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    WANT to get your home looking spooktacular for Halloween? Poundland is selling light-up pumpkins that are flying off shelves.  Numerous shoppers have shared the glass ornaments already up in their homes and said they love the £1.50 item.  5Poundland is selling light-up glass pumpkins - and they look like a must-have Halloween itemCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook One person shared a Halloween scene they have made, with the pumpkins, jars and foliage, and wrote: “Glass Pumpkin Light from Poundland. GO! GO! GO!”  Another person shared their pumpkins arranged near their log fireplace, in an autumnal display.  They added: “Light up pumpkins from poundland.  “I like them that much im gunna keep them all year round.  look so much...
    Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/Getty With just over a month to go until election day, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign has quietly ramped up its digital advertising, bringing it roughly on par with a behemoth Trump digital ad operation that was central to the president’s 2016 victory. Data compiled by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that in total the Biden campaign and its joint fundraising committee, the Biden Victory Fund, spent more on Facebook and Google ads than the Trump campaign and its Trump Make America Great Again Committee in both of the two weeks ending Sept. 20, the latest period for which CRP has complete data. In that final week, the more than $12.3 million that...
    Jennings Graeme/Abaca via ZUMA Press For indispensable reporting on the coronavirus crisis, the election, and more, subscribe to the Mother Jones Daily newsletter.Facebook employees are furious after the company announced a new rule on Thursday prohibiting them from using their profile pictures to display political messages. The new rule bars certain kinds of profile pictures on Workplace, a private version of Facebook for internal use among company employees.The full text of the rule was shared with Mother Jones: Personal expression is a valuable part of our culture, and our hope is to preserve the ability for you to share your thoughts on different issues, including social issues, in moderated groups or within the space of your own profile. However, that doesn’t...
    Bemidji, Minnesota (CNN)At a Trump rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, last Friday, grievances against social media platforms Twitter and Facebook were a common refrain. Many of the President's supporters told CNN that they felt the platforms' fact-checking processes were biased against conservative viewpoints. Others discussed social media posts that contained manipulated media as if they were real. "Like when Joe Biden fell asleep during a live interview on television," one supporter recalled, describing a video that went viral only a few weeks prior to the rally. The video — which appears to show Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden sleeping as a TV news anchor repeats, "Wake up!" — was shared on Twitter by White House social media director Dan Scavino. But...
    ARE you terrified of spiders and want to find a way of stopping them entering your home? A mum has shared how she swears by peppermint oil and claims she hasn’t seen one since she started the technique.  2A woman took to Facebook to share how she swears by peppermint oil in eliminating spiders from her homeCredit: FAMILY LOCKDOWN TIPS & IDEAS/Facebook Taking to Facebook, she shared how she adds peppermint oil to her diffusers to banish the eight-legged crawlies from her home.  She wrote on Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas: “Can I just say if you haven't already tried this then you really must now.  “Do you hate spiders coming into your house? I have the best solution ever!! ...
    A Facebook spokesperson on Wednesday said the social media giant will not allow any ads that declare a premature election victory. Hide The move comes after Facebook said earlier this month that it would be suspending political ads for the week leading up to the election—although, with a few loopholes. Hide “Facebook will be rejecting political ads that claim victory before the results of the 2020 election have been declared,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone tweeted. Facebook will be rejecting political ads that claim victory before the results of the 2020 election have been declared.— Andy Stone (@andymstone) September 23, 2020 Hide The announcement regarding premature election result posts is similar to what Twitter announced two weeks ago. Twitter rolled...
    Police officers stand by during a protest in New Port Richey, Florida on Aug. 23, 2020.Dave Decker The New Port Richey Police Department told Creative Loafing Tampa Bay it no longer employs an officer who allegedly gave a pro-police Facebook user information on the whereabouts of a Black Lives Matter demonstration. On Sept. 4, Facebook user Jason Guralny shared a picture of himself wearing military gear and multiple pistols, and posted, “So BLM is bringing a bunch of people to downtown NPR tonight??... Hold on, let me get dressed.” The caption included the hashtags #backtheblue, #notinourtown and #blackgunsmatter. In the comments captured in screenshots and shared by Black Lives Matter Pasco County, Guralny made threats towards protesters. Screenshot via pascoblm/Facebook...
    One of the many ways in which President Donald Trump’s critics fear he could try to steal the election on November 3 is by claiming victory prematurely before all the votes are counted in key swing states. And journalist Mark Sullivan, in an article for Fast Company, explains why he fears that Trump will use Facebook to claim victory even when the presidential election’s outcome remains uncertain. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced that during the week prior to the election, it will not accept any new political ads because there won’t be enough time left to check them for accuracy. But beginning at 12:01 a.m. eastern time on Election Night — that is, right after November 3 turns to...
    Just when you thought you had gotten your Karen-spotting down to a science, a new specimen emerges to throw everything for a loop. Hide Bucking the trend of Karens looking like Vineyard Vines models left out in the sun too long, a “goth” (a.k.a. black hair and plum lipstick) Karen recently set out on a quest to prove COVID-19 is a hoax. She did so via the extremely scientific method of walking around a hospital unmasked for several minutes and recording her findings, which were later posted to the r/iamatotalpieceofshit subreddit. Hide Goth Karen anti-masker in a hospital trying to prove covid-19 is a hoax from iamatotalpieceofshit Karen’s COVID exposé amounts to little more than her wandering the halls of...
    The Skinny Confidential founder Lauryn Evarts Bosstick has been accused of 'silencing women' and 'Black Lives Matter talk' after shutting down her brand's Facebook group over 'negativity.'  The 34-year-old blogger and podcaster took to Instagram Stories to open up about her decision to archive the group last weekend, explaining she and her moderators couldn't stop its 56,000 members from 'attacking' and 'discrediting' each other.  In her lengthy message, Lauryn alluded to political arguments among members and 'tributes to iconic women' — presumably late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg — being used 'to spread hate.'   Backlash: The Skinny Confidential founder Lauryn Evarts Bosstick has been accused of 'silencing women' and 'Black Lives Matter talk' by shutting down her brand's Facebook...
    Facebook has some “break-glass options” if November’s presidential election results in chaos, a top executive said. Nick Clegg, Facebook’s head of global affairs, told the Financial Times that the social network has drawn up contingency plans “if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances” following the vote. Clegg did not go into great detail on the measures Facebook is prepared to take, but said the company was ready to “restrict the circulation of content” on its platform. “We have acted aggressively in other parts of the world where we think that there is real civic instability and we obviously have the tools to do that [again],” Clegg said in the interview. Facebook, which...
    Facebook is testing a new way to let users claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests if they wish, The Verge reports. Today, Facebook revealed Rights Manager for Images, a tool that gives creators the ability to track and moderate where their images appear across Facebook and Instagram. To begin, Facebook is testing the new Rights Manager with select partners.  To use the tool, creators will upload a CSV file of their image and its metadata. They can specify where copyright applies. The manager will monitor where the image shows up, and creators can decide to leave the image up, issue a takedown or block it from certain territories.
