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Ryan Mac is a senior tech reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in San Francisco. Contact this reporter at ryan.mac@buzzfeed.com.Source
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How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players

How Facebook Failed to Stem Racist Abuse of England’s Soccer Players

For more than two years, soccer officials pushed the social network to limit the invective. As a new season begins, the hate continues. In May 2019, Facebook asked the organizing bodies of English soccer to its London offices off Regent’s Park. On the agenda: what to do about the growing racist abuse on the social network against Black soccer players. At the meeting, Facebook gave representatives from four of England’s main soccer organizations — the Football Association, the Premier League, the English Football League and the Professional Footballers’ Association — what they felt was a...

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Facebook Is Building An Instagram For Kids

Facebook Is Building An Instagram For Kids

Executives at Instagram are planning to build a version of the popular photo-sharing app that can be used by children under the age of 13, according to an internal company post obtained by BuzzFeed News. “I’m excited to announce that going forward, we have identified youth work as a priority for Instagram and have added it to our H1 priority list,” Vishal Shah, Instagram’s vice president of product, wrote on an employee message board on Thursday. “We will be building a new youth pillar within the Community Product Group to focus on two things: (a) accelerating our integrity and privacy...

Mar 19
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As Election Misinformation Spreads On Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg Told Employees That Biden Won

As Election Misinformation Spreads On Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg Told Employees That Biden Won

Advertisement1 / 22 / 2As false claims declaring that Joe Biden isn’t the president-elect flourish on his platform, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg told employees on Thursday that the Democratic nominee “is going to be our next president.”“I believe the outcome of the election is now clear and Joe Biden is going to be our next president,” Zuckerberg said in audio of the meeting obtained by BuzzFeed News. “It's important that people have confidence that the election was fundamentally fair, and that goes for the tens of millions of people that voted for Trump.”The Facebook founder's comments...

Nov 12
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I Went To Elon Musk's "Pedo Guy" Trial, But I Wasn't Ready To Become A Part Of It

I Went To Elon Musk's "Pedo Guy" Trial, But I Wasn't Ready To Become A Part Of It

Alex Spiro was on a roll. The 6-foot-something attorney stood imposingly at the lectern in the Los Angeles federal court with the confidence of a guy compelled to remind people he lettered in high school varsity basketball for four years and almost walked onto his college team. His demeanor was casual — he dropped a few “dudes” that belied his Harvard law degree — but forceful. His only obvious weakness seemed to be the brace on his right foot, the result of an injury sustained during a pickup game. A high-profile trial lawyer who worked for the CIA before assembling a client list that...

February 14, 2020
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ACLU Called Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Accuracy Study “Absurd”

ACLU Called Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition Accuracy Study “Absurd”

Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that claims to have a database of more than 3 billion photos scraped from websites and social media, has been telling prospective law enforcement clients that a review of its software based on “methodology used by the American Civil Liberties Union” is stunningly accurate. “The Independent Review Panel determined that Clearview rated 100% accurate, producing instant and accurate matches for every photo image in the test,” read an October 2019 report that was included as part of the company’s pitch to the North Miami Police Department. “Accuracy...

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February 15, 2020
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Elon Musk Incorrectly Tweeted Children Are “Essentially Immune” From The Coronavirus. Twitter Said That’s Okay.

Elon Musk Incorrectly Tweeted Children Are “Essentially Immune” From The Coronavirus. Twitter Said That’s Okay.

Musk's tweet that children were “essentially immune” from the coronavirus contradicted information from the CDC and scientific research. The journalists at BuzzFeed News are proud to bring you trustworthy and relevant reporting about the coronavirus. To help keep this news free, become a member and sign up for our newsletter, Outbreak Today. A Twitter spokesperson said that a tweet on Thursday from Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk that children were “essentially immune” to the coronavirus did not violate the social media platform's new policies about discussion of the disease, despite the...

March 20, 2020
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