Jeff Horwitz
Jeff Horwitz
Works at the WSJ and tweets irregularly. Would like to talk to current and former FB employees via cell or Signal at (202) 480-4453.Source
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The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It

The Facebook Whistleblower, Frances Haugen, Says She Wants to Fix the Company, Not Harm It

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-whistleblower-frances-haugen-says-she-wants-to-fix-the-company-not-harm-it-11633304122ByThe former Facebook Inc. employee who gathered documents that formed the foundation of said she acted to help prompt change at the social-media giant, not to stir anger toward it.Frances Haugen, a former product manager hired to help protect against election interference on Facebook, said she had grown frustrated by what she saw as the company’s lack of openness about its platforms’ potential for harm and unwillingness to address its...

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Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.

Facebook Employees Flag Drug Cartels and Human Traffickers. The Company’s Response Is Weak, Documents Show.

In January, a former cop turned Facebook Inc. investigator posted an all-staff memo on the company’s internal message board. It began “Happy 2021 to everyone!!” and then proceeded to detail a new set of what he called “learnings.” The biggest one: A Mexican drug cartel was using Facebook to recruit, train and pay hit men. The behavior was shocking and in clear violation of Facebook’s rules. But the company didn’t stop the cartel from posting on Facebook or Instagram, the company’s photo-sharing

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Google’s Secret ‘Project Bernanke’ Revealed in Texas Antitrust Case

Google’s Secret ‘Project Bernanke’ Revealed in Texas Antitrust Case

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandGoogle for years operated a secret program that used data from past bids in the company’s digital advertising exchange to allegedly give its own ad-buying system an advantage over competitors, according to court documents filed in a Texas antitrust lawsuit.The program, known as “Project Bernanke,” wasn’t disclosed to publishers who sold ads through Google’s ad-buying systems. It generated hundreds of millions of dollars in revenue for the company annually, the documents show. In its lawsuit, Texas alleges that the project gave Google, a unit of...

Apr 11
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WSJ News Exclusive | India Threatens Jail for Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Employees

WSJ News Exclusive | India Threatens Jail for Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter Employees

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandIndia’s government has threatened to jail employees of Facebook Inc., its WhatsApp unit and Twitter Inc. as it seeks to quash political protests and gain far-reaching powers over discourse on foreign-owned tech platforms, people familiar with the warnings say.The warnings are in direct response to the tech companies’ reluctance to comply with data and takedown requests from the government related to that have made international headlines, the people say. At least some of the written warnings cite specific, India-based employees at risk of arrest if the...

Mar 6
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Facebook Knew Calls for Violence Plagued ‘Groups’, Now Plans Overhaul

Facebook Knew Calls for Violence Plagued ‘Groups’, Now Plans Overhaul

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/facebook-knew-calls-for-violence-plagued-groups-now-plans-overhaul-11612131374ByFacebook Inc. in 2019 redesigned its flagship product to center on what it called Groups, forums for like-minded users. Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg called themNow the social-networking giant is clamping down on Groups. The effort began after Facebook’s own research found that American Facebook Groups became a vector for the rabid partisanhsip and even calls for violence that inflamed the country after the election.The changes, which Facebook...

Jan 31
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Google Pulls Parler as Apple Threatens the Same in Wake of Capitol Riot

Google Pulls Parler as Apple Threatens the Same in Wake of Capitol Riot

Skip to Main ContentSkip to Searchhttps://www.wsj.com/articles/apple-threatens-to-ban-parler-from-app-store-11610148297ByandGoogle late Friday suspended Parler, a free-speech focused social-media network favored by conservatives, from its app store, and Apple Inc. threatened to do the same .Google said it acted because of “continued posting in the Parler app that seeks to incite ongoing violence in the U.S.,” which violated its requirements for sufficient moderation of egregious content for apps it distributes. A company representative said Parler would remain suspended until it addressed...

Jan 9
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Parler Makes Play for Conservatives Mad at Facebook, Twitter

Parler Makes Play for Conservatives Mad at Facebook, Twitter

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandAs Facebook Inc. and Twitter Inc. have in curbing content on their platforms, prominent conservatives on both platforms have responded with a frequent retort: Follow me on Parler.Launched in 2018, the libertarian-leaning social network was the most downloaded app on both Android and Apple devices for most of last week, according to data from Google and analytics firm App Annie. Its leaders envision it as a free-speech-focused alternative to the giants of Silicon Valley.The platform also has some deep-pocketed investors. Rebekah Mercer, daughter of...

Nov 15
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Facebook Pulls ‘Stop the Steal’ Group Organizing Protests of Vote Counting

Facebook Pulls ‘Stop the Steal’ Group Organizing Protests of Vote Counting

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandFacebook Inc. took down a fast-growing group on its platform called “Stop the Steal” that was organizing protests of vote counts around the country, in one of the social-media giant’s most aggressive moves yet to police online activity over the election results. The group had grown to more than 361,000 members within 24 hours and was devoted to protesting the administration of the election, which the organizers allege has been marred by widespread vote fraud. While President Trump has repeatedly made the same claim, news...To Read the Full...

Nov 6
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WSJ News Exclusive | Facebook Prepares Measures for Possible Election Unrest

WSJ News Exclusive | Facebook Prepares Measures for Possible Election Unrest

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByandFacebook Inc. teams have planned for the possibility of trying to calm election-related conflict in the U.S. by deploying internal tools designed for what it calls “at-risk” countries, according to people familiar with the matter. The emergency measures include slowing the spread of viral content and lowering the bar for suppressing potentially inflammatory posts, the people said. Previously used in countries including Sri Lanka and Myanmar, they are part of a larger tool kit developed by Facebook to prepare for the U.S. election....To Read the Full...

October 26, 2020
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WSJ News Exclusive | Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting

WSJ News Exclusive | Facebook Seeks Shutdown of NYU Research Project Into Political Ad Targeting

Skip to Main ContentSkip to SearchByFacebook Inc. is demanding that a New York University research project cease collecting data about its political-ad-targeting practices, setting up a fight with academics seeking to study the platform without the company’s permission. The dispute involves the NYU Ad Observatory, a project launched last month by the university’s engineering school that has recruited more than 6,500 volunteers to use a specially designed browser extension to collect data about the political ads Facebook shows them. In...To Read the Full StorySponsored Offers

October 24, 2020
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