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Meta Decides to Welcome Trump Back
Meta Decides
to Welcome
Trump Back

Meta Decides to Welcome Trump Back

Facebook, Instagram suspensions to be dropped 'in coming weeks'

(Newser) - Two years after former President Donald Trump was suspended from Facebook and Instagram over his posts supporting the insurgents who attacked the Capitol, Meta has decided to welcome him back. The announcement was made in a blog post by Nick Clegg, the company's president of global affairs, the BBC...

Climate Misinformation Soars on Musk's Twitter
Climate Misinformation
Soars on Musk's Twitter
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Climate Misinformation Soars on Musk's Twitter

Tweets containing terms linked to climate change denial rose 300% last year

(Newser) - Search for the word "climate" on Twitter and the first automatic recommendation isn't "climate crisis" or "climate jobs" or even "climate change" but instead "climate scam." Clicking on the recommendation yields dozens of posts denying the reality of climate change and making misleading...

Clause Doesn't Safeguard Meta From $414M Fine

Regulators ban company from forcing users to agree to personalized ads

(Newser) - European Union regulators on Wednesday hit Facebook parent Meta with hundreds of millions in fines for privacy violations and banned the company from forcing users in the 27-nation bloc to agree to personalized ads based on their online activity. Ireland's Data Protection Commission imposed two fines totaling 390 million...

Meta Agrees to Compensate Every US Facebook User

But they might get only $2 over Cambridge Analytica data harvesting

(Newser) - American users of Facebook could be in for a small payout as Meta has agreed to pay $725 million to settle a class action lawsuit linked to the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal. It's the "largest recovery ever achieved in a data privacy class action and the most...

Twitter Disallows Links to Instagram, Other Rivals
Twitter (Briefly) Disallows
Promotion of Rivals
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Twitter (Briefly) Disallows Promotion of Rivals

New policy is deleted, replaced with a poll asking users their opinion on it

(Newser) - Once again, a new Twitter policy has been swiftly rescinded. On Sunday, the platform said it would no longer let users promote accounts on rival platforms. But after what CNN describes as an "immense backlash," Twitter removed the blog post and tweet thread announcing the new policy. Instead,...

Meta Sued Over Hate Speech Posted During Tigray Fighting

Filing says crises in Africa are a low priority for Facebook

(Newser) - Two Ethiopians have filed a lawsuit against Facebook's parent company, Meta, over hate speech they say was allowed and even promoted on the social media platform during their country's deadly Tigray conflict. Former Amnesty International human rights researcher Fisseha Tekle is one petitioner in the case filed Wednesday,...

Oversight Board Slams Meta's Unequal Treatment of VIPs

'Cross-check grants certain users greater protection than others'

(Newser) - An oversight board has found that Facebook and Instagram's VIP program creates an unequal environment where celebrities, politicians, and business partners receive preferential treatment. As NPR reports, "in some cases, their posts are exempted from Meta's rules entirely." Meta ordered a review of its "cross-check"...

Trump Run Leads to Big Shift on Facebook

Meta memo says 'long-standing policy' on politicians mandates Trump won't be fact-checked

(Newser) - Yes, former President Trump is running for the Oval Office again. And no, Facebook won't be fact-checking what he says during that campaign, and perhaps afterward, if he gets into office. CNN got its hands on a memo issued Tuesday by Meta's "news integrity partnership" team to...

'I Got This Wrong': Meta to Move Forward With Mass Cuts

Mark Zuckerberg announces workforce will shrink by 13%

(Newser) - Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg on Wednesday confirmed that the first mass layoffs in the company's history are happening, with 11,000 "talented employees"—or 13% of the workforce—to be cut. Meta's hiring freeze will also persist through Q1. The Wall Street Journal confirms it marks...

For First Time, Zuckerberg Readies Mass Layoffs

Meta, parent of Facebook, will reportedly lay off thousands of people this week

(Newser) - Twitter employees aren't the only tech staffers facing a bleak November : Facebook parent company Meta is expected to announce its biggest wave of layoffs since Mark Zuckerberg founded it in 2004, reports the New York Times . The numbers are unclear, but Wall Street Journal predicts "many thousands" of...

