Facebook says it can’t handle election misinformation crisis alone

Speaking at Aspen Ideas Festival, Mark Zuckerberg says private companies shouldnt have final word on such decisions Mark Zuckerberg has said Facebook cannot be expected to manage the crisis around election misinformation campaigns on its own. The Facebook CEO, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival on Wednesday, said that while the company was focused on questions of election security and interference before the 2020 US presidential election, those are really hard questions to answer. I dont think as a society we want private companies to be the final word on making these decisions, he added. Facebook is scrambling to a potential $5bn (4bn) fine from the US Federal Trade Commission (FTC), which opened an investigation in response to the Cambridge …

Fugitive’s deal with police: I’ll surrender if my wanted poster gets 15,000 likes

Connecticut police negotiated with Jose Simms for the Facebook likes, but an expert says that turns law violations into a joke A Connecticut police department has reached a deal with a fugitive that would have him surrender if enough people respond to a wanted poster on social media, an agreement that at least one expert calls unethical. Jose Simms, 29, who is believed to be somewhere in New York, has seven arrest warrants and is being sought as a fugitive after failing to appear in court on charges that range from breach of peace to risk of injury to a child. Lt Brett Johnson of the Torrington police posted on the departments Facebook page on Wednesday that Simms had contacted …

Facebook bans Alex Jones, Milo Yiannopoulos and other far-right figures

The company has struggled to control far-right hate speech on the platform in recent years Facebook banned several prominent accounts promoting white nationalism on the platform on Thursday. Accounts barred from Facebook, as well as its subsidiary Instagram, as part of the new enforcement include the conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, the far-right troll Milo Yiannopoulos and the anti-Muslim figurehead Laura Loomer. Jones was previously banned from Facebook but still had an account on Instagram, which was no longer live as of Thursday. Weve always banned individuals or organizations that promote or engage in violence and hate, regardless of ideology, a Facebook spokesperson said. The process for evaluating potential violators is extensive and it is what led us to our decision …