    Oculus Quest2 Even better, as it gets Infinite Office, Bastro + and Logitech keyboards. Facebook’s Oculus VR Launched on October 13, 2019, Oculus created Quest 2. (Photo: Amazon)Oculus Quest 2 now integrates with Logitech Keyboard; It will have Infinite Office and Bastro + Also read: The FDA recognizes the Fitbit Sense ECG sensor, but devices coming this month will have the feature inactive until October It was introduced as a test feature in March and soon regained its default mode. Now, it was developed after Chromium-based, Insight Office, Oculus browser built-in searches. Also read: The U2 record is said to be available only on Elon Musk’s Neuraling already loaded with memory and not SpotFi: here’s the real deal This means...
    By Sam Hoober, Alien Gear Holsters People love to run their digital mouth on social media. As Sir Francis Bacon observed, discretion in speech is more than eloquence, as what you post may come back to haunt you in a self-defense case. Bear in mind that this isn’t legal advice. This is just a discussion of ideas using publicly available information. So talk to a lawyer if you need actual legal advice. Why is that? A component of criminal laws is the intent of the person who allegedly committed a crime. Certain crimes require a person to have the deliberate intention of committing a certain act. A murder charge, for instance, requires malice aforethought, premeditation; the accused meant to kill the...
    Many people turn to Facebook for news, with almost 70% of adults in the United States using the platform in 2019, according to Pew Research Center. This large userbase means Facebook has a large effect on our society and our democracy. That was made evident in the 2016 presidential election. Since 2017, Facebook has removed over 100 networks that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior, like the fake Russian news organization Peace Data. Facebook says it now works with 70 different third-party fact-checking partners and has greatly increased its ad transparency. But the threats of 2020 will be much different than 2016. Watch CNBC's exploration of what Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg are doing to protect the 2020 election, and whether those efforts will be...
    How to honor RBG by supporting her favorite causes 25 Towns Devastated by Losing a Single Company As Facebook struggles to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Google is escaping the spotlight © Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, during Google's annual developer conference in 2013. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images As tech companies gear up to fight misinformation ahead of the 2020 elections, Facebook has received the most scrutiny amid a steady flow of reporting that highlights its missteps. Meanwhile, researchers say Google has been "getting a pass on transparency" by hiding behind Facebook and being less willing to share data about its own products, specifically around political advertising. Google is the largest digital...
    A lawsuit has accused Facebook of spying on Instagram users by accessing their cameras without authorization. Hide Filed in federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, the suit stems from reports last July that claimed Instagram users on the iPhone were purposely spied upon. Hide Users at the time began receiving notifications that their cameras were being accessed while scrolling through the app. Instagram users specifically stated that the green FaceTime symbol would appear at the top of their phone while using the photo-sharing app. Facebook has come out and denied the allegations, blaming the alerts on a bug that has since been fixed. The tech company stressed that the notifications were false positives and that users’ cameras were...
    Facebook has been accused of spying on its Instagram users for 'market research' by secretly accessing their mobile cameras through the app, according to a new lawsuit.  In a complaint filed in a federal court in San Francisco on Thursday, the social media giant - which owns the popular picture-sharing app - is accused of intentionally activating smartphone cameras to collect 'lucrative and valuable data that it would not otherwise have access to', Bloomberg reported.  User Brittany Conditi, from New Jersey, alleges Facebook and Instagram obtained 'extremely private and intimate' personal information to collect 'valuable insights and market research.'   The lawsuit comes after Apple's iOS 14 beta update  in July showed a green icon (pictured) on the control panel of an...
    Giants-Bears Preview Beard Straighteners Will Help You Quickly Tame Your Beard Over and Over Again Facebook is creating new rules to moderate its internal social networks to curb heated discussions around politics and social issues © Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Getty Images Facebook is instituting new guidelines for how employees can communicate on its internal social network, Workplace. The changes include creating a tougher harassment policy, dictating which areas of the Workplace platform can be used to discuss politics or social issues, and moderating debates when they do occur. The new guidelines are an attempt to address "a lot of very tense conversations happening out in the world," a company spokesperson told CNBC. Google is also...
    IF you've ever panicked that an app might be listening through your iPhone's microphone, Apple has got you covered. The latest iPhone update adds a new feature that alerts you whenever your microphone or camera is activated. 3Look for this dot in the top corner to see if an app is using your camera or microphoneCredit: Apple That means if any app is surreptitiously recording you, you'll know about it. It's all part of the new iPhone update – find out how to download iOS 14 right now. In iOS 14, an orange dot will appear in the upper right corner of the screen when the microphone – or camera – is activated. By swiping into your Control Centre, you'll...
    Opinion: Big Ten got played by President Trump, and White House is eager to celebrate 6 Worst-Ever Foods for Your Skin Facebook is hiring a director of remote work as it plans for a more permanent shift to working from home © Provided by Business Insider Facebook's headquarters in Menlo Park, California. Elijah Nouvelage/Reuters Facebook is looking for a director of remote work as it plans for a more permanent shift to working from home.  The company is looking for someone to help it develop a long-term remote work plan and to lead Facebook's push "toward remote-first ways of working," according to a job posting for the role. Facebook employees will continue working from home until July 2021,...
    By this point, you probably own multiple copies of Myst, and you’ll soon have the chance to own yet another one. That’s because a “reimagining” of the 1993 adventure game is coming to Oculus Quest later this year, with new art, audio and interactions. Facebook shared a trailer for the game at Facebook Connect and said it will come out sometime in December after the release of its forthcoming Oculus Quest 2 headset.    Unfortunately, the trailer doesn’t provide much of a hint of what we can expect from Myst in VR. That said, it’s not a surprise to see the game make the jump to virtual reality. Not because it has made its way to almost every platform ever, but because Myst‘s developer Cyan...
    A couple of years ago, Facebook announced Oculus for Business, a software suite for enterprise-grade VR. But today, at Facebook Connect, the company is introducing a new virtual office experience for the work-from-home crowd. It’s called Infinite Office, and it promises to make WFH a lot more immersive. With Infinite Office, you can put on the headset and be transported to a virtual office space that you can make as big or small as you wish. You can also add multiple customizable screens, which mimics a multiple monitor setup. The company has already begun experiments that incorporates Infinite Office with Spatial, a collaborative AR platform that lets you have virtual meetings. You can see how Spatial works with...
    Facebook has a bold new plan for bringing virtual reality to the masses. Facebook currently sells the Rift S to players who want a higher-end virtual reality experience powered by their gaming PC, alongside Oculus Quest, which is a less powerful, but standalone and portable, VR headset. But both products will be taken from the market by spring of 2021, leaving only one option: the just-announced Quest 2 hardware. So how did a company that in the past has released the Rift and Rift S tethered headsets, as well as the Gear VR, Oculus Go, and Quest portable headsets, decide to throw all its eggs into this single basket? It wasn’t a decision made all at once,...
