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October 25, 2021, 8:40 AM

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Alex Heath / The Verge:
Internal documents show Facebook is struggling to attract American users under the age of 30, with US teenage users declining by 13% since 2019  —  The world's largest social network is internally grappling with an existential crisis: an aging user base  —  Earlier this year …
Mike Isaac / New York Times:
Internal docs show how Facebook discussed hiding the Like button to alleviate stress and anxiety, but users interacted and shared fewer posts  —  Likes and shares made the social media site what it is.  Now, company documents show, it's struggling to deal with their effects.
Alexandra S. Levine / Politico:
Internal documents show Facebook had no clear playbook for handling the dangerous content delegitimizing the US elections ahead of the January 6 riots  —  Facebook's rules left giant holes for U.S. election falsehoods to metastasize.  On the day of the Capitol riot, employees began pulling levers to try to stave off the peril.
Washington Post:
Internal Facebook docs and interviews detail Mark Zuckerberg's decisions to prioritize growth over safety, including censoring “anti-state” posts in Vietnam  —  Late last year, Mark Zuckerberg faced a choice: Comply with demands from Vietnam's ruling Communist Party …
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Internal Facebook docs detail its opaque tier system for providing protection to users in certain countries, leaving gaps in Myanmar, Pakistan, and Ethiopia  —  Leaked documents reveal a huge, opaque system  —  This story is part of a group of stories called
Bloomberg:
Internal Facebook docs show time spent by US teenagers was down 16% YoY, young US adults were also spending 5% less time on the social network, and more  —  Rising internal concerns about young users was largely invisible to outsiders, forming the basis of a whistle-blower's SEC complaint
Ben Smith / New York Times:
How Frances Haugen maximized the impact of her leaked Facebook documents, rolling them out to WSJ and then broadening the circle to a large group of outlets  —  In a time of mega-leaks, journalists' sources have become power players.  Frances Haugen, the former Facebook executive …
New York Times:
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Ben Hubbard / New York Times:
Citizen Lab: the iPhone of Ben Hubbard, an American reporter for NYT, was hacked in 2020 and 2021, likely by Saudi Arabia using NSO's Pegasus; NSO denies claim  —  Invasive hacking software sold to countries to fight terrorism is easily abused.  Researchers say my phone was hacked twice, probably by Saudi Arabia.
Richard Lawler / The Verge:
Tesla rolls back its FSD beta from version 10.3, which improved many items like brake light and turn signal detection, to 10.2 after “seeing some issues”  —  Elon Musk didn't specify what issues the company found  —  Tesla's decision to test its “Full Self Driving” …

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