Tag: Facebook

Facebook Removes A Bunch of Accounts From Romania Posing As African-Americans Supporting Trump

A sample of the content posted by one of the fake pages.Image: Facebook Race and racism continue to be a pivotal issue in American politics, and there’s no question it will matter in this year’s elections. Advertisement Just like the last go-around in 2016, outside actors are leaning on this Achille’s heel of the U.S. to […]

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Facebook Gaming app debuts amid fight with Apple over instant games

Facebook launched its standalone Facebook Gaming app on iOS today, but it complained loudly that Apple would not let it launch instant games that are part of the app on Android. This Facebook app helps players find games and connect with friends. But it doesn’t let people play with each other instantly, as it does […]

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Fake ‘Black People Vote For Trump’ Account Is Part Of Huge Takedowns By Facebook

Source: SOPA Images / Getty In an era of “fake news” Facebook is on the hunt for fake accounts that could influence the upcoming November elections. According to NBC News, the social media platform removed hundreds of accounts on Thursday from a foreign troll farm posing as Black people supporting Donald Trump. The troll farm […]

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Facebook, Twitter Tell Trump Campaign ‘You Ain’t Gotta Go Home, But You Gotta Get the Hell Out of Here’ for Lying About COVID-19

Photo: Alex Wong (Getty Images) On the same day that LeBron James said the NBA won’t miss Trump as a viewer, apparently Facebook and Twitter kept that same energy about Melania’s baby daddy and his campaign being on their platforms. Advertisement As the Washington Post reports, both social media juggernauts have been on a crusade […]

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Facebook removes Trump post for violating coronavirus misinformation rules

(Reuters) — Facebook on Wednesday took down a post by U.S. President Donald Trump, which the company said violated its rules against sharing misinformation about the coronavirus. The post contained a video clip, from an interview with Fox & Friends earlier in the day, in which Trump claimed that children are “almost immune” to COVID-19. […]

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Facebook Deleted A Post By President Trump For Violating Their Rule Against ‘Harmful COVID Misinformation’

Facebook recently began really cracking down on the amount of misinformation being spread on their service, at least when it came to posts about the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve even punished the most powerful person in the world. On Wednesday, the social media site completely removed a post made by noted non-MLB guest pitcher Donald J. […]

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Antitrust experts weigh in on breaking up Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google

Gary Reback is perhaps best known as the lawyer who helped convince the U.S. Department of Justice to bring an antitrust lawsuit against Microsoft in the 1990s. He watched the majority of the House Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, and Facebook […]

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Tech Companies Report Huge Profits as 40 Million Americans Face Evictions

A day after a congressional antitrust hearing where lawmakers questioned the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook, those companies reported earnings that show they’ve made billions during a pandemic that has put 40 million Americans at risk of eviction.   On Thursday, e-commerce giant Amazon reported $88.9 billion in net sales this financial quarter (up […]

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Facebook is launching official music videos in the US

Credit: Facebook music videos Facebook is taking another stab at stealing some video viewing hours from YouTube by launching official music videos in the US. Starting this weekend, users will be able to watch videos from some of their favorite artists across genres. For that, the company has patterned with some major record labels including Sony Music, […]

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The Future of Trust-Busting Is in Joe Biden’s Hands

Throughout the hearing, the figures who really came off looking inept were the federal antitrust enforcement agencies—the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust division. These agencies already had most of the evidence Congress had on hand. Representative Jerrold Nadler presented an email showing Mark Zuckerberg bought Instagram out of fear […]

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Facebook beats Q2 estimates with $18.69 billion in revenue and 2.7 billion monthly active users

(Reuters) — Facebook beat analysts’ estimates for quarterly revenue on Thursday, as more businesses used its digital advertising tools to tap a surge in online traffic during the coronavirus pandemic. Shares of the world’s biggest social network jumped 4% in extended trading. Revenue growth at Facebook, the world’s second-biggest seller of online ads after Alphabet’s […]

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Congress fumbles through antitrust hearing with big tech CEOs

The four horseman of the techpocalypse – the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google – joined the US House of Representatives today for an antitrust hearing. We watched every second of the more than five and a half hours of Congress’ grilling of some of the richest men in the world so you wouldn’t […]

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A Republican Minnesota County Official Resigns After Posting Picture That Compared Mask Mandate to Nazi Germany

