Scams are completely out of control on Facebook Markeplace

It's been getting worse for months, too. Today, I searched for something and the overwhelming majority of listings were comically fraudulent, each with the same price and description. The format is very regular: a price around $100 (not unrealistically low for many used items, but obviously too good to be true for recent-year computers) and identical description text that amounts to "buy this offsite at this hacked shopify URL." — Read the rest

Facebook to lay off another 10,000 workers in coming months

Mark Zuckerberg announced that another 10,000 workers will lose their jobs at Meta, joining the 15,000 laid off earlier this year. The "Year of Efficiency," as he hails it, proceeds apace.

Our efficiency work has several parallel workstreams to improve organizational efficiency, dramatically increase developer productivity and tooling, optimize distributed work, garbage collect unnecessary processes, and more.

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Facebook approved ads calling for murder of Brazilian president's children

Facebook's gol' durn algorithm is acting up again, say humans working at Meta, who apparently have no control over the automated system that approved ads calling for the murder of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and his children.

Fortunately, the ads were submitted by the nonprofit Global Witness, which wanted to test Facebook's filters against violent advertising. — Read the rest

Senator Sinema is, indeed, selling her used gear on Facebook Marketplace

Thanks to the good folks at Arizona Mirror, we now know definitively that the Kyrsten Simena who is selling items on Facebook Marketplace is, in fact, the real Senator Sinema. AZ Mirror reporter Jim Small explains:

…I've been Facebook friends with Sinema on her personal account [and] as a result, I can see that the Kyrsten Sinema selling a $3,500 road bike frame is the same one I've been Facebook friends with for some 15 or so years, and the one with whom I share 143 friends — almost all of whom are from the world of Arizona politics and government.

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Kyrsten Sinema: Senator, and … Facebook Marketplace re-seller?

This is one of the most engaging articles I've read lately—about a completely perplexing topic: Kyrsten Sinema's Facebook Marketplace presence. Christina Cauterucci, writing for Slate, provides a deep dive into the Facebook Marketplace activity of a user named "Kyrsten Sinema." Cauterucci starts with listing some of what's on offer:

The user is currently hawking—among other things—a $215 cycling ensemble, a $25 trucker hat, and a $150 stainless steel watch with a silicone strap.

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Ordering tools from sketchy-looking Facebook ads

Like all of us online, well-known woodworking YouTuber, David Picciuto, gets hit with a lot of targeted ads. Facebook's algorithms, knowing he's a woodworker, feed him a daily diet of too good to be true ads for tools. So that the rest of us don't have to, Dave decided to order every advertised tool that came across his feed for a day. — Read the rest

Meta, company formerly known as Facebook, lost 24% of its value today, and is down 73% from last year's high

Facebook was a trillion-dollar company last year. Now it's worth $263b after another brutal day at the stock exchange. Mark Zuckerberg's effort to pivot the company from social media to virtual reality continues apace.

The company's travails raises questions about its all-in bet on the metaverse, as well as whether the social media company could suffer he fate of other major businesses whose gambles on the future failed to pay off.

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Nick Clegg identified as Facebook executive accused of accepting bribe from OnlyFans to blacklist rival adult entertainers

Nick Clegg, Nicola Mendelsohn, and Cristian Perrella were identified in court papers as executives of Facebook (now Meta) who took bribes from OnlyFans to "blacklist" the accounts of adult entertainers who competed with it. Meta denies it, but as Dell Cameron writes for Gizmodo, the case now hinges "less on whether the allegations are false, and more on whether, even if true, the company would be legally liable." — Read the rest