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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.”


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."

A Man Was Found Guilty Of Strangling His Childhood Friend For Her Inheritance Money

The New Jersey murder case was almost derailed after a juror posted about the trial on Facebook.

Tommy Robinson Has Been Banned From Facebook And Instagram For Targeting Muslims

The former English Defence League founder's pages were shut down by Facebook on Tuesday.

Survey: 51% Of Tech Industry Workers Believe President Trump Has A Point About The Media Creating Fake News

A new study by BuzzFeed News and Lucid surveyed tech workers on their attitudes toward the media. The results show deep skepticism toward the press, and concerns about the role of identity politics in coverage.

Lindsey Vonn Says Being A Legendary Athlete "Goes Far Beyond Your Sport"

The champion skier said it is important for athletes to be a role model "off the court as well as on."

Former Facebook Employees Say The Company’s Recent Prioritization Of Privacy Is All About Optics

Last May, Facebook promised to create a “Clear History” function it said would give users more control over their data. Nine months later it's nowhere to be found and sources say it's a key example of the company's “reactionary” way of dealing with privacy concerns.

YouTube Continues To Promote Anti-Vax Videos As Facebook Prepares To Fight Medical Misinformation

While Facebook vows to stop recommending anti-vaccination content to users, YouTube is still promoting videos like “You’ll Be Glad You Watched This Before Vaccinating Your Child!”

17 Of The Sassiest Responses From Companies On The Internet

"Buddy, it's Saturday night and you're talking to a marshmallow sandwich on the internet."

Here's How One Of Facebook's Biggest Anti-Vax Communities Built Its Massive Network

There currently do not seem to be any policies or regulations against promoting anti-vaccination content via Facebook ads.

A Juror On A High-Profile Murder Case Posted "LMAO" On Facebook And Now It Might End In A Mistrial

A 21-year-old is facing murder charges for allegedly strangling his childhood friend. Now, the case might end in a mistrial due to a juror's Facebook comment.


I Was A Facebook Fact-Checker. It Was Like Playing A Doomed Game Of Whack-A-Mole.

Trying to stem the tsunami of fake news was like battling the Hydra — every time we cut off a virtual head, two more would grow in its place.

I Bet You Forgot Facebook Used To Look Like This

Bring bumper stickers back, please.

Germany Has Told Facebook To Change The Way It Gathers Data

A government watchdog ruled the social network has abused its market dominance. Facebook will appeal the decision.

Facebook Has Banned Four Armed Groups From Its Platform In Myanmar

The social network is under pressure to act after hate speech and misinformation in Myanmar fueled ethnic violence against the country's Rohingya Muslim minority.

Apple Just Shut Down Google's Internal iOS Apps

Apple has revoked Google's developer certificate, which disables internal apps used by the company's employees.

Apple Revoked Facebook’s Developer Credentials Over An App That Mined Teenagers’ Device Data

The Facebook Research app paid people as young as 13 $20 per month in order to access data, including web searches and emails.

17 Examples Of Why Facebook Is Hell On Earth

Literally where all the wild things roam.

Boo, "The World's Cutest Dog," Has Died

Boo died in his sleep, his owner announced Friday. He was 12.

People Are Renting Out Their Facebook Accounts In Exchange For Cash And Free Laptops

PSA: This is a security and privacy nightmare that will get your Facebook account banned.

19 Old People Who Are Too Pure For The Internet

Grandparents are so pure, especially when using technology.

Zimbabweans Are Calling For Help, But No One Can Hear Them

The social media shutdown comes amid huge civil unrest in Zimbabwe, with reports of indiscriminate arrests and violence by police and soldiers against protesters.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Calls For A New Privacy Law That Would Let You Delete Your Data

"In 2019, it’s time to stand up for the right to privacy — yours, mine, all of ours."

Facebook Has Removed Hundreds Of Pages And Accounts Linked To Russia For “Inauthentic Behavior”

"The people behind this activity coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves, and that was the basis for our action."

Facebook Is Bringing In Stricter Ad Rules For Countries Going To The Polls In The Next Few Months

“We know we’re not going to be perfect, but our goal is continuing, ongoing improvement,” said a Facebook official.

These Facebook Pages Are Spending Thousands Of Pounds Trying To Influence Your Views On Brexit

"As a regular person, you know that vast sums of money are being spent but you have no idea who those organisations are."

Russian Troll Or American Super PAC? It's Getting Harder To Tell The Difference.

Wealthy interests can spend unlimited dollars influencing our elections, and with the FEC asleep at the wheel, there's almost no mechanism to stop bad actors.

The Internet Is A Privacy Disaster. But We Still Don't Know How To Talk About It.

We know our data has been left vulnerable, or sold, or misused. But do we really understand what that means for our safety and security online — and when it actually matters?

Meet The Women Who Have To Sneak Onto Facebook

Women are prohibited from using Facebook in some of India’s most patriarchal corners. Some are taking the risk anyway, going online under false identities against the wishes of their community and Facebook itself.

How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation

I couldn’t figure out why small, straightforward tasks on my to-do list felt so impossible. The answer is both more complex and far simpler than I expected.

Facebook, Angst, Fake News, Polizeireporter: Das kann 2019 weg

Die etwas andere Vorschau aufs neue Jahr. In Folge 11 unseres Podcasts „Unterm Radar“ – mit Stefan Niggemeier.

These Are 50 Of The Biggest Fake News Hits On Facebook In 2018

A BuzzFeed News analysis found that 50 of the biggest fake stories of 2018 generated roughly 22 million total shares, reactions, and comments on Facebook.

Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Has “Altered Its DNA” As He Reflects On His 2018 Goal To Fix The Company

You might think Facebook had a bad year in 2018. But CEO Mark Zuckerberg said in a year-end post that at least progress was made.

The Year’s Biggest Data Breaches — And What To Do About Them

The databases at Marriott, Facebook, and more were breached this year. Here’s how to secure your account and protect yourself from identity theft.

In 2018, American Tech Companies Acknowledged The Mess They’d Created In India

Silicon Valley at last conceded this year that things in India and other developing markets were far from rosy.

21 Memes From 2018 That Will Make Parents Go "Crap, That's Funny!"

If you missed 'em the first time, you're in for a treat.

India Wants Tech Platforms To Break Encryption And Remove Content The Government Thinks Is "Unlawful"

It is not clear whether India will now choose to be a leader in privacy or mass surveillance, sources told BuzzFeed News.

The Histories Of Today's Wars Are Being Written On Facebook And YouTube. But What Happens When They Get Taken Down?

Investigators depend on photos and videos posted online from war zones. But takedowns by Facebook and YouTube are putting the war crimes prosecutions of the future at risk.

Literally Just A Big List Of Facebook’s 2018 Scandals

Mark Zuckerberg began the year promising that he would fix Facebook. He didn’t, and 2018 has only presented more problems.

6 Times When “Opting Out” Doesn’t Actually Stop Data Collection

Telling a company you want out doesn’t necessarily mean it stops collecting, or even sharing, your data.

One Of The Faces Of The Same-Sex Marriage "No" Campaign Is Being Sued Over A Facebook Post

Marijke Rancie, a prominent advocate for the "no" side in Australia's same-sex marriage survey, is facing defamation action over a post on her "Political Posting Mumma" Facebook page.

A Woman Was Arrested After Allegedly Lying About Being Married To A Firefighter To Get Donations From The Public

Investigators also say she faked a pregnancy and accepted baby shower gifts from the public.

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