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Facebook Warns Teacher Who Helped Neighbors of Tax Bite

Man who raised money on the platform to feed others during pandemic could owe $16K

(Newser) - A Connecticut middle school teacher who raised $41,000 to help hundreds of his struggling neighbors during the COVID-19 pandemic got an unwelcome surprise for his charitable efforts: a form stating he could owe $16,031 in income taxes. Louis Goffinet, 27, of Mansfield, began picking up groceries for elderly...

Facebook Is Sorry for Messing With Bitche

The social media giant's profanity algorithm flagged a small French town's page

(Newser) - Facebook is sorry that its notorious algorithm hounded a small French town. Ville de Bitche's official page disappeared without warning on March 19. Facebook restored it Tuesday, with a personal apology from the head of Facebook France to Benoit Kieffer, mayor of the town of 5,000, per Newsweek ...

Facebook Algorithms Tilt Job Ads by Gender
Facebook Algorithms Tilt
Job Ads by Gender
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Facebook Algorithms Tilt Job Ads by Gender

Researchers say practice may perpetuate imbalances in jobs and fields

(Newser) - Employers who want a demographically balanced pool of job applicants might not be getting it, despite their best efforts. Facebook often shows job ads to whichever gender already dominates that position or industry, researchers have found. The findings suggest bias remains in the site's algorithms, the Wall Street Journal ...

See If Your Phone Number Was in the Facebook Hack

Zuckerberg's was. Find out with 2 easy-to-use tools

(Newser) - There's an easy way to find out whether your phone number was leaked along with Mark Zuckerberg's over the weekend . Hacked data from more than half a million Facebook users was posted for free to a website frequented by hackers on Saturday, CNN reports. That included names, locations,...

Trumps' Interview Doesn't Clear Facebook
Facebook Pulls
Trump Interview

Facebook Pulls Trump Interview

Site blocks Lara Trump's video because it's in the former president's voice

(Newser) - Facebook has made clear its suspension applies not just to posts by the former president, but to "content in the voice of Donald Trump." A video posted Tuesday night by Lara Trump, Fox's newest employee, of her interview with her father-in-law was taken off Facebook and Instagram,...

Facebook Freezes Maduro for 'Miracle Drops' Claim

The Venezuelan president says thyme-derived solution cures COVID

(Newser) - Claims that an oral solution derived from the herb thyme neutralizes coronavirus has prompted Facebook to freeze Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro’s page, Reuters reports. “We follow guidance from the WHO that says there is currently no medication to cure the virus,” a Facebook spokesman tells the outlet....

Facebook Plans Workaround on Instagram's Age Minimum

Criticism meets internal announcement about allowing users under 13

(Newser) - Two days after saying it needs to do better at protecting its youngest customers, Facebook has said in an internal post that it's developing an Instagram app that would add users under age 13. Federal privacy regulations don't allow children younger than 13 to use the app as...

Facebook Agrees to Terms on News Content in Australia

News Corp and Google reached a deal already

(Newser) - News Corp and Facebook announced on Tuesday new pay deals for news in Australia, three weeks after the government passed laws that would make digital giants help cover the costs of journalism. The New York-based news business that operates mainly in the US, Britain, and Australia said it had reached...

Amazon Rainforest Plots Are Being Sold on Facebook

BBC investigation finds illegally cleared land available on Facebook Marketplace

(Newser) - "Enabling deforestation in the Amazon" can be added to the list of Facebook's misdeeds, according to a BBC investigation. The broadcaster says many plots of illegally deforested land in the Brazilian rainforest can be found for sale via Facebook Marketplace—and some of the sellers who spoke to...

Twitter Announces Changes on the Way

Groups will be added, and users will be able to charge followers for content

(Newser) - They've worked well for Facebook, so Twitter is going to add groups to its platform—though they'll be called "communities." That's one of the major changes announced Thursday, the Verge reports. The other big one is called Super Follows, which will permit users to steer...

Facebook Bans All Accounts Linked to Myanmar Military

Pro-military marchers attack anti-coup protesters

(Newser) - Social media giant Facebook announced Thursday it was banning all accounts linked to Myanmar’s military as well as ads from military-controlled companies in the wake of the army’s seizure of power on Feb. 1. It said in a statement that it was treating the post-coup situation in Myanmar...

Facebook Backs Down in Fight Down Under

Social media giant strikes deal with Aussie government

(Newser) - Facebook said on Tuesday it will lift its ban on Australians sharing news after it struck a deal with Australia's government on legislation that would make digital giants pay for journalism, the AP reports. Treasurer Josh Frydenberg and Facebook confirmed that they have agreed on amendments to proposed legislation...

Facebook Blocks Its Own Page in Botched Australia News Ban

PM accuses company of 'unfriending' country

(Newser) - Facebook blocked Australians from sharing news Thursday amid a dispute over a proposed law—but news outlets weren't the only ones who found themselves blocked. The ban affected dozens of pages run by state governments, health authorities, charities, and even Facebook's own page, the Guardian reports. State health...

Australians Blocked From Sharing News on Facebook

While Google strikes a deal

(Newser) - Google is striking deals in Australia to pay for journalism but Facebook is vowing to restrict news sharing as Australian lawmakers consider forcing digital giants into payment agreements, reports the AP . Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. announced a wide-ranging deal with Google Wednesday; major Australian media organization Seven West Media...

Facebook Yanking Down Fake Claims on Vaccines, COVID

Social media giant says it's launching 'largest worldwide campaign' for credible vaccine info

(Newser) - "There's still a long road ahead" in getting the coronavirus under control, but to encourage people to get vaccinated, Facebook is launching "the largest worldwide campaign" to share credible information about COVID inoculation—which, in turn, means it will increase its push to ban misinformation about it....

Social Media's Treatment of Trump Upsets Macron

French president doesn't like private companies making the decision to cut a president off

(Newser) - French President Emmanuel Macron says he was "very upset" by the way social networks muzzled Donald Trump at the tail end of his presidency. Speaking in a recorded video chat with scholars, Macron cited Trump's example in arguing for more government regulation of social media platforms. The comments,...

As Coup Resistance Grows, Myanmar Blocks Facebook

Move follows calls for civil disobedience

(Newser) - Myanmar’s new military government blocked access to Facebook on Wednesday as resistance to Monday’s coup surged amid calls for civil disobedience to protest the ousting of the elected civilian government and its leader Aung San Suu Kyi. Facebook is especially popular in Myanmar and the ousted government had...

Beloved 'Hoe' Landmark Not Loved by Facebook

Site flagged posts that referred to UK's Plymouth Hoe

(Newser) - In the dictionary, "hoe" typically refers to a gardening tool. To Facebook, the word means something entirely different, and it led to a bit of a social media uproar in the port city of Plymouth, located in the English county of Devon. That's where, per the Guardian , locals...

Attorney Suspended After Posting Murderous Advice

Nashville's Winston Sitton posted instructions on getting away with killing, denies it was sincere

(Newser) - A Nashville attorney is temporarily no longer practicing law after he offered some legal advice to a woman on Facebook. The problem is that the advice centered on how to kill somebody and get away with it, reports ABC News . The unusual case goes back to 2017, when attorney Winston...

Facebook's Trump Suspension Goes to Oversight Board

Outside panel's decision can't be overruled by company

(Newser) - Facebook has defended its decision, made after the attack on the US Capitol, to not allow former President Trump on its platforms indefinitely. "We believe our decision was necessary and right," a Facebook blog post said. But the company has sent the issue to its new Oversight Board...

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