Facebook launches Neighborhoods, a Nextdoor clone

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Facebook is launching a new section of its app designed to connect neighbors and curate neighborhood-level news. The new feature, predictably called Neighborhoods, is available now in Canada and will be rolling out soon for U.S. users to test. As we reported previously, Neighborhoods has technically been around since at least October of last year, but that… Read more »

Facebook’s Trump ban upheld by Oversight Board but Facebook has to review the decision and “justify a proportionate response”

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Donald Trump’s ban from Facebook and Instagram has been upheld by Facebook’s Oversight Board. But it criticised the permanent nature of the ban as beyond the scope of Facebook’s normal penalties. It has ordered Facebook to review the decision and “justify a proportionate response” that is applied to everyone, including ordinary users. The former president… Read more »

The only way to control tech giants like Facebook may be for governments to gang up

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It used to be that the most influential media companies in Canada had to keep at least one eye on the Canadian public interest whether they wanted to or not. Broadcasters are regulated through the Broadcasting Act, and while newspapers face less oversight, a restriction on foreign ownership means there is always the potential that… Read more »

Trump will be gone. But Canada might not have a freer hand to regulate multinational internet giants under President Joe Biden

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Navdeep Bains chooses his words carefully when asked what a Biden administration could mean for Canada’s approach to big tech regulation. Surely Canada would have a freer hand under President Joe Biden to regulate and tax multinational internet giants, without Donald Trump threatening trade sanctions and tariffs? “I would say there’s a broader understanding that protectionism… Read more »

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 »