Photo: tuthelens (Shutterstock) I feel like anytime a Republican is faced with a mild inconvenience, their first instinct is to compare it to Nazi Germany. An unhinged president with increasingly authoritarian tendencies is fine, but wearing a face mask to prevent the spread of a deadly virus? Well, that’s where one county official in Minnesota […]

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Antitrust hearing: Amazon, Facebook, and Google were questioned 2x more than Apple

At the “Online Platforms and Market Power” virtual antitrust hearing today, the House Judiciary Committee questioned Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Google CEO Sundar Pichai over Webex. But they weren’t all questioned equally. Most of the questions were directed at Bezos, Zuckerberg, and Pichai — each of […]

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Tech CEOs will survive antitrust hearings but can’t stop investigations

Given my background as a political science major, lawyer, and journalist, I shouldn’t be dispassionate about today’s Congressional antitrust hearing on the market power of online platforms, which will bring the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google into a single (virtual) space for questioning. This is the sort of feat that only a governmental body can pull […]

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Facebook develops AI algorithm that learns to play poker on the fly

Facebook researchers developed a general AI framework called Recursive Belief-based Learning (ReBeL) that they say achieves better-than-human performance in heads-up, no-limit Texas hold’em poker while using less domain knowledge than any prior poker AI. It’s their assertion that ReBeL is a step toward developing universal techniques for multi-agent interactions — in other words, toward general […]

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Facebook passes PyTorch for Windows development to Microsoft

Facebook today announced that Microsoft has expanded its participation in PyTorch, the social network’s machine learning framework, to take ownership of the development and maintenance of the PyTorch build for Windows. The intent is to bring the experience on Windows in line with other platforms, like Linux; historically, PyTorch on Windows has lagged behind due […]

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Facebook sues EU antitrust regulator for seeking ‘irrelevant’ personal employee data

(Reuters) — Facebook is suing EU antitrust regulators for seeking information beyond what is necessary, including highly personal details, for their investigations into the company’s data and marketplace, the U.S. social media group said on Monday. Facebook has been under EU competition enforcers’ scrutiny since last year, with one investigation focused on its trove of […]

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A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future […]

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Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google CEOs to face antitrust committee that owns $100K+ of those companies’ stocks

Business Insider’s Aaron Holmes reports that three of the lawmakers tasked with leading an antitrust investigation into the operations of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google own more than $100,000 in stocks of those tech firms — not the best way to run a probe. In their coverage, Holmes noted that Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner from Wisconsin […]

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Facebook built a powerful AI model to simulate entire social media networks in action

When it comes to live-fire high-wire acts in the tech industry, there can be few endeavors more daunting than executing a security update to a software platform hosting more than 2.6 billion users. But that’s exactly what Facebook does every time it rolls out an update. Sure, it mitigates the potential for terror by making […]

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Celebrities Who Give Away Money on Twitter Are Setting People Up to Get Scammed

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. When Chris Mazzocco saw that Bill Pulte — a real estate magnate and the self-proclaimed inventor of “Twitter philanthropy” — was giving away thousands of dollars just for following and retweeting him, he thought it might just be his chance to get […]

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Facebook details the AI simulation tool it built to find bugs and vulnerabilities

Facebook today detailed Web-Enabled Simulation (WAS), an approach to building large-scale simulations of complex social networks. As previously reported, WES leverages AI techniques to train bots to simulate people’s behaviors on social media, which Facebook says it hopes to use to uncover bugs and vulnerabilities. In person and online, people act and interact with one […]

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A Trump Ad Used a Photo of Protesters Beating Up a Cop — in Ukraine, 6 Years Ago

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. A series of Trump campaign ads that ran briefly this week featured a photo of protesters assaulting a police officer to represent “chaos and violence” in the United States, but it turns out the photo was actually taken several years ago during […]

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Facebook Messenger Update for iPhone Brings App Lock, Advanced Privacy Settings

Ever since Facebook was embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica user data and privacy scandal, the company has been taking active measures to improve users’ trust. It has added various privacy and data protection features over the past year. Today, the social media giant has announced that it is bringing additional privacy and security features to […]

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Alleged Oculus Quest S image reveals streamlined design, strap changes

Facebook’s Oculus Quest all-in-one VR headset has only been in stores for a little over a year, but reports of a new version — an “S” style revision akin to the Oculus Rift S — have been circulating for months. Today, an image of what appears to be the new model leaked on Twitter, and it lines […]

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