Renee DiResta is part of an interdisciplinary group that has tracked disinformation campaigns online for years, advising the Obama White House on the use of social media to spread conspiracy theories; she helped brief Congress in advance of the current hearings on the use of the internet to spread misinformation to influence the 2016Read More
Sean Parker, famously portrayed as the Machiavellian mastermind behind Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, says that he’s now appalled by the company’s exploitative abuse of human psychology: “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains.“ “The thought process that went into building these applications, Facebook being the first of them, … was all about:Read More
The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset and Touch controllers now cost $399, Oculus announced during the Oculus Connect keynote today. The Oculus Rift launched in 2016 for $599 with the Touch controllers launching months later for an extra $99. Before today’s price drop, the bundle was available for $499. The announcement of the price dropRead More
Twitter … for Facebook employees.Image: THIBAULT CAMUS/AP/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK By Kerry Flynn2017-10-08 14:42:21 UTC Facebook has been making headlines, but not for anything good. The world’s largest social network is in the spotlight over Russia’s interference with the 2016 U.S. election. Alex Stamos, Facebook’s chief security officer, seems to think the media’s characterization of his social network’sRead More
Facebook released a statement regarding ProPublica’s expose of the company offering antisemitic ad targeting options (previously).
On the record statement by Rob Leathern, product management director at Facebook:
“We don’t allow hate speech on Facebook. Our community standards strictly prohibit attacking people based on their protected characteristics, including religion, andRead More
Amazon is churning out more content designed to sell you things. The online shopping giant’s latest move is a home makeover show featuring YouTube stars like baking enthusiast Rosanna Pansino and beauty blogger Teni Panosian, Business Insider reported. You might not know Pansino and Panosian, and that’s just fine. They have more than 10 millionRead More
After shooting Philando Castile dead during a traffic stop — a killing that was livestreamed on Facebook by Castile’s girlfriend, Diamond Reynolds — the police obtained a secret warrant for Reynolds’s Facebook account, including her private messages and deleted messages, accompanied by a gag order that banned Facebook from every discussing the warrant’s existence.