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Davey Alba / BuzzFeed:
Answering lawmakers, Zuckerberg repeatedly relied on the promise of AI to weed out undesirable content, a defense that lets Facebook avoid responsibility   —  Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies in a Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees joint hearing regarding the company's use and protection of user data.
Apr 11, 2018, 5:30 PMIn context
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
Vietnamese human rights groups, independent journalists question if Facebook is helping suppress dissent by removing content flagged by state-sponsored trolls   —  The open letter from human rights activists and independent media groups in Vietnam criticizing Mark Zuckerberg comes ahead …
Apr 10, 2018, 4:25 PMIn context
Emily Smith / BuzzFeed:
The SESTA bill may appear to target child traffickers but actually hurts marginalized sex workers, and this new approach to censorship is unlikely to stop here   —  Marginalized groups often act as “patient zero” for regressive new laws, and a new bill that cuts away broad protections for online speech is no different.
Apr 9, 2018, 8:30 AMIn context
Megha Rajagopalan / BuzzFeed:
The Sri Lankan government and civil society groups say that Facebook has failed for years to monitor and remove accounts inciting ethnic violence in Sri Lanka   —  DIGANA, Sri Lanka — When the Sri Lankan government temporarily blocked access to Facebook last month amid a wave of violence against Muslims …
Apr 7, 2018, 4:40 PMIn context
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

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