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Zuckerberg Limits Press, Then Gives Address on Free Speech

Citing King draws a correction from civil rights leader's daughter

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's address Thursday extolling the virtues and importance of free speech prompted a number of examples of it, many of them highly critical. Zuckerberg was defending Facebook's decision to not censor lies and misinformation in political ads and content when he stepped to the microphone at Georgetown... More »

Warren Tests Facebook With False Ad About Zuck, Trump

Platform had refused to take down ad with baseless accusations against Biden

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren has countered a Facebook ad bought by President Trump's campaign with baseless accusations against Joe Biden with a false ad of her own. When the social media giant refused to take the ad down, Warren began running one Thursday saying that Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has endorsed... More »

No. 2 Spender on Impeachment Ads Is Really a Shocker

Penzeys Spices spent $92,000 to put its message out there

(Newser) - Bill Penzey isn't afraid to mix it up. Turns out his company, Penzeys Spices, is the nation's second-biggest spender on impeachment ads—behind only President Trump himself, Mashable reports. While Trump spent $718,000, and Penzeys a relatively small $92,000, that still puts America's biggest spice... More »

As Facebook Turns Down Biden, Warren Makes Big Claim

Senator suggests social media site will help elect Trump

(Newser) - Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter have refused to pull a Trump campaign ad claiming Joe Biden offered $1 billion in aid to Ukraine if the country removed a prosecutor investigating a company linked to Biden's son. CNN refused the grainy, 30-second ad released Sept. 27, citing false claims, reports the... More »

Facebook Video Ad Scam Costs It $40M

Company was accused of inflating the amount of time users watched videos

(Newser) - Facebook has agreed to pay $40 million to advertisers who said it inflated the amount of time its users watched videos. The San Jose Mercury News says the California-based social media giant denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit settlement. The settlement notice was filed Friday by the plaintiffs in Oakland... More »

Day Before Wedding, Woman Tells Fiance to Turn Himself In

She saw an online post apparently showing him robbing a bank to pay for ring, venue

(Newser) - Coming up with the cash to pay for a wedding can be a stressful endeavor, and in a case out of Texas, it turned out to be a criminal endeavor for a groom-to-be. ABC News reports that Heath Edward Bumpous was arrested and charged with aggravated robbery after a Friday... More »

Science Teacher on Leave After Greta Thunberg Comment

'Dont have my sniper rifle'

(Newser) - Matt Baish is a science teacher at Iowa's Waterloo West High School, but he apparently doesn't like the science that Greta Thunberg is promoting—and he's now been placed on administrative leave over an online comment. The Des Moines Register reports that, in advance of a visit... More »

Leaked Audio Reveals How Zuckerberg Really Feels

The Facebook CEO says he'll 'go to the mat and fight' Elizabeth Warren

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg takes one look at Elizabeth Warren and sees an existential threat—at least according to leaked audio of him in a Q&A with Facebook employees. "You have someone like Elizabeth Warren who thinks that the right answer is to break up the companies ," the Facebook... More »

Facebook Probe Leads to a Big Change

The company is suspending tens of thousands of apps

(Newser) - Looks like Facebook is cleaning house. The social media giant says its "app developer investigation" has led the company to suspend tens of thousands of apps, TechCrunch reports. Some were banned outright "for any number of reasons including inappropriately sharing data obtained from us, making data publicly available... More »

Cops Fatally Shoot Man Who Livestreamed Car Chase

Minnesota man had posted 'so sorry' shortly before he started running red lights

(Newser) - A Minneapolis-area man posted what now appears to be a goodbye message online, took cops on a car chase he livestreamed through two towns, and then was shot to death by police when he finally exited his car with what looked to be a knife. The Star Tribune reports on... More »

Facebook Dating Has Arrived in US

Free service launches in the US, users can opt in on mobile app

(Newser) - Rather than sliding into someone's DMs , there is now an official way to procure a significant other via Facebook. Yes, Facebook Dating is available in the US as of Thursday, almost a year after the company started testing it in Colombia. The US is the 20th country to get... More »

Facebook Removes the Word 'Free' From Its Signup Page

Replaces 'free and always will be' with 'quick and easy'

(Newser) - "Hello everyone, it seems that all the warnings were real, facebook use will cost money. If you send this string to 18 different people from your list, your icon will be blue and it will be free for you." Surely you've seen that scam going around Facebook... More »

Twitter, Facebook Pull Accounts Tied to Chinese Disinformation

Ads were placed attacking Hong Kong protesters

(Newser) - Twitter and Facebook have taken down scores of accounts they say are being used in the Chinese's government's disinformation campaign against the protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter has pulled 936 accounts, CNBC reports, saying in a post, "We have reliable evidence to support that this is a... More »

Area 51 Fest Organizer: Facebook 'Reckless' to Dump Event

Facebook's removal of event does little to staunch interest

(Newser) - More than 2 million people said they'd take part in a raid on Area 51, and more than 1.4 million said they were interested, before Facebook finally had enough. The platform deleted the joke event on Saturday, claiming it violated community standards, according to a screenshot posted by... More »

Facebook Hit With Biggest FTC Fine Ever for Tech Firm

Company slammed with $5B penalty over privacy; Zuckerberg escapes serious personal liability

(Newser) - Federal regulators have fined Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations and are instituting new oversight and restrictions on its business—but they're only holding CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally responsible in a limited fashion. The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company, though... More »

Justice Department Launches Big Tech Antitrust Probe

Shares in Facebook, Amazon, Google fall

(Newser) - The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation, or otherwise harmed consumers. It comes as a growing number of lawmakers have called for stricter regulation or even breaking up the big tech companies, which... More »

Cop on Facebook: AOC 'Needs a Round'

The Louisiana officer posted the message Thursday

(Newser) - A Louisiana police officer posted a Facebook message Thursday saying Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is a "vile Idiot" who "needs a round, and I don't mean the kind she used to serve." The post refers to AOC's time as a bartender and appears to suggest that... More »

Philadelphia Expected to Fire Cops After Database Reveals Offensive Posts

As many as 13 could be fired after database catalogs offensive Facebook posts

(Newser) - Some fallout from the database published online in June that catalogs thousands of racist or otherwise offensive Facebook posts of current and former police officers: Sources tell the Philadelphia Inquirer the city's police department plans to start the process of firing officers whose posts were documented there. As many... More »

Storm Area 51? 415K People RSVP Yes

Facebook event looks like a joke, but will curiosity seekers actually show?

(Newser) - If you'll be in Nevada on Sept. 20, there's a Facebook event that may pique your interest. CNN reports the "Storm Area 51, They Can't Stop All of Us" raid planned for that day "is most certainly a joke," but as of Friday, 415,... More »

Trump Slams Facebook's Libra Cryptocurrency

He says he's 'not a fan' of cryptocurrencies

(Newser) - President Trump declared Thursday that he is "not a fan" of Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies—including Facebook's upcoming Libra currency . Cryptocurrencies "are not money" and their value is "highly volatile and based on thin air," Trump tweeted . "Similarly, Facebook Libra’s 'virtual currency'... More »

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