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Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook quietly removed option to target ads by sexual orientation last month, leaving support organizations unable to directly target the LGBT community   —  Last month, Facebook removed the option to target ads by sexual orientation on its ad platform but never publicly announced it.
Mar 21, 2018, 6:45 PMIn context
Craig Silverman / BuzzFeed:
A look at Cambridge Analytica's targeted Facebook ads attacking Hillary Clinton for Mercer-backed Make America Number One PAC, reaping millions of impressions   —  A pro-Trump super PAC funded by the billionaire Mercer family used Cambridge Analytica to help it generate millions of views …
Mar 21, 2018, 12:50 AMIn 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   —  One week after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, those searching on Facebook for information about the upcoming March …
Mar 19, 2018, 2:25 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter tests algorithmically curated timelines for big news events, promoting them at the top of users' timelines, similar to its News tab tested in 2015   —  An emboldened Twitter is seeking to push further into news as Facebook pulls back.  —  The company is building …
Mar 14, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Katie Notopoulos / BuzzFeed:
Musical.ly blocks some search terms related to self-harm and eating disorders after criticism; tags still appear on users' posts   —  The homepage on the app Musical.ly.  —  Musical.ly  —  Musical.ly, the lip-synching app that is wildly popular with younger users, is struggling to catch …
Mar 10, 2018, 11:50 PMIn context
Julia Reinstein / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has suspended several accounts, some with millions of followers, that allegedly engaged in tweet stealing and “tweetdecking”, mass-retweeting each other   —  Continuing their battle against the “tweetdeckers,” Twitter suspended on Friday several popular accounts known …
Mar 10, 2018, 4:15 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Lawmakers and experts worry Facebook will suffer the same problems with disinformation and “dark” ads during 2018 US midterms as it did during 2016 election   —  If the 2016 election was proof-of-concept for platform-enabled election meddling, the 2018 midterms, just months away …
Mar 6, 2018, 2:05 PMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Many news reports blaming Russian Twitter bots, some of which are not Russian and others not bots, are based on a single source and are likely overblown   —  “I'm not convinced on this bot thing,” said one of the men behind the Russian bot thing.  —  By now you know the drill …
Mar 1, 2018, 12:55 PMIn context
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
Sick people in the US are increasingly using Uber or Lyft to get to the emergency room, instead of an ambulance, exposing drivers to potential legal risks   —  Mike Fish was driving for Uber 10 minutes outside of Boston when he picked up a second passenger in his Uber Pool who, he said, seemed “out of it, drowsy — almost sedated.”
Feb 27, 2018, 11:51 AMIn context
BuzzFeed:
Twitter is investigating how cryptocurrency scammers changed handles on verified accounts and kept verified badges to trick users into giving away funds   —  This is the Twitter account for Tron Foundation, the organization behind a cryptocurrency that has a current valuation of $2.8 billion.
Feb 23, 2018, 9:45 PMIn context

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