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WhatsApp Pilots 'Search the Web' Tool for Fact-Checking Forwarded Messages

WhatsApp is piloting a new feature meant to support fact-checking of in-app messages by searching their contents on the web, the company announced this week.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Whatsapp, Misinformation

Trump Admin Moves to Boot GOP FCC Commissioner Who Hinted Its Social Media Order Is 'Gibberish'

The White House has yanked its nomination to give GOP Federal Communications Commissioner Mike O’Rielly another term at the agency, offering no explanation as to why.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Technology, Fcc, Youtube, White House, Social Media, Federal Communications Commission, Donald Trump, Free Speech, Tech Policy, Section 230, Mike O'Rielly, Mike Orielly

The Map of Quantum Physics: A Colorful Animation Explains the Often Misunderstood Branch of Science

In our time, few branches of science have taken as much public abuse as quantum physics, the study of how things behave at the atomic scale. It's not so much that people dislike the subject as they see fit to draft it in support of any given notion: quantum physics, one hears, proves that we have free will, or that Buddhist wisdom is true, or that there is an afterlife, or that nothing really exists. Those claims may or may not be true, but they do not help us at all to understand what q...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, College, Physics, Seoul, Buddhist, Facebook Twitter, Heisenberg, Wallman, Colin Marshall, Hans Bethe, 21st Century Los Angeles, Dominic Wallman

The Three Biggest Lies Google and Facebook Spouted About Your Privacy Before Congress

The landmark antitrust hearing earlier this week had a little bit of everything: tantrums over mandated masks, questions about cancel culture, and, of course, diapers dot com. And while a lot of us here might’ve predicted some of the turns that unfolded over the six and a half ungodly hours of CEO-grilling, the one…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Congress, Antitrust

Facebook Says China Is Its Biggest Enemy, but It’s Also a Highly Valued Customer

Anyone who’s covered the wacky world of tech policy for any time at all probably has some ideas about how today’s major antitrust hearing will go down. Some think Jeff Bezos’s overall net worth will become part of the debate. Tim Cook will be grilled over Apple’s firm chokehold over the mobile app ecosystem. And no…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Science, Tim Cook, Antitrust, National Security, Jeff Bezos, Saying The Quiet Part Out Loud, Facebook Says China

Tucker Carlson Defends Doctor Who Says Demons Steal Semen From People While They Sleep

Fox News host Tucker Carlson lashed out at tech companies and reporters Tuesday night, insisting that a pro-Trump group called “America’s Frontlines Doctors” was being censored and improperly ridiculed for their beliefs. Carlson, of course, is full of shit.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Medicine, Youtube, Dna, America, Cnn, Aliens, Fox News, Donald Trump, Anthony Fauci, Trump, Tucker Carlson, White Supremacy, Carlson

How to Watch Tech CEOs Testify to Congress Today on YouTube, Facebook, and More

Big Tech companies will make history on Wednesday when some of the most powerful CEOs in the country testify to Congress. Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tim Cook of Apple, and Sundar Pichai of Alphabet/Google will get the spotlight starting at 12 p.m. Eastern, 9 a.m. Pacific on Wednesday, July 29.…Read more...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Science, Tim Cook, Pbs, Jeff Bezos, Hearing, Pacific, Twitch, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, Reuters, Cordcutters

What to Expect at Tomorrow's Big Tech Antitrust Hearing

After an understandable delay, a change of venue, and no small amount of prodding, four of the most recognizable business magnates in the U.S. are set to explain to lawmakers just how, exactly, they became so powerful. Yes, it’s a big deal, and not just because it will be Jeff Bezos’s first time being personally…Read more...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Tim Cook, Antitrust, Jeff Bezos, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet, David Cicilline, Googe, Tech Antitrust Hearing, House Antitrust Committee, Big Tech Antitrust Hearing

Republican Senator's Campaign 'Accidentally' Photoshops Jewish Opponent With Larger Nose

Republican Senator David Perdue of Georgia has been called out for running a Facebook ad campaign that featured a digitally manipulated photo of his opponent, Democrat Jon Ossoff, with a bigger nose. Ossoff is Jewish and depictions of cartoonishly large noses have been a staple of anti-Semitic propaganda for over a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Photoshop, Republicans, Georgia, Democrats, Facebook Ads, Epa, Donald Trump, Marriage Equality, Anti Semitism, David Perdue, President Trump, 2020 Election, Jon Ossoff

A beginner’s guide to the AI apocalypse: Humanity joins the hivemind

Welcome to the latest article in TNW’s guide to the AI apocalypse. In this series we’ll examine some of the most popular doomsday scenarios prognosticated by modern AI experts.  It’s pretty easy to think up new ways for robots to destroy us. We’re pretty squishy. But what if AI doesn’t want us dead? Maybe our future overlords will see our weaknesses and, in their infinite benevolence, choose to upgrade us. Perhaps humanity goes extinct through evolution instead of extermination. Welcome to the h...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Science, Insights, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Robots, TNW, Neural, Coronavirus

