Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today's Paper Advertisement Supported by The Shift ByKevin Roose Aug. 10, 2018 Late on Sunday, after returning to his hotel room on a trip away from home, Mark Zuckerberg made a decision he had hoped to avoid. For weeks, the Facebook chief executive and his colleagues had debated what to do about Infowars, the notorious far-right news site, and Alex Jones, Infowars’ choleric founder, who became famous for his spittle-flecked rants and far-fetched conspiracies, including the idea that the Sandy Hook massacre was an elaborate hoax promoted by gun-control supporters. Mr. Jones is just one Facebook user out of 2.2 billion, but he had become symbolic of tech platforms’ inconsistency and reluctance to engage in a misinformation war. The pressure on Facebook to do something about him had intensified after executives gave a series … [Read more...] about Facebook Banned Infowars. Now What?
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Facebook, the world's largest social network, said Thursday it's banning websites that host and share blueprints of 3D-printed guns. "Sharing instructions on how to print firearms using 3D printers is not allowed under our Community Standards," said a company spokesperson in an email statement. "In line with our policies, we are removing this content from Facebook." BuzzFeed News reported the move earlier. This comes after a Seattle judge last week granted a temporary restraining order to block the online publication of 3D-printed gun designs. Nineteen state attorneys general, citing public safety concerns, have sued the US State Department and Defense Distributed -- creator of the blueprints -- for settling a prior lawsuit that allowed the free distribution of the blueprints. However, the designs have been available online for years. According to the download counts on Defcad.com, the website of Defense Distributed that hosts the … [Read more...] about Facebook bans sites that host blueprints of 3D-printed guns
The city of West Linn must pay at least $100,000 in lost wages to a police officer fired last year for racist posts on Facebook because his colleagues knew about his behavior on social media and did nothing to address it until it was reported by the media, an arbitrator ruled last month. Attorney Eric Lindauer also concluded that city officials were justified in firing Tom Newberry, who later filed a grievance that triggered the arbitration process. Lindauer found that Newberry's racially biased posts were common knowledge among several high-ranking West Linn police officers, who the arbitrator determined were aware of the type of comments Newberry made on his Facebook page before being placed on leave in July 2016. The city must award Newberry back pay from his firing date in February 2017 to the ruling date in July 2018. Courtney Flynn, a West Linn spokeswoman, said the city is appealing the ruling. [Read the arbitrator's opinion and order. WARNING: Contains explicit language.] … [Read more...] about West Linn cop fired for racist Facebook posts entitled to lost wages, ruling says
Four billion. That, according to a new study shared with CNBC by market research firm SimilarWeb, is how many monthly page visits Facebook has shed in a slow-drip, but nevertheless huge, decline over the last two years. Facebook’s traffic hasn’t just fallen by about half since 2016, according to the study. Among the consequences of such a precipitous drop is the opening it’s given to YouTube, which the study’s data shows is about to overtake Facebook to become the second-biggest site, traffic-wise, in the US. Which would give Google ownership of the top two spots, pushing Facebook down to No. 3. CNBC describes the drop at Facebook as “severe” and goes on to round out its list this way: “The five websites receiving the most traffic in the US in the last several years have been Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo and Amazon, in that order. However, Facebook has seen a severe decline in monthly page visits, from 8.5 billion to 4.7 billion … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s ‘severe’ traffic decline