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Mainstream Political Argument Forbidden “in the Modern Public Square” of Facebook

So reports Fox News (Kyle Morris); it's of course possible that there's some error in the reporting, but the screenshot (borrowed from a New York Post reprint of the Fox News account) seems to corroborate it: Naturally, such blocking doesn't violate the First Amendment (which governs only governmental speech restrictions) or any federal law; and, to my knowledge, it wouldn't violate any state social media nondiscrimination rules, even apart from […]

todayMay 22, 2022 3


Facebook launches program to help small Indian businesses secure loans – 98bmp

Facebook is launching a new program in India to help small and medium-sized businesses secure loans in the South Asian market as the company makes further push to expand its presence among merchants. The social conglomerate said its new program, called Small Business Loans Initiative, addresses some of the biggest pain points small businesses face when securing loans. The company, which last year announced a $4.3 million grant for small […]

todayAugust 20, 2021 3 4 7


Facebook has redesigned your settings — good luck figuring them out all over again

If you had gotten used to navigating Facebook‘s settings, time to wake up and get to work again. Because the company is rolling out a redesigned settings page on its mobile apps.The new design has a total of six categories: Account, Preferences, Audience and Visibility, Permissions, Your Information, and Community Standards and Legal Policies. With this design change, some of the earlier sections such as Security, Privacy, Ads, and News Feed […]

todayAugust 5, 2021 8


Oh, Facebook changed its privacy settings again – 98bmp

Ever considerate of its users, Facebook has determined that its privacy settings needed a bit of a shuffle to keep things clear and easy to find. To that end they’ve taken the “privacy settings” settings and scattered them mischievously among the other categories. “We’ve redesigned our entire settings menu on mobile devices from top to bottom to make things easier to find. Instead of having settings spread across nearly 20 […]

todayAugust 4, 2021 2


Academics slam Facebook for shutting out research into political ads

Researchers and lawmakers have slammed Facebook for disabling the accounts of academics who were analyzing political ads on the platform.The company on Tuesday shut down accounts, apps, pages, and platform access associated with the NYU Ad Observatory, which investigates the transparency of online political ads. Facebook said the team’s data collection methods violated the social network’s rules around user privacy.Laura Edelson, one of the researchers whose accounts was banned, slated Facebook’s actions:Facebook is silencing us […]

todayAugust 4, 2021 4


Instagram tests a notification to remind you that Facebook exists

Facebook may technically have more users than any other social media platform, but that doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the most popular. Now it looks like someone at Facebook is at least a little jealous of Instagram‘s success. At least, that’s what a new test hitting the Instagram app suggests.As noted by Engadget, Instagram is testing a blurb at the top of users’ feeds that reminds them of features that are […]

todayJuly 15, 2021 1


Facebook validates armchair experts with a shiny badge

We’ve all been ‘that person’ online at some point. You know, the one who chimes in with an essay-long comment on something we’re passionate about works — or correcting someone’s egregious mistakes (or maybe that’s just me). The problem is, no matter how knowledgeable you might think you are, there’s little to differentiate your opinion from those of anyone else’s online.Fret no more, for you can now officially be dubbed […]

todayJuly 14, 2021 6


Why making Facebook follow the First Amendment would be catastrophic

Former US president Donald Trump’s family businesses are in jeopardy. His financial future is in flux. And the entire world’s waiting to see if he or one of his children will be charged with a crime soon. It’s safe to say he isn’t having his best week.And, of course, that means he’s filed a frivolous lawsuit to rile up and distract his base of sycophants from the reality of his […]

todayJuly 7, 2021 5


Trump claims he’s suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google over censorship

Donald Trump says he’s suing Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter boss Jack Dorsey, Google head Sundar Pichai, and their respective companies, alleging that they’ve violated First Amendment rights.Up-front: Trump said at a press conference on Tuesday that he’s the lead representative in the class-action lawsuits:We’re asking the US district court for the southern district of Florida to order an immediate halt to social media companies’ illegal, shameful, censorship of the American people. […]

todayJuly 7, 2021 3