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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.

A Mysterious Hard Brexit Group Run By A Young Tory Writer Is Now Britain’s Biggest Spending Political Campaign On Facebook

Tim Dawson is the only person publicly associated with Britain's Future. The group has spent almost £350,000 on Facebook since November, raising questions over the influence of "dark money" at a crucial point in the Brexit process.

Country Music Star Luke Bryan Wants More Women To Be Nominated For "Entertainer Of The Year"

Bryan also lauded Reba McEntire on using her platform to speak out about inclusivity for women in the country music industry and awards circuit.

Here's Elizabeth Warren's Plan To Break Up Huge Tech Platforms Like Facebook, Google, And Amazon

Warren would classify tech companies with global revenue of $25 billion or more as "platform utilities" and attempt to break them up via antitrust laws.

Censored: How Facebook Stopped A Whistleblower Exposing A Racist, Anti-Gay Rant

Exclusive: The audio clip was supposed to expose hate speech, but Facebook had other ideas. "No one wants to make a stand," the whistleblower told BuzzFeed News.

Facebook Has Announced A Multistep Plan To Crack Down On Anti-Vax Misinformation

The platform said the crackdown will also apply to Instagram's hashtag pages and Explore section.

A Woman Began Requesting Money From A Man To Respond To His DMs And His Reaction Was Priceless (Badum-Ch)

The man took us on a journey that began with him bragging about being "a real gangster and pimp," to a reminder that he belonged to a family of attorneys, to then entertaining a monetary deal where they could continue to converse and potentially have sexual intercourse.

YouTube Is Rolling Out A Feature That Shows Fact-Checks When People Search For Sensitive Topics

The feature, currently available to some users in India, will eventually be available globally, although YouTube declined to provide a timeline.

Mark Zuckerberg Tried Hard To Get Facebook Into China. Now The Company May Be Backing Away.

“As we build our infrastructure around the world, we've chosen not to build data centers in countries that have a track record of violating human rights like privacy or freedom of expression,” Zuckerberg wrote on Wednesday.

After A Year Of Hurt, Mark Zuckerberg Unveils A New Privacy-Focused Social Network

“Frankly we don't currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services.”

Amber Tamblyn Isn’t Voting For Bernie Sanders In The Primary Because She’s Excited About The Women Candidates

“Now I feel like we can have a real debate about policies, we can have a real debate about substance, because there’s actually choice.”

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The Comment Moderator Is The Most Important Job In The World Right Now

Online platforms continue to absorb more and more of our society, while the companies in charge neglect the human beings tasked with cleaning up the mess that’s left behind.

While Two Nuclear Powers Were On The Brink Of War, A Full-Blown Online Misinformation Battle Was Underway

“There’s politics, religion, enemy nations, and a surge of nationalism in this situation. It’s the perfect storm.”

Real Black Activists Worry Fake Ones Will Drown Them Out On Twitter

“We don’t have bots, we have real black people,” one activist said. “The danger of these accusations is that Facebook and YouTube latches on to this and tries to undermine our ability to have a black political dialogue."

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