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McMorris Rodgers sets sights on committee leadership after leaving House GOP position

The congresswoman said she’s been able to focus more on crafting bills after stepping down from her position as chair of the House Republican Conference a little more than a …


Facebook riles tiny Oregon town with plan for undersea cable

A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against one of the world’s biggest tech companies.


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 9, 2020

Facebook again declines to limit political ad targeting

Facebook has decided not to limit how political ads can be targeted to specific groups of people, as its main digital-ad rival Google did in November to fight misinformation. Neither …


Facebook, eBay crack down on fake reviews after UK warning

Britain’s competition watchdog said Wednesday that Facebook and eBay pledged to crack down on the trade in fake reviews, removing hundreds of accounts, pages and groups involved in the illicit …


Facebook bans deepfakes in fight against online manipulation

Facebook says it is banning “deepfake” videos, the false but realistic clips created with artificial intelligence and sophisticated tools, as it steps up efforts to fight online manipulation. But the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Researcher: Data on 267 million Facebook users exposed

A Ukrainian security researcher says a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users was exposed on the open internet for …


U.K. watchdog set to challenge Google, Facebook ad dominance

Britain’s competition watchdog on Wednesday signaled its willingness to push for stricter rules to counter Google and Facebook’s dominance of online advertising.


Reports: FTC may try to block Facebook from integrating apps

Facebook’s stock dropped almost 3% in regular trading after news reports suggested that the FTC may take antitrust action to prevent Facebook from integrating its disparate messaging apps.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Facebook rebuffs U.S. attorney general over access to encrypted messages

Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages.


Facebook tests tool to move photos to Google, other rivals

Facebook started testing a tool on Monday that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on …


Facebook says it removed 3.2B fake accounts in 6 months

Facebook says it removed 3.2 billion fake accounts from its service from April to September, up slightly from 3 billion in the previous six months.


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

California discloses Facebook probe, sues for documents

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said his probe has been going on for more than a year. He said he was disclosing it now because his office was making a …


Group says misinformation on the rise on Facebook

An advocacy group tracking misinformation says it has found an increase in fake political news shared on Facebook ahead of the 2020 presidential elections.


UPDATED: Mon., Nov. 4, 2019

Facebook adds more corporate branding to Instagram, WhatsApp

The social media giant has created new corporate branding and a new logo for Facebook to distinguish Facebook the corporation from the company’s popular social network with the same name.


Leonard Pitts Jr.: Social media platforms and the fate of truth

While Facebook surely deserves the scorn it has received, one wonders whether Twitter’s absolute ban is not overkill.


Ramesh Ponnuru: What liberals don’t get about Facebook, facts and freedom

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg’s instinct is to err on the side of allowing people and groups to post what they want. It’s the right instinct.


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Facebook launches a news section – and will pay publishers

Over the course of its 15 year history, Facebook has variously ignored news organizations while eating their advertising revenue, courted them for video projects it subsequently abandoned, and then largely …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 25, 2019

Facebook launches a news section – and will pay publishers

Enter the “News Tab,” a new section in the Facebook mobile app that will display headlines – and nothing else – from the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, BuzzFeed …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 24, 2019

CNN’s Zucker calls Facebook’s political ad policy ludicrous

CNN chief Jeff Zucker says Facebook’s policy not to monitor political ads for truth-telling is ludicrous and advised the social media giant to sit out the 2020 election until it …


Zuckerberg appears in Congress as Facebook faces scrutiny

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg faced bipartisan, hostile questions in a congressional hearing Wednesday focused on the social media company’s plans to launch its own cryptocurrency known as Libra.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

Facebook says Libra won’t launch without U.S. approval

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg plans to tell Congress Wednesday that the company’s planned Libra cryptocurrency won’t launch unless all U.S. regulators approve.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 22, 2019

47 attorneys general back antitrust probe into Facebook

A state-level antitrust investigation into Facebook now has the backing of a bipartisan group of 47 attorneys general.


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 21, 2019

Facebook ramps up election security efforts ahead of 2020

With just over a year left until the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook is stepping up its efforts to ensure it is not used as a tool to interfere in …


New Facebook oversight board results to be public, exec says

A new quasi-independent oversight board will soon make decisions on some of the most difficult questions on what material belongs on Facebook’s platform in a “very public way,” an executive …


Facebook CEO defends refusal to take down some content

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday defended the social media platform’s refusal to take down content it considers newsworthy “even if it goes against our standards.” But while he promoted …


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

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

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.