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Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook's probe of its platform's developers finds that some developers who took large chunks of data are out of business and some won't cooperate   —  Company's internal probe finds that some developers who scooped up data are now out of business, and others won't cooperate
Jun 27, 2018, 5:10 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Facebook let some partners access users' friend data after it shut off access to most devs in 2015; sources: partners included Nissan and Royal Bank of Canada   —  Special deals gave a small number of companies access to data after shutting off access for other developers
Jun 8, 2018, 5:15 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Behind the long-running dispute between Facebook and WhatsApp's founders about monetizing WhatsApp with ads, which led them to leave with $1.3B on the table   —  After a long dispute over how to produce more revenue with ads and data, the messaging app's creators are walking away leaving about $1.3 billion on the table
Jun 5, 2018, 12:00 PMIn context
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook's spending on content-review teams has ballooned to hundreds of millions of dollars for 2018   —  Social-media giant is pouring cash into content review after high-profile failures that have hurt its image  —  Facebook Inc. FB -1.45% has spent more than a decade building …
May 15, 2018, 1:00 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
House Democrats are preparing to release 3,000 Russia-linked Facebook ads, including their images, target groups, cost, and the number of users who viewed them   —  Lawmakers on House Intelligence Committee could release trove of ads as soon as this week  —  Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee …
May 7, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Small group of Facebook employees can access users' profiles without their knowledge with management oversight   —  'We have had discussions about this very idea," a Facebook spokesman said when asked why users aren't flagged if an employee accesses their records
May 3, 2018, 8:50 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Some Facebook staff say Cambridge Analytica scandal is mostly being hyped by the media; Zuckerberg said job applicants haven't been deterred by it, says source   —  Many workers are undaunted by user-data scandal; issues are mostly hype, some say  —  Facebook Inc. FB -.18% may be losing friends …
Apr 9, 2018, 11:00 PMIn context
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Sources: Facebook's security team told execs about Russian election tampering in Dec. 2016; late public disclosure was due to image concerns, Mueller gag order   —  Social-media giant played down allegations Russia exploited its platform, deepening perceptions it is oblivious to public concern about its social impact
Mar 2, 2018, 1:45 PMIn context
Wall Street Journal:
Analysis finds algorithms designed by Facebook, Google, and others often struggle to detect doctored images and videos, a key tool for misinformation efforts   —  The tech company's filters can't adequately detect misinformation distributed through altered images
Feb 22, 2018, 11:55 AMIn context
Deepa Seetharaman / Wall Street Journal:
Facebook to survey users to measure trust in publications, data will affect News Feed rankings; news will make up 4% of News Feed posts, down from 5%   —  Tech giant will rely on user surveys of trustworthiness to try to preserve objectivity  —  Facebook Inc. FB .33% plans to start ranking news sources …
Jan 19, 2018, 4:03 PMIn context

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