    Oculus Quest 2Facebook Facebook on Wednesday announced the Oculus Quest 2 virtual reality headset. It's a successor to last year's Quest and, like that version, doesn't require a computer to run. Everything you need to use VR is bundled inside. This is the strategy Facebook is taking moving forward. It's ditching the Oculus Rift headset, which required a PC to operate. You can still run advanced PC virtual reality games designed for the Rift on the Quest 2 using an Oculus Link USB-C cable. Oculus Link was in beta on the original Oculus Quest, but now it's an official feature. This is Facebook's long-term vision: a headset you can use anywhere you want, but that you can still link to...
    Michael Caputo, the Trump loyalist installed at the Health and Human Service Department who told followers to 'buy ammunition,' says in a bleak rant posted to his followers that 'deep state' scientists want Americans to get the deadly coronavirus.  Caputo apologized in an emergency staff meeting Tuesday after the New York Times reported on his Facebook post, where Caputo lashed out at opponents, lamented the state of his own mental health, and told people: 'If you carry guns, buy ammunition, ladies and gentlemen, because it's going to be hard to get.' Caputo, who delivered the video message from his home in upstate New York, tells his 5,000 followers: 'I'm under siege. It's been going on for a couple of weeks. And...
    The Twitter account belonging to the Chinese virologist who said she can prove the coronavirus was created in a Chinese lab and intentionally released was suspended. Dr. Li-Meng Yan’s Twitter account, followed by just under 60,000 people, was suspended this week after she claimed to possess scientific evidence that China manufactured and released the coronavirus. “It comes from the lab, the lab in Wuhan, and the lab is controlled by China’s government,” Yan said in an interview this month, adding that the proposed theory that the virus came from a Chinese wet market was a “smokescreen.” Twitter declined to comment on the suspension. Yan appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program and commented on the censorship she’s...
    KIM Kardashian is joining scores of fellow celebrities to freeze her Facebook and Instagram accounts to halt the spread of hate and propaganda. "Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy," the star warned. 3Kim Kardashian vowed to stay off Insta and Facebook to help end the 'wall of silence'Credit: Instagram What is the #StopHateForProfit movement? Celebs are joining major companies in the global battle to increase pressure on social media firms to remove hate speech during a week-long protest. They say the likes of Facebook and Instagram are failing to stop hate speech on their platforms. The Stop Hate for Profit campaign was started by several US civil rights groups after...
    The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is preparing a possible antitrust lawsuit against Facebook after a year of investigating whether the social media giant is stifling competition through acquisitions, according to a source.   The consumer trust watchdog is gearing up to file a suit against the social media giant before the end of 2020, an unidentified person familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal.  The FTC, headed by Republican chairman Joseph Simons, has spent more than a year carrying out a probe into Facebook's practices and whether the company has broken antitrust laws and used its dominant position in the tech sector to stamp out competition. News of a possible suit comes after founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was brought before the...
    In a case where Washington is challenging the company’s dominance on Facebook social media, according to people familiar with the matter, the Federal Trade Commission is set to file a no-confidence motion against Facebook Inc. by the end of the year. The lawsuit was filed after the FDC spent more than a year worrying that Facebook was using its powerful market position to mitigate competition as part of a broader effort by U.S. trust officials to investigate the behavior of a handful of dominant technology companies. No final decision has been made on whether to sue Facebook, and those familiar with the matter have said that when it comes to filing a no-confidence complaint against Google, the Commission does not...
    Kim Kardashian West — one of Instagram’s most popular users — won’t post to her account for 24 hours to protest Facebook. The reality TV star and mogul tweeted her plans to freeze both her Instagram and Facebook accounts tomorrow because she can’t “sit by and stay silent while these platforms continue to allow the spreading of hate, propaganda and misinformation.” She’s joining a planned week of action organized by Stop Hate For Profit, a coalition dedicated to holding social media companies “accountable for hate on their platforms.” Other celebrities, including Kate Hudson and Sacha Baron Cohen, will also participate. “Misinformation shared on social media has a serious impact on our elections and undermines our democracy,” Kardashian West tweeted, urging...
    The creators of Spitting Image have been blasted for giving Jewish billionaire Mark Zuckerberg's puppet a hooked nose. The Facebook founder, 36, is set to feature in a revived version of the cult show on Britbox on October 3. Mr Zuckerberg was given a 'gratuitously large, hooked nose and ghoulish appearance', according to the Campaign Against Antisemitism. Spitting Image exaggerates the characteristics of royals and celebrities to make a mockery of the establishment.  But campaigners said choosing to highlight Mr Zuckerberg's nose rather than his 'multiple eyebags' and 'saggy chin' was a classic sign of antisemitism.  Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 36, is set to feature in a revived version of the cult show on Britbox on October 3 One took...
    A MAN taking a nap by his pool was awakened by an inquisitive black bear who sniffed his foot and gave him a pat before fleeing. Matthew Bete from Massachusetts was relaxing in a sun chair on Saturday when the unexpected visitor strolled in and took a drink of pool water. 3The bear strolled in and took a drink of water in the pool.Credit: Facebook 3It then turned its attention on Bete, sniffing his foot and giving him a pat.Credit: Facebook After quenching its thirst, the animal notices Bete sleeping on the sun lounger before sniffing his foot and patting it with its paw. The move startles the man, who’s sudden movements scare the bear away. As the bear makes...
    On the eve of the deadline for ByteDance to sell TikTok, there was much movement and little certainty. The whole thing seemed to come down to three words — “trusted tech partner” — and no one I’ve spoken to seems to know what they mean. The most recent events were set in motion on Sunday afternoon, when ByteDance announced that it had rejected Microsoft’s bid to acquire TikTok in favor of an extremely vague partnership with a 43-year-old enterprise software company. The gist seems to be that Oracle would store American TikTok users’ data and keep it secure, but the app itself would continue to be owned and operated by ByteDance. It could also include voting control over...
    New York (CNN Business)The coalition that led the boycott that saw some of the world's biggest companies pull their ads from Facebook in July announced a week of new action against the company on Monday.Civil rights groups including the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and the NAACP are among other things calling on companies and high profile users to stop posting on Instagram, which is owned by Facebook (FB), for a day this week to protest its parent company's handling of hate and its allowing politicians lie in political ads.Announcing the campaign on Monday morning, the groups focused on Facebook's failure to remove a page that encouraged armed Americans to take to the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the aftermath of the...
    Facebook has been called the “ largest piece of the QAnon infrastructure.” The app has not only hosted plenty of the conspiracy group’s dark and dangerous content, it has also promoted and expanded its audience. QAnon is hardly the only beneficiary: Facebook promotes and expands the audience of militia organizers, racists, those who seek to spread disinformation to voters, and a host of other serious troublemakers. The platform’s basic business, after all, is deciding which content keeps people most engaged, even if it undermines civil society. But unlike most other businesses, Facebook’s most profitable operations benefit from a very special get-out-of-jail-free card provided by the US government. Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects “interactive computer services” like Facebook...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg had a tense clash with Axios editor-in-chief Mike Allen over the suggestion that Facebook is a "right-wing echo chamber." In an interview released Wednesday, Allen insisted that Zuckerberg's platform is "helping President Trump win." He asked the billionaire what he thought about the president and fellow Republicans being able to "master Facebook." "Well, actually, I think across the spectrum. I don't think this is a Democrat or Republican thing," Zuckerberg responded. "I think that some people are more sophisticated and just authentic and natural on the internet and social media than others. But overall, I do think that social media allows everyone to have a voice, including people who might have not traditionally been able to get...
