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Here's how big tech companies like Facebook, Google, and TikTok are reacting to Hong Kong's harsh new national security law

Last week, China unilaterally passed an overarching new national security law in Hong Kong that experts say further erodes the semi-autonomous city's waning freedoms. The legislation criminalizes what it deems secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with a foreign country. Those charged with the most severe offenses — like undermining the Chinese government — face a maximum penalty of life in prison. On Monday, several major tech companies including Facebook, Twitter, Google, LinkedIn,...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Twitter, Hong Kong, Microsoft, China, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Beijing, United States, Chinese communist party, Business Insider, Zoom, Trump


The biggest companies no longer advertising on Facebook due to the platform's lack of hate-speech moderation

Civil rights organizations including NAACP, Color of Change, Anti-Defamation League, and Sleeping Giants asked advertisers to stop paying for advertisements on Facebook in the wake of George Floyd's death at the hands of Minneapolis police officers. Since Floyd's death, Facebook has allowed posts in which Trump called protesters "thugs" and suggested violence when he wrote, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided not to take action in removing the c...
Tags: Firefox, Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, John Lewis, Instagram, Minneapolis, Nbc News, US, America, Trends, Diageo, Unilever, Adidas, Cnn


Facebook expands its fan subscription program

Facebook is expanding the availability of the tools it offers to help game streamers and other online creators make money. The social network first launched fan subscriptions in early 2018, giving a small group of creators in the United States and the United Kingdom the ability to charge their fans a $4.99 monthly fee for exclusive content and a fan badge for their profiles. Participation in the subscription program was limited until today. In a blog post, Facebook now says that any creator i...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Advertising Tech, Tech, United States, United Kingdom, Facebook Facebook, Jeff Birkeland, Yoav Arnstein, Facebook Beyond


Facebook and advertisers are locked in an image war, and advertisers are winning

Major advertisers like Unilever, Verizon, and Honda said they would halt ads on Facebook after civil rights groups called on the social platform to better police hate speech and misinformation. The moves by big brands is unlikely to make a big dent in Facebook's $70 billion advertising business since most of its advertisers are small to midsize marketers. Meanwhile, these boycott statements are temporary and vaguely written, which could make it easier for brands to resume spending after July w...
Tags: Verizon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, CMO, House, Patagonia, Nancy Pelosi, Honda, Coca Cola, Coke, Zuckerberg, Ben Jerry, Procter Gamble, Facebook Facebook


Why (some) copycat product are more successful than the original !

It is often said that copying product ideas are bad – but then, if you are a smart cat, you can really make it big. Here are some examples of copycats who have done better than the originals. Facebook News Feed vs. Twitter Facebook wanted to acquire Twitter. Twitter rejected. Facebook went ahead and copied the news feed idea, which literally took Facebook to a new level. Is Facebook more successful than Twitter? Well, it is no secret that Twitter is a great (?) place to have public conversatio...
Tags: Facebook, Business, Steve Jobs, Xerox, Bill Gates, Salesforce, Steve, Paytm, Product Management, Facebook Facebook, Siebel, Twitter Twitter, Eliot, Facebook News, Bud Tribble, Freecharge


Patagonia is the latest company to boycott Facebook over 'hateful lies and dangerous propaganda on its platform'

Patagonia is the latest major brand to boycott Facebook, joining a coalition led by civil rights groups protesting Facebook's policies on content moderation and hate speech. The company announced Sunday that it will pull all ads from Facebook and Instagram through the end of July, "pending meaningful action" from Facebook. Facebook has drawn backlash for its refusal to fact-check or remove Donald Trump's posts that contain false statements or phrases like "when the looting starts, the shooting...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Patagonia, Naacp, Donald Trump, North Face, Business Insider, Trump, HARRIS, Facebook Facebook, Interpublic Group, IPG Mediabrands, Everson, Facebook VP


Results from Facebook’s Deepfake Detection Challenge show how difficult it is to detect deepfake videos

The winning algorithm of Facebook’s Deepfake Detection Challenge was able to spot “challenging real world examples” of deepfakes with an unimpressive average accuracy of 65.18%, the company announced on June 12. In fact, none of the participants in the contest, which included leading experts from around the globe, could achieve an average precision rate of 70% on a private dataset that wasn’t shared with them earlier. Deepfake videos are highly convincing AI-generated videos of real people and e...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Microsoft, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Amazon Web Services, Facebook Facebook, Kaggle, Mike Schroepfer Facebook, Deepfake, Deepfakes, Rana Ayyub, Deepfake Detection Challenge, Selim Seferbekov


