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Sri Lanka Blocked Social Media To Stop The Spread Of Fake News About The Easter Blasts

Social media will remain blocked while security forces investigate the bombings.

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Here’s Everything The Mueller Report Says About How Russian Trolls Used Social Media

The Mueller report clearly describes how Russian trolls reached millions of people on Facebook, were quoted in major newspapers as real Americans, and even organized rallies.

Hoaxes And Misinformation About The Mueller Report Are Already Spreading

Fake accounts, false headlines, and joke screenshots are already spreading.

Facebook Will Ban Several Of Britain's Most Prominent Far-Right Pages For "Spreading Hate"

It'll see organisations including the British National Party, Britain First and the English Defence League banned from Facebook.

These Are The Funniest Parenting Memes From 2019 So Far

If you haven't seen them yet, you're in for a treat.

A Timeline Of How The Notre Dame Fire Was Turned Into An Anti-Muslim Narrative

This is how disinformation spread from fringe message boards and social media to far-right websites and cable news.

US Measles Outbreaks Are The “New Normal” Thanks To Europe’s Epidemic And Anti-Vaccine Campaigns, Experts Say

“Under-vaccinated areas in the US are the kindling and the huge numbers of infections overseas are the spark that ignites outbreaks here.”

These Women Are Only On Facebook For The Groups

Private Facebook groups have been a respite from online toxicity, even as the social media giant continues to suck at combating misinformation and abuse.

How A Facebook Page Dedicated To Fighting Anti-Semitism Became A Hub For Anti-Muslim Content

Never Again Canada’s creator says the page has "spiralled out of [his] hands.”

Opinion: Facebook Needs To Crack Down On Hate Speech. So Does Mainstream Media.

The source of our hatred isn’t just Facebook walls or Twitter threads — it’s a real-life movement of racial incitement that thrives in traditional media.

Facebook Showed Me My Data Is Everywhere And I Have Absolutely No Control Over It

A transparency tool on Facebook inadvertently provides a window into the confusing maze of companies you’ve never heard of who appear to have your data.

A Day After Facebook Banned Canadian White Nationalists, Some Found Their Way Back

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place our services,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

The Canadian Government Is Considering Regulating Facebook And Other Social Media Giants

Self-regulation is not “yielding the results” Canadians expect, said the Liberal democratic institutions minister, adding that Canada is “actively” talking with other countries around regulation.

Facebook Will Ban Faith Goldy And Canadian White Nationalist Groups In Its Latest Crackdown

“Individuals and organizations who spread hate, attack, or call for the exclusion of others on the basis of who they are have no place on Facebook,” a Facebook spokesperson said.

Meet The People Fact-Checking The Election That Makes 2016 Look Like A Walk In The Park

The Whistle has just five staffers, and is the only internationally accredited fact-checking group in Israel.

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Australia Says Facebook Took Too Long To Take Down The Christchurch Video. Now The Government Has Made It A Crime

The new "Sharing of Abhorrent Violent Material" law could mean jail time or massive fines if social media companies don't take down violent videos quickly.

Facebook Didn’t Notice A Page That Ran Almost 5,000 Ads For A Fake Rebate Scam

Before Facebook took action, the page Solar Energy Today spent $2.4 million on thousands of ads promoting solar energy tax credits that didn’t exist.

WhatsApp's New Tip Line Is Apparently "Not A Helpline” For Fake News At All

A misinformation tip line WhatsApp announced on Tuesday turns out to be primarily for research, not to help users who come across suspicious information, BuzzFeed News has learned.

Nipsey Hussle's Death Has Become Subject Of A Baseless Conspiracy Theory

The hoaxes about the rapper are getting tens of thousands of shares online, once again filling an information vacuum after an act of violence.

Two Secretive Campaigns Using Facebook To Push A Hard Brexit Are Facing Scrutiny By MPs

Britain's Future and We Are the 52% have spent heavily on Facebook ads. Now senior MP Damian Collins has told BuzzFeed News that a new subcommittee investigating disinformation will look into their activity.

Issa Rae Said “A Sense Of Hope Was Taken Away” When Nipsey Hussle Was Shot And Killed

“For him to invest so much, to be of the community, and then to be gunned down in that same area is just heartbreaking.”

Facebook Removed Hundreds Of Indian And Pakistani Political Pages For Spreading Bad Information Before India's Elections

“We don’t want our services to be used to manipulate people,” Facebook wrote in a blog post.

