Deepa Seetharaman

Facebook, Rushing Into Live Video, Wasn’t Ready for Its Dark Side

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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On orders from Mark Zuckerberg, more than 100 employees at Facebook were put into what the company calls “lockdown” when they showed up for work one Thursday early in 2016. They had been plucked from other projects to focus on the chief executive’s top priority—making it possible for more than a billion Facebook users to stream video live. Zuckerberg had made a snap decision near the end of a product meeting in his glass-walled office in Menlo Park (CA), to work around the clock to roll out Facebook Live, which took just two months.

Facebook Moves to Curtail Fake News on ‘Trending’ Feature

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook is overhauling its “trending topics” box, part of its effort to curb fake news and expose users to a broader range of information.

Facebook Employees Pushed to Remove Trump’s Posts as Hate Speech

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Facebook, 1601 S California Avenue, Palo Alto, CA, 94304, United States
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Some of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s posts on Facebook have set off an intense debate inside the social media company over the past year, with some employees arguing certain posts about banning Muslims from entering the US should be removed for violating the site’s rules on hate speech, apparently.

Facebook Will Train Employees to Spot Their Own Political Bias

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American Enterprise Institute (AEI), 1150 Seventeenth Street, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
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Facebook will train employees to identify and check their political leanings, the company’s latest step to quell concerns over the treatment of conservative viewpoints on the social network.

Facebook Offers Details on How It Handles Research

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook published new details on how it conducts research using the personal information it collects on Facebook users, amid a flurry of efforts to create privacy and ethical standards for corporate research involving human data.

Facebook Feeds Rely on Data, Human Touch

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook is largely ruled by algorithms. But ultimately people must make judgments about what to show its 1.6 billion users, and how.

Facebook Rebuts Criticisms About a Bias Against Conservatives

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook considers itself an open marketplace of ideas. It also strives to give users what it thinks they want. The tension between those goals burst into view amid new questions about the social network’s role in the spread of news.

Social-Media Sites Face Pressure to Monitor Terrorist Content

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Silicon Valley, Palo Alto, CA, United States
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There’s growing pressure on sites such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to monitor, and sometimes remove, violent content and propaganda from terror groups.

Governments Requests Rise for Facebook User Data, Blocking

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Governments around the globe are asking Facebook to ban more posts and to hand over more user data, according to the company’s latest report on government requests.

Facebook’s Restrictions on User Data Cast a Long Shadow

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook’s restrictions on its user data are rippling through academia, business and presidential politics.

Facebook News Feed Changes: Promoting Your Friends, Limiting Others’ Reach

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Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
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Facebook announced changes to its news-feed algorithm that will result in people seeing more posts from their friends, while making it harder for companies to drum up traffic through unpaid posts.