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Facebook Will Use Postcards to Stop Russian Meddling

New system will be rolled out for midterms

(Newser) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the presidential campaign, Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, told a meeting of the National Association... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

Facebook Has an Interesting Dating Rule

Employees get one shot to get a co-worker to go out with them

(Newser) - Buried in a larger piece about how companies are handling employee relationships in the wake of the #metoo movement—the upshot: they're reexamining their relationship policies and, per one lawyer, "drawing a hard line in the sand" about those in plum positions dating subordinates—comes an interesting dating... More »

He Took a 'Very Unusual' Job at Facebook, Decided to Quit

What it's like to track the perception of Mark Zuckerberg full-time

(Newser) - Tavis McGinn spent six months doing a "very unusual" job at Facebook then decided he just didn't want to do it anymore. "I didn't feel proud to tell people I worked at Facebook," he tells the Verge . "I didn't feel I was helping... More »

Jim Carrey Calls for Facebook Boycott

He deletes account, says investors should dump stock

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to like Jim Carrey's latest remarks: The actor says he's getting rid of his Facebook shares and deleting his page—and he wants other people to follow suit, CNBC reports. "I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook... More »

Tech Pioneers Begin Push to Fight Addiction

Early employees of Facebook, Google band together in advocacy group

(Newser) - A backlash against the amount of time kids and adults devote to social media has been emerging of late from a surprising place: Silicon Valley. Now the movement is poised to grow substantially. A group called the Center for Humane Technology , made up of early employees of companies such as... More »

Experts Urge Facebook to Dump 'Messenger Kids'

Under-13s aren't ready for social media, they say

(Newser) - Child development experts and advocates are urging Facebook to pull the plug on its new messaging app aimed at kids. A group letter sent Tuesday to CEO Mark Zuckerberg argues that younger children—the app is intended for those under 13—aren't ready to have social media accounts, navigate... More »

Rupert Murdoch Is Not Pleased With Mark Zuckerberg

Medial mogul thinks Facebook ought to start paying for news content

(Newser) - Media mogul Rupert Murdoch says Facebook should pay fees to "trusted" news producers for their content. Facebook said last week that it will boost news sources that its users rank as most trustworthy, while shrinking the percentage of news posts overall in users' news feeds. Murdoch, whose companies own... More »

Facebook Announces 2nd Big Tweak to Its Algorithm

Plans to boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys

(Newser) - Facebook is taking another step to try to make itself more socially beneficial, saying it will boost news sources that its users rate as trustworthy in surveys. In a blog post and a Facebook post from CEO Mark Zuckerberg Friday, the company said it is surveying users about their familiarity... More »

Dedicated Students Change Teacher's Snow Day Plans

Memphis English teacher Candous Brown led a Facebook Live class after students asked for help

(Newser) - To teach or not to teach—that is the question. And Candous Brown chose "to teach" on Wednesday morning, even though her school in Memphis, Tenn., was closed for a snow day. WREG notes that the English instructor at Raleigh-Egypt High School was still in her "kitty-kat pajamas"... More »

Facebook Sex Video Triggers Child Porn Charges for 1,004

Sex between 15-year-olds is legal, but sharing video of it is considered distributing child porn

(Newser) - The two videos tallied up to 59 seconds and could "ruin my life," says one 19-year-old. She doesn't appear in the footage, but was one of 1,004 people—996 of them between the ages of 15 and 24—notified Monday that they face preliminary charges for... More »

Facebook Announces Major Change to News Feeds

Expect to see more from friends, family, Zuckerberg says

(Newser) - What you see when you log on to Facebook will be changing soon—because Mark Zuckerberg wants to make sure "the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent." The Facebook CEO announced major changes to news feeds in a post Thursday, saying they've received... More »

He Escaped Capture for Years. Then Facebook Saw His Tattoos

Shigeharu Shirai was arrested Wednesday in Thailand

(Newser) - A Japanese yakuza boss who's been a fugitive since allegedly committing a 2003 murder was done in by his extensive tattoos. The BBC reports Facebook photos of Shigeharu Shirai, variously reported as being 72 or 74, showed the frail and elderly man doing what frail and elderly men might... More »

Zuckerberg's New Year's Resolution Is a Big One

Facebook CEO says he'll use 2018 to fix Facebook

(Newser) - Since 2009, Mark Zuckerberg has set a personal goal for each new year—from visiting every state to learning Mandarin to killing his own food. And 2018 is no different, with Zuckerberg challenging himself in a Facebook post to use the new year to fix Facebook's numerous high-profile problems.... More »

Ex-Exec's Claims Put Facebook on the Defense

Social network claps back at Chamath Palihapitiya saying social media is messing things up

(Newser) - Headlines focused this week on an ex-Facebook exec who warned last month about the platform he helped grow, and now the social network is clapping back. Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook's former VP of user growth, said at a Stanford Graduate School of Business appearance he feels "tremendous guilt" over... More »

Ex-Facebook Exec: 'I Feel Tremendous Guilt'

Chamath Palihapitiya did some 'soul searching' about social media, and it's not good

(Newser) - Social media was supposed to bring everyone closer together, but a former Facebook exec fears it's doing the exact opposite. "I feel tremendous guilt," Chamath Palihapitiya, who used to be the VP of user growth at the social network, said during an appearance in November at the... More »

The Best Companies to Work for in 2018

According to Glassdoor

(Newser) - Glassdoor has ranked the 100 best large companies and 50 best small and medium companies to work for in 2018 using employee feedback collected between Nov. 1, 2016 and Oct. 22, 2017. Here are the top 10 in each category: More »

Facebook Launches App Designed for Kids

'Messenger Kids' meant to give parents control over activities

(Newser) - Facebook is coming for your kids. The social media giant is launching a messaging app for children to chat with their parents and with friends approved by their parents, per the AP . The free app is aimed at kids under 13, who can't yet have their own accounts under... More »

Vietnam Upholds 10-Year Jail Term for 'Mother Mushroom'

US condemns decision

(Newser) - A Vietnamese appeals court has upheld a blogger's 10-year prison sentence for Facebook posts alleged to be anti-state propaganda, her lawyer says. It was the second tough sentence imposed on dissidents in a week to draw a rebuke from the US government, the AP reports. The blogger, Nguyen Ngoc... More »

Facebook's Move Against Hate Speech, With 500 New Helpers

A new law would fine social networking sites for failing to remove content

(Newser) - Facebook is adding 500 more contractors in Germany to review content posted to the social media site, after a new law came into force targeting online hate speech, the AP reports. The company says the staff will work for a service provider called CCC at a new office in the... More »

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