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New York Times:
Report: number of countries using political disinformation campaigns more than doubled to 70 since 2017; Facebook remains #1 social network for disinformation   —  In Vietnam, citizens were enlisted to post pro-government messages on their personal Facebook pages.
Sep 26, 2019, 8:45 AMIn context
David McLaughlin / Bloomberg:
Source: DOJ intends to investigate Facebook after prodding from AG William Barr; DOJ's case will focus on conduct that's separate from what the FTC is examining   —  - Facebook now target of two federal cases simultaneously  — FTC already has separate Facebook investigation underway
Sep 25, 2019, 10:55 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Facebook is making a “new social layer”, arriving on Oculus headsets in 2019; one feature, Destinations, lets players broadcast what they're doing inside games   —  Facebook spent a large amount of time at its Oculus Connect 6 keynote detailing the new links between its VR headset and the company's core Facebook app.
Sep 25, 2019, 2:35 PMIn context
Scott Stein / CNET:
Interview with Mark Zuckerberg on cracking social in VR, updates to the Quest headset, and how the future of Oculus' AR ambitions are grounded in its VR efforts   —  I'm led down a staircase by a small team of Facebook communications people, into a high-ceilinged, wide-open office …
Sep 25, 2019, 1:53 PMIn context
Lucas Matney / TechCrunch:
Oculus says it's surpassed $100M in revenue in the Oculus store, with Zuckerberg noting that 20% of that revenue was for Quest titles sold in past four months   —  Facebook has pumped billions into virtual reality and it may be a long way from making that investment back, but it is making a little money.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:40 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook unveils Horizon, a VR massive multiplayer world coming in 2020, and will shut down existing VR platforms Facebook Spaces and Oculus Rooms on Oct. 25   —  Facebook today announced a virtual reality sandbox game where you can build your own environments and games, socialize with friends, and more.
Sep 25, 2019, 1:35 PMIn context
Jeremy Horwitz / VentureBeat:
Oculus Quest will be updated in Nov. to be able to wire up directly to PCs, like the Rift, and in 2020 will get support for hand tracking, no controllers needed   —  Just before the annual VR/AR conference Oculus Connect 6, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg released a teaser video hinting …
Sep 25, 2019, 1:27 PMIn context
Florian Faes / Slator:
Lisbon-based Unbabel, a service which combines human and machine translation in 70+ languages and has Microsoft and Facebook as clients, raises $60M in Series C   —  Tech-enabled language service provider (LSP) Unbabel has become the language industry's most lavishly funded startup to date.
Sep 24, 2019, 8:24 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook says it doesn't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content, generally assuming it is newsworthy, even if it violates Facebook policies   —  Facebook confirms it won't fact-check politicians' speech or block their content if it's newsworthy even if it violates the site's hatespeech rules or other policies.
Sep 24, 2019, 5:05 PMIn context
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed News:
Facebook's content moderation policies are difficult to apply given the breadth of cases, and poor communication between contractors and FB cripples the system   —  When actor Burt Reynolds died last September, fans across Instagram and Facebook paid tribute to him by posting his 1972 Cosmopolitan magazine centerfold.
Sep 24, 2019, 12:10 PMIn context

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