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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Source: YouTube releasing new version of YouTube Kids within coming weeks with option to turn off algorithmic video suggestions and only show curated channels   —  YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos …
Apr 6, 2018, 7:50 PMIn context
Blake Montgomery / BuzzFeed:
US seizes classifieds site Backpage.com and related domains, raids founder's home, files 93 counts including money laundering and facilitating prostitution   —  Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, went offline Friday after being seized and disabled by the federal government.
Apr 6, 2018, 4:05 PMIn context
Nicole Nguyen / BuzzFeed:
Tinder says technical issue preventing some users from accessing its service is now fixed; issue resulted from Facebook's recent privacy changes   —  On Wednesday, users of the dating app Tinder noticed that its Facebook log-in was broken, preventing them from accessing their accounts.
Apr 4, 2018, 8:15 PMIn context
Michelle Broder Van Dyke / BuzzFeed:
YouTube shooter Nasim Aghdam had denounced the platform for age-restricting and demonetizing her videos; her father warned police she might visit YouTube HQ   —  The woman posted frequently on the video sharing platform about animal cruelty, vegan recipes, and said she believed YouTube was discriminating against her.
Apr 4, 2018, 1:18 AMIn context
Azeen Ghorayshi / BuzzFeed:
Grindr shared users' HIV status, “last tested” date, other personal info with 3rd parties, according to an outside research firm's analysis verified by BuzzFeed   —  (Update: Late on Monday Grindr said it would stop sharing HIV status information with other companies.)
Apr 2, 2018, 12:03 PMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Leaked 2016 memo from Facebook VP Andrew Bosworth says “all the work we do in growth is justified”, even if Facebook enables terrorism; Zuck says he disagreed   —  Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth said that “questionable contact importing practices,” …
Mar 29, 2018, 7:05 PMIn context
Ryan Mac / BuzzFeed:
Cambridge Analytica co-founder and whistleblower Wylie started a new firm, Eunoia, in 2014 that had the same dataset of 50M+ Facebook users, according to emails   —  “We have developed a series of algorithms that can predict the personality traits of individual voters by analyzing their voterfile, social, online and consumer data."
Mar 28, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
How Facebook Groups are being exploited to spread misinformation, plan harassment, and radicalize people as group recommendations often surface trolling efforts   —  Mark Zuckerberg wants to get a billion people in “meaningful” Facebook groups.  But to get there he'll have to battle the spammers …
Mar 25, 2018, 12:40 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
A week after Cambridge Analytica and despite #deletefacebook, Facebook app installs did not drop, no big advertisers quit, and analysts recommend buying the dip   —  As Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal spiraled into chaos this week, a frantic hail of notes from Wall Street analysts …
Mar 23, 2018, 4:40 PMIn context
Joseph Bernstein / BuzzFeed:
Mar 21, 2018, 8:10 PMIn context

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