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Holocaust forum looks at social media's role in antisemitism

Oct. 13, 2021 14:41 PM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Participants at a Holocaust remembrance conference in Sweden blamed social media Wednesday for contributing to a global rise in antisemitism, while YouTube and Facebook officials pledged to be part of the solution. Government and social media...

Slain reporter's father takes on Facebook over violent video

Oct. 12, 2021 17:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The family of a slain journalist is asking the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook for failing to remove online footage of her shooting death. Andy Parker said Tuesday the company is violating its own terms of service in hosting...

How one Facebook worker unfriended the giant social network

Oct. 10, 2021 06:04 AM EDT

Less than two years after Facebook hired Frances Haugen to help correct dangerous distortions spilling across its platform, she had seen enough. The idealism she and countless others had invested in promises by the world’s biggest social network to fix itself had been...

EXPLAINER: Could Facebook sue whistleblower Frances Haugen?

Oct. 09, 2021 06:03 AM EDT

Facebook has recently taken a harsher tone toward whistleblower Frances Haugen, suggesting that the social network could be considering legal retaliation after Haugen went public with internal research that she copied before leaving her job earlier this year. U.S. law...

Ex-Facebook manager criticizes company, urges more oversight

Oct. 05, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — While accusing the giant social network of pursuing profits over safety, a former Facebook data scientist told Congress Tuesday she believes stricter government oversight could alleviate the dangers the company poses, from harming children to inciting political violence to...

Facebook whistleblower testifies: Five highlights

Oct. 05, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

A former Facebook employee told members of Congress Tuesday that the company knows that its platform spreads misinformation and content that harms children but refuses to make changes that could hurt its profits. Speaking before the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on...

Facebook asks court to dismiss FTC antitrust complaint

Oct. 04, 2021 17:54 PM EDT

Facebook is asking a federal court to dismiss a revised complaint against it by the Federal Trade Commission, arguing that the agency has not provided enough evidence to show that the company is a monopoly. In a motion filed Monday in U.S. District Court for the District...

Whistleblower: Facebook chose profit over public safety

Oct. 04, 2021 10:52 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A data scientist who was revealed Sunday as the Facebook whistleblower says that whenever there was a conflict between the public good and what benefited the company, the social media giant would choose its own interests. Frances Haugen was identified in...

EXPLAINER: Why Facebook is holding off on kids' Instagram

Sep. 28, 2021 20:19 PM EDT

Bowing — perhaps only for a moment — to pressure from lawmakers, critics, the media and child development experts, Facebook said Monday it will “pause” its work on a kids' version of its photo and video-oriented Instagram app. But what’s not yet clear is just...

'The Big Delete:' Inside Facebook's crackdown in Germany

Sep. 28, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

Days before Germany’s federal elections, Facebook took what it called an unprecedented step: the removal of a series of accounts that worked together to spread COVID-19 misinformation and encourage violent responses to COVID restrictions. The crackdown, announced Sept....