    That expression, “one person’s junk is another person’s treasure” could certainly be applied to the internet. But when it comes to some controversial content, I’d go a step further to say “one person’s sewer is another person’s rose garden.”  What some people consider to be Larry Magid (Gary Reyes / Mercury News) legitimate political opinions, others call hate speech or disinformation. Depending on where you sit, the internet, especially social media, is either awash with hate speech or is overly censored to protect against anything deemed ‘politically incorrect’ or, as some claim, offensive to the so-called liberal elite that run online services like Google and Facebook. Related Articles Magid: Getting ready for back to ‘virtual’ school Magid: Get...
    One reason I enjoy writing a column about the intersection between big technology platforms and democracy is that on most days, it feels like one of the most important things in the world. But on this strangest of days in San Francisco, where wildfires up and down the west coast blotted out the sun and gave the town the eerie feel of permanent midnight, it was hard to pay the usual attention to my beat. My colleague Vjeran Pavic flew a drone over Sutro Tower this morning and captured the surreal imagery. The word “apocalypse” gets thrown around with truly unfortunate frequency these days, but on Wednesday nothing else really fit. Distracting as the orange sky outside my window has...
    Facebook co-founder, Chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before the House Energy and Commerce Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC.Yasin Ozturk | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images With less than two months to go until the 2020 U.S. election, Facebook is struggling to assure users and employees that it has everything under control. Four years ago, the social network took no action as Russian operatives posed as political groups with polarizing agendas, even going so far as to organize fake rallies, according to the FBI. Their goal: to divide the American populace and help elect Donald Trump president. Right after the 2016 election, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dismissed as "crazy" the...
    If you are experiencing a total Facebook blackout- you are not alone. The social media platform is experiencing an outage across North America, with major cities such as Chicago and Boston in the US, along with Montreal in Canada, Mexico City to the south and parts of South America. Issue reports began to slow trickle in to DownDetector.com around 4pm ET with users citing problems with News Feed, logging in or accessing the platform entirely. Both the app and desktop site seem to be experiencing glitches, with more than 11,000 users plagued with issues. If you are experiencing a total Facebook blackout- you are not alone. The social media platform is experiencing an outage across North and South America...
    In a recent interview with Axios on HBO, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the accusation that Facebook has become a “right-wing echo chamber.” Speaking to Axios co-founder Mike Allen for an episode of Axios on HBO, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg denied the assertion that Facebook had become a right-wing echo chamber that is specifically helping President Donald Trump to be elected again in November. Allen began by claiming that the Facebook platform is “helping President Trump win again,” and asked Zuckerberg how he feels about that. Zuckerberg went on to say that he believes that this is not a partisan issue but that some people are just more authentic or natural on the internet and social media, noting that social media allows...
    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed the social media network is not a “right-wing echo chamber” in an Axios interview on Tuesday. Hide Facebook in particular has come under scrutiny, as their top-performing posts consistently come from the extreme right-wing, despite outcries from prominent Republicans that claim social media censors them. But yesterday, Zuckerberg refused to call Facebook a place for the far-right. Hide “Well actually across the spectrum, I do not think this is a Democrat or Republican thing,” Zuckerberg said. But, a Twitter page that ranks the highest performing Facebook posts shows differently. “The top-performing link posts by U.S. Facebook pages in the last 24 hours are from: 1. Fox News 2. Franklin Graham 3. Donald Trump...
    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg denied that his social media platform is a "right-wing echo chamber." During an interview with Axios, which aired on HBO Tuesday night, the 36-year-old billionaire acknowledged that partisan content can have a significant reach on the platform, but he rejected the notion that the traffic on Facebook is all from the Right. Zuckerberg said that he doesn't find it to be a "bad thing" that right-wing users find content on the platform with which they can relate. "Your characterization, frankly, is just wrong," Zuckerberg told host Mike Allen. "I don't think that the service is a 'right-wing echo chamber,' to use your words. I think that everyone can use their voice and can find...
    One aspect of the 2020 presidential campaign that isn’t much discussed is the fact that both candidates want to end the internet as we know it. Both President Trump and Joe Biden have called for the end of Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects tech companies in most cases when their users post something illegal on their platforms. Trump brought the subject up today when a Twitter account with fewer than 200 followers posted an obviously doctored image of Senate Majority Mitch McConnell dressed up in Soviety military garb, with the caption reading “Moscow Mitch.” “Why does Twitter leave phony pictures like this up, but take down Republican/Conservative pictures and statements that are true?” the president...
    IT'S easy enough to keep your car looking shiny and new by giving it a regular wash, but how often are you actually tackling the inside - particularly the car seats? If you're guilty of neglecting your upholstery for months or years on end, then you might want to think again as one woman has demonstrated exactly how much dirt is lurking in your 'clean' seats - and it really is disgusting. 2The water had turned completely black from the dirt pulled form the fabricCredit: Facebook In a clip originally shared in an Australian cleaning Facebook group, the woman demonstrates cleaning the backseat of her car with a Bissell 'Proheat Revolution' carpet cleaner. It had been years since she cleaned...
              Live from Music Row Tuesday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed public affairs strategist Clint Brewer in the studio. During the third hour, Brewer gave his take on Zuckerbergs’s recent statement implying that he is now a publisher and described Facebook as the largest internet news platform void of any governmental regulations while crossing national borders. He stated, “His comments are something that in another time you would have seen a newspaper’s editorial page make a statement about it to try to manage expectations in a responsible way for the Populous.” (Mark...
    A software engineer for Facebook is departing the company over the platform's alleged permissiveness toward hate. "I'm quitting because I can no longer stomach contributing to an organization that is profiting off hate in the US and globally," Ashok Chandwaney said in a letter on Tuesday posted to the company's internal message board. A Facebook representative rejected the assessment. “We don’t benefit from hate," Facebook spokeswoman Liz Bourgeois said, according to the Washington Post. “We invest billions of dollars each year to keep our community safe and are in deep partnership with outside experts to review and update our policies. This summer we launched an industry leading policy to go after QAnon, grew our fact-checking program, and removed...
    New York (CNN Business)TikTok is working to take down a graphic and disturbing video showing a man shooting himself with a gun. The man originally livestreamed his suicide on Facebook late last month, but clips of the video have been shared in recent days to other social media platforms, including TikTok. The livestreaming of violence and suicide on Facebook, Instagram and other platforms has been happening for years, but with TikTok's content recommendation systems, there is a potential for horrific content to spread quickly and to a broader swath of users. While Facebook and Instagram emphasize content from friends or accounts you follow, TikTok's wildly popular "For You Page" serves up content it believes you would enjoy, regardless of whether...
