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Facebook’s former security chief stands up for the social network, calls for change

Facebook‘s former chief security officer is defending the social network amid the fallout from the New York Times’ bombshell report on the company this past week. Alex Stamos, who was the company’s CSO from 2015 up until the summer of 2018, wrote a piece published in the Washington Post on Saturday responding to the New...CONTINUE READING

Sheryl Sandberg denies slowing and downplaying Russia investigation

The righteous shock continues. Sheryl Sandberg broke her silence Thursday evening about the New York Times’ report on Facebook executives’ actions dealing with Russian manipulation, hate speech, and other crises on the platform. The report specifically detailed Sandberg’s role as a political operative within Facebook, seeking to shield the company from scrutiny and legislation in...CONTINUE READING

Facebook defends itself from damning New York Times story, denies it scuttled Russian meddling evidence

In the wake of yesterday’s bombshell New York Times report, Facebook is defending itself from a multitude of allegations that appear in the story. The company is outright denying its reported hesitation to investigate Russian interference on its platform during the 2016 presidential election, but several other allegations from the story have been explained by...CONTINUE READING

Facebook is creating an ‘independent body’ to review controversial content

Facebook spent much of Thursday attempting to quell the fire caused by the New York Times’ report about executive inaction and politicking on Facebook‘s many crises over the past three years.  It also chose Thursday to publish its latest note from Mark Zuckerberg about some of the “toughest issues” Facebook is addressing. Thursday’s note, the...CONTINUE READING

Mark Zuckerberg: It’s ‘simply untrue’ Facebook hindered Russia investigation

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has responded to many of the claims in a lengthy investigation from the New York Times, which claimed the social network’s leaders were reluctant to address how Russia manipulated the social network to interfere with the 2016 election. In a conference call with reporters, Zuckerberg acknowledged that the company was slow...CONTINUE READING

Facebook’s board says Zuckerberg was too slow to spot Russian interference

Mark Zuckerberg is forced to publicly contend with a new critic today: His very own board. Following the Nov. 14 New York Times bombshell report detailing a host of gross miscalculations and alleged malfeasance at the social media giant both in the run up to and following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the Facebook board...CONTINUE READING

Facebook cuts ties with political consulting firm Definers

They smoked, but did not inhale. Facebook has decided to stop working with the consulting firm Definers, the company wrote in a statement published Thursday. It also denied that Facebook ever contracted Definers to do opposition research-style work on its behalf. The action comes in the wake of a sweeping New York Times article published...CONTINUE READING

Instagram adds new shopping features to make it even easier to buy stuff

Instagram really, really wants you to buy stuff in its app. The company announced three new features that make it easier to buy and sell products on the platform.  Among the updates: A new collections feature that lets you privately save links to products you might want to buy in a dedicated “shopping” section. Shoppable...CONTINUE READING

Facebook starts rolling out ‘Unsend’ feature in Messenger

Ever wish you could retract something you said? Soon you’ll be able to do something of the sort on Facebook‘s Messenger. The social network has started a rollout of an “Unsend” feature for Messenger, letting users delete messages within 10 minutes of sending. SEE ALSO: Frontline’s Facebook documentary sheds new light on company’s mistakes The...CONTINUE READING

Kanye West and Mark Zuckerberg sang the Backstreet Boys at karaoke

Although Kanye West didn’t get that billion dollars from Mark Zuckerberg he asked for back in 2016, they seem to be alright friends. On Twitter, West posted a photo of him and the Facebook CEO in the midst of a karaoke session, where the artist said they sang the Backstreet Boys’ 1999 classic “I Want...CONTINUE READING
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