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October 23, 2021, 5:55 PM

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New York Times:
Internal docs show the extent of Facebook's knowledge of extremist Groups on its site but don't offer a complete picture of its decision-making in response  —  Company documents show that the social network's employees repeatedly raised red flags about the spread of misinformation and conspiracies …
Brandy Zadrozny / NBC News:
Internal docs: Facebook employees created a test account in 2019 and within days it was recommended extreme and conspiratorial content, including QAnon Groups  —  In the summer of 2019, a new Facebook user named Carol Smith signed up for the platform, describing herself as a politically conservative mother …
Michael Riley / Bloomberg:
Internal docs show Facebook staff faulted the company for failing to thwart the proliferation of Groups, like Stop The Steal, that fomented January 6 violence  —  Employees and the company's own research highlight ways Facebook failed to police its platforms ahead of the siege on the Capitol
Craig Timberg / Washington Post:
A new whistleblower, a former member of Facebook's Integrity team, files an SEC complaint alleging Facebook prized profits over fighting hate speech and misinfo  —  Latest complaint to the SEC blames top leadership for failing to warn investors about serious problems at the company
Washington Post:
New York Times:
Internal docs detail Facebook's struggles with violence-inciting content in India, including failure to designate some politically connected Groups as dangerous  —  Internal documents show a struggle with misinformation, hate speech and celebrations of violence in the country, the company's biggest market.
The Information:
Leah Nylen / Politico:
Docs from 16 AGs' Google suit: Google sought help from Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft to stall federal efforts to strengthen an online privacy law for children  —  Unsealed court documents say the search giant sought help from Apple, Facebook and Microsoft to “find areas of alignment.”
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
A look at the bitter privacy debate in a Colorado neighborhood over the use of license plate scanners made by Flock, whose customer base has risen 4x since 2019  —  A battle among homeowners in the Colorado mountains shows how a new generation of surveillance technology is reshaping American neighborhoods
Sarah Perez / TechCrunch:
Apple updates App Store Guidelines, including to let developers contact users about other payment methods as part of an earlier agreement with US developers  —  Apple today introduced a new set of App Store Guidelines which include three key changes.  One of the changes is the result …
Catalin Cimpanu / The Record:
Facebook files a lawsuit against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping and selling the personal data of 178M+ users on a cybercrime forum  —  Facebook has filed a lawsuit on Friday against a Ukrainian national for allegedly scraping its website and selling the personal data …

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