Before a hearing scheduled for Wednesday, Democratic members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee asked cable companies what they did to combat “the spread of misinformation.”
The social network, which has a history of cloning its competitors, has started working on an audio chat product.
News feeds will start getting less political content in Canada, Brazil and Indonesia, the social network said, with the change reaching the U.S. in coming weeks.
The move, which applies to anti-vaccine posts unrelated to Covid as well, targets unpaid posts to the site and particularly Facebook pages and groups.
The first decisions from the new Oversight Board have been issued. The results are underwhelming.
Facebook was going to compete with Google for some advertising sales but backed away from the plan after the companies cut a preferential deal, according to court documents.
The ability of a handful of people to control our public discourse has never been more obvious.
He is running out of places to post.
“We believe the risks of allowing the president to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, said.
The company declared in newspaper ads that it was “standing up to Apple.” It’s a desperate ploy that’s unlikely to work.
The U.S. government and more than 40 states say the social networking company has become an unlawful monopoly that is hurting consumers.
The social network said it opposed changes that Apple was making to the tracking of apps and would provide information for an antitrust complaint against the iPhone maker.
It’s not too late for the government to take back power from Big Tech.
The U.S. and states cases against the social network are far from a slam dunk because the standards of proof are formidable.
What if neutrality isn’t neutral?
The lawsuit adds to Facebook’s woes in Washington, where the social network also faces antitrust questions.
The step goes beyond what the social network previously did on vaccine falsehoods by taking down the false claims entirely.
The executives, who have now testified several times in recent years, will most likely face some new questions about how they handled the election.
Tech companies aren’t going to dismantle the systems that are making them billions.
Republican senators accused the leaders of Twitter, Facebook and Google of censorship. Democrats denounced that as posturing.
Their animosity is likely to be on full display at a hearing on Wednesday with the leaders of Facebook, Google and Twitter.
And why conservatives fear the creep of authoritarianism, too.
Conservatives said they would subpoena the chief executives of the social networks, which had blocked an unsubstantiated New York Post article.
Facebook’s new moves to stop the lies and conspiracy theories seem more random than rigorous.
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, once cited Holocaust denial as something he would allow on the social network for free speech reasons.
Extremist groups and conspiracy theorists like to connect with each other just like everyone else.
Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.
At the time, the fictional story of Facebook’s founding seemed overdramatic; now it underscores how our connections have changed, especially in the Covid era.
Local election boards say they may need up to $50 million to avoid a repeat of the botched primary, so some are seeking, and receiving, grants funded by the Facebook chief executive.
Facebook began integrating its Instagram and Messenger apps, allowing users of the services to directly communicate with each other.
The platforms must not tolerate voter disinformation.
Cities and states face huge bills to deal with voting during the pandemic. Mark Zuckerberg offered $300 million to help — and conservatives are objecting.
The most patriotic thing that companies could do is help democracy work better.
How much longer are we going to allow its platform to foment hatred and undermine democracy?
Despite what Mark Zuckerberg says, Facebook shapes our world.
Pandemic policies at tech companies have created a rift between parents offered more benefits and resentful workers who don’t have children.
Facebook is too big for democracy.
The social network said it would block new political ads in late October, among other measures, to reduce misinformation and interference.
The world’s biggest social network is working out what steps to take should President Trump use its platform to dispute the vote.
It was the first known time that regulators directly interviewed a chief executive of one of the tech companies being scrutinized for potential antitrust violations.
A supporter of the dangerous conspiracy theory is most likely headed to Congress. The social media platforms have some soul-searching to do.
The call from 20 state officials adds to the rising pressure facing Mark Zuckerberg and his company.
Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, rolled out a new product that lets people create 15-second videos and share them.
The founder of ByteDance, Zhang Yiming, dreamed of building a global tech company based in China. Then the geopolitical reality set in.
Major advertisers on Facebook reduced their spending by millions of dollars in July, but not enough to significantly damage the platform’s revenue.
Congress was once filled with “Atari Democrats.” This week’s hearings showed their transformation into trust busters.
It is less clear that tech executives’ strategy of evasive answers will continue to work now that lawmakers have begun doing their homework.
The chiefs of Amazon, Apple, Google and Facebook faced withering questions from Democrats about anti-competitive practices and from Republicans about anti-conservative bias.
The C.E.O.s are likely to argue before Congress that their companies aren’t anticompetitive. Here are the facts.
Members of Congress will be able to grill tech C.E.O.s at a hearing. Let’s hope they don’t waste the opportunity.