An Ugly Truth by Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang review – Facebook’s battle for domination | Journalism books- Tempemail

How many books are there about Facebook? I’ve lost count. Many of them belong to the genre of the “insider” story – by an early investor in the company, perhaps; or by a supposed intimate of its founder and Supreme Leader; or by an ex-employee with a bad conscience for Continue Reading

Zuckerberg dismisses Facebook’s role in polarising US, blaming ‘political and media environment’- Tempemail

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has cast doubt on his company’s platforms’ responsibility for increased polarisation and political division in the US during his opening remarks to a Congressional committee examining social media’s role in promoting “extremism and misinformation”. “I believe that the division we see today is primarily the result of Continue Reading

Decoding emojis and defining ‘support’: Facebook’s rules for content revealed | Facebook

They run to more than 300 pages, envisaging and exemplifying some of the most borderline and ethically challenging uses of the world’s biggest social network by its 2.8 billion monthly users. Secret Facebook guidelines seen by the Guardian show how the company controls its mainly outsourced moderators down to the Continue Reading

Facebook’s long-awaited content ‘supreme court’ has arrived. It’s a clever sham | Facebook- Tempemail

In October, Facebook unveiled its long-awaited “oversight board” – a special, semi-independent body, staffed mainly by experts on free speech and constitutional law, with the authority to make decisions about controversial content posted on Facebook’s platform. Sometimes described as Facebook’s “supreme court”, the oversight board has been met, in the Continue Reading

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