
Twitter flagged and demoted Trump's tweet...
Monday, Jun. 1, 2020
President Donald Trump posted identical messages on Twitter and Facebook this past week. But while the two social platforms have very similar policies on voter misinformation and glorifying violence, they dealt with Trump's posts very differently, proof that Silicon Valley is far from a united...
Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019
Facebook expects to name the first members of a new quasi-independent oversight board by year-end.
The oversight panel is intended to rule on thorny content issues, such as when Facebook or Instagram posts constitute hate speech. It will be empowered to make binding rulings on whether...
Tuesday, Mar. 19, 2019
Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing , credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement.
For the social network, that's one major legal problem down, several to go, including government investigations in the U.S. and Europe over its...
Saturday, Mar. 9, 2019
At first glance, Mark Zuckerberg's new "privacy-focused vision " for Facebook looks like a transformative mission statement from a CEO under pressure to reverse years of battering over its surveillance practices and privacy failures.
But critics say the announcement obscures Facebook's...
Wednesday, Sep. 26, 2018
When Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger sold Instagram to Facebook in 2012, the photo-sharing startup's fiercely loyal fans worried about what would happen to their beloved app under the social media giant's wings.
None of their worst fears materialized. But now that its founders have...
Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
For a company bent on making the world more open, Facebook has long been secretive about the details of how it runs its social network — particularly how things go wrong and what it does about them.
Yet on Tuesday, Facebook rushed forward to alert Congress and the public that it had...
Thursday, Jul. 26, 2018
There's a scratch in Facebook's Teflon coating.
The social network's user base and revenue grew more slowly than expected in the second quarter as the company grappled with privacy issues, sending its stock tumbling after hours.
The company also warned that it expects revenue...
Thursday, Apr. 12, 2018
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made several assertions about Facebook's data collection and privacy controls during two days of hearings on Capitol Hill.
Those included claims that Facebook lets you download your data and take it elsewhere; that users can turn off data collection for...