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.

Meta Plans Brick-And-Mortar Stores

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

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.

MRC Accredits IAS For Facebook, Instagram Measurement

Integral Ad Science (IAS) this morning announced it has been accredited by the Media Rating Council for impression and viewability measurement and reporting of display and video ads across Facebook and Instagram.

Facebook To Halt Facial Recognition, Delete Faceprints

After more than a decade of controversy, Facebook will halt its use of facial recognition technology.

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The Metaverse Is Mark Zuckerberg’s Escape Hatch

If his new strategy works — a big if — it could help address several of Facebook’s biggest problems.

Facebook Goes Meta To Stress ‘Metaverse’ Plan

Facebook the app, along with Instagram, WhatsApp and Messenger, are here to stay; the company’s corporate structure also won’t change. But on Dec. 1, its shares will start trading under a new ticker symbol, “MVRS.”

How Facebook’s Formula Fostered Rage And Misinformation

Facebook engineers gave extra value to emoji reactions, including “angry,” pushing more emotional and provocative content into users’ news feeds.

Inside The Big Facebook Leak

In a time of mega-leaks, journalists’ sources have become power players. Frances Haugen, the former Facebook product manager who shared company documents, led a meticulous media rollout.

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Facebook Profits Rise Amid Facebook Papers Findings

Facebook said its net income grew 17% in the July-September period to $9.19 billion, or $3.22 per share, , buoyed by strong advertising revenue. That’s up from $7.85 billion, or $2.71 per share, a year earlier. Revenue grew 35% to $29.01 billion. The company’s latest show of financial strength follows both an avalanche of reports on the Facebook Papers — a vast trove of redacted internal documents obtained by a consortium of news organizations that included The Associated Press — but also of Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen’s testimony to British lawmakers.

Inside The Big Facebook Leak

Facebook Documents Offer Treasure Trove For Washington’s Antitrust War

Documents collected by whistleblower Frances Haugen could give the company “a lot to regret” in its fights to prove it’s not a monopoly.

Facebook Struggles To Figure Out How Many Users It Has

Facebook Inc. is struggling to detect and deal with users’ creating multiple accounts on its flagship platform, according to internal documents that raise new questions about how the social-media giant measures its audience.

Facebook Plans To Rebrand Company With New Name

Facebook is planning to change its company name next week to reflect its focus on building the metaverse, according to a source with direct knowledge of the matter. The coming name change, which CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to talk about at the company’s annual Connect conference on Oct. 28, but could unveil sooner, is meant to signal the tech giant’s ambition to be known for more than social media and all the ills that entail. The rebrand would likely position the blue Facebook app as one of many products under a parent company overseeing groups like Instagram, WhatsApp, Oculus and more.

Facebook To Change Rules On Attacking Public Figures OnIits Platforms

Facebook will now count activists and journalists as “involuntary” public figures and so increase protections against harassment and bullying targeted at these groups, its global safety chief said in an interview.

Father Of Slain WDBJ Reporter Blasts Facebook For Hosting Videos Of Her Murder

Andy Parker, the father of WDBJ Roanoke, Va., reporter Alison Parker who was murdered during a morning live shot in 2015, wants the Federal Trade Commission to take action against Facebook for failing to remove online footage of the shooting.

What Happens When Facebook Goes Down? Traffic To The Open Web Soars

What happens when Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go down for a day? According to some data, traffic to other destinations on the open web jumped by 21%. Thats what an analysis conducted by Taboola of 9,000 digital publishers representing 500 million daily unique users shows.

Facebook’s Outage Frustrates Advertisers Heading Into Holiday Season

Facebook Blames ‘Faulty Configuration Change’ For Nearly 6-Hour Outage

Facebook Again Asks Judge To Dismiss FTC Antitrust Complaint

Gone In Minutes, Out For Hours: Outage Shakes Facebook

When apps used by billions of people worldwide blinked out, lives were disrupted, businesses were cut off from customers — and some Facebook employees were locked out of their offices.

Facebook CTO Apologizes For Outage

 

Security experts tracking the Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp outages say they could have been triggered by a configuration error or could be the result of an internal mistake. An outside hack is viewed as less likely.

How Brands, Advertisers And Even Instagram Responded To The Facebook Outage

Brands take to Twitter to sound off after the world’s largest social network is thrown offline.

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Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram Suffer Worldwide Outage

Facebook said late Monday that “the root cause of this outage was a faulty configuration change” and that there is “no evidence that user data was compromised as a result” of the outage. The company apologized and said it is working to understand more about the cause, which began around 11:40 a.m. ET Monday.

Facebook Calls ’60 Minutes’ Whistleblower Piece ‘Misleading’

Lena Pietsch, director of policy communications for Facebook, fired back Sunday night (Oct. 3) against a segment of 60 Minutes revealing the identity of a company whistleblower as former product manager Frances Hougan. “On Sunday, CBS 60 Minutes ran a segment that used select company materials to tell a misleading story about the research we do to improve our products,” Pietsch said. “The segment also disregards the significant investments we make to keep people safe on our platform and seeks to impugn the motivations of our company.”

Whistle-Blower To Accuse Facebook Of Contributing To Jan. 6 Riot, Memo Says

In an internal memo meant to preempt a 60 Minutes interview, Facebook defended itself and said that social media was not a primary cause of polarization.

Facebook Grilled By Senators Over Its Effect On Children

The company faces accusations that it hid research showing the mental and emotional harm Instagram, its photo-sharing app, has had on teenagers.

Facebook Delays Instagram App For Users 13 And Younger

How Facebook’s ‘Metaverse’ Became A Political Strategy In Washington

What Social Media Needs To Learn From Traditional Media

Government regulation will never fix everything wrong with online discourse. The industry needs to develop professional norms—just as journalism once did.

Facebook iOS Fallout: Underreported Conversions, Lower Advertiser ROI, Increased Ad Loads

Facebook today acknowledged that the performance of its ads has suffered as Apple has rolled out new privacy controls for iOS users, and it could be poised to get even worse as Facebook offsets it by charging higher prices and increasing the ad loads in its feeds.

Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer To Step Down

Facebook’s Rules For High-Profile Users Under Review

Facebook Gets Bipartisan Beatdown In Senate Big Data Hearing

Facebook took unfriendly fire from both sides of the aisle in a Senate Judiciary Committee Antitrust Subcommittee hearing on Big Data.

Pew: Sizable Portion Of U.S. Use Social Media For News

The survey found that “a sizable portion” of U.S. adults (48%) say they get news “sometimes” or “often” from social media sites.

The Battle For Digital Privacy Is Reshaping The Internet

As Apple and Google enact privacy changes, businesses are grappling with the fallout, Madison Avenue is fighting back and Facebook has cried foul.

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them A Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

FTC Releases Allegations Against Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission on Wednesday unsealed a host of previously secret material involving Facebook, ranging from information about the company’s monthly users to details about prior acquisitions. Among other newly unsealed allegations, the FTC says more than 200 million people in the U.S. visited Facebook in every month of 2020, while more than 138 million in the country visited Instagram, according to Comscore data.

Facebook Apologizes For ‘Primates’ Label On Video Of Black Men

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook has apologized for putting a “primates” label on a video of Black men, according to a report in the New York Times. The newspaper said the video was posted by a tabloid in June and showed Black men in altercations with white civilians and police officers. After the video ended, an automatic […]

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