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Amanda Taub / New York Times:
Experts say social media is connecting and reinforcing angry white men, some of whom identify as “incels”, as they share their rage and loss online   —  The recent mass killing in Toronto by a suspect who once called for an “Incel Rebellion” has drawn attention to an online community …
May 9, 2018, 3:10 PMIn context
Electronic Frontier Foundation:
Watchdog groups, including EFF, ACLU, and others, release guidelines calling for tech giants to be more transparent and accountable over censoring user content   —  Washington, D.C.—The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) called on Facebook, Google, and other social media companies today …
May 7, 2018, 6:50 PMIn context
The Guardian:
Sources: Cambridge Analytica said it had completely wiped Facebook user data in 2016, which may be true, but it retained models derived from that data into 2017   —  Exclusive: Social network failed to make firm delete valuable models derived from data until campaign was over
May 6, 2018, 7:25 PMIn context
Mark Harris / IEEE Spectrum:
FCC filing and other public records suggest Facebook is quietly developing internet-delivering satellite tech that could rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb   —  Public filings suggest the social media giant is quietly developing orbital tech to rival efforts by SpaceX and OneWeb to deliver Internet by satellite
May 3, 2018, 7:40 PMIn context
Laura M. Holson / New York Times:
Instagram says it will expand anti-bullying tools, including hiding comments that attack appearances   —  Instagram said Tuesday it was expanding its online anti-bullying initiative, adding a new filter to weed out comments meant to harass or bully the 800 million users of the popular social media site.
May 1, 2018, 2:21 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Analytics app launches for iOS and Android to help businesses track key metrics across their apps, websites, bots, and event source groups   —  Facebook wants to prove it can earn businesses money, not just build their social media audience.  This morning, just before its big F8 conference …
May 1, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
Joseph Cox / Motherboard:
Facebook is investigating a report that one of its security engineers may have used privileged access to stalk women online   —  On Monday, a member of the information security community said they passed Facebook details concerning a security engineer allegedly using their work position to stalk women.
Apr 30, 2018, 6:45 PMIn context
Reuters:
Danish citizen Salah Salem Saleh Sulaiman first to be convicted under Malaysia's fake news law after posting a YouTube video; Sulaiman to spend a month in jail   —  KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A Malaysian court convicted a Danish citizen on Monday for inaccurate criticism of police on social media …
Apr 30, 2018, 4:55 PMIn context
Brad Haynes / Reuters:
Amazon's late entry into Brazil has given rivals an opportunity to thrive, like local retailer Magazine Luiza, whose profit quadrupled last year   —  SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Claudia Maria de Oliveira is leery of online shopping.  But while browsing social media recently, the 49-year-old Brazilian spotted …
Apr 27, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context

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