    AS any parent will tell you, getting the kids ready or school in the morning can be an absolute nightmare, especially after so many months of homeschooling and summer holidays. But many mums have taken steps to make the mornings less manic by implementing "school uniform stations" to help their kids get into a seamless routine. 7 Another mum shared her own daily tub systemCredit: Facebook The thing is, no one can agree on what the best kind of station is best, with some mums splashing out on extravagant personalised stations while others say coat-hangers will do for their kids. Some have opted for carefully labelled boxes, with some even inscribing them with messages and slogans to make mornings cheerier...
    The Wall Street Journal editorial board argued this week that Facebook has inappropriately censored posts defending Kyle Rittenhouse, who allegedly killed two people and wounded another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after being chased by rioters. Breitbart News reported last week on a Facebook policy that prohibited posts in defense of Kyle Rittenhouse. Now, the Wall Street Journal editorial board is calling out Facebook for its decision to censor speech. “We’ve designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter, including this one,” a Facebook spokesperson told Breitbart News. On Friday, the Wall Street Journal editorial board argued that Facebook’s decision to censor posts in support of Rittenhouse limits his right to due process. “This is an alarming...
    A savvy cleaning fan has shared an easy way to get grease out of an oven hood - with no scrubbing required. Sarah Waldman, from London, shared a collage to the Facebook group Cleaning Tips and Tricks where she revealed the easy method to get rid of dirt without any elbow grease.    'I went to a clean the other day, and the cooker hood vents were yellow and black,' she wrote. 'Hot soap water did nothing. Degreaser did nothing. Pink stuff did nothing. 'I was just about to use bicarb and vinegar, when I thought I'd try the dishwasher tablet trick. Sarah Waldman, from London, shared a collage to the Facebook group Cleaning Tips and Tricks where she revealed...
    Tell me he doesn't look like a human poop emoji. He does. He is the poop emoji. You can't convince me otherwise. Folks, we’ve got less than two months left until the election. How did that happen? Will the news cycle ever let up from now until we get Trump out of office? The answer, of course, is no. So let’s make sure we give him the boot and let’s take down a bunch of Senate Republicans while we’re there, yeah?  Until then, here’s what you might have missed this week.  Facebook announces new preelection rules for political ads and claims—but will it follow through? By Hunter Facebook, the gargantuan and nation-bending social media behemoth, today announced a collection of new...
    ALTHOUGH kids have been back at school for the week, thrifty parents are still snapping up some incredible deals to get them through the new school term. Tesco has had a range of back to school buys on offer including a super cute Frozen-themed lunchbox for just £2.50 and even discounted school trousers for less than a quid. 2The pack of trousers was reduced to just 88pCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook Posting in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, one mum revealed how she'd bagged a two-pack of boys' trousers for a tiny 88p. The eye-watering deal has attracted many other parents who are desperate to pick some up themselves. Many tagged...
    THIS week saw kids head back to school after months of being at home. And in preparation for the new school term, busy parents have been stocking up on stationary, backpacks, uniforms and lunchboxes. 2The mum shared her clever labelling hack which gets the job done in secondsCredit: Family Lockdown Tips & Ideas/Facebook A handy way to keep track of school supplies and uniforms is name labels which are sewn or ironed in place. But one mum has shared the clever way she tackles the labelling task which gets it done in half the time and is super easy to do. Posting in the Facebook group Family Lockdown Tips and Ideas, the mum demonstrated the clever...
    A MUM whose little girl sports a trendy pair of specs is chuffed to have discovered that Amazon is selling similar ones for dolls. Aimie Strachan said the cute accessory has made her young daughter 'so happy' that she and her favourite toy can now look the same. 4The dolls glasses look just like the little girl's pairCredit: Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group/Facebook The doting mum shared her find in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group in hope she could help out other parents whose kids long for a doll who looks just like them. She shared a snap of her daughter playing with her doll, with each of them donning a pair of rounded...
    One hundred days into sometimes-chaotic protests over police brutality, with federal agents throwing protesters into unmarked vans and recent political clashes between demonstrators leading to two deaths, even some of Portland, Oregon’s more extreme actors think things are getting out of hand. Now they could get even worse. Portland, a longtime hotbed for political clashes, veered into its latest protest escalation last Saturday, when a pro-Trump coalition, organized by an Idaho man, caravanned into the city. Many came armed with paintball guns or mace, and deployed it against demonstrators on the left, who have been waging their own protests over racism and police brutality for months. One protester on the left, Michael Reinoehl, allegedly shot and killed Aaron “Jay” Danielson,...
    Mark Zuckerberg warned there could civil unrest and violence this November if the result of the election is not immediately known and said his company is doing its part to make sure none of that is organized via Facebook.  'There is, unfortunately, I think, a heightened risk of civil unrest in the period between voting and a result being called,' Zuckerberg told Axios in an interview. 'We're trying to make sure that we do our part to make sure that none of this is organized on Facebook,' he said. 'I think we need to be doing everything that we can to reduce the chances of violence or civil unrest in the wake of this election.'  Mark Zuckerberg warned there...
    As part of Facebook’s latest study on how social media impacts democracy, the company appears to be paying users to log off of its products ahead of the 2020 US presidential election, according to new screenshots posted by Washington Post reporter Elizabeth Dwoskin on Thursday. Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it was partnering with outside researchers to study the impact its social media products have on society during the upcoming US presidential election. Facebook expects around 200,000 to 400,000 users will opt in to the project. Once they’ve opted in, the company will be able to see how they interact with its products, including both Facebook and Instagram. “To continue to amplify all that is good for democracy...
    A Florida sheriff's deputy is under investigation after he made multiple comments about George Floyd on Facebook, stating that his death was 'the best outcome'.  Deputy Matthew Archambeau made the comments in August on a Facebook page called 'Police Blotter' and argued with those who criticized his words, according to the Tampa Bay Times.  Archambeau called Floyd 'scum' and falsely claimed he was previously guilty of threatening to shoot a pregnant woman. An internal investigation is now underway at the Hillsborough County sheriff's office work to determine if the comments violated office policies.   Deputy Matthew Archambeau at Hillsborough County sheriff's office in Florida is under investigation for his Facebook comments in a pro-cop group about George Floyd's death  ...
    Mark Zuckerberg said he's had personal conversations with President Donald Trump about the rhetoric he posts on Facebook, telling him that some of it was 'problematic.'  'I have had certain discussions with him in the past and where I've told him that I thought some of the rhetoric was problematic. If I did talk to him, you know, be clear about how - just the importance of making sure that people have confidence in the election,' Zuckerberg told CBS' 'This Morning.'  His revelation of his conversations with the president - who has been accused of fanning the political flames with his heated postings on social media - comes as Facebook announced a new series of measures Thursday to prevent interference...