Facebook Researchers Say Higher-Ups Ignored Their Findings on Instagram's Racist Algorithm: Report

During a study in mid-2019, a team of Facebook employees found that proposed rules for Instagram’s automated account removal system disproportionately flagged and banned Black users. When the team approached CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his upper echelon of cronies with this alarming information, they were purportedly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Racism, Algorithms, Discrimination, Mods, Moderation, Facebook Researchers Say Higher Ups

Parents on Facebook Are Forming an Alternative School System... If You Can Afford It

Back in May, when classrooms felt like ancient relics, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he and Bill Gates shall “reimagine” school with online learning, and the city would create “what education should look like in the future.” We shuddered at the thought of eternal Zoom calls, but the future is here: a…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, School, New York, Science, Bill Gates, Andrew Cuomo, Pods, Covid 19

Trump's New Facebook Ad Uses Protest Photo From Ukraine in 2014, Not U.S. in 2020

President Donald Trump’s latest Facebook ad campaign uses a photo of protesters clashing with police, and suggests there will be “chaos and violence” if the president isn’t re-elected in November. Facebook users who see the new ad will probably assume the photo was taken in the United States sometime this year. In…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Science, Social Media, Ukraine, United States, Donald Trump, Mstyslav Chernov, Secret Police, President Trump, Antifa, 2020 Uprising, Trump s New Facebook

Facebook's New Private Messaging Feature Promises Privacy From Everyone (Except Facebook)

Considering Facebook’s, um, questionable track record on all things privacy, you’d think the company would learn to stop leaning into the phrase when rolling out new products that promise to be safe and secure when the company actually means they’re safe and secure from everyone except, y’know, Facebook.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Messenger, Science, Privacy, Facebook Read, Magical Promises

Twitter data reveals global communication network

Twitter mentions show distinct community structure patterns resulting from communication preferences of individuals affected by physical distance between users and commonalities, such as shared language and history. While previous investigations have identified patterns using other data, such as mobile phone usage and Facebook friend connections, research from the New England Complex Systems Institute looks at the collective effect of message transfer in the global community. The group's results...
Tags: Facebook, Science, New England Complex Systems Institute

Zuck: Would These Hips Lie... About a Secret Deal With Trump?

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is mostly in the news today for an unflattering photograph of him taken while surfing, slathered in Marilyn Manson-esque levels of sunscreen paired with an unsettlingly perky ass. In what may well have been an attempt to change Google results for his name to anything else, Zuckerberg…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Politics, Science, Donald Trump, Marilyn Manson, Zuckerberg, Trump, Zuck, 2020 Elections, Tech Policy, Zucc

Study Finds That Facebook Is Full Of Transphobes, Just As We Suspected

Those who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ community are often the targets of online harassment, and those threats can have fatal consequences. The transgender community in particular faces targeted attacked that are oftentimes “inhumane” or “abusive,” according to a new study from watchdog nonprofit Media Matters for…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Alt Right, Terfs

Teaching Robots There Are No Toilets in the Kitchen Makes Them Better at Navigating a House

If you’re visiting a friend and find yourself sleepily stumbling through their house in the middle of the night, basic common sense tells you that if you see a fridge, you’re probably in their kitchen. But a toilet? More than likely you’re in a bathroom. It’s a common sense approach to navigation that robots are…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Research, House, Robots, Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Carnegie Mellon University

Can't get off of Snapchat or Facebook? Research reveals differences between platforms

Researchers from Michigan State University and California State University-Fullerton conducted the first study comparing problematic use between Facebook and Snapchat -- while also uncovering surprising findings about users' personality traits.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Michigan State University, California State University Fullerton

Next Time You Read a Facebook Post About Voting, Check Out the Sick Label Underneath

It’s been weeks since Mark Zuckerberg pledged to wipe voter suppression from the site, thanks, perhaps, to a grim internal which called Facebook’s measures to curb voter suppression and racism “reactive and piecemeal,” or, maybe, the ad boycott. How’s it going over there?Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Facebook Post, Weekly Facebook Misinformation Check In

Instagram's New Reels Feature Is Pretty Obviously Facebook's Attempt to Take Down TikTok

TikTok is facing a widespread crackdown due to security concerns, which has left Facebook an opening to take down the rival social network. The company will use Instagram to do it, just like it did with Instagram Stories to keep Snapchat at bay. Instagram launched a new TikTok-esque feature, Reels, in India earlier…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, India, Social Media, Snapchat, Instagram Stories, Tiktok

Michel Gondry Creates a Burger King Ad That Touts New Research on Reducing Cow Flatulence & Climate Change

