"It's important that Facebook is a place where people with different views can share their ideas," wrote Mark Zuckerberg following the violent "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville. "But when someone tries to silence others or attacks them based on who they are or what they believe, that hurts us all and is unacceptable." That tender sentiment, however, apparently didn't stop the tech giant from using an anti-Muslim ad as a guinea pig for its new video formats during the final weeks of last year's election.
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Regina Dugan, a tech exec with roots in the government sector as the former director of DARPA, is leaving Facebook -- and her departure calls into question the status of one of the craziest things Facebook has been working on.
Facebook is a vast and bewildering operation, working with visible and invisible data streams via opaque algorithms on a scale larger than humans can readily comprehend. Many of us have been baffled, for example, by the social network's ability to figure out who we know in real life, as reflected by the suggestions that pop up in its "People You May Know" box.
In a court hearing today, the US Department of Justice dropped its request for the names of an estimated 6000 people who "liked" a Facebook page about an Inauguration Day protest, the American Civil Liberties Union said. The ACLU challenged several warrants related to protests against President Trump's inauguration on Friday, one of which included the search, claiming they were over-broad.
The Russia-funded political ads that ran on Facebook during the 2016 US election will be shown to the public, members of the House Intelligence Committee said today. US House and Senate committees are investigating ads that ran on Facebook, Twitter, Google and other platforms in an effort to determine how Kremlin-backed trolls organised their misinformation campaigns and whether the ads influenced the outcome of the US election.
Facebook wants one billion people to experience virtual reality -- about one-seventh of the entire human population. That's an audacious goal even without a timeframe, which Mark Zuckerberg did not provide. But to lure that many people into the void, users don't just need their minds blown. They also need to feel safe.
The sprawling inquiry into the extent of Russian attempts to purchase ads on the US internet before the 2016 US federal elections has expanded to yet another digital giant, with Microsoft confirming that it has launched an internal investigation into whether it sold such advertisements via its Bing search engine.
Russian actors spent tens of thousands of dollars on Google ads meant to interfere with the 2016 US presidential election, the Washington Post reported on Monday. Citing employees "familiar" with Google's internal investigations, the Post reports that these ads, which appeared on Gmail and YouTube, "do not appear to be from the same... troll farm that bought ads on Facebook".
Image Cache: On Friday, chicken nugget enthusiast Corey Dunkin went to Maccas. A few people went along with him -- not the thousands that said they would, but more people than you'd reasonably expect to head out on a Friday night nugg run.
Internet of Things devices are notoriously insecure and webcams are among the creepiest targets for hacks. A woman in the Netherlands recently learned just how disturbing these vulnerabilities can be, capturing footage of a home webcam that started tracking her movements and speaking to her in a sinister, unfamiliar voice.