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Amid Spread of Misinformation, Whispers on FB's Next Move

Sources tell Bloomberg the social media platform is considering banning political ads before election

(Newser) - Facebook has been struggling lately over a massive advertiser boycott , partly driven by the company's refusal to address political ads spreading misinformation on the platform. Now, people familiar with Facebook's thinking say the company is considering banning political ads in the days leading up to the November election,... More »

Facebook Meeting With Boycotters Was Rough

Zuckerberg and Co. wanted 'A for attendance,' met no real demands, activists say

(Newser) - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg met virtually with civil rights and activist groups who've helped organize a massive advertiser boycott of the social network, and as CNN reports, "it did not go well." Facebook spokesman Andy Stone later expressed gratitude to the organizers "for their continued engagement"... More »

Facebook Groups Pivot to Attack 'Thugs' at BLM

Their language directly violates Facebook's hate-speech standards

(Newser) - A loose network of Facebook groups that took root across the country in April to organize protests over coronavirus stay-at-home orders has become a hub of misinformation and conspiracy theories that have pivoted to a variety of new targets. Their latest: Black Lives Matter and the nationwide protests of racial... More »

Facebook Employee Files Racial Bias Complaint

Staffer says company discriminates in hiring and promotions

(Newser) - A black Facebook employee, joined by two others who were denied jobs at the social network, has filed a complaint against the company, saying it discriminates against black workers and applicants in hiring, evaluations, promotions, and pay. The charge was filed with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission by Oscar Veneszee... More »

Facebook Relents Amid Growing Boycott

Agrees to remove posts that break rules, even those by President Trump

(Newser) - The boycott appears to have worked. Facebook said Friday it will begin removing posts that it says incite violence or attempt to suppress voter turnout—even if they are from politicians including President Trump, reports the Washington Post . "There are no exceptions," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a... More »

Industry Giant Joins Boycott of Facebook, Twitter

Unilever won't buy ads on Facebook or Twitter for the rest of 2020

(Newser) - Unilever has announced that it will pull its advertising from Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—joining the campaign to pressure the social media companies to do more to combat hate speech and disinformation on their sites. Unilever owns a list of well-known consumer brands, including Dove, Lipton, Hellmann's, and Vaseline.... More »

More Big Names to Take Action Against Facebook on July 1

Advertising boycott gets a few new companies on board

(Newser) - Facebook has 8 million advertisers. Well, something like 7,999,997—and dropping. Three more big names have said they would join a Facebook ad boycott for the month of July and potentially longer. Ben & Jerry's, Eddie Bauer, and Magnolia Pictures are now on board, joining Patagonia, the... More »

Big Advertiser Signs On to Facebook, Instagram Boycott

Civil rights groups call for pressure on companies to curb racist and violent content

(Newser) - The outdoor gear company Patagonia is the latest company to announce an advertising boycott of Facebook and its Instagram app for the month of July—or longer—saying the social media giant has "failed to take steps to stop the spread of hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its... More »

Trump Ads With Nazi Symbol Are Taken Down by Facebook

Triangle was used to identify political prisoners in concentration camps

(Newser) - Facebook has taken down campaign ads for President Trump that a spokesman said violated "our policy against organized hate." The ads were an attack on "far-left mobs," including antifa, and featured an inverted red triangle—used by the Nazis in the 1930s to label political inmates... More »

Scarborough: Facebook Is 'Pushing People Toward Extremism'

He speaks out after 'Boogaloo' killings

(Newser) - Joe Scarborough ripped into Mark Zuckerberg on Morning Joe Wednesday, accusing the Facebook CEO of promoting extremism that has led to domestic terrorism. Scarborough slammed Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg following a segment on the California "Boogaloo" killings of law enforcement officers, which involved two suspects who allegedly... More »

Zuckerberg, Chan: We're Just 'Disgusted'

Facebook's founder responds to scientists

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan are responding to over 200 scientists who criticized Facebook —but what this means for the tech giant remains unclear, the Hill reports. "We take your concerns seriously and to heart," the couple wrote in a letter to scientists associated with... More »

Biden Crushes Trump's One-Day Facebook Spending Record

Campaign spends $5M over the last week

(Newser) - Joe Biden is looking to whip up sentiment against President Trump by borrowing a page from Trump's own playbook. The former VP spent $5 million on Facebook ads over the last week, including $1.6 million on Thursday alone, reports CNN . The amount dwarfs what Biden has spent previously... More »

214 Scientists Urge Zuck: Do Something About Trump

Zuckerberg-funded researchers say it's time to curb misinformation from president

(Newser) - The pushback against Mark Zuckerberg continues: 214 scientists who have received grants from a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative program published a letter they sent the Facebook founder over the weekend. In it, the researchers, about 10% of whom are employed by foundations run by Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, call... More »

Zuckerberg: It's Time I Take a Fresh Look at Things

Facebook's CEO says he'll review company policies

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook will reconsider its content policies after a backlash erupted in the company and spilled over in the media, CNN reports. "I know many of you think we should have labeled the President's posts in some way last week," he wrote on Facebook about... More »

Facebook Resignations Add Pressure on Trump Posts

As Zuckerberg refuses to bend, employee anger builds

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg's defense of allowing President Trump's post about shooting looters, and the CEO's refusal to budge during an employee town hall Monday, have only increased the anger inside Facebook. There have been a handful of resignations this week, with one departing employee, Recode reports, posting on... More »

Mayor Makes 'Uncalled For' Comment Against 'Troll'

Omaha's Jean Stothert accused Korean American of hiding 'behind symbols'—i.e., Korean alphabet

(Newser) - A Nebraska mayor who insisted she wouldn't apologize for an online comment has offered her mea culpa after all. NBC News reports the trouble started when Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert earlier this week put in place a city curfew due to protests over the death of George Floyd . Soyeon... More »

Zuckerberg Defends Trump Policy in Tense Meeting

He says the 'right action' is to leave president's posts up

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg held firm on his decision not to take action on President Trump's Facebook posts during what insiders say was a tense town hall meeting with employees Tuesday. The CEO told employees that it was a "tough decision," but a review of Facebook's policies shows... More »

Facebook Workers Rebel Over Policy on Trump Posts

Some of them are staging a 'virtual walkout'

(Newser) - In contrast to Twitter's new policy, Facebook has taken a hands-off approach to dealing with President Trump's posts—and it has caused a backlash that some employees say is the biggest challenge to Mark Zuckerberg's leadership in the company's history. With most Facebook employees working... More »

Trump's Order Could Upend 26 Key Words

An executive order might strip social media companies of legal protections under 1996 law

(Newser) - "This will be a Big Day for Social Media and FAIRNESS!" President Trump tweeted Thursday morning. The reason? Late in the afternoon, he signed an executive order that could deal a big blow to Twitter, Facebook, and other social media companies. Among other things, the move could strip... More »

Whistleblowers to SEC: Facebook Is Hiding Illegal Activity

'WaPo' describes claims, including from an ex-Facebook moderator, on drug, child porn sales

(Newser) - A whistleblower complaint filed with the SEC claims Facebook has failed to adequately police illegal activity on its platform, including sales of drugs and child pornography. The complaint filed Tuesday by critics, including a former Facebook content moderator, further claims Facebook has hidden the extent of illegal activity from its... More »

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