    Facebook is banning new political ads from running during the week leading up to the upcoming election, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced early Thursday. Hide Zuckerberg’s announcement about political ads comes as the social media giant has faced intense scrutiny over its policy regarding them, especially when compared to other social media platforms. The company essentially allows political ads to say whatever they want, even if the information is false. Hide While new political ads will be banned during the week ahead of the election on Nov. 3, any existing ones already running will be able to continue being shown, Zuckerberg said. “We’re going to block new political and issue ads during the final week of the campaign....
    A vlogger who is known for creating funny videos has gone viral on social media after sharing a parenting tip that puts babies to sleep in under a minute. Austin Miles Geter who lives in Texas, explained in a video posted on Facebook how he is able to get his four-month-old daughter Charlie to sleep with a tip that has been popular with previous generations.  'I heard that if you gently rub their eyebrows, they will go to sleep,' he said, as he sat in a rocking chair and prepared to try the hack. Austin Miles Geter who lives in Texas, has gone viral across social media with his parenting hack for putting babies to sleep. Pictured: Austin and his...
    As the polls in the matchup between President Trump and Joe Biden quickly tighten, media heads have been begun to worry about the right-wing media “infrastructure” and its impact on voters. Speaking on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Jim Vandehei, the co-founder of Axios, said that the right-wing media “infrastructure” has created a mindset in the voting populace in how it has influenced their reality. “I went into the Trump bubble,” he said, as reported by Newsbusters. “I listened to Ben Shapiro, I listened to a tape of Rush Limbaugh, I looked at the top trending stories on Facebook—all of them from right-wing sites—and watched Fox News.” “It’s not just Donald Trump who’s talking about this,” he continued. “This is all that...
    Facebook Alicia Kirgan was 622 pounds when she first appeared on the TLC series "My 600-lb Life" in 2018. Catch up with the reality star ahead of her Season 6 re-run. Alicia Kirgan was 622 pounds when she first appeared on the hit TLC series My 600-lb Life in 2018. When the love of her life threatened to leave if she didn’t seek help, Alicia decided to reach out to celebrity bariatric surgeon Dr. Younan Nowzaradan in order to shed some weight and regain control of her life. TLC is airing a re-run of Alicia’s episode at 8 p.m. ET tonight, so fans might be wondering where she is today and what she’s been up to since her episode first...
    AUSTRALIAN police arrested a pregnant woman on Wednesday for publishing a post on her Facebook that promoted a coronavirus anti-lockdown protest.  Zoe Buhler was charged with incitement, and her computer and phone were seized by police. 8Zoe Buhler was arrested in her home in AustraliaCredit: Facebook Here is more on the bizarre arrest.  Who is the Australian woman and why did she get arrested? Zoe Buhler, 28, was arrested at her home in Miners Rest near Ballarat, Victoria, on Wednesday after she created a “freedom day” event on Facebook. The event called for people to protest against the Victorian government’s coronavirus lockdown measures. 8Police say she was 'inciting' citizensCredit: Facebook Where was the video posted? Her partner recorded the interaction...
    Amazon is covertly monitoring private social media groups used by Amazon Flex workers to discuss their working conditions. According to what appear to be official company documents discovered online by Vice, the retailing giant employs staff to track and categorize discussions in closed Facebook groups, public subreddits, and on Twitter. Some posts are then “escalated” to internal Amazon teams and company leadership. As Vice notes, these reports are seemingly compiled primarily to identify and respond to complaints from Flex delivery drivers about things like bugs in the company’s app. But Amazon also appears to be keeping tabs on more sensitive discussions. Those compiling the reports are instructed to note the apparent sentiment of posts and to look for Flex employees...
    It’s no secret that Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin are hoping that President Donald Trump will defeat his Democratic opponent, former Vice President Joe Biden, in November — as they rightly view Trump as much more sympathetic to Russian interests. The Trump administration has already confirmed that they are intervening once again. And according to Facebook, Russian operatives are trying to manipulate U.S. voters this year on the social media platform just as they did during the 2016 presidential election. On Tuesday, CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan is reporting, Facebook announced that a St. Petersburg, Russia-based troll group that interfered in the 2016 election, the Internet Research Agency, is trying to interfere in this year’s election as well. O’Sullivan notes...
    Donald Trump doubled down on his claim Tuesday that a plane full of Antifa came to Washington D.C. in an organized attempt to cause chaos in the National's Capitol – but it appears this claim is repeating a similar rumor that was spread earlier this summer. 'What happened is the entire airplane filled up with the looters, the anarchists, the rioters – people that obviously were looking for trouble,' Trump told reporters before boarding Air Force One to head to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday. He defended the claim as well, insisting that an individual 'you know' was on the airplane when it became filled with uniformed Antifa rioters. 'I will see whether or not I can get that person to...
    Facebook is alerting users that it will soon change its terms of service to allow for the social media giant to remove or restrict content that could land it in legal trouble. Hide Facebook says the change is related to an Australian law that would force the social media giant to share ad revenue with news publishers. Hide The company on Monday said if that law goes through, it would “reluctantly stop allowing publishers and people in Australia from sharing local and international news on Facebook and Instagram.” “This global update provides more flexibility for us to change our services, including in Australia, to continue to operate and support our users in response to potential regulation or legal action,”...
    Glasshouse Images via Getty Images Mimi Winsberg worked as an in-house psychiatrist as Facebook. She left the company in June to focus on Brightside, her digital mental-health service that allows doctors to prescribe medicine for anxiety and depression to patients in 30 US states. The Brightside system has patients record their moods, sleep patterns, and other indicators of how they're feeling, and connects them with therapists or psychiatrists for treatment. Winsberg told Insider she's been "training a machine" to more effectively prescribe anxiety and depression drugs. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. About a third of Americans are anxious or depressed right now, and understandably so. The nation's coronavirus outbreak continues to worsen, even as other countries...
    Both sides of Congress have taken shots at big tech over the past year, but Rep. Joe Kennedy III (D-Mass.), who is running a fraught challenge against Sen. Ed Markey (D-Mass.) for his seat—has a stock portfolio that includes shares in a number of the companies that have taken heat from lawmakers. Hide And with big tech the pressing issue coming up over the next few years, will millions in tech money shape just how tough Kennedy will be on Silicon Valley? Hide Overall, the race has become one of the most closely watched Democratic primaries with party leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and progressive stalwarts like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) weighing in. But the result of today’s...
    Facebook warned Monday that it will prevent people in Australia from sharing news on its platform if the Australian government moves forward with a plan to force both it and Google to pay news organizations for content shared on their platforms.   The announcement comes after the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission released its plan for a mandatory code of conduct in late July. Under the plan, news organizations can negotiate with Google and Facebook over payments for their content — and if the groups can't reach an agreement after a three-month process, "an independent arbitrator would choose which of the two parties' final offer is the most reasonable within 45 business days."  Australia's Treasurer, Josh Frydenberg, said Facebook and Google could...
