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Alex Spence / BuzzFeed:
UK Parliament committee proposes social networks be legally responsible for harmful and illegal content and to let watchdogs audit tech company algorithms   —  A leaked copy of the MPs' report was published online on Friday, two days ahead of its official release.
Jul 27, 2018, 1:55 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Living with a low-end Android phone running “lite” apps is a big compromise from a usability standpoint but it is still an upgrade from using a feature phone   —  I lived with a best-selling Indian phone for 10 days.  Nothing went smoothly.  —  Reporting From New Delhi
Jul 14, 2018, 7:05 AMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
During an event Facebook billed as “a presentation about our work to prevent the spread of false news”, News Feed head defended keeping InfoWars on the platform   —  Facebook says it knows the truth is messy; what it doesn't know is how to clean up all the fake news it is helping to spread.
Jul 12, 2018, 2:45 PMIn context
Pranav Dixit / BuzzFeed:
Netflix launches Smart Downloads feature to automatically retrieve your next episode for offline viewing on Android, will launch on iOS later this year   —  Netflix is automating downloads of series so you can binge-watch shows off-line without even pressing a button.
Jul 10, 2018, 9:45 AMIn context
Ryan Broderick / BuzzFeed:
How a Mexican digital marketing firm is using Facebook pages, Twitter bots, and Instagram likes to spread fake news in the lead-up to the country's elections   —  Armed with millions of bots and thousands of fake Facebook pages, Carlos Merlo's digital marketing firm is trying to hijack Mexico's politics with fake news.
Jun 29, 2018, 12:15 PMIn context
Charlie Warzel / BuzzFeed:
All tech platforms, big or small, have the responsibility to stop their sites from becoming a battleground in the toxic political and cultural information war   —  Platforms both big and small have both the ability and responsibility to stop their sites from becoming a battleground in the information war.
Jun 26, 2018, 7:50 AMIn context
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
More than 650 Salesforce employees have signed a petition to CEO Marc Benioff asking him to reexamine a contract with US Customs and Border Protection   —  Employees at Salesforce follow those at Microsoft, Amazon, and Google in pushing back against their companies' contracts with military and government agencies.
Jun 25, 2018, 10:10 PMIn context
Caroline O'Donovan / BuzzFeed:
As chain restaurants increasingly deploy tabletop tablets, servers find they have to contend with inaccurate rankings, unfair scores, and inappropriate comments   —  In data-hungry, tech-happy chain restaurants, customers are rating their servers using tabletop tablets, not realizing those ratings can put jobs at risk.
Jun 25, 2018, 4:35 AMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Facebook has hired a team that will try to spot vulnerabilities in its systems before bad actors exploit them to prevent abuses like 2016 US elections debacle   —  Silicon Valley's giants are looking for future crises before they happen.  —  In an attempt to spot vulnerabilities in its system …
Jun 22, 2018, 5:15 PMIn context
Alex Kantrowitz / BuzzFeed:
Twitter has made a somewhat miraculous comeback in the past two years, with rising revenue and MAUs, due to luck and a focus on news and premium video   —  A bird emerges from the ashes.  —  Two years ago, people were writing eulogies for Twitter.  —  Rudderless and without product direction …
Jun 21, 2018, 1:05 PMIn context

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