Facebook kills 200,000-member QAnon group

Facebook took out one of its largest Qanon groups this weekend, deleting the 200,000-member "Official Q/Qanon" page citing "repeated violations of the company's policies." Numerous posts in the group had already been removed for violating Facebook's policies on bullying, harassment, hate speech, and false information that could lead to harm, Facebook told Reuters. QAnon followers […]

Trump PAC banned by Facebook from advertising because of repeated false posts

Facebook is banning the pro-Trump Republican PAC "The Committee to Defend the President" from advertising, after the PAC repeatedly posted content identified as false by third-party fact-checkers. "As a result of the Committee to Defend the President's repeated sharing of content determined by third-party fact-checkers to be false, they will not be permitted to advertise […]

Twitter makes 'Team Trump' remove false coronavirus post, banned from tweeting until post was removed

Facebook also took down a Trump post for the first time, citing COVID-19 misinformation ban

Texas AG probing Facebook over biometric data collection that may violate state law

"Texas is investigating Facebook for possibly running afoul of state laws on the collection of biometric data, according to June documents uncovered by a tech watchdog group," reports Ashley Gold at Axios.

Tech CEOs — Facebook, Amazon, Alphabet/Google, Apple— to testify before House Judiciary antitrust panel Monday, July 27

Put it in your calendar. The CEOs of Facebook, Amazon.com Inc, Alphabet's Google, and Apple, are all scheduled to testify before the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel on July 27.

Facebook removes Trump ally Roger Stone's accounts and pages

Longtime Donald Trump consigliere Roger Stone is due in prison next week. Facebook on Wednesday took down 50 personal and professional pages connected to the U.S. President's former adviser, about 10 years after it would do any good.

Facebook says they removed 220 'Boogaloo' groups and 95 Instagram accounts

Weeks after feds said 'Boogaloo' group members used Facebook to plan the murder of a federal agent, Facebook says they have removed 220 Facebook Groups and 95 Instagram accounts associated with the extremist movement.

In a panic over fleeing advertisers, Facebook launches PR blitz to announce it is "a mirror to society"

In the last couple of weeks over 200 major advertisers, including Starbucks, Ford, GM, Clorox, Reebok, Adidas, Best Buy, Clif Bar, and Chobani have left Facebook, citing concerns over the social media platform's lack of meaningful action against voter suppression campaigns and hate speech that takes place there. In a statement, Denny's said: "As America's […]

Facebook to warn users if they try to share content more than 90 days old

Facebook said Thursday it will introduce a notification screen to warn users if they try to share content more than 90 days old, "To ensure people have the context they need to make informed decisions."

Facebook's new Fact-Checking policies have carved out an exemption for climate deniers

The CO2 Coalition is a non-profit climate denial organization with deep pockets supported by the Mercers, the Kochs, and other conservative fossil fuel financial interests. Despite the demonstrable unreality of its mission, the CO2 Coalition has already found favor in the White House. In August 2019, they posted an op-ed on Facebook from the Washington […]

Facebook ad boycott includes Ben & Jerry's, REI, Patagonia, North Face, Eddie Bauer

Eddie Bauer, Magnolia Pictures, Ben & Jerry's, REI, and Patagonia are some of the brands that have suspended Facebook ad campaigns over the platform's reckless content moderation practices that allow political and COVID-19 disinformation to proliferate.

Patagonia joins advertising boycott against Facebook

Outdoor apparel brand Patagonia said it is joining the #StopHateForProfit boycott against Facebook (and Instagram, owned by Facebook) because Facebook continues to promote "hateful lies and dangerous propaganda." Last week three other major brands, The North Face, REI, and Upwork, joined the boycott and suspended all advertising on Facebook. On Sunday, Patagonia tweeted, "Patagonia is […]

Facebook, Google, Twitter execs summoned for House election security hearing

The House of Representatives Intelligence Committee says executives from Facebook, Alphabet/Google, and Twitter have been summoned to appear Thursday at a virtual hearing on foreign influence and election security.

Facebook account that copies Trump's posts word-for-word gets flagged for inciting violence

Just like the Twitter experiment, and to nobody's surprise — a Facebook account that copies and re-posts President Donald Trump's posts word-for-word is immediately flagged for inciting violence.

UK antitrust watchdog to investigate Facebook acquisition of Giphy

The United Kingdom Competition and Markets Authority, the UKs antitrust watchdog, has begun an investigation into Facebook's acquisition of Giphy.

'Black lives matter' —Mark Zuckerberg, who says Facebook may change policy on state violence, voter suppression

"Black lives matter," said Mark Zuckerberg today.

Facebook makes 'Boogaloo' groups advocating US civil war harder to find, after arrest of participants plotting violence

At least two of the three men charged this week with plotting violence at a Las Vegas anti-racism protest participated in "Boogaloo" groups on Facebook, an FBI criminal complaint says.

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