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Big Name Is Missing From List of Top 10 Workplaces

Facebook is facing increased scrutiny, drops from No. 7 to No. 23

(Newser) - Facebook has held the top spot on Glassdoor's list of the best places to work three times; last year, it was No. 7. This year? No. 23. That's the lowest it's been since first making the list in 2011, Fortune reports. Reuters blames "heightened regulatory scrutiny"... More »

Chicago Cops Say Facebook Is 'Harboring Criminals'

More than 50 arrested after investigation

(Newser) - Private Facebook groups have "emboldened" sellers of illegal drugs and guns to connect with potential buyers over the social media site, Chicago police said Tuesday, as leaders announced that a two-year undercover investigation led to more than 50 arrests. Police leaders, including former LAPD chief Charlie Beck, who's... More »

Zuckerberg Defiant on Controversial Ad Policy

'I don't think that a private company should be censoring politicians'

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been taking fierce criticism over Facebook's refusal to take down political ads that have false information. However, in an interview with CBS News on Monday morning, Zuckerberg made clear the policy will not change, notes Axios . "I don't think that a private company should... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Calls Out the 'Silicon Six'

He says Zuckerberg, 5 other tech execs hold too much sway over world's information

(Newser) - Borat actor Sacha Baron Cohen made a lot of headlines last week when he used a speech before the Anti-Defamation League to call out Mark Zuckerberg for allowing bigots to spread lies and hateful propaganda on Facebook. In a new Washington Post op-ed adapted from the same speech, Cohen again... More »

Sacha Baron Cohen Unloads on Zuckerberg

He says Facebook would have catered to Hitler if it were around in the 1930s

(Newser) - Sacha Baron Cohen has a plan to "save democracy"—one that involves putting an end to "the greatest propaganda machine in history." Honored Thursday by the Anti-Defamation League for his efforts to expose hate through comedy, Baron Cohen blamed tech giants Google, Twitter, and Facebook for... More »

Facebook's Rebrand Gets an All-Caps Reax

Revamp as FACEBOOK spurs head-scratching, jokes

(Newser) - At least it's not Bookface —or, for that matter, BOOKFACE. NBC News reports that Facebook announced a rebranding effort this week, and its new name is drawing an all-caps reaction. "FACEBOOK" is the new brand, a revamp of the name using "custom typography, rounded corners, open... More »

Facebook Crime Page May Have Cracked Cold Case

Tip in North Carolina leads to arrest of Kimberly Hancock in 2004 murder

(Newser) - Police in the small town of Spring Hope, NC, have made an arrest in a 15-year-old cold case thanks to an unexpected break. These days, such breaks often stem from DNA ancestry websites and the like, but this time, the break came in the form of an old-fashioned tip. Still,... More »

Social Network Writer to FB CEO: Stop 'Assaulting Truth'

Aaron Sorkin takes Mark Zuckerberg to task for not vetting political ads

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has been making the rounds defending Facebook's decision not to fact-check or censor political ads, saying he doesn't feel the social media site should be in the business of stymieing free speech. Except screenwriter Aaron Sorkin doesn't exactly think that's what Facebook's move... More »

5 Takeaways From Zuckerberg's House Hearing

Waters told him Facebook should address 'failures' before launching cryptocurrency

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg faced a grilling from lawmakers on the House Financial Services Committee over Facebook's plans for a cryptocurrency —but the questioning went beyond the Libra project to include issues like the Cambridge Analytica scandal and Facebook's record on diversity. "We aren’t perfect, and we... More »

Zuckerberg, Chan Gave Buttigieg Some Advice

Facebook founder and his wife recommended potential hires for campaign staff

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg has yet to make any political contributions or endorsements in the 2020 election cycle, but he has made recommendations to one candidate: Pete Buttigieg. The Facebook founder sent a few emails earlier this year to Buttigieg’s campaign manager offering up suggestions of potential staffers to hire for... More »

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 »

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