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Try As They Might, Senate Republicans Cannot Silence Elizabeth Warren

Silenced on the Senate floor by Republican colleagues, Elizabeth Warren took her criticism of Trump’s attorney general nominee out to the hallway — and found much larger platform. The action prompted a tide of support on Facebook for Warren under a hashtag #LetLizSpeak after she went outside the chamber and read the letter in a video posted on the site that drew more than 5 million views.

February 8, 2017
Travel Ban

U.S. Tech Firms File Legal Brief Opposing Trump’s Travel Ban

Nearly 100 companies, including Apple, Google, and Microsoft, banded together to file a legal brief opposing President Donald Trump’s temporary travel ban, arguing that it “inflicts significant harm on American business.” The brief, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, included Facebook, Twitter, Intel, eBay, Netflix, and Uber.

February 6, 2017
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Meet The Mysterious, Facebook-Verified Page Pushing Fake News

The verified Facebook page for American News (also known as The Patriot Review), with its more than 4.7 million followers, is perhaps the largest page regularly pushing fake news on the social media platform and is emblematic of the problem Facebook must address immediately.

January 18, 2017
Fake News

Why We Should Keep Using The Term ‘Fake News’

If conservatives succeed in their effort to dilute the meaning of “fake news,” critics will lose a common term used to identify and accurately describe a real and specific problem. This will allow conservatives to take that victory and apply the strategy behind it to other fights, making it even harder to describe the challenges in a “post-truth” news environment.

January 10, 2017
Facebook, Fake News

How To Evaluate Information In The Era Of Fake News

In today’s digital world, information literacy is a far more complex subject than it was when the phrase was coined. Back then, the universe of credible academic information was analog and (for better or worse) handpicked by librarians and faculty. Today, the situation is far more nuanced, and not just because of the hyperpartisan noise of social media.

January 9, 2017
Pulse, Orlando Nightclub, ISIS

Orlando Nightclub Victims’ Families Sue Twitter, Google, And Facebook

The three families claim Twitter, Google’s YouTube and Facebook “provided the terrorist group ISIS with accounts they use to spread extremist propaganda, raise funds and attract new recruits.”Similar lawsuits in the past have faced an uphill fight because of strong protections in U.S. federal law for the technology industry.

December 20, 2016
Google fact-check to answer fake news

Websites Peddling Fake News Still Use Google Ads To Rake In Profits

Websites that push fake news stories have yet to feel the effects of Google’s ban, instead remaining incentivized to publish fabricated, sensationalist content without regard for the truth.

December 16, 2016
Fake news, Facebook

Facebook Will Roll Out New Tools To Tackle Fake News

Facebook said users will find it easier to flag fake articles on their News Feed as a hoax, and it will work with organizations such as fact-checking website Snopes, ABC News and the Associated Press to check the authenticity of stories.

December 15, 2016
Fake news, Facebook

Pew Report: Fake News Caused ‘A Great Deal’ Of Confusion During Election

According to a new Pew Research report, 64 percent of Americans — including a majority in both political parties — said that fake news has caused “a great deal” of confusion about the basic facts of current events.

December 15, 2016
Fake News, Facebook

What Makes People Fall For Fake News?

We can’t distinguish between real news and fake news because we don’t even question the credibility of the source of news when we are online. Why would we, when we think of ourselves or our friends as the source?

December 12, 2016
Fake news has real consequences

Fake News Will Have Real Consequences

The right wing has led us so far down the rabbit hole of its alt-right alt-reality that we now face the very real prospect of military and policy choices hinged on things “people are saying” or tweets from those who are “too busy” to check facts.

November 26, 2016
Fake news is on the rise on Facebook

Fake News Outperformed Real News On Facebook At Height Of 2016 Campaign

“I think Trump is in the White House because of me. His followers don’t fact-check anything — they’ll post everything, believe anything. His campaign manager posted my story about a protester getting paid $3,500 as fact. Like, I made that up,” said Paul Horner.

November 17, 2016
Fake partisan news makes Facebook millions

A Platform For Fake News, Facebook Undermines Our Civic Culture

Though hyper-partisan fake news stories have come from both the left and the right, Facebook entrepreneurs know that the money is in plowing the Trumpian fields. And for all the patriotic memes, foreigners are behind much of the manipulation of the American public.

November 17, 2016
Trump TV

Trump Campaign Test Drives ‘Trump TV’

After retreating to Fox News, the Trump campaign finds a way to get favorable media coverage by just doing it themselves. Is this the beginning of Trump TV?

October 25, 2016
Dustin Moskovitz

Co-Founder Of Facebook Donates $20 Million To Help Beat Trump

Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz has donated $20 million to help Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton beat Donald Trump in the presidential election.

September 9, 2016
Donald Trump addresses members of the National Rifle Association's during their NRA-ILA Leadership Forum during their annual meeting in Louisville, Kentucky, May 20, 2016. REUTERS/John Sommers II

It’s Time For You To Speak Out Against Trump

This campaign season has been a harrowing initiation for a whole lot of women who had no idea just how quickly strangers — and people who are supposed to love them — can turn on a woman for speaking her mind.

May 25, 2016
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks on stage during the Facebook F8 conference in San Francisco, California April 12, 2016. REUTERS/Stephen Lam/Files

Zuckerberg To Convince Conservatives Of Facebook’s Neutrality

Some 12 “conservative thought leaders” will join the meeting with Zuckerberg on Wednesday, a Facebook spokesman said. Among the invitees are media personality Glenn Beck, Fox News Channel’s “The Five” co-host Dana Perino and Zac Moffatt, co-founder of Targeted Victory, a technology company that aims to bring transparency to media buying.

May 15, 2016
The sun rises behind the entrance sign to Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park before the company's IPO launch, May 18, 2012. REUTERS/Beck Diefenbach/File Photo

Can We Face Away From Facebook?

Facebook remains uncontested as the social media champ of Wall Street. Its stock recently hit an all-time high while Twitter’s hit its low. As an enrollee in both, I can tell you why — and the why of it is reason for concern.

May 12, 2016
Facebook

It’s Time To Acknowledge The Immense Power Twitter And Facebook Now Have In U.S. Elections

Social media is changing the way that people get their news, but it’s not a silver bullet.

April 22, 2016
U.S. Democratic presidential candidate and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders takes a selfie with a supporter after speaking at a campaign rally in Manchester

Did The Internet Create Trump And Sanders?

Without the Internet, it’s difficult to know whether Sanders’s and Trump’s campaigns would have existed long enough to make any impact at all.

March 15, 2016
Protesters yell across the street at supporters of U.S. Republican presidential candidate Trump waiting in line for a campaign rally in Kansas City

Anti-Trump Protesters: A Patchwork Of People And Facebook Pages

“We want to learn what works as far as, especially, going inside and disrupting rallies.”

March 13, 2016

Facebook To Prohibit Private Firearm Transactions On Its Service

Company moves to counter concerns that it was increasingly being used to circumvent background checks on gun purchases.

January 29, 2016

What Happens When Private Money Pays For Science?

More and more funding for new research is coming not from government grants, but from private donors who concentrate their investments in a few hand-picked enclaves. And so big private money begets more big private money.

January 7, 2016