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Mark Zuckerberg Shows How Not to Promote a New Product

Facebook CEO intros Spaces app by 'teleporting' to hurricane-destroyed Puerto Rico

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg was excited to show off the new Facebook Spaces app Monday, a virtual-reality product that allows cartoon versions of yourself to wander in faraway places, so he decided to demonstrate with a "magical" tour—of hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico. "There's a lot of people who are... More »

Looks Like the Russians Took Advantage of Google, Too

Company finds 2016 election ads on YouTube, elsewhere, bought by Russians

(Newser) - In the tech world, Facebook and Twitter have taken the brunt of the criticism for allowing Russia to meddle in the 2016 election. Now, we can add Google to the list. The company conducted its own investigation and found that tens of thousands of dollars worth of ads bought by... More »

Vegas Victims, Families Upset Over Conspiracy Theory Videos

And YouTube, Facebook, and Google are all helping to spread them

(Newser) - Scrolling through YouTube, one might assume the Las Vegas shooting was carried out by a member of "antifa," or perhaps government agents. That's because dozens of conspiracy theory videos—including one from Alex Jones, viewed more than 1 million times—are being promoted by YouTube in the... More »

Zuckerberg's Yom Kippur Message: Forgive Me, and Facebook

Not everyone is buying his sincerity, though

(Newser) - Like other Jews during Yom Kippur, Mark Zuckerberg tried to atone for his sins and made a plea for forgiveness over the weekend, Reuters reports. Unlike most other Jews, he asked forgiveness from millions of people—not just for his personal mistakes, but also for his social media platform. "... More »

DOJ Wants Access to Facebook Accounts of Anti-Trump Protesters

It could give government names of thousands who 'liked' anti-Trump page

(Newser) - Attorneys for the Department of Justice filed search warrants in February to access the Facebook accounts of three people described as "anti-administration activists," CNN reports. According to NBC News , not only would the search warrants give the government access to—as the ACLU puts it—"all private... More »

Russia Might've Favored Twitter for Election Meddling

Research suggests Russian-linked accounts are still sowing discord

(Newser) - Facebook is taking most of the flak regarding Russian social media influence during and after the 2016 presidential election, but Twitter might be more deserving. Citing research by the Alliance for Securing Democracy , the New York Times notes "there is evidence that Twitter may have been used even more... More »

Zuckerberg Fires Back at Trump's 'Collusion' Claim

Facebook's role in helping millions vote was more effective than ads, he says

(Newser) - Despite his promise to give Congress 3,000 ads purchased by Russians on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is downplaying the idea that they affected the US election. Facebook data shows "our broader impact—from giving people a voice to enabling candidates to communicate directly to helping millions of people vote—... More »

Only 3 Non-Tech Brands Make 'Most Valuable' Top 10

Apple is No. 1, followed by Google and Microsoft

(Newser) - If you wanted to create a brand from scratch and make it a valued household name, the tech sector is probably a good place to start. Per City AM , Interbrand looked at some of the world's biggest brands, then ranked their value—and seven that made it into the... More »

Sources: Obama Tried to Warn Zuckerberg About 'Fake News'

At the time, Facebook CEO seemed unconvinced his company played a role

(Newser) - Facebook has been facing a lot of flak over the role it played in pushing "fake news," especially during last year's election cycle. Now it's come to light that none other than then-President Obama conferred with Mark Zuckerberg just days after the election (and after Zuckerberg'... More »

Zuckerberg to Sell Up to 75M Facebook Shares

He's dropped a plan to create a new class of stock

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says he's sticking with his plan to eventually sell 99% of his shares in Facebook—and he's starting with up to 75 million shares, which is almost a fifth of his stake in the company. In a post on, of course, Facebook, Zuckerberg explains that he... More »

Facebook's 'Screaming, Whiny Humans' Make It Hard to Control

The platform is having its 'Frankenstein moment,' Kevin Roose writes for 'NYT'

(Newser) - Facebook is still wrangling with revelations it let advertisers target anti-Semitic followers—part of what's led to what Kevin Roose calls the platform's "Frankenstein moment." Writing for the New York Times , Roose says the "series of scandals" hitting Facebook, which has "created something it... More »

Trump on Russian Facebook Ads: 'Hoax'

President weighs in on the issue for the first time

(Newser) - Facebook announced Thursday it will hand over more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian accounts during the 2016 election so that Congress can review them as part of the probe into Russian interference. President Trump thinks it's a waste of time. "The Russia hoax continues, now it'... More »

Facebook Will Hand Over Russian Ads to Congress

Company says it wants to help with a 'full accounting'

(Newser) - Facebook is reversing course and will turn turn over to Congress copies of ads bought by Russians in the 2016 election. The company had previously balked on doing so over privacy concerns but has changed course after what Mark Zuckerberg called “an extensive legal and policy review," per... More »

Sandberg Admits to Facebook 'Fail'

More human oversight will prevent misuse of ads, COO says

(Newser) - Already facing criticism over the role its ads played in the US presidential election, Facebook is now defending itself over claims that it allowed anti-Semitic ads to be shown to people who posted hate speech online. Responding to a ProPublica report last week that revealed Facebook's algorithm-created ad system... More »

Facebook Was Letting Advertisers Target 'Jew Haters'

Facebook has removed anti-Semitic advertising categories

(Newser) - Until this week, advertisers could log onto Facebook and target their ads to people interested in the following:
  • "Jew hater"
  • "How to burn jews"
  • "History of 'why jews ruin the world'"
  • "Hitler did nothing wrong"
ProPublica reports it knows this because it paid $30... More »

Photo of Florida Cops Causes Internet to Die, Go to Heaven

The comments on the Facebook post made Gainesville PD chief 'blush'

(Newser) - America's finest, indeed. An Irma-related photo of three male members of the Gainesville Police Department has caused such a stir that the photo was updated to note "Officer Rengering is being placed into Cougar Prey Protective Care, similar to the witness protection program for his safety." And... More »

It's Becoming Clear: Facebook Gave Presidency to Trump

The evidence is stacking up, writes Washington Post media columnist

(Newser) - The idea that Facebook helped Donald Trump become president—an idea once dismissed by Mark Zuckerberg as "pretty crazy"—now looks anything but, writes media columnist Margaret Sullivan at the Washington Post . With the latest revelation that Facebook sold ads to a Russian "troll farm," it'... More »

$100K in Pre-Election Facebook Ads Tied to Russian 'Troll Farm'

Facebook says the ads promoted 'divisive' political views to voters

(Newser) - Facebook says a Russian "troll farm" appears to have spent $100,000 on 3,300 digital ads targeting American voters in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reports. While some of the ads expressly mentioned Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, the majority simply promoted... More »

Army Suspends General for Flirting With Soldier's Wife

'How often does your devil vixen come out?' he asked on Facebook

(Newser) - The Army has suspended the head of its forces in Africa after he was caught flirting with the wife of an enlisted soldier in private Facebook messages, USA Today reports. "I knew u were worth worshiping!" Maj. Gen. Joseph Harrington writes in one message. "How often does... More »

White Nationalist Gains Notoriety After Virginia Violence

Christopher Cantwell was featured in Vice News video, now blocked on Facebook

(Newser) - One of the white nationalists who has gotten the most attention after last weekend's violence in Charlottesville is New Hampshire's Christopher Cantwell, thanks to his role in a Vice News documentary about the rally. But the attention isn't necessarily turning out to be a good thing for... More »

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