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Facebook suspends Boston analytics firm over data usage

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended Boston-based analytics firm Crimson Hexagon while it investigates how it collects and shares Facebook and Instagram’s user data.


Zuckerberg’s Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is clarifying his stance pertaining to Holocaust deniers after getting some blowback on social media.


UPDATED: Thu., July 19, 2018, 1:39 p.m.

Facebook says it will start removing posts that may lead to violence

Facebook will start removing misleading and inflammatory posts that may trigger violent attacks, as the social network said Wednesday, as it faces criticism over its response to sectarian conflict in …


Facebook censored a post for ‘hate speech.’ It was the Declaration of Independence.

At first glance, the Vindicator’s Facebook promotion did not seem designed to make waves.


Facebook: 800K users may have had bug unblock blocked people

Facebook says more than 800,000 users may have been affected by a bug that unblocked people they previously had blocked.


UPDATED: Wed., June 27, 2018, 3:09 p.m.

Facebook gives up on building internet-beaming drones

Four years after starting a project to bring internet access to remote locations using internet-beaming drones, Facebook is giving up on designing its own aircraft.


Facebook’s battle against fake news now extends to Mexico

The Mexican election reflects the constantly mutating ways social media can be weaponized against democracy – and the immensity of Facebook’s global challenge.


UPDATED: Tue., June 12, 2018, 7:57 p.m.

Union accuses STA official of racist comments on Facebook

The union representing workers at Spokane Transit Authority said Tuesday it discovered “disturbing, racist comments” made by the agency’s director of human resources.


Role of social media in mountaineering mishaps growing

From the slopes of Mount Adams and across much of the West, there’s growing concern that social media may be playing a role in the increasing number of mountaineering accidents.


UPDATED: Thu., June 7, 2018, 4:37 p.m.

Facebook made some private posts public for as many as 14M

Facebook said Thursday that a software bug made some private posts public for as many as 14 million users over several days in May.


UPDATED: Wed., June 6, 2018, 8:01 p.m.

China’s Huawei denies collecting Facebook user data

Chinese phone maker Huawei said Wednesday it has never collected or stored Facebook user data, after the social media giant acknowledged it shared such data with Huawei and other manufacturers.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 4:58 p.m.

State AG Bob Ferguson sues Google, Facebook over campaign ad data

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson is suing Google and Facebook, saying the companies failed to maintain information about political advertising as required by state law.


UPDATED: Mon., June 4, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Facebook disputes report it grants phone-makers deep data access

Facebook is disputing a New York Times report about how it shares data with device-makers from Apple and Amazon to Samsung. They’re privy to Facebook users’ information but it’s nothing …


UPDATED: Fri., June 1, 2018, 8:07 p.m.

Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label

Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told he Associated Press.


UPDATED: Thu., May 31, 2018, 9:29 p.m.

Facebook losing its cool as U.S. teens pick YouTube, Snapchat

Three years ago, Facebook was the dominant social media site among U.S. teens, visited by 71 percent of people in that magic, trendsetting demographic. Not anymore.


Millions of Illinois Facebook users could be part of class-action lawsuit over photo tagging

Millions of Illinois Facebook users are being notified that they could be involved in a lawsuit over the social media giant’s use of its facial tagging feature.


UPDATED: Tue., May 22, 2018, 3:51 p.m.

Facebook chief faces EU grilling over his ‘digital monster’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced tough questions from European Union lawmakers Tuesday over what one of them branded Zuckerberg’s “digital monster,” and he apologized for the way the social network …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 7:46 p.m.

Facebook disabled 583 million fake accounts and millions of spam, sex and hate speech posts

Facebook revealed Tuesday that it removed more than half a billion fake accounts and millions of pieces of violent or obscene content during the first three months of 2018, pledging …


UPDATED: Tue., May 15, 2018, 3:34 p.m.

Facebook: We’re better at policing nudity than hate speech

Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is challenging for the company because computer programs have difficulties understanding the nuances of human language, the company said …


Facebook suspends 200 apps following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Facebook said Monday morning it had suspended roughly 200 apps amid an ongoing investigation prompted by the Cambridge Analytica scandal into whether services on the site had improperly used or …


Mariners afternoon game against Rangers on May 16 to be shown exclusively on Facebook

In an effort to broaden its reach to different fans, and more importantly consumers, Major League Baseball and Facebook reached an agreement this spring to expand their partnership for 2018, …


UPDATED: Fri., May 11, 2018, 6:23 p.m.

Facebook shares bounce back to pre-scandal level

While Facebook’s practices leading up to the 2017 election are still under scrutiny, Wall Street appears to have moved on for now.


UPDATED: Thu., May 10, 2018, 7:25 p.m.

Tech leaders seek more focus on AI at White House summit

Top U.S. tech executives and researchers are planning to press the Trump administration to invest in artificial intelligence and craft policies they hope will strengthen the economy without displacing jobs.


White House will host Amazon, Facebook, Ford and other major companies for summit on AI

The White House on Thursday plans to convene executives from Amazon, Facebook, Google, Intel and 34 other major U.S. companies as it seeks to supercharge the deployment of powerful robots, …


UPDATED: Wed., May 2, 2018, 9:02 p.m.

Cambridge Analytica shuts down amid scandal over use of Facebook data

Cambridge Analytica, a political consultancy that worked for the Trump campaign and had come under attack for its use of personal Facebook data in other elections, announced on Wednesday it …


Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service

Facebook doesn’t think hookups are meaningful and doesn’t want you to date your friends – but it’s known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could …


Zuckerberg kicks off Facebook conference, offers no apology

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg kicked off his company’s annual developer conference acknowledging that 2018 has been an “intense year” so far, but offered no apology for the company’s big privacy …


Facebook accidentally asked its users if the posts they saw contained hate speech

Facebook has struggled for years to figure out what is and isn’t hate speech on its platform. On Tuesday, a “bug ” revealed that Facebook might be thinking about crowd-sourcing …


UPDATED: Fri., April 27, 2018, 10:54 a.m.

Facebook gives parents control on when kids can use app

Facebook is adding a “sleep” mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it.


UPDATED: Thu., April 26, 2018, 11:18 a.m.

UK lawmakers call on Zuckerberg to appear before them

The U.K. parliament’s media committee demanded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appear before the panel after lawmakers said the senior executive who testified Thursday failed to fully answer their questions about …