Facebook Reverses On Paid Political Messages That Aren't AdsIt used to be clearer what's an ad and what isn't — and thus what's subject to disclosures and other rules. With social media, a campaign can pay celebrities and other influential users to spread a message on their behalf, without ever buying an ad and be subject to its rules.
Twitter Shares Jump On Rise In User Numbers, RevenueThe company averaged 152 million daily users during the last three months of the year, up from 145 million during the previous quarter.
Chicago Dad Tries To Buy Puppy After Seeing Instagram Post, Ends Up Getting ScammedA Chicago dad just wanted to bring home a pet for his family, but instead, he got caught up in a puppy scam on social media.
Facebook Bans Deepfakes In Fight Against Online ManipulationCreated by artificial intelligence or machine learning, deepfakes combine or replace content to create images that can be almost impossible to tell are not authentic.
After Social Media Shooting Threats, East And West Leyden High Schools Keeping Staff And Students At Home For E-LearningTwo high schools in the northwest suburbs will be holding classes online on Thursday, as police investigate threats of a shooting found on social media.
19-Year-Old Accused Of Threatening Women's Clinic Via iFunnyAccording to the complaint, Sheikh wrote later in the post that he would visit the clinic on Aug. 23, 2019, and “proceed to slaughter and murder any doctor, patient, or visitor I see in the area and I will not back down. consider this a warning for anyone visiting…”
Facebook Grilled About CryptocurrencyMembers of both parties demanded to know why a company with massive market power and a track record of scandals should be trusted with such a far-reaching project, given the potential for fraud, abuse and criminal activity.
A Woman's Quest To Find A Specific Dress For A Child With Autism Brings Strangers TogetherOne person asked if she could try to re-create the dress herself. Another found two on eBay, although they were not the correct size. A few people said they owned the same exact dress in a size 12 – just slightly larger than the one Price was looking for.
Facebook Enlists Plain English To Clarify How It Makes MoneyFacebook has come under fire with regulators in Europe, and increasingly in the U.S., for how it handles personal information collected on its site — and how transparent it is with users.
Local Lawyer Fights Facebook Over Post: 'It Was Starving Human Beings'"I was amazed. I could not believe. There was absolutely nothing sexual about this picture. There's absolutely nothing about nudity in this picture. It was starving human beings."
What's Your Data Worth To Big Tech? Bill Would Compel AnswerThe measure would require commercial services with more than 100 million active monthly users to disclose to their customers and financial regulators the types of data they collect.
Illinois Court Tosses Conviction Over Facebook PhotoIllinois' 3rd District Court of Appeals reversed the conviction of 29-year-old Spencer D. Watkins. The Peoria man was convicted of being a felon in possession of a gun in 2016 and given a nine-year prison term.
Facebook Removes 3B Fake Accounts, But How Many Were Missed?The increase in removals shows the challenges Facebook faces in removing accounts created by computers to spread spam, fake news and other objectionable material. Even as Facebook's detection tools get better, so do the efforts by the creators of these fake accounts.
'To Me It's Just Disgusting': Reaction To Suburban Students In BlackfaceIn a statement, the school said the posts were "highly offensive and culturally insensitive." But due to confidentiality laws can't discuss discipline and noted that the incident took place outside school property.
Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp Back Up After Massive OutageFacebook, Instagram and WhatsApp were temporarily down early Sunday.