How Russia Propaganda Is Reaching Beyond English Speakers

Social media companies have taken steps to restrict Russian state media accounts. But posts from those accounts still spread in Spanish, Arabic and other languages and in places outside the West.

#avaaz-org, #facebook-inc, #international-relations, #news-and-news-media, #propaganda, #rt-tv-network, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #twitter, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #youtube-com

Who Killed Tair Rada? Inside Israel’s True Crime Obsession

A TV documentary upended a murder case and captivated the nation. But its sensational theories might also be distorting justice.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #facebook-inc, #forensic-science, #israel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #television

How Some Parents Changed Their Politics in the Pandemic

They were once Democrats and Republicans. But fears for their children in the pandemic transformed their thinking, turning them into single-issue voters for November’s midterms.

#children-and-childhood, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #facebook-inc, #masks, #midterm-elections-2022, #parenting, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Recession? Not for Big Tech.

Many companies are navigating tough times better than investors had feared.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #gross-domestic-product, #inflation-economics, #microsoft-corp, #recession-and-depression, #science-and-technology, #united-states-economy

The Word of the Year Is ‘Uncertainty’

Did tech win the pandemic or not? We likely won’t be able to tell for a while.

#amazon-com-inc, #chen-brian-x, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #netflix-inc, #shopify-inc, #snap-inc

Big Tech Is Proving Resilient as the Economy Cools

Tech companies are slowing their frenetic hiring, but a combination of dominance and diversity is turning out to be — yet again — an overwhelming asset.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #e-commerce, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #nadella-satya, #pichai-sundar

F.T.C. Chair Lina Khan Upends Antitrust Standards by Suing Meta

Lina Khan may set off a shift in how Washington regulates competition by filing cases in tech areas before they mature. She faces an uphill climb.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporations, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #khan-lina, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #start-ups, #supernatural-mobile-app, #virtual-reality-computers

Meta Reports First Revenue Decline and 36 Percent Profit Drop

It was the first time the social media giant’s revenue had fallen since it went public a decade ago, as it confronts increased regulatory scrutiny and a turbulent economy.

#advertising-and-marketing, #company-reports, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers

F.T.C. Sues to Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal as It Confronts Big Tech

The move is a potential blow to Meta’s metaverse efforts and signals a shift in how the Federal Trade Commission is approaching tech deals.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet

How Mark Zuckerberg Is Leading Meta Into Its Next Phase

Facebook’s founder is setting a relentless pace as he pushes his company through a tech transformation during a global economic slowdown.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta tweaks Facebook app to act more like TikTok.

An update will highlight a new Home tab that will serve content from people outside a user’s Facebook connections as well as from friends and family.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Mark Zuckerberg Prepares Meta Employees for a Tougher 2022

In an internal meeting this week, Mr. Zuckerberg said the tech giant was facing one of the “worst downturns that we’ve seen in recent history.”

#computers-and-the-internet, #cox-chris-1982, #facebook-inc, #hiring-and-promotion, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #mobile-commerce-and-payments, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Post-Roe, Her Facebook Group Went Viral

Veronica Risinger made a little online spot for neighbors to share information on abortion. Then 30,000 people joined.

#abortion, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations

The Work of Online Volunteers

Moderators’ work on Reddit and Facebook is crucial but not paid. We should be creative in how we compensate them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #reddit-inc, #research, #social-media, #volunteers-and-community-service

As Midterms Loom, Meta C.E.O. Shifts Focus Away From Elections

Mark Zuckerberg, who once said securing elections was “the most important thing,” has shifted Meta’s focus to the metaverse. That may have real-world implications.

#computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #metaverse-internet, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #twitter, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What Sheryl Sandberg’s Exit Reveals About Women’s Progress in Tech

Silicon Valley is losing one of its most visible, outspoken and powerful women. Any gains have been incremental at best.

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Sheryl Sandberg’s Long (Overdue) Goodbye

The Meta C.O.O. leaves a legacy of stunning financial success — and a company still in denial about its toxic impact.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #kirchick-james, #lean-in-women-work-and-the-will-to-lead-book, #meta-platforms-inc, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #secret-city-the-hidden-history-of-gay-washington-book, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021

Who Is Mark Zuckerberg’s New No. 2? It’s a Trick Question.

