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These New Facebook Ads From Chinese State Media Want You To Believe Xinjiang’s Muslim Internment Camps Are Just Great

BuzzFeed News found two ads placed in the last three days casting doubt on human rights violations in Xinjiang, where the Chinese government has detained more than a million people.

Ryan Mac • 2 days ago

You Can Finally See All Of The Info Facebook Collected About You From Other Websites

Users will now be able to see the reach of Facebook’s tracking outside of the social network through a new tool called “Off-Facebook Activity,” which Mark Zuckerberg announced as "Clear History" more than a year ago.

Nicole Nguyen • 2 days ago

Thousands Of Accounts Linked To The Chinese Government Have Been Kicked Off Of Social Media

The decision to pull the accounts comes after BuzzFeed News and other outlets reported that Chinese state-run media outlets were running ads about Hong Kong on Facebook and Twitter.

Jane Lytvynenko • 3 days ago

Have You Seen These Ads About Hong Kong's Protests? China Certainly Hopes You Have.

As the Hong Kong protests continue, Chinese state media outlets are hoping paid ads on Facebook and Twitter will shift the narrative online.

Ryan Mac • 3 days ago

An Instagram Feud Between Rappers Led To The Shooting Death Of A 9-Year-Old Girl, Authorities Say

Brandoniya Bennett of East Dallas was getting ready for school the next day and sitting on her couch when she was hit in the head with a bullet.

Ryan Mac • 5 days ago

Far-Right Haven Had Its Fundraising Site Shut Down By Amazon

“This site promotes content that constitutes hate speech and is unacceptable,” a spokesperson for Amazon told BuzzFeed News.

Ryan Mac • 16 days ago

Following The El Paso Mass Shooting, Security Service Cloudflare Is Ending Online Protections For 8chan

“The rationale is simple: they have proven themselves to be lawless and that lawlessness has caused multiple tragic deaths.”

Ryan Mac • 18 days ago

Grindr Wanted To Make The World Better For Queer People. Then A Chinese Gaming Company Bought It.

Over the last 18 months, Grindr has faced a federal investigation, layoffs, mismanagement, and internal turmoil. Now the popular gay dating and hookup app is looking for a new owner.

Ryan Mac • One month ago

Twitter Says It Has New Rules To Curb Hate Speech Targeting Religious Groups

Twitter introduced new rules Tuesday that will ban hateful speech that dehumanizes religious groups.

Ryan Mac • One month ago

This Former Google Executive Was Accused Of Running A "Sex Ring"

A newly unsealed complaint shows how Google paid Android creator Andy Rubin $90 million in severance after he left the company amid allegations of sexual misconduct.

Ryan Mac • One month ago

Read Tim Cook's Internal Email To Apple Employees On The Departure Of Designer Jony Ive

The exit of the famed designer marks the most significant change to Apple’s leadership since the death of its founder and CEO Steve Jobs in 2011.

Ryan Mac • One month ago

Trump Tweets That Violate Twitter’s Rules Will Now Get A Warning Label

In a move to “protect the health of public conversation,” the social media company will allow violative tweets from world leaders to remain on its platform, but with warnings.

Ryan Mac • One month ago

A Former Republican Operative With Ties To White Nationalists Has Been Publishing Opinion Pieces In The Wall Street Journal

Marcus Epstein, a former associate of Richard Spencer and a former contributor to white nationalist site VDare, has written for the Wall Street Journal, the Hill, and Forbes under a thinly veiled pen name.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

This Picture Featuring 15 Tech Men And 2 Women Looked Doctored. The Women Were Photoshopped In.

“We meant no harm or had any malicious intent in doing this and we are sorry.”

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

US Lawmakers Want An Examination Of The US Money Funding Surveillance Tech In China

Following a report from BuzzFeed News, Sen. Marco Rubio and Rep. Tom Suozzi want to scrutinize the ties between US institutional investors and two successful Chinese facial recognition companies, SenseTime and Megvii.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago

Ring Is Using Its Customers’ Doorbell Camera Video For Ads. It Says It's Allowed To.

"You hereby grant Ring and its licensees an unlimited, irrevocable, fully paid and royalty-free, perpetual, worldwide rights to exploit Shared Content for any purpose," reads the Amazon-owned doorbell camera company’s terms of service.

Davey Alba • 2 months ago

US Universities And Retirees Are Funding The Technology Behind China’s Surveillance State

Millions of dollars from US university endowments, foundations, and retirement plans have helped fund two billion-dollar Chinese facial recognition startups: SenseTime and Megvii. The Chinese government is using their technologies to surveil and profile its own citizens.

Ryan Mac • 2 months ago
Ryan Mac • 3 months ago

A Shooting At A Synagogue Near San Diego Left One Dead And Three Injured

Synagogue attendees were resilient, with one saying, "You can't break us." Meanwhile, police believe the suspected shooter also set fire to a nearby mosque last month.

David Mack • 3 months ago

Facebook Set Aside $3 Billion For A Penalty. Then It Grew By $40 Billion.

Facebook will set aside $3 billion to cover expenses associated with a fine from the Federal Trade Commission over its privacy practices. All good here, say investors.

Alex Kantrowitz • 4 months ago