    LinkedIn/Kelly Plasker Kelly Plasker pictured on her LinkedIn page. Kelly Plasker, a weather forecast on KCBD-TV in Lubbock, Texas, “died suddenly” on August 30, 2020. She was 42 years old. Plasker is survived by her two children. Plasker was the weekend weather forecaster on the NBC affiliate in Lubbock. A statement from the station’s vice president and general manager Dan Jackson confirmed Plasker’s death in an August 30 Facebook post. Jackson said in part, “We are deeply saddened by the tragic and sudden loss of KCBD weekend morning forecaster Kelly Plasker. Kelly was a dedicated member of the KCBD weather staff, well-liked by viewers, and admired by her co-workers. Our deepest sympathies go out to Kelly’s family...
    A TEXAS TV weather forecaster has died after posting "my brain is broken." Kelly Plasker - KCBD NewsChannel 11's weekend morning forecaster - passed away suddenly on Sunday morning. 2KCBD NewsChannel 11's weekend morning forecaster, Kelly Plasker, died on SundayCredit: Facebook 2'I love you my friends. My brain is broken and I cannot take it anymore,' Kelly Plasker last wrote to FacebookCredit: Facebook “Her sudden death early this morning has broken our hearts,” KCBD anchor Kase Wilbanks said in a tribute news report Sunday night. "She was a bright spot in our weekend mornings and in our lives." The news team remembers Plasker as a "dedicated member of the KCBD weather staff and a beloved coworker." Before her death, Kelly posted...
    Sentenced under now invalid drug laws and less than a year from freedom, inmate gets COVID-19 Who Was Edna Lewis? 6 Things To Know About The Grande Dame Of Southern Cuisine Salesforce is now on the Dow. That isnt as weird as you think Meet the new tech king of the Dow: Salesforce. The software company, which debuted in the Dow on Monday, is now the index's third-largest holding. © Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg/Getty Images Both Salesforce's inclusion and its high weighting might seem odd to investors at first blush. Load Error It was chosen over two other trillion-dollar companies, Amazon and Google owner Alphabet, and it's an even bigger part of the Dow than more established...
    An Arkansas sheriff has resigned after being caught on tape unleashing a racist tirade at the mother of his kids — calling her a “n—- lover” for speaking to a black grocery store worker, according to reports. Todd Wright resigned Friday as sheriff of Arkansas County during an explosive meeting, which was posted live on Facebook from the Quorum Court, the governing legislative body, NBC News reported. Desiree Middlebrooks, the mother of Wright’s children, secretly recorded him going ballistic and using the racial slur nine times a few months ago at the store. “Why you got to holler at f— n— when I’m around?” he was heard yelling at Middlebrooks. In a feeble May 28 mea culpa on Facebook reported...
    SIDEBOARDS are all the rage at the moment - but as with all home interior trends, they can cost a pretty penny. But instead of pining after stylish furniture on Wayfair, one savvy mum has revealed how she upcycled one on the cheap - and it looks amazing. 3The woman's friend gave her the sideboardCredit: Facebook Posting on the Facebook group Hinch Army House Decorating Inspiration and Tips, the woman explained how the sideboard was a gift from a friend. Seeing potential in the overlooked piece of furniture, the mum started by sanding down the sides as much as possible to get rid of the old white paint. When she'd completed this step, the savvy woman then covered it...
    AN eagle-eyed shopper has spotted a budget cream in Home Bargains, which she claims is a lifesaver for eczema sufferers. But while the 500g bottle of the Diomed Dry Skin Emollient is just £3.99 in the purse-friendly store, Boots is selling the exact same one for a whopping £17.50 - and shoppers are shocked by the massive mark up. 2The shoppers spotted the eczema cream at Home Bargains for just a few quidCredit: Facebook / Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK group Posting in the Extreme Couponing and Bargains UK Facebook group, one woman shared comparison snaps taken of the product in both the stores - revealing the very big difference in price. "This stuff is fab for eczema and...
    President Donald Trump‘s reelection campaign is running a series of ads on Facebook that seem aimed to remind everyone that his daughter, Ivanka Trump, actually supports him. Hide The Trump Make America Great Again Committee started running ads on Friday that prominently feature Ivanka Trump. The image on the text says “Ivanka Trump is on Team Trump!” and asks people to “join the winning team.” Hide While it would seemingly be obvious that his daughter, who works in his administration, would be supporting his reelection, the Trump family does have its share of people who disagree with his actions as president. Data from Facebook’s Ad Library shows that the Ivanka Trump image has been used for to reach...
     Presented by Facebook    Welcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Back by popular demand, it is Friday! We get you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the daily co-creators, so find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and recommend the Morning Report to your friends. CLICK HERE to subscribe! Total U.S. coronavirus deaths reported each morning this week: Monday, 176,809. Tuesday, 177,279. Wednesday, 178,524. Thursday, 179,735. Friday, 180,844. President TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Memo: Trump reaches for optimism as weapon against Biden Five takeaways on GOP's norm-breaking convention Trump taunts Democrats in White House speech: 'We're here and they're not' MORE ended four days during...
    Facebook is blocking searches for “Kyle Rittenhouse,” the gunman allegedly responsible for the killing of two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday night. The behavior was first reported by Rolling Stone, but The News Brig was able to confirm the block through direct testing. A search for the name returns no results, while a more general search returns a number of results with the shooter’s name included. After Rittenhouse was identified and charged on Wednesday, Facebook removed his profile and blocked users from creating new profiles under the name, out of concern that copycat profiles might be used to spread disinformation. But blocking searches for the name is a more drastic measure, particularly at a time when interest in the details...
    After a black man was shot seven times in the back by a police officer in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Sunday, 23 August, people angry about police violence began protesting. On the third night of demonstrations, a 17-year-old boy allegedly fired on protesters with an assault rifle, killing two and seriously injuring a third. On Wednesday he was arrested at his mother's home. He now faces a first-degree murder charge. Videos indicate he spent hours on Tuesday patrolling the streets before turning his weapon on demonstrators. He told journalists it was "his job" to guard buildings and even offer medical assistance to protestors. Here's what we know about the teenager, his connections to a Donald Trump rally and membership of a...
    Apple and Facebook are fighting again, and how you feel about it says something about who you trust to represent your interests in the strange tech landscape of 2020. Start with a rather academic question that may make your eyes glaze over in spite of yourself: When does pro-privacy regulation overstep its bounds to become anticompetitive? It’s a question I found myself asking last year, when Apple canceled Facebook’s enterprise certificate temporarily following revelations that the company had been using those certificates to conduct market research. And it’s a question I’m thinking about today, as Apple intervenes to unilaterally reshape a market — in ways that once again put Facebook on the defensive. The issue at stake is a...
    THE Kenosha Guard militia are a group of citizens who claim to be "patriots" willing to take up arms and defend residents in Wisconsin from "evil thugs”.  The group, which seeks “Armed Citizens to Protect our Lives and Property,” hosts events on Facebook and counted teen vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse as one of its supporters. 10A protester speaking to a Sheriff at a demonstrationCredit: EPA Here is more on the militia group in Kenosha, Wisconsin. What is the 'Kenosha Guard'? The Kenosha Guard are a militia group that started on Facebook. The group has patrolled the streets of the city in Wisconsin following the heated protests spurred by the shooting of Jacob Blake. The group’s goal is to recruit “any patriots...
