Facebook Working On Podcasts, Travel Apps

The social network is exploring new product areas through a team dedicated to building the company’s future.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

On Facebook, KABC Focuses On Essentials

The Los Angeles ABC Owned Television Station, winner of TVNewsCheck’s Social Media Excellence Award for large market stations, aims to “dial in to the information people are going to need” on Facebook. Its high engagement there reflects efforts to connect with the market’s sizeable Hispanic viewership and its deft management of topic-specific Facebook Groups.

TVN’S SOCIAL MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS

KKTV Builds Facebook Loyalty With Content

The Gray-owned, Colorado Springs CBS affiliate is this year’s Social Media Excellence Award winner for small-medium markets. Its robust audience has grown around the station’s commitment to a steady stream of locally important content there.

DMA 37: CINCINNATI

How WKRC Hopes To Lure Younger Viewers

YouTube is not a new platform, but young reporters like WKRC Cincinnati’s Clancy Burke are part of a growing phenomenon that reflects its popularity. Millennial and Gen-Z hires in local TV newsrooms are increasingly likely to have established YouTube “brands” of their own — creating both a challenge and an opportunity for their bosses.

Campaigns Press Facebook On Political Ads

When Google said it would limit the ability of political advertisers to target voters, campaigns said they did not want Facebook to follow.

Al Jazeera To Facebook: Get Your Shit Together on Disinformation

Facebook Under Scrutiny As News Publisher

A little more than two weeks after Facebook announced a news initiative, the social network was on the defensive, responding to a published report that a website co-founded by the company’s top news executive had displayed bias against Elizabeth Warren.

Facebook Ponders Limits On Campaign Ads

Facebook is considering restricting politicians’ ability to use highly detailed demographic and personal information to narrowly target would-be voters with ads, policy chief Nick Clegg confirmed Thursday in an interview with Politico — in a possible shift in the social network’s broadly permissive policy on political advertising.

Facebook Sued For Age, Gender Bias In Ads

Facebook Inc was sued on Thursday in a proposed class action accusing it of discriminating against older and female users by withholding advertising for financial services such as bank accounts, insurance, investments and loans.

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Kara Swisher: Your Move, Facebook

Twitter will no longer allow political advertising, a move that places Twitter and Jack Dorsey in stark contrast to Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg.

Facebook, Free Speech And Political Ads

A number of Facebook’s recent decisions have fueled a criticism that continues to follow the company, including the decision not to fact-check political advertising and the inclusion of Breitbart News in the company’s new “trusted sources” News tab. These controversies were stoked even further by Mark Zuckerberg’s speech at Georgetown University last week, where he tried—mostly unsuccessfully—to portray Facebook as a defender of free speech. Discussing all this are Alex Stamos, former chief technology officer of Facebook, veteran tech journalist Kara Swisher, Jillian York of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Harvard Law professor Jonathan Zittrain, and Stanford researcher Kate Klonick.

Dissent Erupts At Facebook Over Hands-Off Stance On Political Ads

Hill Hammers Zuckerberg Over Controversies

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday fielded sharp criticism and tough questions about nearly all aspects of his company’s business practices at a hearing about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency project Libra. The aggressive questioning underlined how difficult it will be for the Libra project to move past the baggage of Facebook’s various controversies, which have angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Facebook Ad VP Rob Goldman Leaving

States Launch Facebook Antitrust Investigation

The investigation by a coalition of 47 state attroneys general focuses on whether Facebook’s dominance in the industry may have led to anticompetitive behavior that harms consumers.

What Facebook Is Doing To Protect The 2020 U.S. Elections

Facebook Finds New Disinformation Campaigns

Facebook on Monday said it had found and taken down four state-backed disinformation campaigns, the latest of dozens the company has identified and removed this year. Three of the campaigns originated in Iran, and one in Russia, Facebook said, with state-backed actors disguised as genuine users. Their posts targeted people in North Africa, Latin America and the United States, the company said.

Facebook Reaches Deal With Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal reports that News Corp. has reached a deal to let Facebook feature headlines from The Wall Street Journal and other Dow Jones media properties, as well as the New York Post, in the social media giant’s coming news section, the companies said. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.

Warren Targets Facebook’s Ad Policy

A fresh series of Facebook ads this week by Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren seeks to put the social media giant on the defensive — by telling a lie.
The ads, which began running widely on Thursday, start with a bold but obvious falsehood: That Facebook and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg have endorsed President Trump’s reelection campaign.

NAB Pushes STELAR Expiration

With the clock ticking down on the renewal, or sunset, of the STELAR compulsory license, the National Association of Broadcasters bought a Facebook ad flight in key markets pushing for the license’s expiration. And while the ads have not been carrying a “political advertising” disclaimer, NAB said they would going forward.

