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Facebook’s VR Oculus business probed by U.S. states (Diane Bartz and Elizabeth Culliford, Reuters)

Multiple states have begun investigating potential violations in how Facebook, now known as Meta Platforms Inc (FB.O), runs its virtual-reality Oculus business, according to three sources familiar with the matter.

Facebook’s VR Oculus business probed by U.S. states | Reuters

 

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States ask U.S. court to reinstate Facebook antitrust lawsuit (Reuters)

Dozens of states led by New York asked a U.S. federal appeals court on Friday to reinstate an antitrust lawsuit filed against Facebook.

States ask U.S. court to reinstate Facebook antitrust lawsuit | Reuters

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Facebook’s Foreign Disasters (Eric Posner, Project-Syndicate)

“The ugly American,” the title of a novel published in 1958 by Eugene Burdick and William Lederer, entered the language to refer to boorish American officials abroad who sought to improve the lives of natives without taking the trouble to learn their language, culture, or needs. A long line of ugly Americans, mostly politicians and government officials from both parties, have believed that applying simple formulas based on idealized versions of US institutions – democracy, markets, and human rights – could convert long-suffering places like Afghanistan and Iraq into Western-style consumer utopias. Inevitably, these Americans caused more harm than good.

Facebook’s Foreign Disasters by Eric Posner – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)

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Facebook to hire 10,000 workers in Europe to build ‘metaverse’ (Al Jazeera)

Facebook said it plans to hire 10,000 workers in the European Union across the next five years to work on a new computing platform that promises to connect people virtually but could raise concerns about privacy and the social platform gaining more control over people’s online lives.

The company said in a blog post on Sunday that those high-skilled workers will help build “the metaverse”, a futuristic notion for connecting online that uses augmented and virtual reality.

Facebook to hire 10,000 workers in Europe to build ‘metaverse’ | Social Media News | Al Jazeera

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Facebook to investigate Israel-Palestine content suppression (Middle East Eye)

Facebook will allow an independent body to launch an investigation into content moderation of Arabic and Hebrew posts after the tech giant was accused of removing and suppressing pro-Palestine content.

“We have partnered with a non-profit organisation expert in business and human rights, BSR, to conduct human rights due diligence of Facebook’s impacts during May-June’s intensified violence in Israel and Palestine,” Facebook said in a statement on Friday.

Facebook to investigate Israel-Palestine content suppression | Middle East Eye

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A Facelift for Facebook (Steven Hill, Project-Syndicate)

The free market has never been a free-for-all, yet tech companies have long operated with few constraints on their business models. Perhaps the latest Facebook scandal will finally provide the impetus governments need to take effective action – beginning with the implementation of digital operating permits.

A Facelift for Facebook by Steven Hill – Project Syndicate (project-syndicate.org)