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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 …


Facebook’s digital currency may flourish in the analog world

Facebook’s new Libra digital currency is aimed at a huge potential market for financial services – the entire developing world, with billions of people in areas such as India and …


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 10:46 a.m.

Facebook enlists plain English to clarify how it makes money

Facebook is updating its terms and services guidelines to clarify how it makes money from the personal information of its users. The changes reflect its ongoing attempts to satisfy regulators …


Facebook’s currency Libra faces financial, privacy pushback

Facebook is getting a taste of the regulatory pushback it will face as it creates a new digital currency with corporate partners.


UPDATED: Tue., June 18, 2019, 3:16 p.m.

Facebook plans its own currency for 2 billion-plus users

Facebook already rules daily communication for more than two billion people around the world. Now it wants its own currency, too.


Meme about Muslims leads to important dialogue

A Facebook meme I received about the growing population of Muslims in the U.S. reinforces a valuable lesson about the importance of engaging with each other.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019, 5:30 p.m.

Facebook opens UK engineering hub to fight harmful content

Facebook is opening an engineering center in London that will build tech tools aimed at keeping harmful content off its site.


Facebook launching app that pays users for data on app usage

Facebook is launching an app that will pay users to share information with the social media giant about which apps they’re using.


Congress launches Big Tech antitrust probe

The federal government may be warming up its antitrust enforcement machine and pointing it at Big Tech.


UPDATED: Mon., June 3, 2019, 2:45 p.m.

Report: FTC to lead possible Facebook antitrust probe

Facebook’s stock is plunging following a Wall Street Journal is report that the Federal Trade Commission will lead any antitrust investigation into the company as part of an arrangement that …


Leonard Pitts Jr.: In letting fake Pelosi video stand, Facebook shows its true colors

Facebook has a decision to make. Because in a war for truth, there are no conscientious objectors.


UPDATED: Fri., May 24, 2019, 5:58 p.m.

Ex-Facebook exec recommends Zuckerberg step down as CEO

Facebook’s former security chief believes founder Mark Zuckerberg should step aside as CEO to help fix the beleaguered company.


UPDATED: Thu., May 23, 2019, 6:09 p.m.

Facebook: Fake account removal doubles in 6 months to 3B

Facebook removed more than 3 billion fake accounts from October to March, twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday.


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019, 3:59 p.m.

Facebook busts Israel-based campaign to disrupt elections

Facebook says it has banned an Israeli company that ran an influence campaign aimed at disrupting elections in various countries and has canceled dozens of accounts engaged in spreading disinformation.