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Facebook, Australia reach deal to restore news pages after shutdown

Facebook, Australia reach deal to restore news pages after shutdown

ADFacebook agreed to restore news pages on its site in Australia after it said late Monday that it had reached a favorable deal with the government there.The deal, which came after 11th-hour negotiations and intense backlash against the company, would enable Facebook to run news without having to go through a government-run arbitration process, Facebook’s head of news partnerships, Campbell Brown, said in a statement.Facebook would still have to pay publishers for news, but under proposed new amendments, a forced arbitration would be a last resort.Brown said the company would restore news...

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On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith

On social media, vaccine misinformation mixes with extreme faith

ADIn an insular world on the social media app TikTok, young Christians act out biblically inspired scenes in which they are forced to take a vaccine for the , only to end up splattered in fake blood and on the brink of death.The melodramatic videos are an attempt to represent how the introduction of coronavirus vaccines the biblical End Time. Along with hundreds of thousands of other vaccine-questioning posts by social media users all over the world, they’re demonstrating the ways in which health misinformation is targeting Christians, some reaching sizable audiences.Some churches and...

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Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump

Misinformation dropped dramatically the week after Twitter banned Trump

ADOnline misinformation about election fraud plunged 73 percent after sites and key allies last week, research firm Zignal Labs has found, underscoring the power of tech companies to limit the falsehoods poisoning public debate when they act aggressively.The new research by the San Francisco-based analytics firm reported that conversations about election fraud dropped from 2.5 million mentions to 688,000 mentions across several social media sites in the week after Trump was banned from .Election disinformation had for months been a major subject of online misinformation, beginning even...

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Jan 16
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Facebook’s Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but new evidence shows how platform played role

Facebook’s Sandberg deflected blame for Capitol riot, but new evidence shows how platform played role

ADIn the days leading up to last week’s march on the Capitol, supporters of President Trump promoted it extensively on Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram and used the services to organize bus trips to Washington. More than 100,000 users posted hashtags affiliated with the movement prompted by baseless claims of election fraud, including #StopTheSteal and #FightForTrump.The details, emerging from researchers who have combed the service in recent days, shed new light on how Facebook services were used to bring attention to and boost attendance at the rally, which turned violent when a...

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Elizabeth Dwoskin
Jan 13
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Trump lashes out at social media companies after Twitter labels tweets with fact checks

Trump lashes out at social media companies after Twitter labels tweets with fact checks

ADThis story was featured in Drop Me The Link, our one-story election newsletter.President Trump and his supporters lashed out against social media companies Wednesday, targeting a Twitter executive with personal attacks and escalating a battle with the social media company over using a fact-check label on his tweets for the first time this week.The White House told reporters Wednesday that the president would sign an executive order “pertaining to social media,” but didn’t provide further details.“Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices,” Trump...

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Americans might never go back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge

Americans might never go back to the office, and Twitter is leading the charge

Technology Twitter’s plans for work from home indefinitely have prompted a wave of copycats. But its transformation has been two years in the making — and the rest of America can learn some lessons. The deserted cafeteria of the Twitter building in San Francisco in May. By From his home base on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, Anton Andryeyev is running Twitter’s efforts to chase Russian bots and other rogue actors off the platform. A year ago, he traded his office in the company’s San Francisco headquarters for this tropical home office 2,000 miles away, surrounded by stand-up paddle boards...

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Elizabeth Dwoskin
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