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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Companies are increasingly paying Facebook to promote positive press, steering ad dollars away from publishers   —  When the workplace gossip app Blind expanded its product's availability earlier this summer, it got the word out via an age-old tactic: advertising.
Jul 25, 2017, 7:55 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
As Twitter rolls out new products to tackle abuse from anonymous accounts, users find their reports are often overlooked or handled in an opaque way   —  On July 3, Maggie H. opened up her Twitter mentions and found her face photoshopped into the crosshairs of a gunsight.
Jul 19, 2017, 2:20 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Sources: Uber and Ola are considering using India's Aadhaar biometric system to screen drivers, while Airbnb is exploring using it to authenticate Indian hosts   —  An Indian visitor gives a thumb impression to withdraw money from his bank account with his Aadhaar card in January 2017.
Jul 19, 2017, 7:55 AMIn context
BuzzFeed:
How Uber's hard-charging corporate culture left employees drained, according to interviews with over two dozen sources   —  After a highly publicized corporate meltdown this spring, Uber is working to repair a culture employees and observers say is aggressive, cutthroat, and demanding.
Jul 17, 2017, 9:30 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
US tech firms are censoring products in India to avoid offending socially conservative users, minimizing bad PR and controversy but alienating progressive users   —  For a Bollywood movie, Gaurav Dhingra's Angry Indian Goddesses was decidedly un-Bollywood.  There were no song-and-dance sequences …
Jul 15, 2017, 2:10 AMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Responding to Facebook's community plan, Meetup says it's seeking new funding and will build a feature to automatically create groups based on user interests   —  When Facebook held its first Communities Summit in Chicago last month, Meetup CEO Scott Heiferman watched attentively from his New York City office.
Jul 12, 2017, 4:50 PMIn context
Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed:
Sources reveal how UK political parties spent ~£3.2M on online ads during 2017 general election, including efforts to coordinate ad targeting on- and off-line   —  During the general election campaign the media focused on how the Conservatives' Facebook advertising could swing key seats …
Jul 7, 2017, 4:20 AMIn context
Doree Shafrir / BuzzFeed:
After a series of scandals, including a case against news site UploadVR, interviews with people in the VR industry reveal frustration about treatment of women   —  After a series of scandals, VR is vowing to do better.  The industry's women are cautiously optimistic.  —  Reporting From Los Angeles
Jul 6, 2017, 3:05 PMIn context
Zoe Tillman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook is challenging a gag order from a DC court, which prevented it from notifying users about search warrants for their accounts   —  New public court filings — in an otherwise sealed case — reveal a brewing First Amendment fight between Facebook and federal prosecutors over an order blocking …
Jul 3, 2017, 11:38 AMIn context
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
Facebook removed 30+ pages run from Macedonia, many of them popular from pro-Trump “news” during election; publishers assumed they were safe after buying ads   —  Two false posts from Facebook pages that the social network removed due to terms-of-service violations.  —  BuzzFeed News
Jun 23, 2017, 4:25 PMIn context

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