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Will Oremus / Slate:
Blaming algorithms obscures the true source of Facebook's ad problem: the structure of the company's ad business and the decision-making of those who run it   —  Facebook's ad network lent itself to abuse by Russian hackers and racists.  The problem has nothing to do with algorithms.
Sep 20, 2017, 5:20 PMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter says move from chronological to algorithmic timeline has upped engagement in key metrics including retweets and likes, but doesn't say by how much   —  What do you see when you open Twitter?  Until a year ago, the answer was straightforward: With minor exceptions …
Mar 6, 2017, 1:21 PMIn context
Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Kalanick's work with Trump and tepid travel ban response prompt #DeleteUber backlash after company suspends surge pricing at JFK Airport amid taxi work stoppage   —  There are a lot of reasons to not use ride-hailing app Uber: shoddy labor practices; attempts to strong-arm local governments …
Jan 29, 2017, 4:30 PMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter says it will suspend Trump's account if he violates their policies; Facebook says it won't, giving consideration to “the value of political discourse”   —  One says it wouldn't, and one says it would.  —  Could the president of the United States ever get suspended or banned from a major social network?
Nov 30, 2016, 9:15 AMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook disputes Gizmodo report: “We did not build and withhold any News Feed changes based on their potential impact on any one political party”   —  Facebook has spent the past week denying that fake pro-Trump news on its platform played a role in the outcome of the U.S. election.
Nov 14, 2016, 3:05 PMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Three former Facebook contractors say Trending news algorithm was not ready to run autonomously, user testing was overwhelmingly negative   —  How Facebook's foray into automated news went from messy to disastrous.  —  It seems Facebook's human news editors weren't quite as expendable as the company thought.
Aug 30, 2016, 7:45 PMIn context
Satya Nadella / Slate:
How humans and AI can work together to solve society's greatest challenges   —  Advanced machine learning, also known as artificial intelligence or just A.I., holds far greater promise than unsettling headlines about computers beating humans at games like Jeopardy!, chess, checkers, and Go.
Jun 28, 2016, 3:20 PMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook will now show Live Videos higher in News Feed provided they are currently live and not recordings   —  Facebook Is Becoming Less Like a Newspaper ... and More Like Cable News  —  Facebook's News Feed long functioned as a sort of personalized newspaper—a collection of stories …
Mar 1, 2016, 4:00 PMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Twitter's “Beyond 140” feature is a plan to host content inside its walled garden, instead of linking to blogs and other websites   —  Twitter Isn't Raising the Character Limit.  It's Becoming a Walled Garden.  —  Tweeters are freaking out—again—about another report that Twitter …
Jan 6, 2016, 3:45 AMIn context
Will Oremus / Slate:
Facebook's News Feed team on algorithms, relevancy scores, and the importance of giving users more control over their feeds   —  How Facebook's news feed algorithm works  —  A small team of engineers in Menlo Park.  A panel of anonymous power users around the world.  And, increasingly, you.
Jan 5, 2016, 3:20 AMIn context

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