Facebook, Google and Twitter to testify in Congress over extremist content

Twitter, Facebook and Google are to be hauled in front of the US Congress again, to give testimony to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation for extremist content. On 17 January, the three companies are required to give evidence on the steps they are taking to combat the spread of extremist propaganda over the internet, the committee has announced, […]

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Facebook apologizes for its moderation ‘mistakes’

With over 2 billion users and counting, policing Facebook is an increasingly difficult task. The unenviable job rests on the shoulders of a 7,500-strong team of content moderators(alongside the site’s algorithms), who scour through tons of unsightly posts, ranging from violent terrorist material to images of child abuse. Unsurprisingly, they don’t always get it right (in part due to Facebook’s ambiguous guidelines). […]

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Facebook’s newest music deal opens door to massive UMG library

A scant couple of weeks after Facebook revealed its in-house music library for budding content creators, the social media site has announced a partnership with Universal Music Group (UMG), a conglomerate that owns the souls of hundreds of popular performing musicians. According to UMG, the company will license its music catalogs for “video and other social experiences across Facebook, Instagram and Oculus.” I’m […]

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Some of Facebook’s early friends now its sharpest critics

Some of Facebook’s former friends are starting to express some serious doubts about the social network they helped create. Facebook exploits a “vulnerability in human psychology” to addict its users, Sean Parker, the company’s first president, said in a public forum last month. Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook vice president who joined the company in 2007, recently told an audience […]

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Facebook halts ads that exclude racial and ethnic groups

Responding to criticism from black lawmakers, Facebook says it will temporarily block advertisers from excluding racial and ethnic groups when placing ads on the giant social network. The move is the most serious response yet to concerns Facebook’s “multicultural affinity marketing” feature can be used to discriminate against minorities, particularly in sensitive areas where historically they have faced discrimination such as housing, credit and employment. […]

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Intel working with Facebook on chips for AI

Intel chief Brian Krzanich said Tuesday his company is working on a super-fast chip designed specifically for artificial intelligence. The chipmaking giant is partnering with Facebook and other internet titans investing heavily in artificial intelligence to create the first in what will be a family of “Nervana Neural Network Processors” tailored to the needs of the emerging technology, Krzanich said […]

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Facebook buys teen app tbh

Facebook Inc (FB.O) has acquired tbh, an app popular among teens, as the world’s largest social network looks to attract more users. The app, an acronym for “To be Honest”, allows users to anonymously answer multiple choice questions about friends, who then receive the poll results as compliments. Over 5 million people have downloaded the app and sent over a […]

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