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Facebook has failed to name 80% of posts promoting bioweapons conspiracy theory

On Friday, the CCDH (Center for Countering Digital Hate) said that  Facebook has failed to name 80% of posts or articles promoting the bioweapons conspiracy theory. And that the US is funding the bioweapon use in Ukraine. This comes as social media firms promise to restrain Russian disinformation on the Ukraine war. Research shows they’ve […]

US competition authority demands details on acquisitions by Google, Facebook, and other tech giants

US competition authority demands details on acquisitions by Google, Facebook, and other tech giants

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ordered five major tech companies to provide details on acquisitions of smaller companies over the past ten years, according to The Guardian. Information on the purpose and scope of the acquisitions will help inform antitrust investigations into the five companies, which include Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, and Microsoft. While the […]

Facebook has acquired the UK startup Scape Technologies, with precision ‘AI vision’ location tools

Facebook has acquired the UK startup Scape Technologies, with precision ‘AI vision’ location tools

Facebook has acquired the UK company Scape Technologies, a startup offering tools to identify locations more accurately than GPS using AI computer vision, according to Tech Crunch. Few details on the deal have been released, but regulatory filings obtained by Tech Crunch indicate that Facebook has gained majority control of Scape Technologies, in what they estimate […]

Facebook launches tools for users to track and control third-party data collection

Facebook has launched its “Off-Facebook Activity” tool in the UK and other regions, giving users more transparency and a degree of control over data collected on their activities beyond the social media platform, according to BBC News.  Many websites and apps collect data on a user’s activity and send it to Facebook, where it’s linked to […]

Facebook and eBay take steps to combat fake product reviews, after warning from UK competition authority

Facebook and eBay have agreed to combat fake reviews on their platforms in response to pressure from the UK’s Competition and Market Authority (CMA), according to TechCrunch.  In June, the CMA said it had found evidence of a “thriving marketplace for fake and misleading online reviews” on the platforms. It found over 100 eBay listings […]

Libra official remains optimistic despite regulatory hurdles, says the cryptocurrency will benefit Europe

A Libra Association executive says it’s still hoping for a 2020 rollout for the digital currency, despite regulatory obstacles and mounting criticism from officials, according to Politico. Facebook’s plans for Libra have faced a nearly constant barrage of criticism and new setbacks from regulators. Officials have expressed concern that it could undermine official currencies, impact global […]

Facebook reveals plan to establish independent oversight board to moderate content

Facebook has published details of its plan to establish an independent oversight board to moderate content on its platform, with the power to overrule CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other company executives, according to BBC News. The plan for the Facebook “supreme court” was first announced in a blog post by Zuckerberg last November. On Tuesday, on […]

US lawmakers step up antitrust inquiry, demanding documents from tech giants

The House Judiciary Committee of the US Congress has called on tech companies to release a wide array of documents and emails relating to possible anticompetitive practices, escalating the federal government’s ongoing antitrust investigation into companies like Facebook, Google, and Amazon.  The requests were sent directly to executives like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Apple’s Tim Cook, […]

Facebook has won an appeal against a German agency’s restrictions on data collection

A regional court in Germany has ruled in favor of Facebook’s appeal against a February order by the nation’s antitrust watchdog, preventing the social media giant from combining user data collected from its various platforms, which include Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp.  An order from the Federal Cartel Office (FCO) in February had accused Facebook of abusing […]

US legislator joins international inquiry into disinformation on social media

An international effort to investigate  disinformation through social media platforms and tech giants has gained its first US legislator as a member, adding weight to requests for US-based tech executives to appear as witnesses before the committee, according to Tech Crunch.  The next meeting of the International Grand Committee on Disinformation and ‘Fake News’ is set to […]