Facebook oversight board to review that exempts elite users from rules | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook’s semi-independent oversight board says it will review the company’s “XCheck” system, an internal program that has exempted high-profile users from some or all of its rules. The decision follows an investigation by the Wall Street Journal that revealed that reviews of posts by well-known users such as celebrities, politicians Continue Reading

Facebook slams Wall Street Journal reports as ‘deliberate mischaracterisations’ | Facebook- Tempemail

Nick Clegg, Facebook’s vice-president of global affairs, has slammed the Wall Street Journal for reporting that the social media giant was aware of negative impacts of some of its products. The newspaper’s work contained “deliberate mischaracterisations of what we are trying to do, and conferred egregiously false motives to Facebook’s Continue Reading

Leaks just exposed how toxic Facebook and Instagram are to teen girls and, well, everyone | Siva Vaidhyanathan- Tempemail

For years, Facebook has faced torrents of criticism from human rights groups and academic researchers, who raised alarms about the ways that the most pervasive digital social platform in human history distorts our world and promotes destructive behavior ranging from eating disorders to genocide. In response, Mark Zuckerberg and his Continue Reading

Facebook steps up fight against climate misinformation – but critics say effort falls short | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook has announced new efforts to combat climate crisis misinformation on its platform, including by expanding its climate science center to provide more reliable information, investing in organizations that fight misinformation, and launching a video series to highlight young climate advocates on Facebook and Instagram. But critics say the new Continue Reading

MP calls for Facebook to be punished if it holds back evidence of harm to users | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook should be punished with substantial fines, potentially running into billions of pounds, if it withholds evidence that its social media platforms harm users, the chair of the digital, culture, media and sport committee has said. The social network is under political pressure on both sides of the Atlantic following Continue Reading

Facebook: some high-profile users ‘allowed to break platform’s rules’ | Facebook- Tempemail

Facebook gives high-profile users special treatment, which includes immunity from its rules for some, and allowed Brazilian footballer Neymar to post nude pictures of a woman who had accused him of rape, according to a report. The XCheck or “CrossCheck” system steers reviews of posts by well-known users such as Continue Reading

Misinformation on Facebook got six times more clicks than factual news during the 2020 election, study says- Tempemail

A new study of user behaviour on Facebook around the 2020 election is likely to bolster long-standing arguments from critics that the company’s algorithms fuel the spread of misinformation over more trustworthy sources. The forthcoming peer-reviewed study by researchers at New York University and the Université Grenoble Alpes in France Continue Reading

Ethiopia starts building local rival to Facebook | Ethiopia- Tempemail

Ethiopia has begun developing its own social media platform to rival Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp, though it does not plan to block the global services, the state communications security agency has said. Ethiopia has been engulfed for the past year in an armed conflict pitting the federal government against the Continue Reading

FTC complaint against Facebook seeks to break up company’s monopoly power | Facebook- Tempemail

The Federal Trade Commission refiled its antitrust case against Facebook, arguing the company holds monopoly power in social networking and renewing the fight to rein in big tech. The agency also dismissed a request from Facebook that its chair, Lina Khan, step aside in the case because of her criticism Continue Reading

Facebook no, Twitter yes: which tech firms let the Taliban post? | Taliban- Tempemail

As Kabul fell to Taliban forces over the weekend, social networks struggled to cope with the renewed attention brought to the organisation – and its presence on their platforms. In the US, Republicans expressed outrage that Twitter, which had permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform in January, seemed content Continue Reading