Per Section 230, Facebook Can Tell This Plaintiff To Piss Off–Fyk v. Facebook

Fyk posted pissing photos and videos to Facebook. Apparently he made some good money from it. Facebook blocked his content. With the (likely expensive) help of four lawyers, he sued Facebook in a lawsuit celebrated on Fox News. (Yes, Fox News rallied in support of pissing videos. Another reason why I think they are a flaming pile of garbage). The district court ruled for Facebook on Section 230(c)(1) grounds. The Ninth Circuit affirms in an unpublished opinion issued without oral argument, high...
Tags: Facebook, Fcc, Yahoo, Law, Trump, Barnes, Matthew Yglesias, Facebook Inc, Ninth Circuit, Facebook Facebook, Content Regulation, Derivative Liability, Sikhs for Justice, Fox News Yes Fox News, Kimzey, Fyk


'Peddling in an addictive drug called anger': Steve Jobs' former lieutenant compared Facebook to companies selling cigarettes and opioids

A close adviser of the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs said Facebook peddles in anger, and compared it to selling drugs of cigarettes. "It's just like tobacco, it's no different than the opioids," Joanna Hoffman said at the CogX conference this week, according to CNBC. Hoffman, a member of the original Macintosh team, added that some parts of Facebook are "destroying the very fabric of democracy." Facebook has come under fire recently for not taking down a post by President Trump about the George Fl...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, Trends, Harvard, Donald Trump, Cnbc, Zuckerberg, Trump, Hoffman, Facebook Facebook, Joanna Hoffman, George Floyd, CNBC Hoffman


Facebook Brings Back Chris Cox, a Former Top Lieutenant To Zuckerberg

Facebook said on Thursday that Chris Cox, a former top executive, was returning to the company as chief product officer (Warning: source may be paywalled; alternative source. The New York Times reports: Mr. Cox had left the social network in March 2019 over disagreements with Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive. In coming back as chief product officer, Mr. Cox, 37, who was previously at the company for more than a decade, will again become one of the highest-ranking executives at Faceboo...
Tags: Facebook, Tech, New York Times, Zuckerberg, Cox, Facebook Facebook, Chris Cox, Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, Mr Cox, Facebook Brings Back Chris Cox, Facebook Mr Cox


The "FAANG'' tech giants recovered fast from the share price plunge due to COVID-19, but that rebound for Apple, Alphabet, and Facebook defies logic, a longtime tech investor says (AAPL, FB, GOOG, NFLX, MSFT, AMZN)

The stock market's recovery following its coronavirus plunge has been led by the so-called FAANG stocks — Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, and Google parent Alphabet — along with Microsoft. After outperforming the S&P 500 for the year, those companies now comprise more than 20% of the total market capitalization of that index. There's a good case for the run-up in the shares of Netflix, Amazon, and even Microsoft, said Dan Morgan, a longtime tech investor; all seem to have benefited from the ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, China, Softbank, US, Trends, Netflix, Airbnb, Business Insider, Morgan, Facebook Facebook, Netflix Amazon, Troy Wolverton


'You just have the wrong idea about Facebook': Facebook's chief AI scientist defends the company over Black Lives Matter uproar

Facebook has faced intense criticism from its own employees and civil rights groups over its response to a post by President Donald Trump about the Minneapolis George Floyd protests. Facebook's chief AI scientist Yann LeCun said on Friday he is "still proud" to work for Facebook and that the social network is a "force for good in popular protest movements." "The Floyd murder video was published in FB [Facebook], after all," he added. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. A seni...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Minneapolis, Trends, Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, Zuckerberg, Trump, Floyd, National Guard, Facebook Facebook, Yann LeCun, Facebook Still, ABC News Facebook, Yann LeCun Facebook


Prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist Om Malik is urging people to boycott Facebook: 'You might be one person with just one account, but you are not powerless'

Om Malik, the founder of the tech blog Gigaom and partner at True Ventures, is calling for Facebook's 2.5 billion users to delete their Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp accounts to hold the social network accountable.  "You might be one account, but if you are one among millions, you will make a difference," Malik wrote in a blog post published Tuesday, comparing the decision to voting. "Let go of the need for traffic or attention that has kept you coming back to the hell on earth that is Fac...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Minneapolis, Trends, Silicon Valley, True Ventures, Gigaom, Om Malik, Trump, Facebook Instagram, Malik, Zuck, Facebook Facebook, Facebook While, Facebook Online


Tips for Making the Most of a Tight Budget for Your Small Business

Small businesses don’t often have a ton of extra cash lying around. If you’re looking to get a new business off the ground or market an existing venture, you may need to find creative ways to do so on a budget. Here, find tips from members of the online small business community for starting and growing a business without spending a ton of money. Try the New Small Business Trends Business Loan Calculator Getting a business started often requires the need for a small business loan. You may need...
Tags: Sales, Startup, Philips, Social Media Examiner, Facebook Facebook, Michael Stelzner, Martin Zwilling, Ivan Widjaya, Toby Nwazor, Katie Lundin, Janice Wald, Philip Verghese Ariel, Matthew May, Stephen Halasnik, PPP Loan Forgiveness The PPP


