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Facebook to overhaul ad targeting to prevent discrimination

Facebook will overhaul its ad-targeting systems to prevent discrimination in housing, credit and employment ads as part of a legal settlement.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019, 11:43 a.m.

Facebook says no one flagged NZ mosque shooting livestream

Facebook says none of the 200 or so people who watched live video of the New Zealand mosque shooting flagged it to moderators, underlining the challenge tech companies face in …


Facebook says service hindered by lack of local news

Facebook’s effort to establish a service that provides its users with local news and information is being hindered by the lack of outlets where the company’s technicians can find original …


Facebook removed 1.5 million videos of the Christchurch attacks within 24 hours - and there were still many more

WELLINGTON, New Zealand – Facebook said that it removed 1.5 million videos of footage from the shooting rampage at two mosques in Christchurch within 24 hours of the attack, underscoring …


UPDATED: Thu., March 14, 2019, 3:53 p.m.

Facebook says outages due to ‘server configuration change’

Facebook went down for almost a full day across parts of North America and Europe, but it’s still not saying exactly what happened.


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 10:30 p.m.

AP Explains: What Facebook’s ‘privacy vision’ really means

Mark Zuckerberg’s abrupt Wednesday declaration of a new “privacy vision” for social networking was for many people a sort of Rorschach test.


UPDATED: Thu., March 7, 2019, 8:03 p.m.

Facebook’s vision of future? Looks like Chinese app WeChat

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking the social media company in a new direction by focusing on messaging. Chinese tech giant Tencent got there years ago with its app WeChat.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Detectives search Facebook records of woman whose body was found in Spokane River

Detectives are searching through the Facebook messaging records of a woman who


Zuckerberg promises a privacy-friendly Facebook, sort of

Facebook, which grew into a colossus by vacuuming up your information in every possible way and using it to target ads back at you, now says its future lies in …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:20 p.m.

Social media extortion could become felony crime in Washington

Demanding money to remove false information posted about a person or a business on social media could become a felony in Washington.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 5:22 p.m.

Report: Facebook, FTC discussing ‘multibillion dollar’ fine

A report says Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission are negotiating a “multibillion dollar” fine for the social network’s privacy lapses.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 5:03 p.m.

Anti-vaxxers are spreading conspiracy theories on Facebook, and the company is struggling to stop them

As a disturbing number of measles outbreaks crop up around the United States, Facebook is facing challenges combating widespread misinformation about vaccinations on its platform, which has become a haven …


Unblocking naked Venus: Facebook OKs museum nudes after all

It seems Facebook can be friends with a topless Venus after all. The social media giant said Tuesday it mistakenly blocked a museum in Switzerland from using images of two …


Deactivating Facebook leaves people less informed but happier, study finds

In the latest study measuring the effects of social media on a person’s life, researchers at New York University and Stanford University found that deactivating Facebook for just four weeks …


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 1, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Stevens County sheriff vows to ignore voter-approved Initiative 1639

Stevens County Sheriff Brad Manke said on Friday that he will not enforce Initiative 1639, which brings sweeping changes for gun purchases, storage and background checks.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 31, 2019, 5:47 p.m.

Facebook says Apple its restoring a key developer tool

Facebook says Apple is restoring its access to a key development tool that the iPhone maker disabled Wednesday.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

Apple busts Facebook for distributing data-sucking app

Apple says Facebook can no longer distribute an app that paid users, including teenagers, to extensively track their phone and web use.


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 28, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Collision kills longtime Albertsons employee who brought joy to others

Andrew Vathis rode a three-wheel bicycle. He sacked groceries. His smile changed lives.


Former Facebook engineer buys 100 acres in Coeur d’Alene, promises public access

Hiking the forested hills above his home, Jason Evans pauses to speak enthusiastically about Idaho’s state tree, western white pine.


AP Fact Check: Facebook’s murky data-sharing practices

Mark Zuckerberg’s latest attempt to explain Facebook’s data-sharing practices is notable for its omissions as well as what it plays up and plays down


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 17, 2019, 5:05 p.m.

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages and accounts it says were part of two big disinformation operations.


UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 15, 2019, 6:50 p.m.

Facebook to invest $300 million in news, focusing on local

Facebook says it is investing $300 million over the next three years in news initiatives, with a focus on local news partnerships and other programs.


Remember virtual reality? Its buzz has faded at CES 2019

It’s a world away from the scene a few years ago, when VR products from Samsung, Oculus, HTC and Sony seemed omnipresent and unstoppable at CES 2019. These days, VR …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 9, 2019, 8:04 p.m.

Facebook literally can’t be deleted on some Samsung phones

Some Samsung devices come preloaded with a Facebook app that owners can’t remove; the app can only be disabled.


Elected officials cannot silence critics on social media, appeals court rules

An elected official in Virginia violated the First Amendment when she temporarily blocked a constituent on Facebook, a federal appeals court ruled Monday, in a novel case with implications for …


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 9:40 p.m.

After being blocked, evangelist Franklin Graham claims Facebook ‘is censoring free speech’

Franklin Graham, the son of the evangelist Billy Graham and a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump, said Sunday that he accepts “Facebook’s apology” after the platform blocked him for …


After scandal-filled year, what’s next for Facebook?

Facebook is closing out 2018 the same way it began the year: in defense mode. A new report recently revealed the social networking giant shared user data with other tech …


Jacob Silverman: The Facebook scandal isn’t really about social media. It’s about capitalism.

As Facebook generates billions in profits by exploiting access to our attention and our personal lives, it tells us this arrangement is good for us. It’s long past time to …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018, 7:33 p.m.

D.C. sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

The District of Columbia sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.