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Twitter sues Texas AG alleging political retaliation for Trump ban

Twitter isn’t happy that Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton launched an investigation into the company after it banned former President Trump. CBS News reports Twitter has sued Paxton in federal court, alleging the AG is violating the First Amendment by trying to punish the social network for exercising free speech rights over the content it …

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Facebook reportedly investigated over ‘systemic’ racism in hiring

Facebook has publicly committed to fighting racism, but there are concerns that isn’t translating to its recruitment practices. Reuters sources say the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is investigating possible “systemic” racism in Facebook’s hiring and job promotions. Facebook program manager Oscar Veneszee Jr. and four candidates have reportedly accused the social network of …

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Twitter bans right-wing activist group Project Veritas

Twitter has once again taken action against a group for violating its rules, although this time the circumstances are very different. The New York Times and The Verge report that Twitter has banned right-wing activist group Project Veritas for “repeated violations” of the social network’s policy against sharing private information. The organization reportedly ran afoul …

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Facebook improves AI photo descriptions for the visually impaired

Facebook Facebook has long been using AI to describe photos for the visually impaired, but it’s stepping up its efforts in 2021. The social media giant has detailed a new version of automatic alternative text (AAT) that promises much more information. Instead of relying on heavily supervised AI learning, Facebook is now using weak supervision …

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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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