Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight
While accusing the giant social network of pursuing profits over safety, a former Facebook data scientist told Congress she believes stricter government oversight could alleviate the dangers the company poses, from harming children to inciting political violence to fueling misinformation.
Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over public safety
Facebook prematurely turned off safeguards designed to thwart misinformation and rabble rousing after Joe Biden defeated Donald Trump in last year’s elections in a moneymaking move that a company whistleblower alleges contributed to the deadly Jan. 6 invasion of the U.S. Capitol.
The Doobie Brothers, still going strong
The Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Famers, who've been playing together for more than half a century, don't let old resentments get in the way of a new album and tour. Correspondent Jim Axelrod talks with members of The Doobie Brothers – Michael McDonald, Tom Johnston, Patrick Simmons and John McFee – about the band's longevity, and their first studio album in more than a decade, "Liberté."news.yahoo.com
NYT: Facebook warns whistleblower will allege on "60 Minutes" it contributed to Capitol riot
A Facebook executive said in a defiant internal memo that a former employee will accuse the company of contributing to the U.S. Capitol riot, the New York Times first reported Saturday.Why it matters: Facebook appears to be launching a pre-emptive strike against the whistleblower ahead of a CBS "60 Minutes" interview airing Sunday and her scheduled appearance at a Senate hearing on Tuesday. Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic insights with Axios Markets. Subscribe for freeShe winews.yahoo.com
Trump adviser Lewandowski: he ‘lost the election’ and will not be reinstated
Former campaign manager speaks to Fox News SundayBiden touts democracy abroad as threats grow at home Corey Lewandowski, Donald Trump’s first campaign manager. Photograph: David J Griffin/Icon SMI/ZUMA Press/REX/Shutterstock The morning after Donald Trump returned to frontline politics with a speech in North Carolina, a close adviser poured cold water on his reported belief that he will be reinstated in the White House when it is proved Joe Biden beat him thanks to electoral fraud. Corey Lewandonews.yahoo.com
Reports: Facebook to end rule exemptions for politicians
Facebook plans to end a contentious policy championed by CEO Mark Zuckerberg that exempted politicians from certain moderation rules on its site, according to several news reports. The company's rationale for that policy held that the speech of political leaders is inherently newsworthy and in the public interest even if it is offensive, bullying or otherwise controversial. The social media giant is currently mulling over what to do with the account of former President Donald Trump, which it “indefinitely” suspended Jan. 6, leaving it in Facebook limbo with its owners unable to post.news.yahoo.com
Facebook Pitch As Force For Good Not Hate
CANBERRA, Australia — Facebook has conceded that the internet needs new road rules but wants to keep its billions of users in the driver’s seat. Whether governments choose to tighten online debate or private companies do it, don’t assume people can’t be trusted, the social media giant’s spin doctor has warned. The social media platform has 2.80 billion monthly active users and 1.84 billion who use it every day. He knows social media companies must also come clean about how algorithms work. Last year’s #StopHateForProfit boycott by civil rights groups saw more than 1,000 companies stop paying for ads on Facebook.thewestsidegazette.com
Facebook will let users control more of what they see rather than forcing them to rely on algorithms
Facebook is introducing a feature that will make it easier for users to choose what content shows up in their News Feed. The feature will roll out to Android users on Wednesday, and it will become available to iOS users "in the coming weeks," Facebook said. The new feature was announced in a 5,000-word essay published by Nick Clegg, Facebook vice president of global affairs and communications. Facebook also plans to introduce more ways for users to understand why content is showing up in their feed. In 2020, Facebook introduced hubs to provide users with accurate information regarding Covid-19, the 2020 U.S. election and climate change.cnbc.com
Facebook signs pay deals with 3 Australian news publishers
(AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)CANBERRA – Facebook announced on Friday preliminary agreements with three Australian publishers, a day after the Parliament passed a law that would make the digital giants pay for news. Facebook said letters of intent had been signed with independent news organizations Private Media, Schwartz Media and Solstice Media. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the new Australian law was critical to the deals that Australian media businesses were negotiating with the two gateways to the internet. News Corp. Australia executive chairman Michael Miller said last week that his company had pay negotiations with Facebook. I think the door is still open,” Miller told a Senate inquiry into Australian media diversity.
Facebook may have to stop moving EU user data to US
LONDON Facebook may be forced to stop sending data about its European users to the U.S., in the first major fallout from a recent court ruling that found some trans-Atlantic data transfers don't protect users from American government snooping. The social network said Wednesday that Ireland's Data Protection Commission has started an inquiry into how Facebook shifts data from the European Union to the United States. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal, which said Irelands data commission gave Facebook until mid-September to respond to a preliminary order to suspend the transfers. The Irish data commission suggested that a type of legal mechanism governing the data transfers, known as standard contractual clauses, cannot in practice be used for EU-U.S. data transfers," Clegg said. But in cases where there are concerns about data privacy, EU regulators should vet, and if needed block, the transfer of data.
A pinch where it hurts: can Facebook weather the ad boycott?
On Wednesday, more than 500 companies officially kicked off an advertising boycott intended to pressure Facebook into taking a stronger stand against hate speech. But whether Zuckerberg agrees to further tighten the social network's carefully crafted rules probably boils down to a more fundamental question: Does Facebook need big brand advertisers more than the brands need Facebook? In a broad sense, the current boycott, which will last at least a month, is like nothing Facebook has experienced before. At the same time, he added, given these extraordinary times," it's possible that a long-term, pervasive boycott could shift advertising dollars away from Facebook to other companies. Beyond bad PR, though, experts say the protest isn't likely to make a lasting dent in Facebook's ad revenue, in part because plenty of other advertisers can step in.
As 2020 election looms, Facebook says it will let politicians post without fact-checking
With the U.S. 2020 presidential election looming, Facebook on Tuesday said it will not fact check or remove content posted posted by politicians even if it is in violation of the company's rules. The company will treat speech from politicians as newsworthy content that should be seen and heard, wrote Nick Clegg, Facebook's vice president of global affairs and communications, in a blog post. The only times Facebook will make exceptions are if a politicians' speech endangers people or if the speech is a paid ad that is not in compliance with Facebook's community standards, Clegg said. Facebook will also demote but not remove content shared by a politician that has previously been debunked by the company's fact checkers, Clegg said. "I hope I have given you some reassurance about our approach to preventing election interference, and some clarity over how we will treat political speech in the run up to 2020 and beyond," Clegg said.cnbc.com