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October 23, 2021, 8:45 AM

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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 …
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
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
Washington Post:
The Information:
Sources: over 12 news outlets, including AP and Fox Business, formed a consortium to sift leaked Facebook docs from Frances Haugen, reporting stories separately  —  It's not often that major news organizations coordinate to sift through a large trove of leaked company documents and agree …
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.”
Adi Robertson / The Verge:
Software Freedom Conservancy says TRUTH Social violates Mastodon's open source code licensing terms by not sharing its source code, gives it 30 days to comply  —  Truth Social ripped off open-source platform Mastodon  —  The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC) says former President Donald Trump's …
Drew Harwell / Washington Post:
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 …
Steve Kovach / CNBC:
A 2019 email confirms Google asked Roku for preferential treatment for YouTube in Roku's search results, despite Google's claims to the contrary  —  - Google said Thursday it would remove YouTube apps from the Roku app store on Dec. 9 as the two sides fight over a new agreement.
Sam Shead / CNBC:
PitchBook: the number of European VC deals with US investor participation rose from 359 deals totaling €2.7B in 2011 to 1,434 deals worth €50.8B so far in 2021  —  - Veteran investor Alex Ferrara, a partner at Bessemer Venture Partners, which backed companies like LinkedIn and Pinterest …
Source: PitchBook

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