Cambodia’s Internet May Soon Be Like China’s: State-Controlled

Under a new decree, all web traffic will be routed through a government portal. Rights groups say a crackdown on digital expression is about to get worse.

#cambodia, #cambodian-peoples-party, #facebook-inc, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #human-rights-watch, #hun-sen, #khmer-rouge, #united-nations

Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Twitter, Meta, Alphabet and Reddit

The panel investigating the attack on the Capitol is demanding information from Alphabet, Meta, Reddit and Twitter.

#alphabet-inc, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #presidential-election-of-2020, #reddit-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #thompson-bennie-g, #twitter, #youtube-com

Facebook Rejected Ads From 60 Women’s Sexual Health Companies According to New Report

A new report found that the social network has rejected ads from 60 companies focused on women’s sexual health, citing policies on “adult products and services.”

#center-for-intimacy-justice, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #social-media, #women-and-girls

Facebook Antitrust Suit Can Move Forward, Judge Says

The government can proceed with its claims that the company abused its monopoly power through acquisitions.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #facebook-inc, #federal-trade-commission, #meta-platforms-inc, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Let Marjorie Taylor Greene Keep Her Social Media Accounts

We’ve ceded too much control over our speech to Big Tech.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #google-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #twitter, #united-states-politics-and-government

Right-Wing Calls to Celebrate Jan. 6 Anniversary Draw a Muted Response

Online chatter about holding rallies has grown, but sizable real-world gatherings on Thursday are unlikely to materialize.

#braynard-matt, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #gab-ai-inc, #gettr-usa-inc, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #telegram-llc, #three-percenters, #twitter

Facebook Suspends Marjorie Taylor Greene’s Account for 24 hours

Twitter permanently banned her account on Sunday after what the company said was her fifth “strike.”

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #facebook-inc, #greene-marjorie-taylor-1974, #rumors-and-misinformation

Twitter’s Former C.E.O. Has a ‘Too Bad, So Sad’ Approach to Content Moderation

Dick Costolo discusses the unique difficulties of heading the social media platform.

#agrawal-parag, #audio-neutral-informative, #blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #costolo-dick, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #social-media, #twitter

Founder of CrowdTangle Hopes to Bring Transparency to Social Media

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

#computers-and-the-internet, #coons-christopher-a, #crowdtangle-inc, #facebook-inc, #law-and-legislation, #portman-rob, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #rumors-and-misinformation, #silverman-brandon-technology-executive, #social-media, #whistle-blowers

Trump’s Social Media Return — and What Else to Expect in 2022

But don’t expect Congress to get its act together on tech legislation.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #social-media, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #virtual-reality-computers

Big Tech Journeys Into the Virtual Reality Reaches of the Metaverse

Tech’s biggest companies are joining game makers and start-ups in pursuit of an immersive digital world that some have been working on for years.

#apple-inc, #augmented-reality-computers, #computer-and-video-games, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #intel-corporation, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #privacy, #virtual-reality-computers, #wearable-computing, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The Metaverse’s Dark Side: Here Come Harassment and Assaults

As Meta and other companies bet big on an immersive digital world, questions about its harms are rising.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #cyberharassment, #facebook-inc, #innovation, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #sexual-harassment, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #women-and-girls, #zuckerberg-mark-e

The New Get-Rich-Faster Job in Silicon Valley: Crypto Start-Ups

Tech executives and engineers are quitting Google, Meta, Amazon and other large companies for what they say is a once-in-generation opportunity with crypto.

#amazon-com-inc, #bitcoin-currency, #blockchain-technology, #coinbase-inc, #computers-and-the-internet, #dorsey-jack, #entrepreneurship, #executive-compensation, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #labor-and-jobs, #marcus-david-a, #nonfungible-tokens-nfts, #social-media, #start-ups, #virtual-currency, #wages-and-salaries

Frances Haugen Thinks Mark Zuckerberg Needs to Acknowledge His Power

The Facebook whistle-blower says the company hides behind flat offices and metrics to shirk its responsibility.

#censorship, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Her Instagram Handle Was ‘Metaverse.’ Last Month, It Vanished.

Five days after Facebook changed its name to Meta, an Australian artist found herself blocked, with seemingly no recourse, from an account documenting nearly a decade of her life and work.

#augmented-reality-computers, #australia, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #names-organizational, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

We Need Less Talk and More Action From Congress on Tech

Mosseri talks while Congress dithers.

