Alan Rusbridger says Oversight Board will ask to see Facebook’s algorithm | Facebook

Facebook’s Oversight Board is trying to gain access to the social network’s curation algorithm to understand how it works, according to Alan Rusbridger, the former editor of the Guardian and a member of the quasi-independent body. Rusbridger, who is one of 20 founding members of the Oversight Board, said the Continue Reading

What Facebook’s Australia news ban could mean for its future in the US | Facebook

Facebook’s dramatic decision last week to block news from being shared to its users in Australia is already seeing global legislative aftershocks and may present new challenges for the company in the US. Facebook in mid-February banned Australian news organizations from posting content on the platform and barred users based Continue Reading

Facebook’s capitulation in Australia is the beginning of the project to regulate Big Tech – not the end | Australian media- Tempemail

Over the past few days Australians have gotten a flavour of what a global tech power will do to avoid regulation. Now we are getting an idea of what a world-class capitulation looks like after Facebook agreed to re-friend Australia after securing what appears to be technical changes to legislation Continue Reading

Facebook’s Australia ban threatens to leave Pacific without key news source | World news

Facebook’s ban on Australian news will cut off a vital source of authoritative information for the Pacific region, government and industry analysts have warned. Across the Pacific, thousands have found their access to news blocked, or severely limited, after the tech giant wiped all news on the platform in Australia Continue Reading

‘It let white supremacists organize’: the toxic legacy of Facebook’s Groups | Facebook

Sign up for the Guardian Today US newsletter Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook CEO, announced last week the platform will no longer algorithmically recommend political groups to users in an attempt to “turn down the temperature” on online divisiveness. But experts say such policies are difficult to enforce, much less quantify, Continue Reading

Facebooks Warns of ‘Significant Uncertainty’ Despite Surge in Usage – Tempemail

Facebook reported its financial results for the quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2020. The social media company revealed that it’s seen an increase in usage, proving that it could thrive despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s a closer look at the full-year highlights: Facebook daily active users (DAUs) – DAUs were Continue Reading

Inside the hyper-local world of Facebook’s ‘buy nothing’ groups | Australia news- Tempemail

We all have things we don’t need. For Canberra resident Zoe Bowman, it is melon ballers. “Someone asked for a melon baller to make some melon balls for a kid’s party, and I looked in the drawer and I had three,” she says. “I don’t need three melon ballers!” The Continue Reading

Facebook’s attempt to vilify Apple tastes like sour grapes | Facebook- Tempemail

Never afraid of a challenge, Facebook appears to have embarked on a campaign to convince the world to hate Apple, love targeted advertising, and believe the social network when it says it is doing it all out of a desire to defend small businesses. On Wednesday, the company launched a Continue Reading

Facebook’s QAnon ban omits high-profile Australians linked to conspiracy theory | QAnon- Tempemail

High-profile Australians linked to QAnon will remain untouched by Facebook’s crackdown on the conspiracy theory because the ban does not extend to individual posts, the social media giant has conceded. But experts say Facebook’s announcement overnight that it would significantly escalate attempts to combat misinformation on the site by removing Continue Reading