As every grade schooler knows (and delights in working into conversation), cows have a tendency towards flatulence. At first this just deterred kids from going into animal husbandry, but now those kids have come to associate the phenomenon of farting livestock with a larger issue of interest to them: climate change. From cows' rear ends comes methane, "one of the most harmful greenhouse gases and a major contributor to climate change," as Adam Satariano puts it in a recent New York Times...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Film, College, Germany, Walmart, New York Times, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Seoul, Burger King, Noam Chomsky, McDonald, Facebook Twitter, Ramsey

Pandemic Stress Reducers

Are you feeling extra anxious and stressed now? Many of us are. Consumer Reports has offered a few ways to reduce stress during this pandemic. Read the full article in the above link and here are the toplines -- The Basics: Eating, Sleeping, Exercise Getting enough sleep, exercising regularly, and eating a healthy diet can help you manage stress and reduce anxiety, and may help maintain a strong immune system. These goals may seem unreachable when you’re stressed out, but they don't ...
Tags: Google Chrome, Facebook, Science, New York City, Research, Current Affairs, Corsica, Netherlands, Food And Drink, Madrid, National Alliance on Mental Illness, Facetime, Consumer Reports, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, Astrology, University Of Michigan

Why David Duke Is Allowed on Twitter, Polynesia and iOS 14: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

Well folks, as I’m sure all of you are aware, life is a bit rough right now. Although many of you probably do this already, I’m going to share what I do to cope with the news that the world is burning every time I wake up (or at least that what it feels like.) I scroll through TikTok, and then I am reminded that there…Read more...
Tags: Health, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Joe Biden, Sony, Nightmares, Donald Trump, David Duke, Polynesia, Game Boy Advance, Best Of Gizmodo, Coronavirus, Ios 14

Bill Nye Shows How Face Masks Actually Protect You–and Why You Should Wear Them

Like many Americans of my generation, I grew up having things explained to me by Bill Nye. Flight, magnets, simple machines, volcanoes: there seemed to be nothing he and his team of young lieutenants couldn't break down in a clear, humorous, and wholly non-boring manner. He didn't ask us to come to him, but met us where we already were: watching television. The zenith of the popularity of his PBS series Bill Nye the Science Guy passed a quarter-century ago, and the world has changed a bi...
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Science, Instagram, College, America, Nye, Seoul, Bill Nye, Facebook Twitter, Colin Marshall, Maria Popova, 21st Century Los Angeles

Facebook Kicks Off Friday by Fucking Up Numerous iOS Apps

A major Facebook fuckup crashed numerous iOS apps that rely on its framework for various purposes throughout Friday morning. Per The Next Web, the affected applications include everything from Spotify and Pinterest to Venmo, Tinder, Apple’s App Store, and even competing social media services like Twitter. It appears…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Spotify, Science, Technology, Pinterest, Bugs, Tinder, Waze, Venmo, Outage, Facebook SDK, Facebook Kicks Off, Venmo Tinder Apple

Former KKK Leader David Duke Endorses Trump on Twitter, Wants Tucker Carlson For VP

David Duke, the former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, endorsed President Donald Trump yesterday on Twitter and even tweeted a suggestion about a new running mate for the U.S. president: Tucker Carlson. Why is David Duke still allowed to be on Twitter while other white supremacists are getting booted in droves?…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Politics, Science, Youtube, Nazis, Social Media, Racism, Kkk, Fox News, Tammy Duckworth, Donald Trump, Ku Klux Klan, Tucker Carlson, David Duke, Anti Semitism

Indian Army Personnel Reportedly Ordered to Delete Their Facebook, Tinder, and TikTok Accounts

The Indian army has upped the app purge and requested that personnel delete their accounts on virtually all major social platforms, Indian media is reporting. The list of 89 apps include, unsurprisingly, China-affiliated TikTok and all Tencent gaming apps, but also Facebook, Tinder, Instagram, Tinder, Snapchat,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, China, India, Tencent, Bans, Indian Army, Tiktok, Facebook Tinder Instagram

Independent Civil Rights Audit Finds Facebook Is Making Everything Worse

As noted in Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg’s post, today is the day the public is supposed to find out the results of its independent civil rights audit, a two-year review of Facebook’s “policies and practices led by noted civil liberties and civil rights expert Laura W. Murphy and Megan Cacace, partner in the civil…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Social Media, Civil Rights, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, Laura W Murphy, Megan Cacace, Independent Civil Rights Audit Finds Facebook

Study: 'Anti-vaxxers' gain traction against HPV vaccine on Facebook

One of the biggest social media sites -- Facebook -- has allowed "anti-vaxxers" to gain a stronger voice against the use of the human papillomavirus, or HPV, vaccine, according to a new study from a media expert at the University of Missouri.
Tags: Facebook, Science

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