#childrens-online-privacy-protection-act, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta-platforms-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #senate-committee-on-commerce-science-and-transportation

Instagram Parental Controls Are Set Arrive in March

Adam Mosseri, the head of the company, is expected to face questions from lawmakers this week about whether social media harms children.

#children-and-childhood, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government

Thefts, Always an Issue for Retailers, Become More Brazen

In recent months, robberies have been more visible, with several involving large groups rushing into stores and coming out with armloads of goods.

#amazon-com-inc, #facebook-inc, #nordstrom-inc, #robberies-and-thefts, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #shopping-and-retail

Jack Dorsey Steps Down and Other Silicon Valley Transitions

Twitter’s new boss needs to boost the company’s value, or someone else will.

#blockchain-technology, #computers-and-the-internet, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dorsey-jack, #facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #return-to-office, #square-inc, #tungsten, #twitter, #workplace-environment

How Cute Cats Help Spread Misinformation Online

A mainstay of the internet is regularly used to build audiences for people and organizations pushing false and misleading information.

#animals, #computers-and-the-internet, #epoch-times, #facebook-inc, #jukin-media-inc, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

As Virtual Worlds Grow, We Are Losing Our Sense of Touch

After struggling with anorexia and bulimia for more than 20 years, the last thing I want is technology that further estranges me from my body. 

#anxiety-and-stress, #babies-and-infants, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #mental-health-and-disorders, #touch-sense

Adam Mosseri, Instagram’s Head, Agrees to Testify Before Congress

This will be the first time Adam Mosseri, a trusted lieutenant to Mark Zuckerberg, will appear before lawmakers under oath.

#blumenthal-richard, #children-and-childhood, #davis-antigone, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #instagram-inc, #instant-messaging, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #mosseri-adam, #senate, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #youth, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Ifeoma Ozoma Blew the Whistle on Pinterest. Now She Protects Whistle-Blowers.

Ifeoma Ozoma, who accused Pinterest of discrimination, has become a key figure in helping tech employees disclose, and fight, mistreatment at work.

#apple-inc, #black-people, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #ifeoma-ozoma, #law-and-legislation, #nondisclosure-agreements, #pinterest, #shareholder-rights-and-activism, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

What’s One of the Most Dangerous Toys for Kids? The Internet.

Our kids are at the mercy of tech companies, with only an outdated law to protect them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #your-feed-opinionvideo, #youth

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker NSO Group

Apple accused NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, of “flagrant” violations of its software, as well as federal and state laws.

#apple-inc, #citizen-lab, #cloud-computing, #computer-security, #computers-and-the-internet, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #facebook-inc, #icloud, #industrial-espionage, #lookout-inc, #nso-group, #software, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

Social media worsened a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland and helped smugglers profit off desperate people trying to reach Europe.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #kurdistan, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #news-and-news-media, #poland, #social-media, #telegram-llc

Social Media Is Polluted With Climate Denialism

Climate misinformation is rampant on social media. Is there anything to be done?

#advertising-and-marketing, #avaaz-org, #exxon-mobil-corp, #facebook-inc, #global-warming, #google-inc, #haugen-frances, #heartland-institute, #online-advertising, #rumors-and-misinformation, #social-media

You Are the Object of Facebook’s Secret Extraction Operation

Ending data extraction is the key to ending surveillance capitalism.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #privacy, #united-states

Facebook’s Ad Policies Changed, but Political Campaigns Can Still Target You

Meta announced changes to its ad-targeting policies, but they will do little to stop campaigns from reaching specific voters.

#data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #online-advertising, #political-advertising, #social-media

Twitter Dips Its Toes Into Paid Subscriptions

This is a good time to think more broadly about Big Tech’s business models.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #privacy, #twitter

Facebook’s Meta: How Designers View the New Logo and Brand

The emblem for Facebook’s new parent company is built for the metaverse, even if it disappoints in the real world.

#evamy-michael, #facebook-inc, #logos, #meta-platforms-inc, #scher-paula, #trademarks-and-trade-names, #walsh-jessica-1986

Video of Salt Bae Serving Communist Leader Gold Steak Prompts Anger in Vietnam

A celebrity chef showed the meal in a TikTok video, now removed, that angered people in Vietnam. Facebook said it was investigating why the chef’s hashtag was blocked from its site.

#censorship, #communist-party-of-vietnam, #facebook-inc, #gold, #lam-to, #marx-karl, #meat, #restaurants, #salt-bae-chef, #social-media, #tiktok-bytedance, #vietnam, #youtube-com

Meta plans to remove thousands of sensitive ad-targeting categories.

