Salvador Rodriguez
Salvador Rodriguez
Salvador Rodriguez is a CNBC technology reporter covering Facebook and social media. He was previously with Reuters, Inc. Magazine, the International Business Times and the Los Angeles Times. He can be reached at salvador.rodriguez@nbcuni.com or by cell or Signal at 281-409-3516.Source
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Facebook is cracking down on groups worldwide to slow the spread of political disinformation

Facebook is cracking down on groups worldwide to slow the spread of political disinformation

Key Points on Wednesday announced it will no longer recommend civic and political pages or new groups to all users globally.The policy builds on in October to such recommendations to U.S. users ahead of the 2020 presidential election. The decision was part of the company's efforts to reduce the spread of misinformation on its services. The company these groups from U.S. recommendations in January, following the insurrection at the U.S Capitol on Jan. 6.Facebook won't recommend new groups at all for 21 days, meaning that group administrators will have to manually recruit followers.Facebook...

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Former Facebook insiders explain why the company is making such a big fuss over Apple's upcoming privacy change

Former Facebook insiders explain why the company is making such a big fuss over Apple's upcoming privacy change

Key PointsFor the past few weeks, has been running an in defense of personalized advertisements, arguing that targeted ads are key to the success of small businesses.The catalyst for the campaign has been an ongoing battle between the social media company and . The battle focuses on a unique device identifier on every iPhone and iPad called the IDFA. Facebook and others that sell mobile advertisements rely on this ID to help target ads to users and estimate how effective they are., apps that want to use IDFA will have to ask users to opt in to tracking when the app is first launched. If...

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Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently

Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently

IE 11 is not supported. For an optimal experience visit our site on another browser.Jan. 28, 2021, 1:48 AM UTCBy Salvador Rodriguez, CNBC CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced that the company will no longer recommend civic and political groups to its users.The change comes in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. “This is a continuation of work we’ve been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations,” Zuckerberg said in a call with analysts following the company’s .This comes after the company  these groups to U.S. users in...

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Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently

Facebook will stop recommending political groups permanently

Key Points CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday announced that the company will no longer recommend civic and political groups to its users.The change comes in the wake of the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. "This is a continuation of work we've been doing for a while to turn down the temperature and discourage divisive conversations," Zuckerberg said in a call with analysts following the company's .This comes after the company these groups to U.S. users in October in the lead up to the 2020 U.S. elections. Additionally, Zuckerberg said that the company is now considering steps to...

Jan 27
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Twitter has suspended 70,000 QAnon accounts since U.S. Capitol riot

Twitter has suspended 70,000 QAnon accounts since U.S. Capitol riot

Key Points on Monday evening announced that is has suspended more than 70,000 accounts associated with the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory."These accounts were engaged in sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale and were primarily dedicated to the propagation of this conspiracy theory across the service," the company said in .The suspensions come after the company on Friday said that it would . The company on Friday suspended the accounts of Michael Flynn and Sidney Powell, supporters of President Donald Trump.The company's shares closed on Monday. It was the first trading...

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Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others pause political contributions after U.S. Capitol riot

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others pause political contributions after U.S. Capitol riot

Key PointsTech companies including , , and announced Monday they are pausing contributions from their political action committees in the wake of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by insurgents incited by President Donald Trump. Companies from .Here are the tech and media companies that have announced plans to pause PACs so far.AmazonAmazon late Monday announced it will pause donations from its PAC to lawmakers who voted against the certification of the presidential election results. "We intend to discuss our concerns directly with those Members we have previously supported and...

Jan 11
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Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others pause political contributions after U.S. Capitol riot

Amazon, Microsoft, Facebook and others pause political contributions after U.S. Capitol riot

Business News and FinanceVIEW IN APPA Facebook iconA Twitter iconA LinkedIn iconAn email iconKEY POINTS Tech companies including , , and announced Monday they are pausing contributions from their political action committees in the wake of the invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday by insurgents incited by President Donald Trump. Companies from .Here are the tech and media companies that have announced plans to pause PACs so far.AmazonAmazon late Monday announced it will pause donations from its PAC to lawmakers who voted against the certification of the presidential election results. "We...

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These Airbnb hosts earned more than $15,000 on Thursday after the company let them buy IPO shares

These Airbnb hosts earned more than $15,000 on Thursday after the company let them buy IPO shares

Key PointsSince starting as an host in 2016, Travis Schurr has become a mainstay on the site, listing more than 20 houses in the Las Vegas area. He began when one of the properties in his didn't sell, so he turned it into a short-term rental.Now, Schurr and his wife, Janie, are among Airbnb hosts making money from a huge first-day pop in the company's IPO. In its public debut this week, Airbnb up to 3.5 million non-voting shares for hosts, accounting for as much as 7% of the total offering.Schurr, 45, said he's never been able to buy into an IPO before and called the decision a "no-brainer"...

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FTC and states sue Facebook, could force Facebook to divest Instagram and WhatsApp

FTC and states sue Facebook, could force Facebook to divest Instagram and WhatsApp

The Federal Trade Commission and a coalition of attorneys general from 48 states and territories filed two separate antitrust lawsuits against Facebook on Wednesday. The lawsuits target two of Facebook’s major acquisitions: Instagram and WhatsApp. Both are seeking remedies for the alleged anticompetitive conduct that could result in requiring Facebook to divest the two apps. The company’s stock was down almost 4% following the news of the lawsuits. “This is revisionist history,” Facebook General Counsel Jennifer Newstead said in a statement. “Antitrust laws exist to protect consumers and...

Dec 9
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12 attorneys general call on Facebook and Twitter to remove anti-vaxxers from their services

12 attorneys general call on Facebook and Twitter to remove anti-vaxxers from their services

Key PointsA coalition of 12 state attorneys general on and to enforce their community guidelines and rid their services of misinformation being spread by accounts promoting anti-vaccine ideas."Misinformation disseminated via your platforms has increased vaccine hesitancy, which will slow economic recovery and, more importantly, ultimately cause even more unnecessary deaths," the coalition of attorneys general wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.The coalition highlights that just 12 accounts and their associated organizations are responsible for 65% of the...

Mar 24
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