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Major tech companies remove Alex Jones for hate, bullying

NEW YORK (AP) — Major tech companies have begun to ban right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones from their services, reflecting a more aggressive enforcement of policies against hate speech following protests on social media. Facebook has taken...

 

Facebook finds 'sophisticated' efforts to disrupt elections

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook elevated concerns about election interference Tuesday, announcing that it had uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to manipulate U.S. politics and by extension the upcoming midterm elections. The...

 

Facebook cleanup: Hurt the stock, help the world?

NEW YORK (AP) — It's been a rough year for Facebook and its investors. Questions of data privacy, fake news proliferation and user growth have dogged the company. Now, it is investing heavily on fixing those problems. Not everyone is convinced of...

 

Bad week in social media gets worse; Twitter hammered

NEW YORK (AP) — Cracking down on hate, abuse and online trolls is also hurting Twitter's standing with investors. The company's stock plunged Friday after it reported a decline in its monthly users and warned that the number could fall further in...

 

Facebook kills 'trending' topics, tests breaking news label

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated "trending" news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press. The company claims the tool is outdated and wasn't popular. But the trending section also proved proble...

 

Facebook to label election-related 'issue ads' in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is expanding its advertising disclosure requirements to cover all U.S. ads on polarized issues such as gun control and abortion rights, even if they don't endorse a particular candidate. Ads coming from specific candidates...

 

After Amazon Echo misfire, ways to protect your own privacy

NEW YORK (AP) — Revelations that an Amazon Echo smart speaker inadvertently sent a family's private conversation to an acquaintance highlights some unexpected risks of new voice-enabled technologies. According to Amazon, the fault was an...

 

Twitter to add special labels to political candidates in US

NEW YORK (AP) — Twitter says it's adding special labels to tweets from some U.S. political candidates ahead of this year's midterm elections. Twitter says the move is to provide users with "authentic information" and prevent spoofed and fake...

 

Digital Life: Cutting back on a constant smartphone habit

NEW YORK (AP) — Why are we checking Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, then Facebook again when we just wanted to check the weather? Turns out, smartphone addiction is by design. Think of the constant stream of notifications, color schemes in apps and...

 

Zuckerberg pledges to 'keep building' in no-apology address

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — With a smile that suggested the hard part of an "intense year" may be behind him, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg addressed developers Tuesday and pledged the company will build its way out of its worst-ever privacy debacle....

 

Love it or not, Facebook launches dating service

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook doesn't think hookups are meaningful and doesn't want you to date your friends — but it's known for a long time that its vast map of human connections could help people find long-term partners. At least that's the...

 

Sleep mode? Tech giants' kids' 'fixes' amount to baby steps

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is adding a "sleep" mode to its Messenger Kids service to let parents limit when their kids can use it. It's the latest concession that tech companies are making as critics question whether they should be targeting kids at...

 

AP-NORC poll: Privacy debacle prompts social-media changes

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've made changes to how you use social media since Facebook's Cambridge Analytica privacy debacle, you're not alone. A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research finds that 7 out of 10 of...

 

For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

NEW YORK (AP) — If you've ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you're in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn't belong on its...

 

Audit clears Facebook despite Cambridge Analytica leaks

NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook's privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising...

 

Zuckerberg testimony reveals lawmaker confusion on Facebook

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged Wednesday that regulation of social media companies is "inevitable" and disclosed that his own personal information has been compromised by malicious outsiders. But after two days of congr...

 

Zuckerberg discloses Facebook working with Russia probe

WASHINGTON (AP) — Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disclosed Tuesday his company is "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the federal probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign — and working hard to change its own...

 

Hardly 'friends': Zuckerberg fends off senators on privacy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning Tuesday from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of...

 

Amid missteps, Zuckerberg faces congressional inquisition

WASHINGTON (AP) — After privately assuring senators that his company will do better, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is undergoing a two-day congressional inquisition that will be very public — and possibly pivotal for the massive social networking...

 

Facebook: Most users may have had public data 'scraped'

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook's acknowledgement that most of its 2.2 billion members have probably had their personal data scraped by "malicious actors" is the latest example of the social network's failure to protect its users' data. Not to mention...

 

Did Cambridge Analytica get your data? You'll know soon

NEW YORK (AP) — Anyone who's been wondering if their private Facebook data might have been swept up in the Cambridge Analytica scandal will soon get their first clues. Starting Monday, all 2.2 billion Facebook users will receive a notice on their...

 

Facebook scandal affected more users than thought: up to 87M

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook revealed Wednesday that tens of millions more people might have been exposed in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal than previously thought and said it will restrict the user data that outsiders can access. Those...

 

Facebook says it's making progress in election preparedness

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook says it is making progress weeding out fake accounts and fake news on its service as part of its efforts to prevent election interference ahead of the U.S. midterms. Samidh Chakrabarti, a product manager, said in a...

 

Facebook exec disavows his own provocative memo

NEW YORK (AP) — The author of a provocative Facebook memo declaring that growth is justified even if it costs lives says he doesn't actually agree with the memo and wrote it to provoke debate. The 2016 internal memo, titled "The Ugly," was leaked...

 

Facebook revamps privacy tools as tighter EU rules draw near

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is giving its privacy tools a makeover as it reels from criticisms over its data practices and faces tighter European regulations in the coming months. The changes won't affect Facebook's privacy policies or the types of da...

 

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