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Crunch Report | Facebook Fixing Its Election Ads Problem

GM is hoping to have 20 new electric vehicles by 2023, Uber is partnering with Westfield Malls to offer pick-up spots and lounges and Facebook is hiring 1,000 more people to help combat election ad interference. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Facebook says 10 million people saw Russia’s ‘divisive’ political ads

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Facebook is finally making clear just how pervasive Russia-bought political ads were on its platform in the days and weeks before and after the election.

Around 10 million Facebook users saw Russia-bought political ads, according to new information released on Monday night by the company.

The disclosure, which the company previously shared with Congress, marks the first time the social network has shared how many of its users saw the $100,000 worth of political ads linked to Russian actors.

Facebook has still not shared the content of the ads, but Facebook’s VP of Policy and Communication Elliott Schrage said the ads tended to focus on “divisive social and political messages across the ideological spectrum” and that many of them directed people to follow pages related to issues such as LGBT issues, immigration policy, and gun rights. Read more…

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Facebook’s data-saving Messenger Lite is available in the US

Facebook Messenger has gotten to be a bloated mess. Whether it's suggested text replies and stickers or it pestering you to send money seemingly whenever it notices a dollar sign, sometimes all you want to do is chat with a friend via text. Nothing m…

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After Las Vegas shooting, Facebook and Google get the news wrong again

The worst mass shooting in modern US history took place last night in Las Vegas, where a gunman killed at least 58 people and injured more than than 515 others, according to the latest reports. Not long after the unfortunate event, Facebook and Googl…

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Germany enacts law limiting online hate speech

Germany's law combating hate speech on social media is now live. It's the country's attempt to get social networks to remove offensive posts within 24 hours (or seven days, if the content is difficult to evaluate). Those that fail to comply may be fi…

Mendoza is just one of many people who turned to Facebook in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. A gunman opened fire from a hotel room, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 people at a nearby concert. Mendoza said Reddit and Facebook became her go to for information—particularly on people close to her who might have been hurt. Read more...

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In a crisis, Facebook’s far from perfect—but still essential

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Las Vegas resident Angela Mendoza woke up to missed calls and texts asking her if she was okay. She responded to her friends and family, then checked the news and social media—which led her to post an offer of transportation for people in need.

“I think since we’re so tied in on social media now, it’s one of the first places you check for updates on your connections or any details the news might’ve missed,” she said via Facebook Messenger. 

Mendoza is just one of many people who turned to Facebook in the aftermath of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. A gunman opened fire from a hotel room, killing at least 50 people and injuring more than 400 people at a nearby concert. Mendoza said Reddit and Facebook became her go to for information—particularly on people close to her who might have been hurt. Read more…

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Search and social media was filled with clickbait and propaganda in the wake of Vegas shooting

 Letting an algorithm cull links from the sewer of internet commentary, and then distributing that to millions of people, is a losing game. It’s another sign of how Facebook and the rest continue to abdicate responsibility. Read More

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Mark Zuckerberg wades into gun control debate with post about the Las Vegas shooting

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As the fallout from the horrific shooting in Las Vegas continued to ripple around the country on Monday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued a brief statement condemning the shooting and sharing, for him, a strong stance on another hot button political debate: gun control.

On Monday morning, Zuckerberg posted the following message to his Facebook page:

Even as Zuckerberg’s statement — “It’s hard to imagine why we don’t make it much harder for anyone to do this” — isn’t an explicit demand for specific gun control policy, it is one of the few times he’s been willing to wade into the discussion over a volatile political issue and take a side. Read more…

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Facebook brings data plan-saving Messenger Lite to U.S. Androids

 Facebook’s data-conserving version of Messenger is no longer just for developing nations with slow networks. Now the Messenger Lite Android app is expanding to the US. Canada, UK, and Ireland after previously being available in over 100 mostly-developing countries. Messenger Lite packs most of the critical features of the app, but skips things like Messenger Day and selfie lenses that… Read More

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Facebook is hiring 1,000 people to fight shady ads

Now that Facebook has given Russia-linked ads to Congress, it's outlining what it'll do to prevent such a suspicious ad campaign from happening in the future. To begin with, it's promising to make ads more transparent — it's writing tools that w…