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Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories and military gear

Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images Facebook is continuing its crackdown on potential domestic terrorism at President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The social network told BuzzFeed News that it was temporarily banning US ads for gun accessories and military gear, such as holsters and body armor, until “at least” January 22nd. The restriction came from an “abundance of …

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Mark Zuckerberg sits down with Dr. Fauci to talk holiday COVID safety

POOL New / reuters In less than an hour, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will interview Dr. Anthony Fauci. You can watch the entire segment through Facebook Live at 3 PM PT / 6 PM ET. According to the company, Zuckerberg will talk to Dr Fauci about the COVID-19 vaccines that are in development and how …

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Trump will lose his protection against Twitter bans when he leaves office

Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images Twitter instituted its policy of refusing to ban politicians in response to President Trump, but the leader won’t enjoy that protection once he’s out of office. The social media giant has confirmed to Engadget and The Verge that Trump will lose “public interest” safeguard on his personal account once President-elect …

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Instagram starts labeling ‘state-controlled media’ accounts and posts

Wachiwit via Getty Images Over the last week, Instagram has started labeling state-backed media, following through on a policy the company’s parent Facebook announced last October and started implementing on its own social media network this past June.  The labels were first spotted by journalist Casey Michel. Users in the US will see them appear …

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Facebook leak hints at its defense against a government-ordered breakup

Christoph Dernbach/picture alliance via Getty Images Facebook is under intense regulatory pressure, and it appears to be bracing itself for the worst. The Wall Street Journal says it has obtained a document outlining Facebook’s defense if the government orders a breakup that would unload Instagram and WhatsApp. The social media giant would reportedly argue that …

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Twitter follows up voice tweets by testing voice DMs

picture alliance via Getty Images It turns out audio tweets were only the beginning of Twitter’s newfound interest in letting users communicate with more than just the written word. On Wednesday, the company told The Verge it’s testing a new feature, starting in Brazil, that will allow users to send voice messages directly to one another.  “We …

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Twitter has ‘more analysis to do’ after algorithm shows possible racial bias

Rafael Henrique/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images Twitter is learning first-hand about the challenges of eliminating racial bias in algorithms. The social network’s Liz Kelley said the company had “more analysis” to do after cryptographic engineer Tony Arcieri conducted an experiment suggesting Twitter’s algorithm was biased in prioritizing photos. When attaching photos of Barack Obama and …

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Trump approves TikTok deal with Oracle and Walmart ‘in concept’

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images TikTok appears to have avoided a US ban at the last minute… probably. President Trump has agreed to a deal “in concept” (via CNBC) that theoretically allays US security issues while letting it operate in the country. True to earlier discussions, Oracle and Walmart would claim a 20% investment …

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TikTok’s owner might refuse to sell its algorithm to a US buyer

Sheldon Cooper/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images If TikTok wants to sell itself to a US company and avoid a potential ban, it might have to leave behind one of its most important pieces of code. South China Morning Post sources claim TikTok’s parent, ByteDance, won’t sell or transfer the social video service’s recommendation algorithm to …

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Twitter bans far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers

Scott Olson via Getty Images Twitter has banned the accounts of far-right extremist group the Oath Keepers and its founder, Stewart Rhodes. According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the group is one of the US’s largest anti-government movements. It claims to have tens of thousands of members, many of whom identify as former law enforcement …

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