Facebook To Settle Advertiser Lawsuit For $40M

Advertisers sued Facebook in 2016 over user metrics that supposedly measured the average length of time consumers spent viewing posted video ads. The lawsuit said that the time was inflated by up to 900 percent and that helped convince advertisers to buy Facebook’s video advertising services.

EU: Facebook Can Be Forced To Delete Content

The decision by the EU’s top court that individual countries can order Facebook to take down posts globally sets a benchmark for the reach of European laws governing the internet.

DOJ To Open Facebook Antitrust Investigation

The Justice Department will open an antitrust investigation of Facebook, a person familiar with the matter said on Wednesday, marking the fourth recent antitrust probe of the social media company.

Facebook Suspends ’10s Of Thousands’ Of Apps

The scale of suspensions, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, was far larger than the social network had previously revealed.

ESPN Chief Expects Silicon Valley To Bid On NFL

Jimmy Pitaro said today: “I have no idea if [Amazon, Google and Facebook] are going to be interested specifically in Monday Night Football, but I do believe that several new media companies are going to be interested in acquiring more NFL rights.”

Newspaper Execs Lobby To Fight Big Tech

Executives from seven newspaper companies lobbied Capitol Hill this week to urge Congress to pass the “Journalism Competition and Preservation Act,” a bill that fights the dominance of tech companies like Google and Facebook in the digital content business.

What We Know About Facebook News Tab

More details are trickling out about Facebook’s planned News tab. Facebook has said repeatedly that it isn’t in the journalism business, but a team of human editors responsible for an upcoming news initiative by the company will exercise significant control over the presentation of top stories, including judging them over their use of anonymous sources, according to internal guidelines.

State AGs Investigating Facebook

A healthy handful of states is investigating Facebook over antitrust issues. New York Attorney General Letitia James today confirmed that she is heading up a “bipartisan coalition” of state AGs — nine in all so far — looking into the company to see whether it has used its social media dominance anticompetitively.

US Plans For Fake Social Media Run Afoul Of Facebook Rules

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook said Tuesday that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security would be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. “Law enforcement authorities, like everyone else, are required to use their real names on Facebook and we make this […]

Facebook Tightens Rules For Political Ads

Gearing up for the 2020 presidential election, Facebook is rolling out stricter rules for political advertisers. As part of the push, the tech titan plans to strengthen the authorization process for ad buyers, show users more information about individual advertisers, and update its list of domestic social issues to better reflect the public discourse.

Facebook Tightens Political Advertising Rules

Bracing for the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the company adds more steps for buyers of political ads. Disinformation experts aren’t sure it is enough.

Facebook News Effort To Use Human Curators

A news section inside Facebook’s mobile app will be run by journalists and not just algorithms, the company says.

Facebook Talking With Publishers On News

The social network is pitching an initiative to license articles from some of the largest American news publishers for its mobile app, according to people with knowledge of the discussions.

Facebook Wants Netflix, Disney On New Device

Facebook has approached Netflix, Disney and other media companies about putting their streaming services on a new Facebook device for making video calls from televisions, The Information has learned. The device, which Facebook is aiming to release this fall, will use the same video-calling technology that is in Facebook’s camera-equipped smart speaker, called Portal.

Hey, Big Tech, Welcome To Washington

As Facebook’s on-going troubles with Justice, the FTC and the SEC vividly illustrate, high tech media will be, from here on out, under constant and deepening scrutiny from policymakers and regulators.

FTC Fines Facebook $5B For Privacy Violations

The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company. As part of the settlement, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will have to personally certify his company’s compliance with its privacy programs. The FTC said that false certifications could expose him to civil or criminal penalties.

Justice Opens Antitrust Review Of Big Tech

The Justice Department said it will investigate how internet giants like Facebook, Amazon and Google have accumulated market power and whether they have acted to reduce competition. Similar inquiries are underway in Congress and at the Federal Trade Commission, which shares antitrust oversight responsibilities with the DOJ.

Facebook’s News Feed Ads To Shrink

Ingram: Facebook Kills, Funds Local Journalism

Mathew Ingram takes a jaded look at Facebook’s largesse toward struggling local media outlets via its latest Facebook Journalism Project Community Network grants. It’s “a giant, thorny conflict of interest with a check attached,” he writes.

Congress Grills Big Tech On Competition, Money

A Tuesday afternoon panel of the House Judiciary Committee focused on whether it’s time for Congress to rein in these companies, which are among the largest on Earth by several measures. Central to that case is whether their business practices run afoul of century-old laws originally designed to combat railroad and oil monopolies.