Facebook's independent oversight board lets the company off the hook on controversial decisions while letting it keep the power to make the rules.
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Facebook has announced the latest version of its successful standalone virtual reality (VR) headset, the Oculus Quest 2. The new device packs more computing power and a sharper screen than its predecessor, and is also US$100 cheaper. In the video above, Facebook’s Oculus Quest 2 (from AUD$479) — a powerful wireless VR headset for gaming and, Facebook hopes, much more.The Oculus Quest 2 is the latest step in Facebook’s long-term strategy of making VR more accessible and popular. Facebook recently brought all its VR work under the umbrella of Facebook Reality Labs, it has announced new applications like the Infinite… This story continues at The Next Web
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The social network's so-called supreme court for content-moderation decisions will launch just ahead of the hotly contested US presidential election.
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The social network's own oversight board is expected to launch in mid- to late October.
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Stock market gains over the past 6 months allowed America's wealthiest to get richer, while a growing number of Americans struggle with basic needs.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Earlier this year, Facebook launched a new feature that let small businesses create paid online events. The company framed it as a way of helping organizations struggling with lost revenue during the pandemic, and said that because of the exceptional circumstances, it would not collect any fees on purchases for these events until August 2021. But the social network also stressed that any payments made on iOS would be subject to Apple’s standard 30 percent platform fees, noting this meant less money for small businesses. As Fidji Simo, head of Facebook’s main app, said at the time: “We asked Apple to reduce its 30% App Store tax or allow us to offer Facebook Pay so we could absorb all costs for businesses struggling during COVID-19.... Continue reading…
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So says its ex-director of monetization, adding this has led to 'unprecedented engagement and profits' Members of the US House of Representatives held a hearing on Thursday about role antisocial networks have played in radicalizing America.…
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A hearing will address the legal liability protections under Section 230 that shield tech companies from lawsuits for content that users post.
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The committee is holding to address Section 230, a law that shields social media companies from being held liable for the content of users' posts.
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The federal lawsuit says the social media company was negligent when it failed to take down an event page urging armed vigilantes to attend protests.
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The Facebook CEO addressed the seemingly endless jokes and memes at his expense during an employee Q&A this summer.
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Photo by Jeff Swensen / Getty Images Facebook will reject ads from Donald Trump and Joe Biden claiming victory before the winner of the US election is declared. The change is an update to a policy CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced on September 3rd, which banned political ads the week before the election, as reported by Fast Company. That policy would not have stopped Trump or Biden from running ads directly after the election. Either presidential candidate could have started claiming victory at 12:01AM PT on November 4th. While the results of the presidential race are typically announced the night of the election, this year, the process is expected to take longer due to mail-in voting. Experts say that because more Democrats are expected to vote by mail than Republicans, Trump... Continue reading…
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The lawsuit challenges the precedent of Section 230, a federal law that shields platforms like Facebook from being held liable for users' posts.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook says it could aggressively restrict content if the US presidential election sparks violent unrest, according to the Financial Times. Global affairs head Nick Clegg told FT that Facebook was looking at “some break-glass options available to us if there really is an extremely chaotic and, worse still, violent set of circumstances.” Clegg didn’t discuss what those options were. But he mentioned Facebook’s past use of “pretty exceptional measures to significantly restrict the circulation of content on our platform,” deployed in countries where there is “real civic instability.” An unnamed source said the company had modeled 70 election outcomes and how to respond to them, relying on staff, including “world-class military scenario... Continue reading…
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