How Facebook is changing its political ad-buying policies

Mark Zuckerberg just can’t quit political ads. Facebook executives considered banning political ads after it was revealed that Russia used the social network to influence the 2016 presidential election, but the company’s billionaire CEO decided against it, according to a Thursday report. The social network has, however, removed ad-sales employees’ incentives to run political ads by eliminating commissions for them, […]

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Facebook raises wage for US content reviewers after criticism

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook is raising how much it pays US contractors who do some of its most taxing work, including watching violent and other objectionable material for possible removal. Facebook will pay at least $18 an hour for these jobs. Those in New York City, Washington, DC, and the San Francisco Bay Area will get $22 per hour. Facebook […]

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Turkish watchdog says it fines Facebook $271,000 for data breach

ISTANBUL (Reuters) – Turkey’s Personal Data Protection Authority (KVKK) said on Friday it had fined Facebook a total of 1.65 million lira ($270,976.01) in April due to a data breach. It cited a Facebook statement from December as saying the company had discovered a photo API bug that allowed third-party applications to access Facebook user photos. KVKK said that around […]

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France seeks handle on Facebook algorithms to help combat hate speech

PARIS (Reuters) – French authorities should have more access to Facebook’s algorithms and greater scope to audit the social media company’s internal policies against hate speech, a report commissioned by President Emmanuel Macron has concluded. It comes after Facebook has been heavily criticized by politicians and the public for its failure to more rapidly remove footage of the March shooting […]

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Facebook deletes more accounts linked to Russia

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc said on Monday it had removed multiple pages, groups and accounts linked mostly to Russia that were used to spread misleading information on the social network and its Instagram service. The company deleted 97 accounts from Russia that focused on Ukraine and another 21 that focused on Austria, the Baltics, Germany, Spain, Ukraine and the United […]

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Facebook bans far-right hatemongers Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones

Facebook is banning a number of controversial far-right figures for violating its policies on hate speech and promoting violence. American radio show host Alex Jones , former editor of Breitbart News, Milo Yiannopoulos , and American political activist Laura Loomer have all been banned from Facebook and Instagram . Religious leader Louis Farrakhan, who is known for sharing anti-Semitic views, Paul […]

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