Discover is Facebook’s new effort to help people access websites for free — but with limits

Facebook has a new connectivity app called Discover to help those who can’t afford to get online access information on the web. The service, available through mobile web and Android app, allows users to visit any website in text format (no video, images, audio and other elements that eat up large amounts of data) and consume a few megabytes of internet data. For Discover, which is part of the company’s Free Basics initiative, Facebook is working with mobile operators in Bitel, Claro, Entel...
Tags: Google, Android, Social, Facebook, Apps, Internet, India, Tech, Internet.org, Peru, Movistar, Tim Berners Lee, Facebook Facebook, India Facebook, Wikipedia Zero, Zeevi


Facebook let advertisers target users interested in 'pseudoscience,' allowing them to capitalize on conspiracy theories that falsely blame 5G cell towers for the coronavirus (FB)

Facebook allowed advertisers on its platform to specifically target users interested in "pseudoscience," the nonprofit newsroom The Markup reported Thursday. One targeted ad promoted a so-called anti-radiation beanie, capitalizing on bizarre conspiracy theories that recently led vandals to destroy cell towers. Facebook says it has since removed the "pseudoscience" category from its ad portal, but not before it was tagged as an interest for more than 78 million users. Visit Business Insider's h...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, UK, Hollywood, Instagram, Microsoft, US, Trends, Bill Gates, Facebook Groups, Facebook Facebook, Markup


Facebook just beefed up its work app Workplace as COVID-19 lockdowns continue, and its chief says it can help companies retain their culture (FB)

Facebook's work app Workplace is adding a bunch of new features. The new tools — including a Knowledge Library for useful info and alerts companies can send their employees — are aimed to help support employee welfare and boost communication and access to information. Workplace is a professional version of Facebook's social networking services companies can use to manage their teams. In an interview with Business Insider, Workplace VP Karandeep Anand said the tool is well-placed to aid compani...
Tags: Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Signal, Facebook Facebook, Anand, Rob Price, Karandeep Anand, COVID, Contact Business Insider, Facebook Care Reaction


Facebook is scrambling to squash online groups that are planning anti-quarantine protests in states that are in lockdown — but they're popping up faster than the company can stop them (FB)

Protests against lockdown orders have recently popped up in several states, leading large groups to gather in violation of shelter-in-place guidelines. Many of these demonstrations are being organized in Facebook groups, some of which are made up of tens of thousands of people, such as "Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine." Facebook told Business Insider it's removing content that advocates protests in violation of social-distancing guidelines, and has done so for events planned in Cal...
Tags: Facebook, Washington Post, Virginia, Trends, Cnn, Fox, Missouri, New Jersey, Nashville, Nebraska, Donald Trump, Business Insider, Tucker Carlson, Facebook Facebook, Jeanine Pirro, Donald Trump Jr


Ninth Circuit Reinstates Decade-Old Lawsuit Against Facebook For Tracking Logged-Out Users–In re Facebook Internet Tracking

Users sued Facebook in 2012 alleging it improperly tracked users’ browsing while they were logged out of Facebook. Facebook apparently included code in its “like” button on third party websites that would inform Facebook when the user visited the website (and the particular URL visited). Users asserted a variety of claims: (1) violations of state and federal privacy statutes; (2) invasion of privacy claims; (3) breach of contract and breach of the duty of good faith; (4) fraud; (5) trespass to ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Law, California, Linkedin, Zynga, Robins, Low, Bose, ECPA, Ftc, Privacy/security, Campbell, Eric, Koh, Facebook Inc


Facebook's summer 2020 internship program will be entirely virtual due to the pandemic (FB)

Facebook's summer 2020 internship program will be run entirely virtually, the company said. The company made the decision because of the disruption caused by coronavirus. The hard-to-get internships can lead to full-time jobs at the tech giant. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook is running an entirely virtual internship program for the summer of 2020 due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley-based social networking giant announced that it was going ahead wi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Trends, Silicon Valley, Airbnb, Signal, Facebook Facebook, Miranda Kalinowski, COVID


Vital Resources for Small Businesses During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Corporate Commitments   Alibaba.com As a platform business that connects commercial supply and commercial demand, Alibaba.com identified and organized high-quality suppliers of masks under a single online destination to make it easier for healthcare systems and relevant global government to source these items and help meet the urgent need for them. This is an effort to connect large-scale commercial demand with suppliers that have masks in stock. In an effort to ensure these criti...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Business, Africa, Management, Bank Of America, Asia Pacific, Alibaba, Bill, North America, Intuit, Latin America, Caribbean, Sheryl Sandberg, Visa, Kabbage


