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Discriminatory ads still get through on Facebook, investigation finds

Here are some of the Russia-backed Facebook accounts being investigated Facebook has worked to improve its advertising services to better police potentially discriminatory advertisements, but a report from ProPublica released on Tuesday found problematic ads are still getting through. According to the report, ProPublica was able to buy dozens of home rental advertisements targeted toward audiences that specifically excluded “African Americans, mothers of high school kids, people interested in wheelchair ramps, Jews, expats from Argentina and Spanish speakers.” “Our tests showed a significant lapse in the company’s monitoring of the ...

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To combat revenge porn, Facebook wants some users to send their intimate photos

Her nude photos leaked online. Now she’s fighting back Facebook has an unusual request for Australian users who think they may be victims of revenge porn. It wants them to send their intimate photos through its Messenger app — to themselves — as part of a new pilot program to crack down on the problem. Revenge porn is the term for the spread of intimate, nude or sexual images that are distributed without a person’s consent — and it is an epidemic in Australia. One in five Australians between the ...

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Russia-linked posts 'reached' 126m Facebook users in US

Facebook has said as many as 126 million American users may have seen content uploaded by Russia-based operatives over the last two years. The social networking site said about 80,000 posts were produced before and after the 2016 presidential election. Most of the posts focused on divisive social and political messages Facebook released the figures ahead of a Senate hearing where it – together with Twitter and Google – will detail Russia’s impact on the popular sites. Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that it attempted to influence the last US ...

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Facebook estimates 126 million people were served content from Russia-linked pages

Facebook will inform lawmakers this week that roughly 126 million Americans may have been exposed to content generated on its platform by the Russian government-linked troll farm known as the Internet Research Agency between June 2015 and August 2017, CNN has learned. That estimate, which is equivalent to more than half of the total U.S. voting population, offers a new understanding of the scope of Russia’s use of social media to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and in American society generally. In written testimony to the Senate Judiciary ...

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Facebook announces new ad transparency efforts

Twitter, Medium founder: Tech companies unintentionally funding fake news Facebook has announced new plans to increase ad transparency and authentication requirements for advertisers, a move that comes amid ongoing scrutiny over Russia’s use of social media to meddle in American politics. The social media giant will soon allow its users to see all active ads being run by any account, as well as an archive of ads related to U.S. federal elections. Facebook will also require political advertisers to verify their identities and will require them to include a disclosure ...

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Facebook acquires beloved teen app 'tbh'

Facebook unveils standalone VR headset, Oculus Go Facebook just nabbed a popular new teen app called tbh. Teens have been flocking to the app — named after the acronym frequently used in texts, “to be honest” — to participate in anonymous polls and give feedback to friends. The app creators control the content of the polls, like “Best person to go on a roadtrip with.” It’s a measure that’s meant to keep the sentiments expressed on the app positive, which is something that other anonymous apps have struggled with. The ...

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Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Oculus was started as a PC-focused virtual reality platform before Facebook acquired the company, but it has since ventured into mobile VR with the Samsung Gear VR partnership. Now, Oculus is preparing its first all-in-one VR headset known as the Oculus Go. It’s coming to a face near you next year for a mere $ 199. Oculus is positioning the Go as an easier way to get into VR, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes ...

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Facebook Announces Oculus Go, a $199 Standalone VR Headset

This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on this page. Terms of use. Oculus was started as a PC-focused virtual reality platform before Facebook acquired the company, but it has since ventured into mobile VR with the Samsung Gear VR partnership. Now, Oculus is preparing its first all-in-one VR headset known as the Oculus Go. It’s coming to a face near you next year for a mere $ 199. Oculus is positioning the Go as an easier way to get into VR, which Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg hopes ...

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Facebook invests $1 billion in Virginia

How Facebook plans to fight election interference Facebook keeps expanding its footprint in the United States. Next stop: Virginia. Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced Thursday that Facebook will build its next data center in Henrico County, which is just outside Richmond. Facebook(FB, Tech30) plans to invest $ 1 billion in the state in all. The company is putting $ 750 million into construction and $ 250 million to multiple solar facilities that will power the data center, McAuliffe said. “Working with companies like Facebook and many others, we ...

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Facebook: Russian ads reached 10 million people

Facebook ‘designed for information warfare?’ Facebook says an estimated 10 million people saw at least one of the 3,000 political ads it says were bought by accounts linked to the Russian government. The figure, disclosed by Facebook for the first time on Monday, underscores how effective Russian meddling on social media could be with even a minimal investment. The ad buyers spent just $ 100,000 over two years to target 10 million people, according to figures Facebook has provided about the ad buys. That’s an audience roughly equivalent to the ...

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