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Nation Aug 20Facebook launches tool that lets users block its data collection on other websites
The company is allowing users to see the activity that Facebook tracks outside its service via its "like" buttons and other means. Users now have the option to turn off the tracking.
Nation Jul 24FTC fines Facebook $5 billion for privacy violations, adds oversight
The fine is the largest the Federal Trade Commission has levied on a tech company.
Nation Jun 27Twitter says Trump’s future tweets might come with warning labels
Starting Thursday, tweets that Twitter deems in the public interest, but which violate the service's rules, will be obscured by a warning explaining the violation.
Nation May 23Facebook says it removed 3 billion fake accounts in six months
That's twice as many as the previous six months, the company said Thursday.
Nation May 09Facebook auto-generates videos with extremist images
A confidential whistleblower's complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges Facebook is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos.
Nation May 02Facebook bans Alex Jones, Louis Farrakhan for hate speech
The company said Thursday that it has also banned right-wing leaders Paul Nehlen, Milo Yiannopoulos, Paul Joseph Watson and Laura Loomer, along with Jones' site, Infowars.
Nation Apr 30Zuckerberg debuts redesigned and ‘privacy-focused’ Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg is focusing Facebook's future by emphasizing private messaging and the company's role in "communities." The new features are part of the CEO's strategy for batting away a growing array of critics, emboldened regulators and competitors.
Nation Apr 16A flub by YouTube on Notre Dame videos highlights AI’s blind spots
As people around the world Monday turned to YouTube to watch Notre Dame Cathedral burn, an automated system attached background information about the Sept. 11 terror attacks in New York to videos of the fire. YouTube explained that the background…
Politics Apr 08WATCH: House Judiciary Committee looks at hate crimes, white nationalism and tech
The Judiciary Committee hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday follows a series of violent incidents fueled in part by online communication. Watch live in our player.
Health Apr 05How social media is trying to contain misinformation over vaccines
In social media's battle against misinformation, bogus claims about the dangers of vaccines are the next target.