The algorithms that make big decisions about your life

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In many ways, social-media platforms are simply giant algorithms. At their heart, they work out what you’re interested in and then give you more of it – using as many data points as they can get their hands on. Every “like”, watch, click is stored. Most apps also glean more data from your web-browsing habits… Read more »

Facebook chatbot offers to answer tricky questions

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Facebook has created a chatbot to help its own employees answer tricky questions from friends and family over the holiday season. The Liam bot answers queries about how the social network handles hate speech and disinformation and can even offer advice about helping locked-out users. Facebook said it was responding to requests from its staff…. Read more »

Who needs another social network?

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The reputation of the big social networks seems to sink every week. From Facebook to Twitter, from Snapchat to Instagram, concerns about everything from fake news to cyber-bullying are making many people wonder whether there is a better way to communicate online. Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales thinks he has the answer. He has launched a… Read more »

Facebook moderation firm Cognizant quits

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Cognizant, a professional services firm, is to stop moderating “objectionable” content on behalf of Facebook and other internet firms. It follows an investigation by The Verge into working conditions and the mental health of employees working at an Arizona moderation centre on behalf of the social network. Cognizant also has workers in India, Europe and Latin America…. Read more »

Alarmed By Deepfake Videos, Facebook Creates Contest to Detect Them

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Alarmed by the rise of realistic fake videos created with artificial intelligence, Facebook is funding a competition to find ways to automatically detect these counterfeits. The competition, called the Deepfake Detection Challenge, will be overseen by the Partnership on AI, a non-profit group whose members include many leading technology companies, non-governmental organizations, and research bodies. Microsoft will… Read more »

Facebook ‘auto-generated’ extremist video

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Facebook has been accused of “auto-generating” extremist content, including a celebratory jihadist video and a business page for al-Qaeda. The material was uncovered by an anonymous whistleblower who filed an official complaint to US regulators. Similar content for self-identified Nazis and white supremacist groups was also found online. Facebook said it had got better at… Read more »

Facebook copied email contacts of 1.5 million users

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Facebook “unintentionally” uploaded the email contacts of more than 1.5 million users without asking permission to do so, the social network has admitted. The data harvesting happened via a system used to verify the identity of new members, Facebook asked new users to supply the password for their email account, and took a copy of… Read more »

As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants

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For years, Facebook gave some of the world’s largest technology companies more intrusive access to users’ personal data than it has disclosed, effectively exempting those business partners from its usual privacy rules, according to internal records and interviews. The special arrangements are detailed in hundreds of pages of Facebook documents obtained by The New York… Read more »