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Debt collectors are allowed to DM you on social media now

New rules lay out how debt collectors can contact debtors on social media.Isabel Pavia/Getty Images New rules came into effect Tuesday governing how debt collectors can contact debtors. The rules lay out how debt collectors can contact debtors using social media. All messages must be private and the collector must identify themselves straight away. New rules governing how US debt collectors can make contact with debtors came into force on Tuesday, including precise guidelines on using social ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, News, Instagram, Finance, US, Trends, Social Media, Debt, Cnbc, Debt Collectors, CFPB, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau CFPB, New York Federal Reserve, Tech Insider, Debtors


Meta reverses policy that blocked people from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse on Facebook and Instagram

Kyle Rittenhouse at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.Sean Krajacic/Pool via Getty Images Facebook, now Meta, blocked users from searching for Kyle Rittenhouse or praising him in August 2020. The company confirmed to the BBC it has now reversed its policy on searching for Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured a third in August 2020. A jury acquitted him last month. Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, has reversed a policy i...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Shooting, Trends, Bbc, Meta, Kenosha, Rittenhouse, Fishman, Kenosha Wisconsin, Brian Fishman, Tech Insider, Getty Images Facebook, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Kenosha County Courthouse


Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, as lawmakers seek answers on child safety

Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri.Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to testify before Congress for the first time, on child safety, the NYT reports. His scheduled appearance comes after a backlash over internal research leaked by the Facebook whistleblower. The research found that Instagram made body image issues worse for one in three teen girls. Instagram CEO Adam Mosseri is to appear before Congress for the first time, to answer questions about child safety on ...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Children, Congress, Trends, Mental Health, New York Times, The Times, Meta, Times, Richard Blumenthal, Adam, Blumenthal, Tech Insider


Cosmetics company Lush says it's shutting down its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat accounts because of the Facebook whistleblower

Bath products in display in a Lush cosmetics shop in London.REUTERS/Neil Hall Lush announced it will shut down its Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Snapchat accounts. The cosmetics company said the harms of social media are going "largely ignored." Lush's UK operation announced in 2019 it would shut down some social media, but returned in 2020. Trendy cosmetics company Lush has announced it's quitting social media just as the holiday season kicks off.In a press release issued last wee...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, London, News, Instagram, Youtube, US, Trends, Social Media, Snapchat, Retail, Lush, Tech Insider, Haugen, Mark Constantine


Your Instagram and Facebook Messenger chats aren't going to be encrypted like WhatsApp until 2023, Meta says

Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg.REUTERS/Yuri Gripas Facebook, now Meta, announced in 2019 it would end-to-end encrypt messages on all its platforms. But it won't now finish doing this until 2023, its global safety chief told The Sunday Telegraph. Meta has faced political pressure to provide law enforcement with ways to evade encryption. Meta, the company formerly known as Facebook, won't finish making your chats on Facebook Messenger and Instagram end-to-end encrypted until 2023, according t...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, News, Instagram, Privacy, Trends, Whatsapp, End-to-end Encryption, Facebook Messenger, Davis, Meta, The Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph, Priti Patel, Tech Insider


Mark Zuckerberg downloaded and used a photo app that Facebook later cloned and crushed, antitrust lawsuit claims

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images The founders of Phhhoto filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook's parent company, Meta. The suit accuses Facebook of cloning and then crushing the app. It "strung Phhhoto along" with the promise of a partnership that never materialized, the suit says. The founders of a photo-app startup filed an antitrust lawsuit against Facebook's parent company, Meta, The New York Times first reported on Thursday.In 2014, Champ Ben...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Trends, Competition, The Times, Antitrust, Meta, Federal Trade Commission, Ftc, Zuckerberg, Phhhoto, Joe Osborne, Photo App, Tech Insider


A second Facebook whistleblower says she's willing to testify before Congress, and that she's shared documents with a US law agency

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. AP Photo/Mark Lennihan Former Facebook employee Sophie Zhang is willing to testify before Congress, she told CNN. Zhang said she'd shared documenation about "potential criminal violations" with a US law enforcement agency. Zhang publicly criticized Facebook in a 7,800-word memo after she was fired in 2020. Sophie Zhang, a former Facebook data scientist who went public with her criticisms of the company in September 2020, has told CNN she is willing to test...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, Cnn, Fbi, Whistleblower, Zhang, MIT Technology Review, Tech Insider, Haugen, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Sophie Zhang


Facebook permanently banned a developer after he made an app to let users delete their news feed

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. REUTERS/Erin Scott/File Photo Developer Louis Barclay made a tool called "Unfollow Everything" for Facebook users. The extension removed Facebook users' News Feed by mass-unfollowing friends and pages. Barclay received a cease-and-desist letter from Facebook in July, and was kicked off its platform, he says. A developer who designed a tool to let people essentially delete their Facebook news feeds says he was served with a cease-and-desist letter and perma...
Tags: Google Chrome, Extension, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, News, Instagram, Developer, Trends, News Feed, Facebook Messenger, Switzerland, Barclay, Perkins Coie, Erin Scott, Tech Insider