Meta Stock Plummets After Dismal Earnings Report
Meta Stock Plunges
After a Dismal
Earnings Report
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Meta Stock Plunges After a Dismal Earnings Report

Analysts are concerned about the future of Facebook's parent company

(Newser) - Meta's third-quarter earnings call Wednesday did not have great news for investors: For the second consecutive quarter, revenue declined, and it's forecasted to do so again next quarter. Meanwhile, costs and expenses rose 19% year over year. Shares plummeted in extended trading after the call, continuing what CNBC...

Meta Will Keep Paying for Sheryl Sandberg's Personal Security

Board approves payment through June 30, 2023

(Newser) - Sheryl Sandberg's last day as a Meta employee was Friday, though she remains on the board of Facebook's parent company. However, due to what the Meta board terms "continuing threats to her safety," the board announced Friday it had approved the continued provision of personal security...

Meta Exec Nick Clegg Says Decision on Trump Is Up to Him

UK's former deputy PM says decision on Facebook reinstatement will be made in January

(Newser) - Before Britain's May 2015 election, Nick Clegg was leader of the Liberal Democrats party and the country's deputy prime minister. Now, he's in charge of deciding whether another former political leader will be allowed back on Facebook. Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, parent company of...

Tech Tycoons Have Had a Rough Year. None Like Zuckerberg

Meta CEO has hemorrhaged $71B since Jan. 1—more than half his wealth

(Newser) - Don't worry, Mark Zuckerberg is still a billionaire—but he's lost many, many of those billions over the past several months. In what Bloomberg describes as a rough year for most tech billionaires, it's been an especially bumpy one for the Meta CEO: He's lost $71...

Cambridge Analytica Deal Averts Zuckerberg Deposition

Facebook reaches tentative agreement on privacy lawsuit

(Newser) - Facebook has agreed to settle a lawsuit over enabling Cambridge Analytica to access the private data of millions of users, a deal that will let Mark Zuckerberg avoid answering up to six hours' worth of questions for a deposition. A court filing entered late Friday asks for 60 days for...

Zuckerberg: FBI Caution Led to Limiting Story on Hunter Biden

Facebook founder defends process in interview with Joe Rogan

(Newser) - When the New York Post published a story saying then-Vice President Joe Biden was involved in his son Hunter's business machinations in Ukraine, shortly before the 2020 presidential election, Facebook restricted sharing of the article. Twitter did, too. Facebook's founder says the decision was made after warnings about...

GOP Tweet Saying to Shoot US Agents Brings Twitter Ban

Republican in Florida statehouse race suggests threat was taken out of context, though he stands by it

(Newser) - US officials, including the FBI director, have decried an increase in threats to federal agents. There have been attempts to carry out such threats , as well. Another one was posted Thursday on Twitter, saying: "Under my plan, all Floridians will be able to shoot FBI, IRS, ATF, and all...

Critics Fault Facebook Move on RFK Jr.'s Group: 'Too Late'

Children's Health Defense anti-vax nonprofit also booted off Instagram

(Newser) - Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has already been personally kicked off of Instagram. Now the social media platform—along with Facebook, also owned by Meta—has booted Kennedy's nonprofit, too, for repeatedly breaching rules on spreading misinformation about COVID-19, vaccines, and other pandemic health measures. The two platforms this week...

Tommy Lee's IG Posts Have Everyone Doing a Double Take

Motley Crue drummer's full-frontal pic fires up debate over why it was able to stay on platform for so long

(Newser) - If you missed Tommy Lee's full-frontal display on social media earlier this week, no worries—he's now sharing a painting of the photo instead. Meanwhile, some are wondering why Lee's original nude pic was able to stay up online for as long as it did in the...

Meta Wants to 'Correct Record' in Abortion Case

Company says warrant for Facebook messages didn't mention abortion

(Newser) - There was an angry backlash against Facebook this week after it emerged that it had turned over private messages that led to a felony abortion-related charge against a Nebraska mother—but its parent company says reporting on the case was "plain wrong." In a statement, Meta said it...

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