Facebook Is Pulling The Curtain Back On How It Organizes The Posts In Your News Feed

A “Why am I seeing this post” feature will let you understand and control why a post is showing up in your Facebook News Feed.

Hard Brexit, Dark Money: Links Between These Secretive Campaigns Raise New Questions For Facebook About Political Ads

We Are The 52% has spent more on Facebook ads recently than the Labour Party, while saying almost nothing about its origins or donors. MPs say it’s another example of why the social media giant's transparency measures don't work.

Facebook Removes Hundreds Of Pages Engaged In “Inauthentic Behavior” In The Philippines

Facebook said the pages and accounts were “linked to a network organized by Nic Gabunada,” social media director for President Duterte’s 2016 campaign.

The Trump Administration Is Charging Facebook With Housing Discrimination

The charges target Facebook’s long-criticized ad-targeting tools.

Facebook Will Ban White Nationalist And White Supremacist Content

A Facebook spokesperson said that Wednesday's new policies do not cover Holocaust denial, which will still be allowed on the platform to some extent.

The Jacob Rees-Mogg Facebook Fandom Is In Meltdown

“#Disgusted #Gutted #FindYourBollocksMan”

Apple Wants To Remind Us It Isn’t Screwing Us Over On Privacy Like Everyone Else

Apple wants to be the only tech company we can trust.

A Man Scammed Over $100 Million Out Of Google And Facebook With Fake Invoices

Evaldas Rimasauskas pleaded guilty to the scheme last week.

22 Pictures That Prove Grandparents Are The Only People We Should Allow On The World Wide Web

We should all use Facebook more like our grandparents, tbh.

Facebook Employees Had Access To Millions Of Unprotected Passwords

In a blog post titled “Keeping Passwords Secure," Facebook explained that it had not.

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Are Your Opinions About These Companies' New And Old Logos The Same As Everyone Else's?

Companies often re-brand themselves as a refresher, but is it always for the best?

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Tech Platforms Obliterated ISIS Online. They Could Use The Same Tools On White Nationalism.

Christchurch could be the moment Silicon Valley decides to finally treat white nationalism the way it's been treating ISIS for years.

Anti-Muslim Hate Speech Is Absolutely Relentless On Social Media Even As Platforms Crack Down On Other Extremist Groups

“Islamophobia happens to be something that made these companies lots and lots of money,” said one researcher, who added that it keeps people on the platform and available to see ads.

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Here's Your Weekly Pop Culture Quiz — How Well Can You Do?

Social blackouts, Starbucks, and more.

After The Proliferation Of The New Zealand Shooting Video, Reddit Has Banned Two Channels Showing Human Death

The subreddits /r/watchpeopledie and /r/gore have been scrubbed from the popular social networking site after users continued to share video of the tragedy in violation of Reddit’s terms of service.

Facebook Claims It Can Now Detect Revenge Porn Automatically — Though It Didn't Explain How

How can Facebook's machine learning and artificial intelligence systems tell whether a nude photo or video was uploaded consensually?

Two Of Facebook’s Top Execs Are Leaving After The Company Announced A New Vision

The departure of both men named Chris represents a dramatic change at the social network, which just reorganized its leadership structure last March.

Facebook Is Under Criminal Investigation Over Data Deals With Other Companies

According to a New York Times report, federal prosecutors have subpoenaed the records of at least two smartphone companies.

The WhatsApp Cofounder Who Sold To Facebook For $19 Billion Tells Students To Delete Facebook

“That’s the bad part. We buy their products. We sign up for these websites. Delete Facebook, right?”

Facebook And Instagram Suffered A Blackout

On Thursday morning, Facebook said the outage was the result of a "server configuration change" and the issues were resolved.

Facebook Removed Elizabeth Warren's Ads Calling For Its Breakup. Then It Put Them Back Up.

“In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.”

A Man Says A Series Of Events Caused Him To Miss The Ethiopian Airlines Flight That Crashed By Mere Minutes

Antonis Mavropoulos said that boarding had closed when he tried to make his tight connection, and he saw the last passengers in the tunnel preparing to board the flight. All 157 people on board the plane died.

France Has Recruited Facebook To Help Solve Its Anti-Semitism Problem

“Don’t ask the fox how to take care of the chickens,” one privacy advocate said about Facebook’s cooperation with the French government.

Britain's Future Stopped, Then Restarted Its Massive Facebook Ad Campaign Just Before A Key Brexit Vote

UPDATE: Following a BuzzFeed News investigation into Britain's biggest political advertising campaign on Facebook, Britain's Future recommenced targeted ads on Monday afternoon.

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