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  • Data Misuse Jan 19

    Facebook Must Provide Info Sought by Massachusetts AG, Judge Rules

    Facebook must turn over information to the Massachusetts attorney general’s office regarding thousands of apps that the social media company suspects of misusing users’ data, a judge decided. The order issued by Suffolk Superior Court Judge Brian Davis on Friday stated that Facebook has refused to turn over information about specific apps, groups of apps and developers that the...

  • Facebook Jan 15

    Does the Naked Body Belong on Facebook? It’s Complicated

    When is a photograph of nude bodies artistic or titillating? A woman’s exposed nipple a political statement or erotica? A video of childbirth might show genitalia. Should what someone considers a celebration of life be censored? In 1964, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart famously wrote in a case about obscene material that he could tell the difference when...

  • I-Team Jan 10

    Anti-Semitic Trolls Impersonate Rabbis, Stoking Hate after Hasidic Attacks

    Fake accounts, which claim to be of U.S. rabbis, have been posting messages seemingly geared at pitting Jews against African Americans — but why aren’t social media sites stepping in sooner to stop them?

  • Facebook Jan 9

    Facebook Again Refuses to Ban Political Ads, Even False Ones

    Facebook is reaffirming its freewheeling policy on political ads, saying it won’t ban them, won’t fact-check them and won’t limit how they can be targeted to specific groups of people. Instead, Facebook will offer users slightly more control over how many political ads they see and make its online library of such ads easier to use.

  • Facebook Jan 9

    Facebook Riles Tiny Oregon Town With Plan for Undersea Cable

    A battle playing out in Oregon is pitting residents of a tiny coastal town with no stoplights or cellphone service against a tech giant. Locals in Tierra del Mar are trying to stop Facebook from using property in their community as a landing spot for an undersea cable connecting America with Asia.

  • Technology Jan 7

    Facebook, YouTube Make Changes in Fight vs. Online Manipulation

    Facebook says it’s banning “deepfake” videos as it steps up efforts to fight online manipulation. The social network said Monday it’s beefing up its policies to remove the the false but realistic clips created with artificial intelligence. The company said the new rules won’t include parody or satire, or clips edited just to change the order of words. The exceptions...

  • 2020 Elections Dec 27, 2019

    Spotify Suspends Political Ads for 2020

    Spotify has become the latest tech company to enter the conversation around political ads, announcing Friday it will suspend them at the beginning of 2020. Unlike Twitter and Facebook, however, Spotify refrained from offering its perspective on political advertising, saying that the decision is the result of the music-streaming company not having sufficient tools to vet the ads. “At this point in time,...

  • Facebook Dec 20, 2019

    Data on 267 Million Facebook Users Exposed: Researcher

    A Ukrainian security researcher reported finding a database with the names, phone numbers and unique user IDs of more than 267 million Facebook users — nearly all U.S.-based — on the open internet. That data was likely harvested by criminals, said researcher Bob Diachenko, an independent security consultant in Kyiv.

  • Census Dec 19, 2019

    Facebook to Tackle Efforts to Interfere With 2020 US Census

    Facebook plans to clamp down on attempts to use its services to interfere with the 2020 U.S. census, including the posting of misleading information about when and how to participate, who can participate and what happens when people do.

  • Instagram Dec 18, 2019

    Facebook, Instagram Ban Influencers From Promoting Vaping and Guns for Money

    Facebook and Instagram will no longer allow influencers to promote vaping, tobacco products or weapons on its platforms using “branded content.”

    Instagram announced Wednesday it would no longer allow “branded content” that promotes those goods on either platform.

  • Facebook Dec 11, 2019

    Facebook Rebuffs US AG Over Encrypted Messages

    Facebook is rebuffing efforts by U.S. Attorney General William Barr to give authorities a way to read encrypted messages. The heads of Facebook-owned WhatsApp and Messenger services told Barr and his U.K. and Australian counterparts that Facebook is moving forward with plans to enable end-to-end encryption on all of its messaging services. End-to-end encryption locks up messages so that not...

  • Massachusetts Dec 2, 2019

    Close-Up Photo Shows Shark Washed Up on Cape Cod Beach

    A photo of a washed-up shark on Cape Cod offers a rare close-up look at the elusive animal. The 6-foot porbeagle shark was found dead just north of on Marconi Beach Sunday, according to the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy, which shared the photo on Facebook.

  • United States Dec 2, 2019

    Facebook Tests Tool to Move Photos to Google, Other Rivals

    Facebook has started testing a tool that lets users move their images more easily to other online services, as it faces pressure from regulators to loosen its grip on data.

  • Nov 29, 2019

    Surge in New Voters Sparks Talk of UK Election ‘Youthquake’

    In a British election dominated by Brexit, young voters who had no say in the country’s decision to leave the European Union could hold the key to victory. That is, if they can be bothered to vote. It has long been a truth in British politics that young people vote in lower numbers than older ones. In the last election...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    ‘The Mighty Quinn’ is Headed to Disney World Thanks to Make-a-Wish

    Quinn Waters, the 3-year-old Massachusetts boy whose brain cancer diagnosis left him in isolation at his Weymouth home for months, will soon be headed to Disney World thanks to Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The family posted a video on Facebook Tuesday night showing Waters, otherwise known as “The Mighty Quinn,” and his sister Maggie reacting to the news.

  • Nov 27, 2019

    On the Thanksgiving Menu: Turkey, With a Side of Impeachment

    Some people heading to Thanksgiving gatherings predict it’s not just the turkey that will get roasted. Already polarized over Republican Donald Trump’s presidency, Americans are deeply split on a looming historic impeachment. Many families reflect the nation’s divisions, setting up heated holiday debates in households with a taste for politics. Bryan Wright, of Cincinnati, said “impeachment will definitely come up”...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    3 Hurt at Texas Chemical Plant Hit by 2 Massive Explosions

    Two massive explosions 13 hours apart tore through a Texas chemical plant Wednesday, and one left three workers injured. The blasts blew out windows and doors of nearby homes and prompted a mandatory evacuation of a 4-mile radius from the plant in Port Neches in Southeast Texas, about 80 miles east of Houston. Officials say they have no estimate for...

  • Nov 27, 2019

    Taiwanese-Canadian Model-Actor Godfrey Gao Dies on Set

    Taiwanese-Canadian model-actor Godfrey Gao has died after suffering an apparent heart attack while on set in China. Gao was filming a sports reality show in the eastern Chinese city of Ningbo on Wednesday when he died. His agency, JetStar Entertainment, confirmed his death on its official Facebook page. The 35-year-old was filming “Chase Me,” a Chinese variety series, when he...

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Review: ‘Queen & Slim’ is Romantic, Urgent and Beautiful

    Rarely has a Tinder date ended so poorly than the one shown in “Queen & Slim.” Even more rarely has a bad Tinder date produced such a great film.

  • Nov 25, 2019

    Dunkin’ Sues Owner of East Boston Store After Video Surfaces Showing Scurrying Rodents

    A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Maverick Square in East Boston temporarily closed down on Tuesday after a video of mice running around the shop went viral, and Dunkin’ is now suing the owner of the franchise

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