Mark Zuckerberg says whistleblower's claims that Facebook places profit over people 'don't make any sense.' Read his full response to the whistleblower's testimony.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in Washington D.C. on Oct. 23, 2019. Andrew Harnik/AP Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen testified before Congress on Tuesday. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg responded to the hearing with a 1,300-word statement. Zuckerberg said multiple claims made during the hearing "don't make any sense." See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg has criticized testimony from former Facebook employee Frances Haugen, who told a US Senate com...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, Congress, Washington, US, Trends, US Senate, Capitol Hill, Whistleblower, Zuckerberg, Mark, Andrew Harnik, Facebook During, AP Facebook


Elon Musk keeps attacking Jeff Bezos over the billionaires' rival space companies. Here's a history of the Tesla CEO's weirdest beefs, including with Azealia Banks and Pablo Escobar's brother.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk has a history of strange spats. Getty Images Elon Musk has a habit of getting into bizarre fights. Recently he's been attacking Jeff Bezos over the billionaires' rival space companies. Bezos is one of an eclectic bunch of people Musk has feuded with, including rapper Azealia Banks. See more stories on Insider's business page. Elon Musk has a serious combative streak.The Tesla and SpaceX CEO is famously unpredictable as chief executives go, a personality tra...
Tags: Amazon, Transportation, Spacex, Elon Musk, Instagram, Fcc, Mac, Colorado, Navy, California, Washington, Banks, US, America, Trends, Tesla


Leaked Facebook docs show the company saw pre-teens as an 'untapped' audience and wanted to 'leverage playdates,' The Wall Street Journal reports

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Drew Angerer/Getty Images Documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show Facebook's ideas to get 'tweens' on its platform. One document suggested "leveraging playdates" to get more children using the Messenger Kids app. Facebook said it was normal for social-media companies to appeal to younger people. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show the company agonized over how to ge...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Teens, Children, US, Trends, Snapchat, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Tweens, Tech Insider, Leaked Facebook, Tiktok, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Mark Zuckerberg Drew Angerer Getty


Instagram says it's putting a hold on its 'Instagram Kids' project for under-13s, citing backlash

Instagram head Adam Mosseri. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for WIRED Instagram announced Monday it's pausing its project to build an Instagram for under-13s. Instagram head Adam Mosseri said the project, Instagram Kids, leaked too early. He also cited public backlash following a report on research into Instagram's effect on teenage girls. See more stories on Insider's business page. Instagram is putting a hold on its project to build a special version of its platform for under-...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Kids, News, Instagram, Washington, US, Trends, Tech News, Teenagers, Nick Clegg, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Tweens, Democratic, Facebook Instagram


Mark Zuckerberg reacts to a NYT report on Facebook promoting positive stories about itself by arguing that his surfboard isn't 'electric'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images The New York Times reported that Facebook promoted positive stories about itself on users' news feeds. Mark Zuckerberg refuted a line in the report that said he rode an "electric surfboard" in a July video. Zuckerberg said the surfboard was not electric, and that he was pumping it with his legs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacted somewhat bizarrely to a report in The New York Tim...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Nick Clegg, New York Times, The Times, Osborne, Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Zuckerberg, Joe Osborne, Tech Insider


Mark Zuckerberg reacts to a NYT report about Facebook promoting positive stories about itself by arguing that his surfboard isn't 'electric'

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images The New York Times reported that Facebook promoted positive stories about itself on users' news feeds. Mark Zuckerberg refuted a line in the report that said he rode an "electric surfboard" in a July video. Zuckerberg said the surfboard was not electric, and that he was pumping it with his legs. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg reacted somewhat bizarrely to a report in The New York Tim...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Nick Clegg, New York Times, The Times, Osborne, Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Zuckerberg, Joe Osborne, Tech Insider


Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez meet with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson in New York

Boris Johnson (left) met with Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend Lauren Sánchez while in New York. Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson met Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sánchez in New York on Monday. Bezos discussed climate change and taxation with Johnson, a Downing Street spokesperson said. Bezos said on Monday he would donate $1 billion to conservation efforts this year. See more stories on Insider's business page. Amazon founder Jeff Bezos sat down with UK Prime Min...
Tags: Amazon, Politics, UK, New York, Taxes, News, Instagram, Climate Change, Trends, United Nations, Arthur C Clarke, Boris Johnson, Jeff Bezos, Johnson, Downing Street, Bezos


Facebook says it has a special team taking down content supporting or praising the Taliban

