Tag: Facebook

Florida Cop Fired Over Racism and Support for Capitol Riot…and Because Bigots Never Learn to Delete Their Facebook

Photo: Nick Starichenko (Shutterstock) Here’s a question: Why don’t cops just quit their jobs if they don’t like them? I ask this because in 2021—and after dozens upon ka-gillions of reports have been published about cops, educators, firefighters, government officials and other public servants losing their jobs over bigoted and otherwise disturbing social media content—a […]

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Jason Rubin: How to find more gamers through instant and cloud games

The game industry isn’t done breaking down barriers to make games more accessible. That’s the view of Jason Rubin, vice president of play at Facebook, as expressed in a fireside chat at the GamesBeat/Facebook: Driving Game Growth event. By knocking down these barriers, companies like Facebook can help create a “post-app store” world where it’s […]

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How to keep games growing in 2021

Last year was pretty bad for everyone, personally. But the game industry did well as people turned to games to distract themselves from reality and find socially distanced friends. The game industry’s revenues grew 19% to $174.9 billion in 2020, according to market researcher Newzoo. Mobile games led the way, accounting for 58% of revenues […]

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Ban Trump and Break Up Facebook

Donald Trump wants back on Facebook, and he’s willing to go to court over it. Except in this case, it’s a strange kind of judicial authority: the Facebook Oversight Board, a Facebook-funded body which promises to independently adjudicate cases of import to the platform’s rules and standards. (Lately, they’ve been debating the acceptability of nipples […]

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What Apple’s first mixed reality headset will mean for enterprises

Over the past five years, the clear trend in mixed reality headsets has been “smaller, better, and more affordable,” a process that has yielded multi-million-selling success stories such as Sony’s PlayStation VR and Facebook’s Oculus Quests, alongside an array of niche headsets targeted largely at enterprises. For consumers, the pitch has been simple — wear this […]

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Trump Actually Still Has A Chance To Get His Facebook And Instagram Accounts Re-Activated

We had 24 hours of a bliss-filled world where the name Donald Trump seemingly didn’t exist, but it looks like the overlords of Facebook might take that back. With Trump finally out of office and banned from nearly every social media platform, the misinformation spread has slowly ground to a halt. (It’s truly amazing what […]

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Rival Peak interactive reality show hits 22 million views

The game-like interactive reality show Rival Peak has turned into a hit on Facebook, with more than 22 million views of the first six episodes of the weekly show. Genvid Technologies and Pipeworks Studios created Rival Peak, a new kind of interactive experience that is partly a game and partly a reality show. The audience […]

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Driving Game Growth: Our event on pushing games forward in 2021

Amid a horrible year for everyone, gaming had historic growth in 2020. Market researcher Newzoo estimates all game revenues grew 19% to $174.9 billion in 2020. Steam reported in-game purchases were up 21%. U.S. video game sales were up 27% to $57 billion, according to market researcher NPD. Will it keep going? We’re going to […]

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Facebook claims its AI can anticipate COVID-19 outcomes using X-rays

Researchers at Facebook and New York University (NYU) claim to have developed three machine learning models that could help doctors predict how a COVID-19 patient’s condition might develop. The open-sourced models, all of which require no more than a sequence of X-rays, ostensibly predict patient deterioration up to four days in advance and the amount […]

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The Incredible Power and Learned Helplessness of Twitter and Facebook

But dramatic, wholesale bans of famous people, while sometimes justified, don’t address the everyday concerns affecting the bulk of platform users. Content moderation remains the industry’s great unsolved problem. “Have you tried to moderate 15 million people?” Mark Weinstein, the founder of the social network MeWe, asked in an interview with OneZero. Weinstein discussed the […]

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This Redditor Tried to Beat Fake News on WhatsApp With More Fake News

An Indian Reddit user’s WhatsApp forward has gone viral, for all the right reasons. Photo courtesy of Unsplash Over the weekend, scores of Indians received an unusual WhatsApp forward. Sprinkled with Indian flag emojis and roses, the message turned up right in the middle of the ongoing controversy around WhatsApp’s latest privacy policy that will […]

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Sheryl Sandberg, Resign

Hours after President Trump falsely claimed victory in November’s election, having claimed for weeks that the election was a fraud and Democrats would try to steal it, a Facebook group was created, called “Stop the Steal.” Within a day, it had grown to 300,000 members, reported Shayan Sardarizadeh and Jessica Lussenhop at BBC Monitoring and […]

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AI Weekly: The future of tech policy after an attempted coup

On Wednesday, we witnessed a coup attempt fueled by racism, disinformation, and the President of the United States. Video of the U.S. Capitol breach shows that Trump supporters were permitted to violate multiple federal laws, desecrate the people’s house, undermine national security, and violently oppose the largest exercise of the right to vote since the […]

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Elites Have Extracted What They Needed From Trump. Now They Can Discard Him.

It’s also worth questioning if any of this will stick. Trump may no longer be useful, but the Republicans who facilitated the chaos of the last four years will stay right where they are in Congress. Look back to the short-lived corporate and political backlash to the Charlottesville riots, wherein Trump’s initial response to white […]

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Twitter Says It Will Permanently Suspend Trump’s Account If He Breaks the Rules Again

Image: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images Twitter has said it will permanently suspend President Trump’s account if he violates any more of the site’s rules. The move comes after Trump repeatedly spread false claims about losing the election, and Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building. “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats […]

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Making Sense of the Facebook Menace

If we want to take seriously the relationship between the global media ecosystem and the fate of democracy, we must think of Facebook as a major—but hardly the only—contributing factor in a torrent of stimuli that flow by us and through us. This torrent is like a giant Facebook News Feed blaring from every speaker […]

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The DeanBeat: Predictions for gaming in 2021

This past year was one of the most unpredictable in all of human history. The pandemic threw off our ability to predict what will happen in the game industry. It surely messed up my predictions about where the games industry would go. Game companies had a record year in 2020, but I never would have […]

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