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Science Aug 27Calls for vigilantes spread on social media before deadly Kenosha attack
Multiple threads on Facebook and Reddit urged militias and other armed people to head to the protests, researchers at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab said in a blog post Wednesday.
Nation Aug 19Facebook bans some, but not all, QAnon groups, accounts
Facebook says it will restrict the right-wing conspiracy movement QAnon and will no longer recommend that users join groups supporting it, although the company isn't banning it outright.
Politics Aug 13Facebook beefs up anti-misinformation efforts ahead of U.S. election
Beginning Thursday, U.S. Facebook users who post about voting may start seeing labels directing readers to authoritative information about the upcoming presidential election.
Nation Jul 08Facebook civil rights audit finds ‘serious setbacks’ marred progress
The audit recommends that Facebook build a “civil rights infrastructure” into every aspect of the company, as well as a “stronger interpretation” of existing voter suppression policies and more concrete action on algorithmic bias.
Politics Jun 26Facebook to label all rule-breaking posts, including Trump’s
CEO Mark Zuckerberg had previously refused to take action against Trump posts suggesting that mail-in ballots will lead to voter fraud. Twitter, by contrast, placed a "get the facts" label on them.
Politics Jun 18Facebook removes Trump ads with a symbol once used by Nazis
Facebook has removed a campaign ad by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle. That symbol was once used by Nazis to designate political prisoners, communists and others in concentration camps.
Politics May 26In a first, Twitter adds ‘get the facts’ warning to Trump tweets
On Tuesday, Twitter added a warning phrase to two Trump tweets that called mail-in ballots "fraudulent" and predicted that "mail boxes will be robbed," among other things.
Economy Apr 27Digital ad downturn may complicate things for tech giants
Demand for digital advertising is shriveling after a decade of explosive growth amid the pandemic-fueled downturn.
Politics Mar 12Facebook takedowns reveal sophistication of Russian trolls
The accounts posted about topics such as black history, celebrity gossip and fashion. Twitter says the accounts tried to sow discord around social issues such as race and civil rights.
Politics Feb 14Facebook to allow paid political messages that it says aren’t ads
Its policy change comes days after presidential candidate Mike Bloomberg exploited a loophole to run such humorous messages promoting his campaign on the accounts of popular Instagram personalities followed by millions of younger people.