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Nicholas Thompson / Wired:
Sources: Rob Goldman apologized internally at Facebook for his tweetstorm about Russian interference, saying “I conveyed my view poorly”   —  ON FRIDAY MORNING, just before 10am on the West Coast, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller published his indictment of 13 Russian operatives …
Feb 20, 2018, 1:25 AMIn context
Sheera Frenkel / New York Times:
Fact-checking the tweetstorm by Facebook VP of ads Rob Goldman on the Mueller indictment and Facebook's role in election interference by Russia   —  Rob Goldman, Facebook vice president for ads, tweeted about Russia's disinformation effort.  President Trump then cited him.  We fact-checked Mr. Goldman.
Feb 19, 2018, 11:25 PMIn context
Katharine Schwab / Co.Design:
How ProPublica is developing its own machine learning algorithms and chatbots as investigative tools to hold Facebook and other big tech companies accountable   —  The nonprofit is fighting fire with fire, developing algorithms and bots that hold Facebook and Amazon accountable.
Feb 19, 2018, 3:30 PMIn context
Kate Conger / Gizmodo:
Former Meetup employees describe how competition from Facebook, being acquired by WeWork, and a mandatory arbitration agreement weakened the company's culture   —  Meetup was supposed to be different.  —  While much of the tech industry struggled to create inclusive work environments …
Feb 18, 2018, 7:35 PMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook's focus on Groups, and the tools to build and promote them, can be easily exploited by bad actors like Russia, Mueller indictment shows   —  It's tribes all the way down  —  A year ago this past Friday, Mark Zuckerberg published a lengthy post titled “Building a Global Community.”
Feb 18, 2018, 2:00 PMIn context
Dustin Volz / Reuters:
Facebook says it will mail postcards to would-be buyers of election-related ads mentioning federal candidates, will have codes to verify identity and location   —  WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities …
Feb 17, 2018, 11:25 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
President Trump used tweets on Russian ad spending from Facebook ads VP Rob Goldman to call reporters covering election interference the “Fake News Media”   —  President Trump approvingly passed along comments from Facebook ads Vice President Rob Goldman on Saturday …
Feb 17, 2018, 4:40 PMIn context
Jennifer Valentino-DeVries / ProPublica:
After FEC clarification in December that big political ads on Facebook require disclaimers, review of 300+ ads finds fewer than 40 complied with new rules   —  The Federal Election Commission said in December that big political ads on the social network need disclaimers.
Feb 17, 2018, 11:35 AMIn context
Nick Statt / The Verge:
Facebook apologizes for 2FA-related SMS notifications spam and auto-posting replies on the user's profile, says fix rolling out in coming days   —  The company also plans disable a feature that automatically posts SMS replies as status updates  —  Facebook this evening clarified …
Feb 16, 2018, 10:25 PMIn context
Russell Brandom / The Verge:
Russians used US VPNs, matching stolen photo IDs and SSNs, fake PayPal accounts to prevent Facebook and Twitter from spotting illicit influence on 2016 election   —  How do you stop a troll with an entire fake identity?  —  The Russian troll farm has been hit with its first major indictment.
Feb 16, 2018, 7:00 PMIn context

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