As false claims about vaccine safety threatened to undermine COVID-19 response, documents reveal that Facebook took a full month to implement changes.
Ex-Facebook data scientist turned whistleblower Frances Haugen told U.K. lawmakers Monday that the company is making online hate and extremism worse.
Internal Facebook files reveal that in some of the world’s most volatile regions, terrorist content and hate speech proliferate because of the company’s language gaps.
Facebook also agreed in the settlement announced Tuesday to train its employees in anti-discrimination rules and to conduct more widespread advertising and recruitment for job opportunities in its permanent labor certification program.
Facebook will hire 10,000 European workers to build “the metaverse,” a futuristic platform for connecting online using augmented and virtual reality.
“On National Bullying Prevention and Awareness Day in the US, we’re announcing updates to our global bullying and harassment policies to better protect members of our community, particularly those who may be vulnerable to online abuse,” Facebook said in a news release.
Frances Haugen, a Facebook whistleblower, will speak with members of the January 6 Select Committee to discuss the social media platform’s role in the events of the Capitol riot.
The global outage knocked Facebook and its other platforms offline for hours.
Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified that the company’s platforms harm children and fuel division and that the company chooses “profits before people.”
Facebook shares also dropped more than 5% as the hours-long outage continued Monday.
Facebook still has not said what happened to cause the outage Monday, but there is growing concern that public information was compromised.
Facebook is asking a federal court to dismiss a revised complaint against it by the Federal Trade Commission.
Donald Trump announced Wednesday he was serving as lead plaintiff in the class-action suits, claiming he has been wrongfully censored by the companies.
Facebook will no longer ban posts suggesting COVID-19 was man-made amid mounting calls to further investigate the pandemic’s origins, marking a reversal for the social media giant.
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a coalition of 44 attorneys general in urging Facebook to abandon its plans to launch a version of Instagram for children under the age of 13.
A Florida man who posted Facebook photos from the Capitol riot has been arrested for his alleged role there. Selfies he allegedly posted helped agents identify him in video footage.
A member of Facebook's Oversight Board criticized the platform in the wake of its indefinite ban on former President Donald Trump, saying Facebook's rules are in "shambles" and that the company "exercises too much power."
As malicious conspiracy theories continue to spread, lawmakers are pounding the social media companies over their market dominance, harvesting of user data and practices that some believe actually encourage the spread of engaging but potentially harmful misinformation.
Facebook said Monday it will add labels to all posts about COVID-19 vaccines containing “credible information” from the World Health Organization.
Illinois Facebook users may be entitled to at least $345 each after a federal judge approved a $650 million settlement in a lawsuit over Facebook's photo-tagging technology dating back to 2015.