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UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 5:55 p.m.

Oregon using Facebook to remind inactive voters to register

In this era of manipulators using social media to interfere in elections, Oregon officials moved Tuesday to use Facebook to bolster participation by reminding as many as hundreds of thousands …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:10 p.m.

ACLU: Facebook allows gender-biased job ads on its platform

Facebook is allowing job ads on its platform that exclude women, according to the American Civil liberties Union.


Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:33 p.m.

Study: Facebook app deleted by 25 percent of users in wake of Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

Facebook users are adjusting their digital behavior following the turmoil on the platform during the 2016 presidential election, according to a new survey.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 5, 2018, 8:32 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter pledge to defend against foreign intrusion

Facebook and Twitter executives assured Congress on Wednesday that they are aggressively working to root out foreign attempts to sow discord in America, and they pledged to better protect their …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 2, 2018, 8:22 p.m.

Facebook adds Alaska’s Inupiaq as language option

A new Inupiaq language option recently went live on Facebook for those who employ the social media giant’s community translation tool.


Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of its users on a scale from zero to one

Facebook has begun to assign its users a reputation score, predicting their trustworthiness on a scale from zero to one.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 17, 2018, 2:39 p.m.

U.S. regulators target Facebook on discriminatory housing ads

Federal regulators have served Facebook with a complaint alleging the company’s advertising tools allow landlords and real estate brokers to engage in housing discrimination.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 10, 2018, 2:05 p.m.

Tech giants still stumbling in the social world they created

Social media bans of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones have thrust Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and others into a role they never wanted – as gatekeepers of discourse on their platforms, deciding …


Facebook removes Alex Jones pages for hate, bullying

Facebook says it has taken down four pages belonging to rightwing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, including two featuring his “Infowars” show, for violating its hate speech and bullying policies.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 10:33 a.m.

Idaho Republican candidate uses Muslim slur on social media

BOISE – A Republican candidate for the Idaho Statehouse defended the use of a Muslim slur on his public Facebook page by saying he likes to trigger debate by making …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 12:42 p.m.

Facebook opens up on vote meddling, but is the shift real?

For a company bent on making the world more open, Facebook has long been secretive about the details of how it runs its social network – particularly how things go …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 4, 2018, 9:41 a.m.

Election crackdown runs into speed-tweeting human ‘bots’

Twitter and other sites also have targeted automated or robot-like accounts known as bots, which authorities say were used to cloak efforts by foreign governments and political bad actors in …


Facebook page’s removal angers Washington protest organizers

Facebook stunned and angered organizers of a protest against white supremacists when it disabled their Washington event’s page this week, saying it and others had been created by “bad actors” …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 1, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Facebook unveils tools to tell users when to stop scrolling

Facebook and Instagram, its photo-sharing app, will add controls to help people measure how much time they’re spending on the sites, so they can dial it back if they want …


UPDATED: Tue., July 31, 2018, 6:47 p.m.

Facebook finds ‘sophisticated’ efforts to disrupt elections

Facebook said it has uncovered “sophisticated” efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms.


UPDATED: Mon., July 30, 2018, 5:14 p.m.

Shareholder sues Facebook after stock plunges

Days after Facebook’s stock suffered the largest drop in Wall Street history, a shareholder sued the company accusing the social media network of making misleading statements about its user numbers …


UPDATED: Fri., July 27, 2018, 6:12 p.m.

Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered

The company’s stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in the coming months. The 20.5 percent plunge …


UPDATED: Thu., July 26, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Facebook faces a day of reckoning, at least on Wall Street

Facebook faced a day of reckoning as its shares plunged Thursday in the company’s worst trading day since going public in 2012. It was among the biggest one-day losses of …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 9:37 p.m.

Facebook must end discriminatory ad practice under deal with Washington attorney general

Facebook will be legally required to end its practice of allowing businesses to block certain groups like blacks, gays and immigrants from viewing ads under an agreement reached with the …


UPDATED: Tue., July 24, 2018, 7:13 p.m.

Facebook sets up subsidiary in China, where it’s blocked

Facebook is blocked in China but it’s still setting up a subsidiary in the world’s most populous country.


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.