    A man identified as Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, the person who shot three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night, is seen running down the street after claiming his first victim. An armed white man, identified as part of a group of vigilante militiamen who claimed to be protecting businesses from damage by people rioting, shot three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night—two of them fatally. The man was later seen in video walking past police vehicles with arms raised in surrender, but he was not arrested and kept walking. However, on Wednesday morning, he was charged with first-degree murder. The shootings occurred during the third night of protests in Kenosha, following the Sunday shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob...
    A MAN called fellow passengers "sheep" and airline employees "communists" as he was kicked off a flight for refusing to wear a mask because of a "medical condition." Commenters on a viral video of the incident were quick to point out that despite the Alaska Airlines passenger's claims about his health, he regularly posts photos of himself smoking cigars and drinking alcohol to Facebook. 2Andre Popa was thrown off an Alaska Airlines flight on August 3Credit: Facebook 2Commenters on the viral video pointed out that Popa regularly posts photos of himself smoking and drinking onlineCredit: Facebook Andre Popa was thrown off a flight on August 3, but a video he took of the incident was shared by the Instagram...
    How aggressively should a tech platform be allowed to compete before it becomes anticompetitive? In a summer overflowing with big issues for tech giants, from hate speech to election interference, competition might rank above them all. It was questions about competition that led the CEOs of Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google to appear jointly before Congress for the first time last month. And the discussion that followed may have lasting consequences for multiple ongoing state and federal antitrust investigations, as well the new laws that Congress is expected to draft in response. In recent weeks, the brunt of discussion about competition has centered around Apple. The company found itself in a new controversy over its App Store rules when the...
    New York (CNN Business)YouTube said Tuesday that it is increasingly relying on technology to moderate content, resulting in a sharp rise in removed videos, including some that didn't violate its policies.The Google-owned company said that between April and June it removed more than 11.4 million videos for violating its policies. That's more than double what it took down in the previous three months. The majority of the videos were related to spam, nudity and child safety, which YouTube defines as behavior harmful or exploitative to children, such as abuse or dares and challenges that could endanger minors.The increase in removed content coincided with YouTube's decision to use technology to crack down on harmful content rather than human reviewers, who were...
    Facebook’s annual Oculus Connect conference will be held online-only on September 16th — and it’s being rebranded as Facebook Connect, part of the social giant’s gradual assimilation of its virtual reality subsidiary. Connect 2020 will be publicly streamed online, a change Facebook announced in April. Like the past few years’ events, it will cover a mix of virtual and augmented reality news from Facebook. But unlike previous years, it’s not being framed as a VR conference. Instead it’s the first outing for “Facebook Reality Labs,” a name that now covers all Facebook’s VR and AR efforts. That includes Oculus, which focuses on VR games and headsets; Spark AR, Facebook’s phone-based AR system; and the Portal videophone. Oculus, Spark AR, and...
    Further, the company is changing the name of its internal AR/VR team to Facebook Reality Labs (or FRL). FRL was the name previously given to the company’s research division, which in turn used to be known as Oculus Research. That team will now be known as FRL Research, and will still be led by Chief Scientist Michael Abrash.  In a statement, Facebook said: “Before today, we lacked a unified brand identity from which to tell the story of how we’re building the future of VR and AR, With the Facebook Reality Labs name, we’re making clear where these technologies are coming from.” Facebook has also clarified that it is not doing away with the Oculus name. It still plans on...
    Facebook’s dedicated news section rolled out in the US just a couple months ago. Now, Facebook says it will expand the news feature internationally within the next six months to a year. That’s earlier than expected, and it could arrive in the UK, Germany, France, India and/or Brazil, Facebook said in a blog post .  As in the US, Facebook will pay news publishers for their content. But the feature will likely change in other ways, to meet the consumer preferences and regulatory demands of other countries.
    THERE'S a lot to consider when preparing for a new baby, so anything to avoid added pressures in the first couple of days would be super beneficial for new mums and dads. To make her stay in hospital that much easier, one mum has revealed her super organised packing technique after stressful and panicked nappy changes the first time around. 4Each pack contains everything the new parents need for each nappy changeCredit: Facebook The organised mum shared how she spent hours making "baby packs" to keep in her hospital bag making it easier for her and her husband to find what they need. Taking to Facebook, she revealed how when their first child was born it was...
    JACOB Blake's fiancée Laquisha Booker said Wisconsin police shot Blake while their three children watched. A video circulating on social media shows Blake walking towards a car followed by two officers and one of them shooting him as he opens the car door. 7Jacob Blake's fiancee Laquisha BookerCredit: ABC7 He was unarmed - and was shot seven times in the back. Who is Jacob Blake’s fiancee Laquisha Booker? Laquisha Booker claims to be the fiancee of Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot by white Wisconsin police. 7The video of Blake's shooting has gone viralCredit: Twitter/@nolimitchrizi The shooting happened at about 5pm local time in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as officers were responding to a "domestic incident." 7The incident has sparked protestsCredit:...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — There was confusion this weekend at Montrose Harbor, as an official message posted to social media had boaters thinking it was closed. As CBS 2’s Steven Graves reported, that was not the case. The post issued Saturday by Chicago Harbors said, “We have been informed that due to irresponsible and unsafe behavior along the lakefront, the Chicago Police Department has closed access to Montrose Harbor – this includes boaters.” The post did not specify whether this was due to crowds or COVID-19 concerns. Chicago Harbors is the group that operates the city’s harbors under the Chicago Park District. The claim also claimed that police had “closed Lake Shore Drive from Fullerton Ave. to Lawrence Ave. until...
    In the early 2010s, a famous white male writer, Colum McCann, cofounded a group calling for “radical empathy” and made a lot of money talking about this group on the speaker circuit. This was around the same time that many news outlets reported on a now-debunked scientific study that claimed literary fiction produces empathy—and the attendant opinion pieces making the case (for white audiences) that empathy was the cure for racism. Literary fiction, claimed Scientific American in 2013, “prompts the reader to imagine the characters’ introspective dialogues… undermining prejudices and stereotypes. They support and teach us values about social behavior, such as the importance of understanding those who are different from ourselves.” Empathy was a buzzword, and therefore a business...
    ANY parent will confirm that kids don’t like to share - except that is when it comes to snacks. And sick of sharing her sweet treats with her daughter, one mum has come up with a genius way to snack behind her back. 1A mum has shared her 'genius' trick for eating snacks without her daughter realising Credit: Facebook The ‘genius’ mum shared a snap of her hack on Facebook, revealing she uses a lettuce leaf to deter her daughter. She posted a photo of her enjoying an ice cream sandwich that fit perfectly behind the salad, so that her daughter was fooled into thinking she was munching on greens. Captioning her snap she wrote: “The real reason why I...