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Rights groups ask Facebook to release India hate speech report (Al Jazeera)

Facebook critics are calling on the world’s largest social media network to release a human rights impact assessment it commissioned in 2020 to investigate hate speech on its platforms in India. The social media company, now called Meta, faces increasing scrutiny over its handling of abuses on its services, particularly after whistleblower Frances Haugen leaked internal documents showing its […]

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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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US judge dismisses Facebook’s request to throw out monopoly case (David McLaughlin, Bloomberg, Al Jazeera)

Meta Platforms Inc.’s Facebook must face the U.S. government’s monopoly lawsuit alleging that the company abused its dominance and should be broken up, a judge ruled. U.S. District Judge James Boasberg in Washington denied Facebook’s motion to dismiss the Federal Trade Commission’s revised antitrust complaint, which the agency refiled after the judge in June dismissed […]

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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 […]

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‘History Will Not Judge Us Kindly’: From the Files of Facebook (Adrienne Lafrance, Defense One)

Before I tell you what happened at exactly 2:28 p.m. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the White House—and how it elicited a very specific reaction, some 2,400 miles away, in Menlo Park, California—you need to remember the mayhem of that day, the exuberance of the mob as it gave itself over to violence, and how […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Facebook/Vaccine Misinformation – Facebook can lead users down vaccine misinformation rabbit hole (Euractiv)

Molly Killeen writes: New research into vaccine misinformation on Facebook shows that the platform’s content recommendation algorithm can lead users towards, rather than away from, harmful conspiratorial material.  go to Euractiv: Facebook can lead users down vaccine misinformation rabbit hole  – EURACTIV.com

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Facebook ha conquistato l’universo e ora punta a creare il metaverso (Formiche)

Giulia V. Anderson writes for Formiche: Mark Zuckerberg ha delineato il futuro di Facebook: diventare un metaverso, un mondo interconnesso, virtuale e digitale, senza distanze e con maggiori possibilità di crescita individuale. Un’idea ai limiti della fantascienza ma che è già in via di sviluppo go to Formiche: Facebook ha conquistato l’universo e ora punta […]

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(TechInnovation) Zuckerberg first announced the new funding to “reward creators for great content” on his Facebook page

Taylor Hatmaker writes for TechCrunch: Facebook just announced plans to pay content creators more than $1 billion by the end of next year through new bonus programs designed to keep creatives plugged into its app ecosystem. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg first announced the new funding to “reward creators for great content” on his Facebook […]

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(USA) Facebook and Amazon vs Lina Khan as FTC Chair

Devin Coldewey writes for TechCrunch: Facebook has joined Amazon in a show of alarm at the sudden rise of antitrust hawk Lina Khan to the position of FTC Chair by asking that she be recused from all decisions relating to the company. The argument, more or less identical to Amazon’s, is that before her appointment, Khan […]