Facebook’s Crisis PR Firm Pushed Soros Conspiracy to Discredit Critics (Report)

A consulting firm hired by Facebook to deal with the outfall over Russian propaganda on its platform resorted to linking critics of the social media giant to George Soros, the New York Times reported Wednesday as part of a massive expose on Facebook’s crisis response. The consulting firm in question, D.C.-based Definers, specializes in crisis response and opposition research. It […]

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Facebook and Instagram are using artificial intelligence to spot drug dealers

In the hopes of spotting drug dealers on its platforms, Facebook is enlisting the help of artificial intelligence. The tech giant has revealed that it is working with experts from the University of Alabama in Birmingham to crack down on drug dealer. In a blog about the project, Kevin Martin, VP of US Public Policy at Facebook, said: “We’ve begun […]

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France to 'embed' regulators at Facebook in fight against hate speech

PARIS (Reuters) – In the first move of its kind, Facebook will allow a small number of French regulators to “embed” inside the company and examine how the social media giant combats hate speech online, President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday. It is the first time the wary tech giant has opened its doors in such a way, following months […]

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Facebook May Have Fired Oculus VR Co-Founder Palmer Luckey For Supporting Donald Trump

Former Facebook top executive Palmer Luckey may have been ousted from the social media company over his support for Donald Trump during the 2016 campaign. The Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday that Luckey, who co-founded the virtual reality company Oculus, has told people that he was fired for supporting Trump before the presidential election. In September 2016, Luckey made […]

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Adrian Weckler: 'Why cities bend over for tech'

Imagine Google and Facebook employing 20,000 people in Dublin. What sort of power would that bring? What effect would it have on the city, its economy, its infrastructure, its culture? If you don’t think this could happen, think again. Figures last week showed that the two companies now employ 11,000 people between them, with another 5,000 expected in the coming […]

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Experiment Reveals Social Media Can Increase Depression And Loneliness

Use of social media can increase depression and loneliness, findings of an experiment conducted by psychology experts have shown. Social media and increased risk for depression and loneliness have long been linked but no causal association has been proven until now. In a new study, however, psychologist Melissa Hunt, from the University of Pennsylvania, and colleagues finally connect the use […]

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Facebook to quadruple size of Dublin international headquarters

DUBLIN (Reuters) – Facebook has taken on a long-term lease in Dublin which will quadruple the floor space at its international headquarters and allow the company to more than double its current staff of over 4,000. Facebook said on Thursday the expansion would provide enough space for another 5,000 employees. Such an increase would make the U.S. company one of […]

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