We Are Social’s Monday Mashup #487

Facebook launches new COVID-19 Community Help hub In response to the ongoing global pandemic, Facebook has expanded its Community Help feature – first launched in 2017 to help users facing after man-made, accidental and natural disasters – with the launch of a new, global COVID-19 Community Help hub. The feature allows Facebook users to request or offer help to those impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, as well as to donate to non-profit fundraisers. It will launch first in the US, Canada, Fran...
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Facebook Wants Educators, Parents, Caregivers and Students to Get Digital

With schools shuttered across the country due to the coronavirus pandemic, Facebook introduced its Get Digital program, with resources to help schools and families create safe, healthy and supportive digital communities. Facebook Facebook said the resources were designed to be used by educators, parents, caregivers and students, both in the classroom and at home, with...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, Facebook Facebook, Social Pro Daily, Coronavirus, Facebook Wants Educators Parents Caregivers


Joe Galvin of Vistage: Life After The Coronavirus Pandemic Will Be Different For Small Business

Last year I had a great conversation on what digital transformation means for small businesses with Joe Galvin, chief research officer for Vistage, a peer mentoring membership organization for CEOs, business owners and executives of small- to mid-size businesses with more than 22,000 members in 20 countries. Vistage recently published a report based on a survey of their membership on how the coronavirus pandemic is effecting their confidence and impacting their business.  So I was glad to spend ...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Interviews, China, Sales, Joe, Trump, Don, Facebook Facebook, SBA, Wuhan China, Vistage, Joe Galvin, Coronavirus Biz Advice


Facebook just named two women to its board as it seeks gender parity — here are 13 tech companies that have recently diversified their boardrooms (FB)

Facebook went public with an all-male board, but nearly achieved gender parity last week when it added two women directors. The announcement came as companies face growing pressure from employees, customers, investors, and lawmakers to increase diversity within their ranks, especially among upper leadership. While the tech industry has moved slow so far, companies like Alphabet, Amazon, Airbnb, and HP are at least making some progress in the boardroom. Here are 13 tech companies that have adde...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, California, US, San Francisco, Trends, Paypal, Autodesk, Starbucks, Deloitte, National Basketball Association, Kpmg, Tivo, Sundar Pichai, Polycom


How to add a life event on Facebook and edit the ones you've already created

You can easily add a life event on Facebook to share your milestones in life with others.  Changing details on your profile isn't the only way to create a life event on Facebook; you can also do it manually, as well. You also have the option to edit or delete life events you've already created later. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Congratulations! You've just hit a major milestone — started a new job, moved, gotten married, had a baby, or something else entirely — and no...
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Social Media Advertising: Selecting the Best Platform for Your Business

Two questions that our agency regularly gets from clients are how to choose a social platform, and how to split their advertising investment between multiple channels. Performance data provides great insights into which platforms deliver the best ROI, and ideally, every business should be using this information to determine where to invest their social ad dollars. However, to get to that point, you first need to know where to start. This post provides recommendations on how to leverage each soci...
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Facebook pushes EU for dilute and fuzzy Internet content rules

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is in Europe this week — attending a security conference in Germany over the weekend where he spoke about the kind of regulation he’d like applied to his platform ahead of a slate of planned meetings with digital heavyweights at the European Commission. “I do think that there should be regulation on harmful content,” said Zuckerberg during a Q&A session at the Munich Security Conference, per Reuters, making a pitch for bespoke regulation. He went on to sugg...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Europe, Germany, Russia, US, Eu, Commission, European Commission, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Zuckerberg, Vera Jourova, Facebook Facebook


Facebook Looks to ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ During Black History Month TV Spot

Facebook is marking Black History Month with the debut of a 60-second national TV spot during the National Basketball Association All-Star Game on TNT Sunday night. Facebook The longform version of Lift Every Voice and Sing debuted on the company's social channels Wednesday. Facebook Facebook said the spot was created by its Facebook Creative X...
Tags: Facebook, Advertising, TNT, Facebook Facebook, Facebook Looks, Social Pro Daily


Elon Musk took another shot at Mark Zuckerberg by calling Facebook 'lame' and saying people should delete it

Elon Musk said on February 8 that Facebook is lame and people should delete it. Musk has said that Facebook unsettles him. The Facebook accounts for Tesla and SpaceX, the two companies for which Musk serves as CEO, were deleted in 2018. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Elon Musk still dislikes Facebook, according to a tweet the Tesla and SpaceX CEO published on February 8. "#DeleteFacebook It's lame," Musk said in response to a tweet from Sacha Baron Cohen calling for incre...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Spacex, Elon Musk, Trends, Tesla, Larry Ellison, Sacha Baron Cohen, Musk, Zuckerberg, Facebook Facebook