A Taliban fighter runs towards crowd outside Kabul airport, Kabul, Afghanistan August 16, 2021, in this still image taken from a video. REUTERS TV/via REUTERS Facebook is proactively taking down Taliban content, a spokesperson told the Insider. The spokesperson said it had a team of "Afghanistan experts" monitoring its platform. Facebook has faced criticism for failing to stop incitement and hate speech on its platforms. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook says it is...
Tags: Facebook, News, Instagram, Washington Post, US, Trends, Whatsapp, Afghanistan, Taliban, Kabul, Myanmar, Reuters, KABUL Afghanistan, Dari, Reuters Facebook, Pashto


Facebook rejects Joe Biden's claim it's 'killing people' with misinformation, saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has dropped by 50%

President Joe Biden, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters/Alan Freed; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Joe Biden said vaccine misinformation on platforms like Facebook is "killing people." Facebook responded by saying vaccine hesitancy among its users has fallen 50% since April 2020. Facebook said Biden is trying to blame it for missing his goal of 60% vaccination by July 4. See more stories on Insider's business page. Facebook is firing back at Joe Biden for claiming the social me...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, US, Trends, Social Media, Tech, Joe Biden, Vaccine, Biden, University Of Maryland, Carnegie Mellon University, Kennedy, Rosen, Tom Williams


Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech firms buying up smaller companies and hoarding user data

President Biden speaks to reporters on July 8 Alex Wong/Getty Images Joe Biden will sign a sweeping executive order on Friday, which includes a crackdown on Big Tech. Biden's order will tell agencies to scrutinize Big Tech mergers more closely. It will also tell the FTC to draw up rules for how tech companies can gather and use consumer data. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will on Friday sign an executive order cracking down on the power of Big Tec...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Fcc, Privacy, Congress, Washington, White House, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, House


Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech mergers

President Biden speaks to reporters on July 8 Alex Wong/Getty Images Joe Biden will sign an executive order cracking down on Big Tech, the New York Times reports. Biden's order will tell agencies to scrutinize Big Tech mergers more closely. It will also tell the FTC to draw up rules for how tech companies can use consumer data. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe Biden will on Friday sign an executive order cracking down on the power of Big Tech firms, as fir...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Politics, News, Instagram, Fcc, Privacy, Congress, Washington, Trends, Joe Biden, Data, House, New York Times


Jeff Bezos has picked a new CEO for his Earth Fund, whose job is to spend $10 billion on climate change initiatives by 2030

Jeff Bezos at the opening of the Amazon Spheres in Seattle. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Jeff Bezos has hired Dr. Andrew Steer to head up his $10 billion climate change fund. Steer has been CEO of the World Resources Institute for the last eight years. Steer said in a tweet that the goal is to spend the $10 billion fund by 2030. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Jeff Bezos on Tuesday announced that he has picked a CEO to oversee his $10 billion climate change philanthropy p...
Tags: Amazon, Instagram, Climate Change, Charity, Trends, Earth, Jeff Bezos, Seattle, Philanthropy, The Washington Post, World Resources Institute, Bezos, WRI, Tech Insider, World Resources Institute WRI, Andrew Steer


Reddit's CEO says the company will continue hosting porn

Reddit CEO Steve Huffman. Horacio Villalobos /Corbis/Getty Images Reddit CEO Steve Huffman on Sunday was asked whether the company plans to change its policy allowing porn. Reddit doesn't plan to ban pornography, he said. Huffman said Reddit provides a valuable forum to talk about sex, which he said as a topic is often "not well-served." Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. During an interview broadcast on Sunday, Reddit CEO Steve Huffman explained why the company allows...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Social Media, Reddit, Pornography, Steve Huffman, Huffman, Tech Insider, Axios, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Steve Huffman Horacio Villalobos Corbis Getty


Facebook has launched another crackdown on anti-vax misinformation. Experts say it doesn't go far enough.

In December, Facebook vowed to remove posts making false claims about COVID-19 vaccines. Samantha Lee/Business Insider Facebook updated its policies on what it counts as vaccine misinformation this week. It removed the Instagram account of prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said the removal doesn't go far enough. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook announced this week it was expanding its rul...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, California, Trends, Bill Gates, Vaccines, Kennedy, Ahmed, Misinformation, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, RFK Jr, Tech Insider, Samantha Lee, Anti-vaxx, Isobel Asher Hamilton


Facebook has launched a new crackdown on vaccine misinformation. Experts say it doesn't go far enough.

