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Despite defections, Facebook officially launches Libra

Facebook to move forward with its Libra digital currency project, despite several high-profile defections from the undertaking and pressure from U.S. politicians.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 11, 2019, 5:21 p.m.

Visa, Mastercard shun Facebook’s Libra digital currency plan

Visa and Mastercard on Friday announced their departure from Facebook’s Libra project, a major setback to the social network’s plan for a worldwide digital currency.


Facebook to settle advertiser lawsuit for $40 million

Facebook has agreed to pay $40 million to advertisers who said it inflated the amount of time its users watched videos.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019, 9:17 p.m.

PayPal drops out of Libra, Facebook’s payments project

Digital payments company PayPal pulls out of Facebook’s digital currency project, known as Libra. It’s a blow to Facebook, who has faced stronger-than-expected scrutiny over its proposed creation of an …


EU court: Facebook can be forced to remove content worldwide

The European Union’s top court has ruled that member states can force Facebook to remove or block unlawful material worldwide.


Report: Facebook’s Libra falters as key partners waver

A new report says partners in Facebook’s cryptocurrency-based payments network, Libra, are wavering in their support amid a backlash from U.S. and European officials.


Facebook suspends thousands of apps but user impact unclear

Facebook said Friday that it has suspended “tens of thousands” of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019, 6:32 p.m.

Senate tech critic tells Facebook CEO: Sell message services

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is meeting with lawmakers in Washington to discuss regulation of the tech industry, including the companies’ collection of users’ personal data on their platforms.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 7:10 p.m.

Facebook slashes price, size of Portal video call gadget

Facebook is slashing the price and the size of the Portal, its screen and camera-equipped gadget for making video calls with friends and family, as it attempts to get the …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 6, 2019, 5:12 p.m.

As feds loom, states hit Facebook, Google with new probes

Two bipartisan groups of state attorneys general are launching separate antitrust investigations into Facebook and Google, adding to regulatory scrutiny of two of the world’s largest and most ubiquitous tech …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 8:32 p.m.

Friends with benefits: Can Facebook tackle your love life?

Facebook Dating, a matchmaking service the company already offers in Brazil, Canada and 17 other countries, will arrive in the U.S. on Thursday. But after years of privacy missteps by …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 2:06 p.m.

Facebook tightens political ad rules, but leaves loopholes

Facebook is tightening its rules around political advertising ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, acknowledging previous misuse. But it’s not clear if it will be enough to stop bad …


Facebook launching local alerts during emergencies, including severe weather

Severe weather, traffic incidents and crime disrupt routines and threaten lives. Facebook announced Tuesday it is arming state, city and local government emergency managers with the ability to issue local …


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 20, 2019, 4:26 p.m.

Facebook rolls out tool to block off-Facebook data gathering

Facebook is launching a long-promised tool that lets you block the social network from gathering information about you on outside websites and apps.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 14, 2019, 3:14 p.m.

Privacy questions as humans reviewed user audio at Facebook

Facebook says it paid contractors to transcribe audio clips from users of its Messenger service.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

FBI, Facebook could clash over privacy vs. monitoring

The FBI is looking for outside contractors to monitor social media for potential threats, setting up a possible conflict with Facebook and other companies over privacy.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 8, 2019, 5:17 p.m.

Report: Facebook offering ‘millions’ to publishers for news

Facebook is reportedly in talks with news publishers to offer “millions of dollars” for the rights to publish their material on its site.


Facebook is helping connect blood centers and donors

Facebook is teaming up with Vitalant, formerly the Inland Northwest Blood Center, to connect it with potential blood donors in the Northwest. The feature just went live in Washington, Idaho …


UPDATED: Fri., July 26, 2019, 6:04 p.m.

Privacy group challenges $5B Facebook settlement

A consumer privacy group has filed a challenge to Facebook’s $5B settlement with the Federal Trade Commission, saying it is not “adequate, reasonable or appropriate” and lets the social media …


Trump vows to retaliate against French digital tax

President Donald Trump is promising to retaliate against France for adopting a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook.


UPDATED: Wed., July 24, 2019, 2:50 p.m.

Facebook’s big federal fine: Hammer or slap on the wrist?

The Federal Trade Commission’s record $5 billion fine and new oversight of Facebook is a serious attempt to rein in the world’s largest social media network after years of privacy …


UPDATED: Tue., July 23, 2019, 3:22 p.m.

Justice Department launches antitrust probe of Big Tech

The U.S. Justice Department opened a sweeping antitrust investigation of big technology companies and whether their online platforms have hurt competition, suppressed innovation or otherwise harmed consumers.


UPDATED: Wed., July 17, 2019, 9:44 p.m.

U.S. Air Force warns against joke event to ‘storm Area 51’

The U.S. Air Force has warned people against participating in an internet joke suggesting a large crowd of people “storm Area 51,” the top-secret Cold War test site in the …


Facebook’s currency plan gets hostile reception in Congress

Under sharp criticism from senators, a Facebook executive on Tuesday defended the social network’s ambitious plan to create a digital currency and pledged to work with regulators to achieve a …


62 border employees under internal investigation for posts

U..S border officials are investigating 62 current, 8 former employees after social media posts mock lawmakers, migrants


Report: FTC approves roughly $5B fine for Facebook

The FTC has voted to approve a fine of about $5 billion for Facebook over privacy violations, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday. The report cited an unnamed person familiar …


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 1:18 p.m.

‘Give me a call’: How Spokane-area politicians deal with uncivil comments on their social media accounts

In the wake of a federal court ruling that President Donald Trump was in violation of the First Amendment when he blocked a critic on Twitter, local politicians said they …


France adopts pioneering tax on tech giants after US threat

France adopted a pioneering tax on internet giants like Google, Amazon and Facebook on Thursday, despite U.S. threats of new tariffs on French imports.


Ex-Border Patrol employees discuss ‘vile’ Facebook posts

Before the rise of social media, Border Patrol agents gathered in parking lots at the end of their shifts for what was known as “choir practice” – a chance to …


Graphic, sexually explicit Facebook posts roil Border Patrol

The head of the U.S. Border Patrol slammed as “completely inappropriate” sexually explicit posts about U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and comments questioning the authenticity of a photo of a drowned …