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Saturday, July 11, 2020
Facebook and Instagram will remind you to wear a mask atop your feed

Facebook and Instagram will remind you to wear a mask atop...

Back in May, it seemed the number of new coronavirus cases was beginning to go down. Then, as states began to reopen (often against the advice of health officials), the number of new cases shot up dramatically — now at record daily levels that can’t be explained away by increased testing. One of the primary…
Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps

Facebook again admits to wrongly sharing user data with third-party apps

Uh oh — Facebook‘s been caught in yet another data scandal. The company has admitted that it mistakenly gave around 5,000 developers unauthorized access to user profiles due to a bug in the platform. The leak breaks Facebook‘s own rules over access to personal information. Since 2018, the platform has automatically blocked developers from getting people’s…
How holographic tech is shrinking VR displays to the size of sunglasses

How holographic tech is shrinking VR displays to the size of...

A model shows off a prototype form factor for a holographic VR display. An overhead shot highlights the 9mm thickness of the prototype display. The clear film of the prototype display, embedded in the glasses housing. An animated GIF from Facebook showing off the difference between holographic film VR displays and traditional displays using bulkier…
Facebook will label rule violations as Coke, Pepsi, Starbucks join ad “pause”

Facebook will label rule violations as Coke, Pepsi, Starbucks join ad...

Enlarge / Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaking about Facebook News in New York, Oct. 25, 2019. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said the company will change the way it handles rule-breaking speech from high-profile politicians in the future amid an advertising boycott that has drawn participation from large firms across several sectors. Several nonprofits, including the…
Facebook will label politicians’ posts that violate its policies after all

Facebook will label politicians’ posts that violate its policies after all

Social media companies have always struggled to find the right balance between enabling free speech and while moderating inappropriate content. But since Donald Trump entered the White House, this debate has taken on a complicated new layer: Should private companies censor the President of the United States, even when he violates the company’s posting guidelines…
Facebook will warn you about sharing articles older than 3 months

Facebook will warn you about sharing articles older than 3 months

It’s happened to all of us. We see a friend or relative share a seemingly topical bit of news with a clicky headline on Facebook, only to open the link and find out it was written three years ago and contains outdated information. Sighs. Thankfully, that should soon happen a lot less. Starting today, Facebook…
Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for featuring Nazi-associated image

Facebook pulls Trump campaign ads for featuring Nazi-associated image

This afternoon, Facebook removed from its platform a series of campaign ads for President Donald Trump, citing policy against hate speech—a takedown that landed right in the middle of a hearing where a Facebook official was being grilled by Congress about the site's failures to act on hate speech originating from the White House. The…
Instagram’s algorithm prioritizes ‘scantily-clad’ photos, study finds

Instagram’s algorithm prioritizes ‘scantily-clad’ photos, study finds

If your Instagram newsfeed is filled with thirst traps, it might not be solely because you’re a total pervert. According to a new study, the gram’s algorithm makes photos showing skin more likely to appear. Researchers from AlgorithmWatch and the European Data Journalism Network made the discovery by analyzing Instagram newsfeeds, talking to content creators, and studying patents. The team asked 26…
Am I queer enough? How to find your Pride online

Am I queer enough? How to find your Pride online

Welcome to TNW Pride 2020. We’ll be covering tech-related Pride stories and putting a much needed spotlight on the LGBTQPIA+ STEM community and its history all throughout the month of June. I’ve been out for exactly two weeks and, let me tell you, I’m exhausted. Before June, I was a technology journalist. Now I’m a queer…
The Internet’s most important—and misunderstood—law, explained

The Internet’s most important—and misunderstood—law, explained

Aurich Lawson / Getty There's at least one thing that Joe Biden and Donald Trump seem to agree on: that federal law gives unfair legal immunity to technology giants. In an interview with The New York Times published in January, Biden argued that "we should be worried about" Facebook "being exempt" from lawsuits. The Times,…

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