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South Park slams Facebook for selling fake news

South Park slams Facebook for selling fake news “I make money from Facebook for my fake content in order to pay Facebook to promote my fake stories,” said Professor Chaos in one of the most brutal and succinct criticisms of the social network to date. The latest episode of South Park pulled no punches in its take-down of the Facebook fake news scandal. It poses Mark Zuckerberg as an indecipherable bully protecting fake news spreaders for profit and says kids can’t recognize lies on the app, while blaming everyone for…

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Facebook’s ad targeting tools could be a valuable supplement to census data

Facebook’s ad targeting tools could be a valuable supplement to census data Official census forms are an invaluable source for demographic data throughout the country, but for trends that occur on the scale of weeks or months rather than years, they’re a bit lacking. But a new study shows that similar data used by Facebook to target ads could help fill in that blind spot. Sociologist Emilio Zagheni at the University of Washington looked into the possibility, in this case specifically regarding migrants in the U.S. and their movements between…

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Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the US

Facebook’s ‘Order Food’ feature officially launches across the US Facebook today formally announced its new feature that allows users to order food from local restaurants using its app. Instead of competing directly with other food ordering services, Facebook is partnering with several industry players on this effort, including EatStreet, Delivery.com, DoorDash, ChowNow, Olo, Zuppler and Slice. It’s also working with restaurant chains directly, like Jack in the Box, Five Guys, Papa John’s, Wingstop, TGI Friday’s, Denny’s, El Pollo Loco, Chipotle, Jimmy John’s and Panera. Users can find the new option “Order…

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The trouble with Sandberg saying Facebook allows fake news ads

The trouble with Sandberg saying Facebook allows fake news ads If the Russian-bought election interference ads hadn’t been bought by fraudulent accounts, “Most of them would be allowed to run” Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said this morning. “The responsibility of an open platform is to allow people to express themselves” she said during the first of an Axios interview series with Facebook execs. “The thing about free expression is when you allow free expression you allow free expression,” Sandberg said, noting that “we don’t check what people post” and that she…

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Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town

Facebook Stories open to Pages, bringing brands to the ghost town No one’s posting to Facebook Stories. Only eight of my 2,800 friends have Stories up right now, and three came from the new “cross-post from Instagram Stories” feature. Maybe younger or international demographics are, but I’d bet they’re too wrapped up in Snapchat and Instagram. It’s slow adoption for a feature cloned from Snapchat that’s proven wildly popular elsewhere, and lives prominently at the top of perhaps the world’s most-used app. Maybe big budget video can turn things around….

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Oculus “Dash” replaces your computer monitor with VR

Oculus “Dash” replaces your computer monitor with VR Oculus Rift has a whole new user interface that lets you customize your VR Home space and replace your traditional computer monitor with nearly-unlimited VR screenspace. Oculus Core 2.0 is rolling out in beta in December. Oculus Dash Dash is reminiscent of a Minority Report-style interface, where windows dangle in the air and can be moved around with the wave of a hand. Dash will let you code inside VR, but also bring along your favorite desktop experiences like Facebook and Messenger,…

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Facebook ‘3D Posts’ let you play with VR objects in News Feed

Facebook ‘3D Posts’ let you play with VR objects in News Feed Facebook wants to let you create virtual objects in its Oculus Medium sculpting platform or Facebook Spaces VR hangouts and then share them with friends who don’t have a VR headset. Today at Oculus Connect 4, Facebook previewed 3D posts, a new type of News Feed post where users can grab, spin and interact with a 3D object to look at it from all angles. Below you can see how you can pinch, zoom and rotate the objects…

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VR Mark Zuckerberg discusses how Facebook is using AI to aid the Red Cross in Puerto Rico

VR Mark Zuckerberg discusses how Facebook is using AI to aid the Red Cross in Puerto Rico Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that his company is working with the American Red Cross to target aid efforts in Puerto Rico using artificial intelligence and satellite imagery to identify areas to deliver aid. “We use artificial intelligence to build what we call ‘population maps’ so you can look at satellite imagery of an area and get a sense of where it is that people actually live and the density of different…

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Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you

Dear Silicon Valley: America’s fallen out of love with you Ross BairdContributor Ross Baird is the founder and executive director of Village Capital. More posts by this contributor: Why this investor is ditching Demo Days The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative May Be More Important Than Facebook Dear Silicon Valley,  You used to be the envy of the world. Over the last decade I’ve seen countless cities try to become you, from the Silicon Savannah to the Silicon Bayou. At last year’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit on Stanford’s campus, hundreds of entrepreneurs from Mongolia to South Sudan…

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Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims

Google’s probe into Russian disinformation finds ad buys, report claims Google has uncovered evidence that Russian operatives exploited its platforms in an attempt to interfere in the 2016 U.S. election, according to the Washington Post. It says tens of thousands of dollars were spent on ads by Russian agents who were aiming to spread disinformation across Google’s products — including its video content platform YouTube but also via advertising associated with Google search, Gmail, and the company’s DoubleClick ad network. The newspaper says its report is based on information provided by…

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