Mr. Zuckerberg, Meta’s chief executive, has restructured his company so that he no longer has a top deputy.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #bosworth-andrew-1982, #clegg-nick, #computers-and-the-internet, #cox-chris-1982, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #olivan-javier, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What Sheryl Sandberg’s ‘Lean In’ Has Meant to Women

The high-profile executive’s decision to leave Meta is also a moment to reflect on the impact of her best-selling book and philosophy about success in the workplace.

#black-people, #books-and-literature, #careers-and-professions, #content-type-personal-profile, #facebook-inc, #lean-in-women-work-and-the-will-to-lead-book, #meta-platforms-inc, #minorities, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

Sheryl Sandberg’s Legacy

Sandberg transformed digital advertising and was a voice on big issues, but she also denied problems and deflected blame.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta-platforms-inc, #online-advertising, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media

Sheryl Sandberg Steps Down From Facebook’s Parent Company, Meta

The longtime chief operating officer of Facebook’s parent company, Ms. Sandberg said it was “time for her to write the next chapter of my life.”

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #boards-of-directors, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #news-and-news-media, #sandberg-sheryl-k, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Racist and Violent Ideas Jump From Web’s Fringes to Mainstream Sites

Despite some efforts by the largest tech companies to limit the spread of hateful content, it often remains only a click or two away.

#anti-semitism, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #conspiracy-theories, #discord-inc, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #mass-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #youtube-com

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Law Regulating Social Media Platforms

The law, prompted by conservative complaints about censorship, prohibits big technology companies like Facebook and Twitter from removing posts based on the views they express.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #paxton-ken, #social-media, #supreme-court-us, #texas, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youtube-com

How Some States Are Combating Election Misinformation Ahead of Midterms

Several states are putting more money and effort into combating false and misleading information about elections.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #griswold-jena, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #raffensperger-brad, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #twitter

How Illinois Is Winning in the Fight Against Big Tech

In the absence of federal privacy legislation, the state’s law is considered among the nation’s strongest.

#american-civil-liberties-union, #biometrics, #clearview-ai-inc, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #google-inc, #privacy, #social-media

In the Texas Rampage’s Wake, Social Media Can Reform Itself

Online hoax allegations are an insult to family members and should be taken down.

#facebook-inc, #hoaxes-and-pranks, #internal-sub-only-nl, #mass-shootings, #musk-elon, #social-media, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

#amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #austria, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-storage, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #enterprise-computing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #france, #germany, #google-inc, #great-britain, #india, #kazakhstan, #kenya, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #politics-and-government, #privacy, #social-media, #software, #south-africa, #spain, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #telephones-and-telecommunications

Big Tech Is Getting Clobbered on Wall Street. It’s a Good Time for Them.

Flush with cash, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Microsoft and Google are positioned to emerge from a downturn stronger and more powerful. As usual.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #chambers-john-t, #cisco-systems-inc, #cloud-computing, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp

The Enduring Afterlife of a Mass Shooting’s Livestream Online

Dozens of recordings of a 2019 massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, remain online, in a sobering reminder of the internet’s permanence.

#4chan, #buffalo-ny-shooting-may-14-2022, #christchurch-new-zealand-attack-march-2019, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #gab-ai-inc, #gendron-payton-s, #mass-shootings, #meta-platforms-inc, #reddit-inc, #rumble-inc, #tarrant-brenton-harrison, #telegram-llc, #twitch-interactive-inc, #twitter

From Twitter to TV, Are We in a Media Reckoning?

Kara Swisher, Ben Smith and Matt Belloni discuss the tumult at Netflix, CNN+ and more.

#audio-neutral-informative, #cnn, #facebook-inc, #musk-elon, #netflix-inc, #squid-game-tv-program, #twitter

Trump’s banishment from Facebook and Twitter: A timeline.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #musk-elon, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

In the Philippines, a Flourishing Ecosystem for Political Lies

Supporters of Ferdinand Marcos Jr. are using live video to spread misinformation on social media. Voters have become inured to the situation, researchers fear.

#duterte-sara, #facebook-inc, #marcos-ferdinand-jr, #philippines, #politics-and-government, #robredo-leni, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #youtube-com

I Blew the Whistle on Facebook. Europe Just Showed Us the Next Step.

To make social media less toxic, the United States needs to commit to making digital platforms more transparent.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media, #twitter

Is There a Ceiling on Internet Users?

There’s currently a limit to how many people in the world can use digital services like Facebook and Netflix.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #netflix-inc, #social-media

Elon Musk Is a Problem Masquerading as a Solution

What happens when the incarnation of a problem buys the right to decide what the problem is and how to fix it?

