Stories tagged: Facebook
Wed., Nov. 22, 2017, 9:22 a.m.
Facebook apologizes to Mafia boss family after posts removed
Facebook is apologizing to the family of the “boss of bosses” of Italy’s Mafia for having removed messages of condolences that flowed in after his death last week.
UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 6:02 p.m.
Ohio candidate doesn’t regret sexual conquest Facebook post
An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Democratic gubernatorial candidate said on Facebook that people should “lighten up” after deleting a previous post outlining his sexual history with women that drew …
Wed., Nov. 8, 2017, 9:46 a.m.
New looks come to Snapchat and Twitter in bid for more users
Struggling social-media darlings Twitter and Snapchat are taking on new looks as the services seek wider audiences in the shadow of Facebook.
Sat., Nov. 4, 2017
Outside View: Russia exposed social media’s vulnerability
The very attributes that make social media sites such effective advertising platforms are also what made them susceptible to a foreign influence campaign.
Fri., Nov. 3, 2017
Beware of last-minute election attacks
Conservatives were outraged with the attack on Howes. Liberals were irate with the smear against Beggs. Unfortunately, there aren’t enough people who are disgusted with both. Until there is, the …
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 3:40 p.m.
Tyrese says he’s OK after emotional Facebook video
Tyrese said he’s OK hours after posting an emotional video to Facebook amid a court battle with his ex-wife.
UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 2, 2017, 10:38 p.m.
Russian election meddling: Should tech giants have known?
There were telltale signs of Russians using social media to meddle in last year’s U.S. elections long before tech companies wised up to it.
UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 6:44 p.m.
Newly disclosed Facebook ads show Russia’s cyber intrusion
Lawmakers on Wednesday released a trove of Facebook ads linked to a Russian effort to disrupt the American political process and whip up tensions around divisive social issues.
UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6:11 p.m.
Senators blast Facebook, Twitter, Google in Russia probe
As revelations emerged that Russian-linked accounts reached many more American voters than previously thought, Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google on Tuesday defended their security measures and promised a Senate …
Tue., Oct. 31, 2017, 6 a.m.
Facebook stumbles with early effort to stamp out fake news
Facebook’s strategy to stamp out fake news is struggling. The company outsources the process to third-party fact checkers who can only tackle a small fraction of the bogus news that …
Fri., Oct. 27, 2017, 12:34 p.m.
Facebook announces new ad transparency before Russia hearing
Under pressure in advance of hearings on Russian election interference, Facebook is moving to increase transparency for everyone who sees and buys political advertising on its site.
Tue., Oct. 24, 2017, 7:54 a.m.
Facebook risks EU-wide privacy fights after setback at top court
Facebook could be in the firing line of data privacy regulators across the European Union if the bloc’s top court follows the opinion of an adviser who said the social …
Mon., Oct. 23, 2017, 10:52 a.m.
Amazon, Facebook and Google beef up lobbying spending
Facebook, Google and Amazon bolstered their lobbying spending in the past three months as Washington takes a closer look at the market power of some of America’s biggest tech companies.
Sat., Oct. 21, 2017, 4:11 p.m.
Trump says Russian-bought Facebook ads were ‘tiny’ compared with US ‘fake news’
President Donald Trump on Saturday downplayed the significance of Russian-bought Facebook ads, which leading lawmakers investigating election meddling have said were intended to influence last year’s campaign and divide Americans.
UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 19, 2017, 10:13 p.m.
Senators push for more online transparency in elections
Senators are moving to boost transparency for online political ads, unveiling Thursday what could be the first of several pieces of legislation to try to lessen influence from Russia or …
Wed., Oct. 18, 2017, 12:03 p.m.
Front Porch: Like it or not, social media can save a life
A cry for help posted on Facebook and the ensuing rapid response shows the power of the social media forum. It saved a life.
Mon., Oct. 16, 2017, 2:18 p.m.
Fact-checking fake news on Facebook works – just too slowly
Facebook’s effort to limit the spread of fake news using outside fact-checkers appears to be having an effect – though that finding comes with a major caveat.
Thu., Oct. 12, 2017, 3:37 p.m.
Facebook’s Sandberg favors release of Russia-linked ads
A top Facebook executive says ads linked to Russia trying to influence the U.S. presidential election should “absolutely” be released to the public, along with information on whom the ads …
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 9:46 p.m.
Facebook exec meets with lawmakers amid Russia probe
One of Facebook’s top executives met Wednesday with House members investigating the company’s Russia-linked ads and told them the social media giant is serious about dealing with the issue.
Wed., Oct. 11, 2017, 5:17 p.m.
Facebook gets real about broadening virtual reality’s appeal
SAN FRANCISCO – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to be realizing a sobering reality about virtual reality: His company’s Oculus headsets that send people into artificial worlds are too expensive …
Mon., Oct. 9, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.: Fact-checkers need to face this fact
What struck me wasn’t so much Ken’s ignorance. Rather, it was how impervious his ignorance was to corrective fact.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 4:12 p.m.
Facebook security chief warns of dangers to fake-news solutions
Facebook’s chief security officer warned that the fake-news problem is more complicated and dangerous to solve than the public thinks.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 1:02 p.m.
Facebook begins ‘human review’ of potentially sensitive ads
Facebook says it will begin manually reviewing advertisements that target certain groups and address politics, religion, ethnicity and social issues.
UPDATED: Sat., Oct. 7, 2017, 11:08 a.m.
Big Tech has big plans to help reconnect Puerto Rico
In the wake of Hurricane Maria, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg pledged to send a “connectivity team” to help restore communications in ravaged Puerto Rico.
Sat., Oct. 7, 2017
Outside View: Google, Facebook must ensure honest information
As Americans grappled with the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, the internet’s hateful troublemakers and trolls were hellbent on using the tragedy to further divide the nation.
Mon., Oct. 2, 2017, 3:12 p.m.
Facebook gives Russia-linked ads to Congress
Facebook announced Monday that it is planning more measures to increase transparency in advertising as the company provides Congress with more than 3,000 ads linked to a Russian ad agency.
Sat., Sept. 30, 2017, 1:33 p.m.
ACLU fights federal warrants seeking political communications of Facebook users
Civil liberties lawyers are trying to block federal investigators from searching the Facebook accounts of local activists connected to protests of President Trump’s inauguration and for information the attorneys say …
Wed., Sept. 27, 2017, 8:28 a.m.
Trump calls Facebook ‘anti-Trump’ after it aids Russia probe
President Donald Trump is calling Facebook “anti-Trump.” His tweet Wednesday comes days after the social media company agreed to provide material to congressional investigators probing Russia interference in the 2016 …
Tue., Sept. 26, 2017, 10:04 a.m.
Russia threatens to block Facebook over data storage
In its latest attempt to wrest control of the Internet, Russia’s communications agency on Tuesday threatened to block access to Facebook if the company refuses to store its data locally.
Mon., Sept. 25, 2017
Leonard Pitts Jr.: The one and only Jackson Bezzant
I know what you’re going through is a lot worse. My bullies never threw rocks at me. They never called me a monster or a freak.