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Users could soon hide 'like' counts on Instagram, Facebook

Apr. 14, 2021 12:50 PM EDT

The tiny red hearts that appear under Instagram photos of kids, kittens and sandwiches can be a source of stress for many users, an insidious way of measuring self worth and popularity. Now Facebook says it's going to test out — again — an option for users to hide...

Facebook users can appeal harmful content to oversight board

Apr. 13, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Facebook's quasi-independent Oversight Board said Tuesday that it will start letting users file appeals over posts, photos, and videos that they think the company shouldn't have allowed to stay on its platforms. The board said it will accept cases from...

Muslim civil rights group sues Facebook over hate speech

Apr. 08, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

A civil rights group is suing Facebook and its executives, saying CEO Mark Zuckerberg made “false and deceptive" statements to Congress when he said the giant social network removes hate speech and other material that violates its rules. The lawsuit, filed by Muslim...

Russia fines Twitter for not taking down calls to protest

Apr. 02, 2021 11:01 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — A court in Moscow on Friday fined Twitter for not taking down calls encouraging minors to take part in unauthorized rallies, the latest in a series of moves against the social media giant that has been used to amplify dissent in Russia. The court found...

Supreme Court sides with Facebook in text message dispute

Apr. 01, 2021 22:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with Facebook in a lawsuit over unwanted text notifications it sent, rejecting a claim that the messages violated the federal ban on robocalls. The high court's ruling for the Menlo Park,...

China erasing H&M from internet amid Xinjiang backlash

Mar. 26, 2021 20:53 PM EDT

HONG KONG (AP) — H&M disappeared from the internet in China as the government raised pressure on shoe and clothing brands and announced sanctions Friday against British officials in a spiraling fight over complaints of abuses in the Xinjiang region. H&M products...

Lawmakers press Big Tech CEOs on speech responsibility

Mar. 25, 2021 19:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The CEOs of tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google faced a grilling in Congress Thursday as lawmakers tried to draw them into acknowledging their companies' roles in fueling the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and rising COVID-19 vaccine misinformation. ...

The Latest: Twitter grilled about blocking a NY Post article

Mar. 25, 2021 14:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest news from a House committee questioning the CEOs of Facebook, Google and Twitter. All times local. ___ 2:30 p.m. Rep. Steve Scalise, a Louisiana Republican, raised the long-running conservative...

No turning back: Facebook reckons with a post-2020 world

Mar. 24, 2021 18:06 PM EDT

It's becoming increasingly clear that for Facebook, there is no returning to its habits of the past. Some of its most dramatic post-election changes, from algorithm tweaks to a strict crackdown on political misinformation, were supposed to be temporary — “...

GameStop lost $215 million in fiscal year; online sales gain

Mar. 23, 2021 18:41 PM EDT

GameStop, the video game retailer at the center of a social-media driven investment frenzy, said it lost $215 million in the 12 months ended Jan. 30 as it dealt with pandemic-related shutdowns and moved to transform itself into a more online-focused company. The company's...