#censorship, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #musk-elon, #trump-donald-j, #twitter

Twitter Under Elon Musk Will Be a Scary Place

Mr. Musk has not been a responsible caretaker for the companies he already oversees.

#dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #mergers-acquisitions-and-divestitures, #musk-elon, #social-media, #twitter

As Europe Approves New Tech Laws, the U.S. Falls Further Behind

Federal privacy bills, security legislation and antitrust laws to address the power of the tech giants have all failed to advance in Congress, despite hand wringing and shows of bipartisan support.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #house-of-representatives, #klobuchar-amy, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #microsoft-corp, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate, #social-media, #states-us

E.U. Takes Aim at Social Media’s Harms With Landmark New Law

The Digital Services Act would force Meta, Google and others to combat misinformation and restrict certain online ads. How European officials will wield it remains to be seen.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #europe, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #youtube-com

Barack Obama’s New Role: Fighting Disinformation

The former president has embarked on a campaign to warn that the scourge of online falsehoods has eroded the foundations of democracy.

#alphabet-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #elections, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #obama-barack, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2008, #presidential-election-of-2016, #project-democracy, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rhodes-benjamin-j, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silicon-valley-calif, #social-media, #twitter

Elon Musk’s Bid to Take Over Twitter

Readers discuss the free speech and media ownership issues raised by the offer. Also: Strategy in Ukraine; Bernie Sanders; preying on people of color.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #musk-elon, #national-organization-for-women, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #sanders-bernard, #social-media, #twitter, #ukraine, #united-states-politics-and-government, #walden-university

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI’s GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future.

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #eno-brian, #facebook-inc, #language-and-languages, #musk-elon, #openai-labs, #software, #talese-gay, #writing-and-writers

The Law That Shaped the Internet Presents a Question for Elon Musk

Section 230 gives companies wide latitude to host as much objectionable content as they wish.

#desantis-ron, #facebook-inc, #florida, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #musk-elon, #social-media, #twitter

Mark Zuckerberg Ends Election Grants

A spokesman for the Facebook founder said the money sent to election offices in 2020 was a “one-time donation.” The grants prompted Republicans to push for bans on private donations for elections.

#absentee-voting, #campaign-finance, #center-for-technology-and-civic-life, #chan-priscilla, #elections-house-of-representatives, #elections-senate, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #nonprofit-organizations, #philanthropy, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #project-democracy, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Welcome Back to the Office. Isn’t This Fun?

Tech companies really want their employees to be happy — or at least less annoyed — about returning. So they’re providing concerts, food trucks and other perks.

#apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #facebook-inc, #food-trucks-and-vendors, #google-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #qualcomm-inc, #workplace-environment

‘La French Tech’ Arrives Under Macron, but Proves No Panacea

The president has brought innovation, jobs and growth. Still, resentments fester on the eve of the presidential election.

#alphabet-inc, #amazon-com-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #deepmind-technologies-ltd, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #e-commerce, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #entrepreneurship, #facebook-inc, #foreign-investments, #france, #google-inc, #income-inequality, #labor-and-jobs, #le-pen-marine, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #politics-and-government, #start-ups, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance

How You’re Still Being Tracked on the Internet

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

#advertising-and-marketing, #amazon-com-inc, #apple-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #online-advertising, #pinterest, #small-business, #snap-inc, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance

Canada to Require Tech Giants to Compensate News Publishers

The bill aims to compensate struggling news organizations, and follows similar moves by Europe and Australia.

#alphabet-inc, #canada, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #law-and-legislation, #meta-platforms-inc, #news-and-news-media, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #software

Hackers’ Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren’t Fooling Anyone. So What’s Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers’ intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

#belarus, #computer-security, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #facebook-inc, #news-and-news-media, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zelensky-volodymyr

Adults or Sexually Abused Minors? Getting It Right Vexes Facebook

The company reports millions of photos and videos of suspected child sexual abuse each year. But when ages are unclear, young people are treated as adults and the images are not reported to the authorities.

#accenture-ltd, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #davis-antigone, #facebook-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #sex-crimes, #social-media, #whatsapp-inc

How War in Ukraine Roiled Facebook and Instagram

The rules over what war content is permitted on Facebook and Instagram keep changing, causing internal confusion.

#clegg-nick, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #hate-speech, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #propaganda, #rumors-and-misinformation, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #social-media, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #zuckerberg-mark-e