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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 »

For Woman Stuck in Pool, Facebook to the Rescue

Ladder broke when NH woman, 61, went to get out, but she had an iPad nearby

(Newser) - A New Hampshire woman who became stuck in her swimming pool after the ladder broke turned to the loving arms of Facebook to ask for help getting out. "I had one foot on (the ladder), and when I put my other foot on it, it went down. And I... 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 »

Ex-Assistant Gets Revenge on Sexist Boss

He accidentally sent misogynistic email to her instead of just male colleagues

(Newser) - When Rosette Laursen, former assistant to Hollywood talent manager Michael Einfeld, emailed him to ask about not coming into work for Day Without a Woman , he replied with what he thought was an email to just her male colleagues. Instead, the email went to the entire team, Laursen included, and... More »

Here Are the 10 Best US Companies to Work For

Facebook is No. 1, based on analysis of Glassdoor reviews

(Newser) - For most of us, a good portion of our days is spent toiling at work, and while not everyone has the luxury to "do what you love," there are companies that can make the day-to-day grind substantially more pleasant. The 24/7 Wall St. ranking of the best companies... More »

Annie Lennox Joins Those Concerned About Sinead

Troubled Irish singer posted a video last week showing her in distressed state at NJ motel

(Newser) - Sinead O'Connor has had her fair share of troubles over the years, and now she's back in the spotlight after a Facebook video showing her in a more recent state of distress. The 50-year-old singer put up the video Thursday, explaining she suffers from "three mental illnesses"... More »

Critics Liken Trump's 'Real News' Videos to State TV

Kayleigh McEnany, who just left CNN, hosted the most recent one

(Newser) - Kayleigh McEnany stood out at CNN as a conservative voice and fierce defender of President Trump during the campaign. Now she's left the network and has turned up, at least temporarily, as the host of a pro-Trump broadcast via the president's Facebook page . McEnany appeared over the weekend... More »

She Expressed Support for LGBT People—and Was Fired

Former BYU instructor Ruthie Robertson doesn't regret a thing

(Newser) - When Ruthie Robertson declared on Facebook that "homosexuality and transgenderism are not sins," the 22-year-old political science instructor at Brigham Young University-Idaho expected the feedback would be harsh. "But it never crossed my mind that I would lose my job," she tells the Idaho State Journal ... More »

There's a Massive Protest Happening Today—Online

More than 80K websites oppose FCC plan

(Newser) - There's a massive protest happening Wednesday—and it's taking place entirely online. CNBC reports more than 80,000 websites—including Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Reddit, Airbnb, and Twitter—are taking part in a "Day of Action" to oppose the FCC's plan to weaken net neutrality protections.... More »

News Outlets Seek Unusual Power in Online Ad Negotiaions

Alliance wants antitrust exemption to negotiate with Facebook, Google

(Newser) - News outlets are seeking permission from Congress for the right to negotiate jointly with Google and Facebook, two companies that dominate online advertising and online news traffic. The News Media Alliance, which represents nearly 2,000 news organizations, said the two companies' dominance have forced news organizations to "play... More »

'Gotham' Star Cites 'Predators' in New Plea for Missing Teen

Donal Logue posted his latest request for help finding Jade Logue on Facebook

(Newser) - Actor Donal Logue is asking again for the public's help in locating his teenage daughter, who was last seen a week ago in New York City, the AP reports. The star of Fox's "Gotham," who first tweeted about the teen's disappearance last week, wrote on... More »

Facebook Hits Major User Milestone

The social media network now has 2 billion monthly users

(Newser) - A billion users isn't cool. You know what's cool? Two billion users. On Tuesday—five years after hitting a billion monthly users—Facebook announced it has hit 2 billion monthly users, TechCrunch reports. That makes it the largest social media network in the world; USA Today notes it... More »

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