Ad buyers will no longer be able to use topics such as health, race or sexual orientation to target people with unwanted ads on Facebook or other Meta apps.

#advertising-and-marketing, #computers-and-the-internet, #discrimination, #facebook-inc, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #instagram-inc, #jews-and-judaism, #meta-platforms-inc, #online-advertising, #social-media

An 8-Year-Old Explains the Metaverse

“One minute you get scammed, another minute you’re having the best time of your life, making billions of dollars.”

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #roblox-video-game, #virtual-reality-computers

The Way We Work Now (or Don’t)

Ways of thinking about work, and antiwork. Also: Is Facebook being prejudged?

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #labor-and-jobs, #manjoo-farhad, #minimum-wage, #rumors-and-misinformation, #wages-and-salaries

Those Loud and Polluting Leaf Blowers

Readers mostly excoriate and urge alternatives to what one calls “these obnoxious, deafening, exhaust-spewing machines.” Also: The metaverse; signs of concern.

#facebook-inc, #lawns, #names-organizational, #sustainable-living, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

To Build the Metaverse, Meta First Wants to Build Stores

The social networking company has discussed opening physical stores to showcase its virtual reality and augmented reality devices.

#augmented-reality-computers, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #oculus-vr-inc, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Is Meta’s Facial Recognition Retreat Another Head Fake?

If ever an issue cried out for some lawmaking guidance, this is it.

#amazon-com-inc, #carlyle-group-lp, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #internal-sub-only-nl, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #virtual-reality-computers

Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

The suit, filed by the now defunct photo start-up Phhhoto, accused the social network of stalling on a deal and then putting it out of business.

#antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #instagram-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #mobile-applications, #reback-gary-l, #social-media, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #zuckerberg-mark-e

What to Do About Facebook, and What Not to Do

Assessing the many ideas for fixing the social network.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #social-media, #united-states-politics-and-government, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Is the Problem Facebook? Or the Internet?

Tech reporter Casey Newton takes us inside the Facebook Papers consortium, the company’s failure to be held to account and why the problem is bigger than any one company.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #swisher-kara, #whistle-blowers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Meta Makes Changes to Marketing Strategy Amid Scandals

After the social media giant auditioned agencies to manage its ad budget, underscoring its Madison Avenue ties, Spark Foundry won the business.

#budgets-and-budgeting, #computers-and-the-internet, #dentsu, #facebook-inc, #haugen-frances, #online-advertising, #publicis-groupe, #social-media, #whistle-blowers, #wiedenkennedy

The Mark Zuckerberg Aesthetic

With his plans for a virtual reality metaverse, the Facebook founder pitches himself as a cultural impresario of the internet’s future.

#facebook-inc, #meta-platforms-inc, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Plans to Shut Down Its Facial Recognition System

Saying it wants “to find the right balance” with the technology, the social network will delete the face scan data of more than one billion users.

#computer-vision, #computers-and-the-internet, #corporate-social-responsibility, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #facebook-inc, #facial-recognition-software, #meta-platforms-inc, #privacy, #social-media, #software

Facebook Makes Us Know Too Much About Each Other

On social media, exposure to those unlike us often makes us hate them.

#computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #sociology

Learning to Live With Mark Zuckerberg

Journalists and tech executives seem to be fighting each other to a draw in a battle that has no end in sight.

#facebook-inc, #information-the, #lessin-jessica-e, #news-and-news-media, #social-media, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook’s Metaverse Is No Replacement for the Real World

Social media, in many ways, poisons our capacity to be present in the here and now.

#computers-and-the-internet, #empathy, #facebook-inc, #science-and-technology, #social-conditions-and-trends, #social-media, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Eric Schmidt Discusses the Dangers of A.I.

Will we end up as the family pet?

#alphabet-inc, #artificial-intelligence, #computers-and-the-internet, #facebook-inc, #google-inc, #schmidt-eric-e, #social-media, #the-age-of-a-i-book

Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta Presentation Was Full of Meme References

For those watching closely, his 80-minute video announcing Facebook’s rebrand delivered some self-referential jokes.

#comedy-and-humor, #facebook-inc, #zuckerberg-mark-e

Facebook Gets a New Name

Running from controversy, Facebook introduces a new name and vision.

#facebook-inc, #internal-sub-only-nl, #meta, #metaverse, #silicon-valley-calif, #virtual-reality-computers, #zuckerberg-mark-e