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Facebook asks judge to toss antitrust suits, claiming no consumer harm

Facebook asks judge to toss antitrust suits, claiming no consumer harm

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Enlarge / Just two of the many apps Facebook owns and operates. Facebook is asking a federal judge to dismiss landmark antitrust suits against the company, arguing that its "innovative free products deliver value" to consumers and that there's no evidence it behaved anticompetitively or broke the law. The Federal Trade Commission and almost every…
Facebook lifts ban on US political advertising

Facebook lifts ban on US political advertising

Facebook will lift a ban on political advertising imposed after the US election to curb the spread of misinformation, and it has pledged to investigate whether its political ads systems need a further overhaul. Advertisers would be able to resume running political ads on March 4, Facebook said in a blog post on Wednesday. It…
Why N95 masks are still hard to get, even though production is up

Why N95 masks are still hard to get, even though production...

Enlarge / A machine makes respiratory masks in a family-owned medical equipment factory in north Miami, Florida, on February 15, 2021. The firm now has 30 million unsold masks because it can't find buyers in the United States. Covid-19 Coverage View more stories Even though we've had more good vaccine news lately, COVID-19 in the…
Facebook goes nuclear, banning all news posts in Australia

Facebook goes nuclear, banning all news posts in Australia

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Enlarge / Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Munich Security Conference in 2020. Facebook has gone nuclear in its long-running battle with the Australian government over news content. Australia is considering legislation that would require Facebook to pay to link to Australian news stories. In response, Facebook has announced a wide-ranging ban on users linking Australian…
Zuckerberg responds to Apple’s privacy policies: “We need to inflict pain”

Zuckerberg responds to Apple’s privacy policies: “We need to inflict pain”

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Enlarge / Facebook co-founder, chairman, and CEO Mark Zuckerberg departs after testifying before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, April 10, 2018, in Washington, DC. Win McNamee/Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees close to him, "we need to inflict pain" on Apple…
State lawmakers override veto, become first in nation to tax online ads

State lawmakers override veto, become first in nation to tax online...

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Enlarge / None of these companies are keen to hand over a slice of their revenue to Maryland. Maryland today became the first state in the nation to impose a tax on digital advertising revenue, overriding an earlier veto from the governor and incurring the wrath of piles of Big Tech businesses that are all…
Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

Facebook has been helping law enforcement identify Capitol rioters

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Enlarge / Supporters of former President Donald Trump, including Jake Angeli, a QAnon supporter known for his painted face and horned hat, enter the US Capitol on January 6.Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images Facebook has gone out of its way to help law enforcement officials identify those who participated in the January 6 riot at…
Don’t Friend Your Kid’s Teacher on Social Media

Don’t Friend Your Kid’s Teacher on Social Media

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Photo: Gil C (Shutterstock)This year, I have seen my son’s fourth grade teacher in person exactly one time—and that one time was a fluke in which I was signing him into school after a morning doctor’s appointment and she happened to walk into the office to collect some paperwork. Other than that, I have had…
70% of top “civic” Facebook groups are toxic or violent, report finds

70% of top “civic” Facebook groups are toxic or violent, report...

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As Facebook scrambles to deal with its most problematic groups in the wake of January's assault on the US Capitol, a new report finds that leaders inside the company knew as long ago as August that 70 percent of its top "civic" groups had too much hate speech, misinformation, violent rhetoric, or other toxic behavior…
Every crazy thing that happened in Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud today

Every crazy thing that happened in Apple and Facebook’s privacy feud...

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Enlarge / Apple CEO Tim Cook delivers a speech on privacy at a virtual conference. Today, Apple announced plans to finally roll out its previously delayed change in policy on apps' use of IDFA (ID for Advertisers) to track users for targeted advertising. The feature will be in the next beta release of iOS 14…

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