Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First under its “dangerous individuals and organisations” policy.
The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: posts and other content that “expresses praise or support” for them will also be banned, as will users who coordinate support for the groups.
New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has lashed out at social media giant Facebook in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, calling the company “morally bankrupt pathological liars”.
The commissioner used his personal Twitter page to lambast the social network, which has also drawn the ire of prime minister Jacinda Ardern for hosting a livestream of the attacks that left 50 dead, which was then copied and shared all over the internet.
“Facebook cannot be trusted,” wrote Edwards.
Facebook is banning far-right political commentator Faith Goldy, white nationalist crusader Kevin Goudreau and various extremist groups, the social media company said Monday.
The company said it has longstanding policies on extremist content and organized hate groups and is barring the individuals and organizations under its “Dangerous Individuals and Organizations” community standards policy.
In a Good Morning America interview with George Stephanopoulos, Thursday, Zuckerberg declared, “All of the laws around political advertising today primarily focus on a candidate and an election, right, so, ‘Vote for this candidate in this election.’ But that’s not, primarily, what we saw Russia trying to do and other folks who were trying to interfere in elections. And what we saw them doing was talking about divisive political issues.”
A month long FB ban for this?
Facing an onslaught of negative headlines and critical press coverage, Facebook has begun paying UK paper the Daily Telegraph to run admiring stories about the “positive impact” the social media giant can have on people’s lives.
The partnership has seen the Telegraph run 26 stories defending Facebook over the last month, dismissing “technofears” about the company, while dealing with issues of key importance, including terrorist content, online safety and cyberbullying, Business Insider reported.
In a recent op-ed, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg implored the state to get more involved in governing the internet. “Every day, we make decisions about what speech is harmful, what constitutes political advertising, and how to prevent sophisticated cyberattacks,” he began. “These are important for keeping our community safe. But if we were starting from scratch, we wouldn’t ask companies to make these judgments alone.”
Among the posts written included one in which the elderly man said, referring to Muslims, “You cannot, with the best will in the world, call these beings people. They seem to be inbred as they carry on.”
Facebook Inc on Wednesday banned praise, support and representation of white nationalism and white separatism on its social media platforms, bolstering its efforts to tackle hate speech.
Facebook Inc. disclosed a flaw on its social network that made passwords of hundreds of millions of users visible to employees and said the issue has now been fixed.
During a security review in January, Facebook found that the passwords were stored in a readable format, against its security procedures, but that they were never visible to anyone outside of the company. Most of the accounts affected were using Facebook Lite, a version of the app designed for emerging markets. The company said it hasn’t found evidence this access was abused.
A new investigation into Facebook’s corporate-security practices revealed that there might be a secret emergency room in one of the tech giant’s conference rooms.
According to Business Insider’s investigation, Zuckerberg is said to have a number of different measures to protect himself, including a “Praetorian Guard” embedded with the crowd at company meetings and a “panic chute” in a conference room.
“Today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy. They’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field against everyone else. And in the process, they have hurt small businesses and stifled innovation,” Warren wrote in a blog post Friday.
3 reasons Elizabeth Warren’s tech giant breakup plan is idiotic
Wooing far-left Democrats to her 2020 presidential campaign, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. has a new proposal to destroy the crown jewels of the U.S. economy. She wants to break up Facebook, Google, and Amazon. It’s an idiotic idea for three reasons.
Knowing that her millennial base loves Apple, she leaves Apple off her explicit target list. It’s so politically calculating it’s funny.
Fake news that’s not fake
Facebook has removed more than 130 accounts, pages and groups it says were part of a UK-based misinformation network.
The company said it was the first time it had taken down a UK-based group targeting messages at British citizens.
The same group set up pages posing both as far-right outlets and anti-fascist activists.
Facebook said it had shared its discovery with law enforcement and the government.
The group was able to gain followers by setting up innocent-looking pages and groups. It later renamed them, and started posting politically-motivated content.
As part of his privacy goals, he said Facebook would not “store sensitive data in countries with weak records on human rights like privacy and freedom of expression.”
He’s never lied to us before.
Facebook promised to open a data centre in Canada to create jobs, in exchange for the federal government offering assurances that it would not impose its jurisdiction over the company’s non-Canadian data.