Facebook board upholds Trump ban, just not indefinitely

San Francisco (AP), May 6 – Former President Donald Trump won’t return to Facebook — at least not yet. Four months after Facebook suspended Trump’s accounts, having concluded that he incited violence leading to the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the company’s quasi-independent oversight board upheld the bans. But it told Facebook to specify how long […]

Facebook says it will pay $1B over 3 years to news industry

San Francisco (AP), February 25 – Facebook, following in Google’s footsteps, says it plans to invest $1 billion to “support the news industry” over the next three years. The social networking giant, which has been tussling with Australia over a law that would make social platforms pay news organizations, said it has invested $600 million since 2018 in […]

Facebook’s ban of President Trump, other actions against his supporters likely violations of First Amendment; Parler goes down

Facebook’s ban of President Trump, other actions against his supporters likely violations of First Amendment; Parler goes down

Image: Long before Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg spoke before the United States House of Representatives Financial Services Committee on October 23, 2019, the technology conglomerate has enjoyed substantial government support. Menlo Park, California, and Montgomery County, Texas, January 11 – When Facebook and other social media platforms, such as Twitter, “indefinitely” suspended President […]

US, states sue Facebook for ‘predatory’ conduct

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. government and 48 states and districts (including Texas) sued Facebook Wednesday, accusing it of abusing its market power in social networking to crush smaller competitors and seeking remedies that could include a forced spinoff of the social network’s Instagram and WhatsApp messaging services. The landmark antitrust lawsuits, announced by the […]

Russell, Gaskill out Dominion Software’s liberal political ties, but Facebook tries to squash their open discussion

The Golden Hammer Staff Reports Magnolia, November 23 – Highly respected political activist Cindy Gaskill told The Golden Hammer over this past weekend, “Ginger Russell started a thread about the Dominion Voting tax filing in Texas; we went down the rabbit hole and it led to connections between all these players.  Then I found this article which […]

Facebook launches its new TikTok clone, Instagram Reels

San Francisco, California, August 6 – Facebook’s Instagram is officially launching its answer to the hit short video app TikTok — Instagram Reels. The new Instagram feature will let users record and edit 15-second videos with audio, and will let users add visual effects. Users will be able to share Reels with followers in Instagram […]

4 Big Tech CEOs take congressional heat on competition

WASHINGTON (AP) — Fending off accusations of stifling competition, four Big Tech CEOs — Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon’s Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai of Google and Tim Cook of Apple — are answering for their companies’ practices before Congress as a House panel caps its yearlong investigation of market dominance in the industry. The powerful CEOs sought to […]

Facebook to warn users who ‘liked’ coronavirus hoaxes

Los Angeles (AP) – Facebook will soon let you know if you shared or interacted with dangerous coronavirus misinformation on the site, the latest in a string of aggressive efforts the social media giant is taking to contain an outbreak of viral falsehoods. The new notice will be sent to users who have clicked on, […]

Facebook deleting the name of the potential whistleblower

AP, November 9 – Facebook says it is deleting the name of the person who has been identified in conservative circles as the whistleblower who triggered a congressional impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump’s actions. The company said Friday that mention of the potential whistleblower’s name violates Facebook’s “coordinating harm policy,” which prohibits material that […]

US authorities seek access to Facebook encrypted messaging

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Attorney General William Barr and other U.S., U.K. and Australian officials are pressing Facebook to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages sent by ordinary users, re-igniting tensions between tech companies and law enforcement. Facebook’s WhatsApp already uses so-called end-to-end encryption, which locks up messages so that even Facebook […]