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Apple backs down on taking 30% cut of paid online events on Facebook

Enlarge Facebook Facebook has temporarily shamed Apple out of taking a 30 percent cut of paid online events organized by small businesses and hosted on Facebook—things like cooking classes, workout sessions, and happy hours. Demand for these kinds of online events has soared during the COVID-19 pandemic. Apple says that it has a longstanding policy that …

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Sweeping internal Facebook memo: “I have blood on my hands”

Enlarge Facebook / Aurich Lawson After being fired by Facebook this month, a data scientist published a 6,600-word memo to the company’s internal communication systems breaking down 2.5 years of her experiences on the “fake engagement team.” The resulting stories, largely centered on misinformation campaigns with both subtle and clear links to government staffers and …

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Facebook adds ‘Watch Together’ viewing parties to Messenger

Facebook Messenger is giving users yet another reason to use its video calling: the app is introducing a new “Watch Together” feature that allows friends to view TV shows and other content during group calls.  The concept is similar to Facebook’s “Watch Party” feature, which enables group viewing from a dedicated page or group. But …

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Defying crackdowns, QAnon continues its relentless global spread

Enlarge / BOSTON—A man wearing a QAnon vest held a flag during a No Mandatory Flu Shot Massachusetts rally held outside of the State House in Boston on Aug. 30, 2020, to demonstrate against Gov. Charlie Baker’s order for mandatory influenza vaccinations for all students under the age of 30, an effort to lower the …

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European Union Seeks Strict Regulation of Crypto and Stablecoins in New Draft Law

The European Commission, the executive arm of the E.U., has drawn up regulation to tightly monitor cryptocurrencies it considers “significant”, including asset-backed stablecoins like Facebook’s libra. Euractiv, a European news outlet, first reported the news on Sept.10, citing a leaked 167-page draft crypto proposal. According to the report, the regulation will seek to tackle bitcoin’s …

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Apple won’t let Facebook tell users about 30-percent Apple tax on events

Enlarge / Facebook wanted the event purchase screen on iOS to look like the screenshot on the left. But Facebook says Apple nixed the idea. Facebook Apple nixed a message in the Facebook app for iOS warning users that Apple would take 30 percent of event payments, Facebook says. Facebook announced a new feature for …

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Facebook users reported Wisconsin militia group before last night’s shooting

NurPhoto via Getty Images A Facebook event organized by a militia group that advocated for members to “take up arms” in response to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin was reported to Facebook by multiple users who were told it didn’t violate the company’s policies.  The company removed the event page and the “Kenosha Guard” Facebook group …

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iOS 14 privacy settings will tank ad targeting business, Facebook warns

Enlarge Chesnot | Getty Images Facebook is warning developers that privacy changes in an upcoming iOS update will severely curtail its ability to track users’ activity across the entire Internet and app ecosystem and prevent the social media platform from serving targeted ads to users inside other, non-Facebook apps on iPhones. The next version of …

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Oculus Connect conference is now Facebook Connect

AMY OSBORNE via Getty Images Facebook had cancelled F8 as well as all other in-person events through 2021 thanks to the pandemic, but it did not rule out virtual ones. On September 16th, the company will go forward with its annual AR/VR conference, except it will be held virtually. Most important of all, however, is …

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Facebook is reportedly testing a ‘virality circuit breaker’ to stop misinformation

Dado Ruvic / Reuters Facebook is reportedly piloting a new way to check viral posts for misinformation before they spread too far, The Interface reports. The method is a kind of “virality circuit breaker” that slows the spread of content before moderators have a chance to review it for misinformation. In a recent report, the …

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