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Teenage girl auctioned off on Facebook without social media firm’s bosses noticing

A father was able to auction off his teenage daughter for marriage on Facebook despite the social media giant having a 30,000-strong community moderation team.

Children’s charity Plan International said five men in South Sudan had bid to wed the 17-year-old, possibly including high-ranking government officials.

A wedding ceremony was held on 3 November in the country’s Eastern Lakes State region, the charity said, but Facebook only became aware of the auction six days later – more than two weeks after it was originally posted.

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FIREFIGHTER FIRED: Facebook post suggesting hunting of migrants leads to ouster

Earlier this week, Chris Bush posted this message on Facebook: “We should buy deer feeders fill them with pinto beans put them on the border and make a new hunting season. I wonder how many Texans will buy that hunting licenses and how many tags we would be allowed…”

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Facebook and Instagram Won’t Ban Violent Antifa Group

There seems to be no limit to the offenses allowed certain antifa groups on Twitter and Facebook. SmashRacism DC, an antifa group in the Washington D.C. area, threatened Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson and his wife and 4 children on November 7, 2018. In a now-deleted Twitter post, SmashRacism posted, “Each night you remind us that we are not safe. Tonight we remind you that you are not safe either.”While the posts are gone, SmashRacism DC is still active on Facebook and Instagram.

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Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international joint summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear before them.

The committees are investigating the impact of online disinformation on democratic processes and want Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both have been probing this year.

More broadly, they are also seeking greater detail about Facebook’s digital policies and information governance practices — not least, in light of fresh data breaches — as they continue to investigate the democratic impacts and economic incentives related to the spread of online disinformation via social media platforms.

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We posed as 100 Senators to run ads on Facebook. Facebook approved all of them.

One of Facebook’s major efforts to add transparency to political advertisements is a required “Paid for by” disclosure at the top of each ad supposedly telling users who is paying for political ads that show up in their news feeds.

But on the eve of the 2018 midterm elections, a VICE News investigation found the “Paid for by” feature is easily manipulated and appears to allow anyone to lie about who is paying for a political ad, or to pose as someone paying for the ad.

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