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Facebook has been under fire the last few months for spreading misinformation and "fake news." Some have even accused fake Facebook News Feed Stories of affecting the outcome of the 2016 American presidential election. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg recently laid out how the company plans on combating the dissemination of fake news. He noted that he does not usually share information about this process, but all the recent hubbub has pressured him to offer a few a details. Facebook’s Trending Stories team was accused this year for suppressing politically conservative news stories.... Read more...
It's no secret at this point that Facebook has huge ambitions to make sure that anyone in the world can access the internet - even in places where ISPs might not be available for many miles. Thus, the company's Connectivity Lab has been hard at work to advance these efforts, and once again, we're being shown some impressive networking breakthroughs. Using the millimeter-wave portion of the radio frequency spectrum, Facebook believes that it can ultimately deliver many gigabits of information over many kilometers for each base and receiver. In a recent test, the company managed to beam 20Gbps over... Read more...
The grim reaper made a surprise visit to Facebook heading into the weekend and collected a bunch of souls, including that of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the world's largest social network turned graveyard due to a glitch. Many users logged into Facebook only to find that the site was reporting them as deceased, turning their once lively profile into an online memorial. Creepy, right? Rest assured, Zuckerberg and many others are still alive and kicking despite their bugged out profiles suggesting the contrary. I'm guessing Zuckerberg isn't dead either... pic.twitter.com/9M9uaVsvjR — Peter... Read more...
Facebook as a real problem with the way it vets news articles and posts them to people's Feeds. The social network has taken steps to remove human bias from the equation, but in doing so, false stories have begun to litter the landscape. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is well aware of the issue, though he insists that fake news stories did not impact the results of the recent presidential election in the U.S. Given the number of eyeballs that Facebook attracts on a daily basis, it is understandable to think that news content can sway users in how they perceive a candidate running for... Read more...
There’s no question that Facebook’s Trending Stories has a credibility issue. Trending Stories came under fire earlier this year when it was alleged that Facebook was purposefully suppressing politically conservative news stories. The blowback from the outrage surrounding the scandal led Facebook to fire the editorial team responsible for curating those stories. However, in the absence of human handlers, its Trending Stories section has apparently “gone rogue”, spreading false stories that some gullible individuals take as fact and share, further exacerbating the problem. According to Pew Research,... Read more...
Scoot your booty, LinkedIn, and make room for Facebook. The latter is encroaching on the former's territory by testing a new feature that allows administrators of business Pages to post job listings in search of new hires.  Admins can also receive applications from potential job candidates, giving business even more incentive to concentrate their social media efforts on the largest social playground on the planet."Based on behavior we've seen on Facebook, where many small businesses post about their job openings on their Page, we're running a test for Page admins to create job posts and receive... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg is a big picture person. Being that way should not conflict with how investors buy and sell stock, though it often does in an era where knee jerk reactions in the stock market are commonplace. Case in point, Facebook tore it up in the third quarter, bringing in $7.01 billion in revenue, up a massive 56 percent from the $4.5 billion it collected in the same quarter a year ago. And it more than doubled its profit for the quarter, coming out ahead $2.38 billion after paying the bills, up 166 percent from $896 million year-over-year. So why is Facebook's share price down more than 5... Read more...
Facebook apparently has some big plans for Gameroom, its new PC gaming platform that looks like it could be related to Steam if someone ordered a paternity test. That's probably not by accident. While the initial focus has been on developing Gameroom as a front-end for casual games, Facebook just opened the door for Unity developers to come wade in the Gameroom beta. It also announced that Facebook support will be a part of Unity 5.6 when it ships next year. "With Facebook Gameroom, Facebook is introducing an easier way for developers to bring high-quality games to the PC to take full advantage... Read more...
If a major holiday looms, then you can be sure that Facebook has something up its sleeves. With Halloween right around the corner, the company has decided to infuse the reactions we use to express our thoughts on posts, and give us virtual masks to wear while broadcasting through Facebook Live. As seen in the shot above, Facebook Live's interface now features a carousel of different masks to wear, which based on the examples given, look to be quite natural when applied (it's just a matter of time before we see if that translates to real use). Fortunately, the fun doesn't have to end after Halloween;... Read more...
As we quickly approach the November 8th elections, email leaks from the Clinton camp continue to loom over the presidential candidate. The latest data dump from WikiLeaks shines a light on emails between Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, and Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg. In one email exchange, dated June 6th, 2015, Sandberg expresses her desire for Clinton to become president, writing to Podesta, “And I still want HRC to win badly. I am still here to help as I can.” While that was a private exchange, Sandberg also made her zest for seeing Clinton as the 45th... Read more...
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump has accused the election of being rigged with the participation of a biased media, and if the largest social network in the world started deleting his posts, he'd have more ammunition to fire off those claims. Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to let that happen, though his underlings continue to put pressure on the site's co-founder to do exactly that, claiming that some of Trump's posts on banning Muslims run afoul of the site's rules on hate speech. Citing unnamed sources with familiarity on the subject, The Wall Street Journal says the... Read more...
In case bumper stickers, yard signs, and witty (or sometimes offensive) t-shirts aren't getting your point across, you can now let the world know who you're planning to vote for in the upcoming U.S. presidential election by endorsing a candidate on Facebook. And if you're lucky (or unlucky?), your candidate of choice might even feature your endorsement on his or her Facebook page. This is a new feature that Facebook is rolling out. To endorse a candidate for political office, head over to that person's Facebook page, select the Endorsement tab, and choose Endorse. You can attach a message to your... Read more...
This just in! Unicorns just discovered in Yellowstone National Park! It probably goes without saying, but that little bit of news is pure fiction. Unfortunately, it is not entirely unlike something that may appear in your Facebook feed according to Intersect, which recently conducted an experiment that detected a number of fake news stories. Intersect logged every trending news stories across four different Facebook during business hours between August 31st and September 22nd, 2016. They were able to detect at least five fictional stories. They also noted that blog posts from sites like Medium... Read more...
Just yesterday, we reported that Nokia’s Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks division had just deployed a 65 Tbps submarine cable covering a distance of over 4,100 miles. Nokia’s record-setting feat just barely nudged out the Google-backed FASTER submarine fiber cable, which clocked in at 60 Tbps. That was yesterday, and now Google is back in the news thanks to its stake in the new Pacific Light Cable Network (PLCN), which will stretch between Los Angeles and Hong Kong. Google is working on the PLCN in partnership with Facebook and Pacific Light Data Communication (a subsidiary China Soft Power... Read more...
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