Samantha Lee/Business Insider Facebook updated its policies on what it counts as vaccine misinformation this week. It removed the Instagram account of prominent anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr.  Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate, said the removal doesn't go far enough. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Facebook announced this week it was expanding its rules on misinformation relating to vaccines. Facebook introduced a rule in February 2020, ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, California, Trends, Bill Gates, Vaccines, Kennedy, Ahmed, Misinformation, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, RFK Jr, Tech Insider, Samantha Lee, Anti-vaxx, Isobel Asher Hamilton


Instagram banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr., one of the world's most famous anti-vaxxers, for breaking its policies

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic Instagram has banned Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for promoting anti-vaccine claims.  Kennedy has long pushed debunked claims linking vaccines to conditions such as autism.  Facebook has vowed to crack down on the promotion of vaccination misinformation. Visit the Business section of Insider for more stories. Instagram has banned Robert F Kennedy Jr, one of the world's most high-profile anti-vaccine activists, for violating its policies against...
Tags: Facebook, Science, News, Instagram, Trends, News UK, John F Kennedy, Biden, Kennedy, Trump, Robert F Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy Jr, Tom Porter, Tech Insider, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Center for Countering Digital Hate


Beware dating, wellness, and shopping apps: Here's how to protect your data according to a top exec at privacy app Jumbo

Zoé Vilain Chief Strategy and Privacy Officer at Jumbo Privacy. Zoé Vilain Zoé Vilain, chief strategy and privacy officer at Jumbo Privacy, spoke to Business Insider about how she and her team protect their data and identities on the internet. Vilain said her team uses the privacy-focused browser Brave, as well as VPN services. She added people never really have any privacy when using social media, but to her mind wellness, dating, and e-commerce apps are actually the worst...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Instagram, Privacy, US, Trends, Social Media, E-commerce, Mozilla, Vpn, Dating Apps, Cyberghost


Social media superspreaders: Why Instagram, not Facebook, will be the real battleground for COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

Instagram has a fast-growing anti-vaxx problem. Samantha Lee/Business Insider Facebook on Thursday announced it would begin removing content that makes false claims about COVID-19 vaccines. The platform has taken a lot of heat for being a hub of anti-vaxx activists and advocates — but the real struggle in the coming months may actually end up being on its trendy, younger subsidiary: Instagram. Imran Ahmed, CEO of the Center for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), tells Business Insider that In...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Instagram, California, Cdc, US, Trends, Joe Biden, Who, World Health Organization, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Donald Trump, Financial Times


Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook has asked the Biden administration about helping with the COVID-19 vaccine response

President-elect Joe Biden, left, and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Reuters/Alan Freed; Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call Mark Zuckerberg said in a livestreamed interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci that Facebook had been in touch with the incoming Biden administration about how it might help with the coronavirus response. Zuckerberg said Facebook was planning a "push around authoritative information on vaccines," though he did not elaborate on what this would look like. The Financial Times reported las...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Joe Biden, Pfizer, Vaccine, Biden, Anthony Fauci, Financial Times, Ahmed, Zuckerberg, Misinformation, Tom Williams, Tech Insider, Moderna


Facebook and Twitter immediately clamped down on Trump's posts that prematurely declared election victory, but they did so in very different ways

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and President Donald Trump. Reuters/Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook and Twitter both put rules in place before the election restricting content from candidates claiming premature victory. In social media posts, and then in a speech on election night, President Donald Trump falsely claimed he had already won the election before the full results were in. Facebook and Twitter immediately labeled Trump's posts — but they did so in different ways, and the ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Post, Florida, Instagram, Washington Post, Washington, White House, US, Trends, Telegraph, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, South Carolina, Trump


Facebook reportedly exempted Trump's family and allies from its misinformation rules to avoid accusations of anti-conservative bias

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg (left) and President Donald Trump. Reuters/Drew Angerer/Getty Images Facebook has repeatedly let President Donald Trump's family members and allies off the hook for breaking its policies, the Washington Post reports. Current and former Facebook employees said the company held off taking action because it feared accusations of anti-conservative bias. Two company sources told the Post that Facebook removed a strike from Donald Trump Jr's Instagram account, which ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Post, Instagram, Washington Post, Trends, Republican, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Trump, Donald Trump Jr, America First Action, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Reuters Drew Angerer Getty Images Facebook, Facebook page of America First Action, Republicans Facebook


A huge fake-nude Telegram operation shows the big threat posed by deepfakes is revenge porn, not disinformation

Ruobing Su/Insider A huge network on messaging app Telegram has been providing members with deepfaked nude images of women using a bot, deepfake monitoring firm Sensity said in a report Tuesday. Users sent the bot a picture of a women they wanted to see naked, and the bot used deepfake technology to generate a fake nude image of that woman. Sensity's analysis showed a staggering number of women were targeted by the bot — more than 680,000, including some underage girls. This serves as gri...
Tags: Elon Musk, Instagram, Russia, Trends, Ussr, Privacy International, Jeff Bezos, Telegram, Revenge Porn, US Europe, Tech Insider, Deepfake, Isobel Asher Hamilton, Sensity, Rubong Su, Latin America Sensity



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