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Russian Content May Have Reached 126 Million Facebook Users, There Is Just One Catch

One month ago, the media world and political punditry was in a furore after Facebook revealed that some 470 alleged Russian troll accounts had paid Facebook a whopping $100,000 to purchase 3,000 advertisements potentially influencing the outcome of the election (even though many of the ads “showed support for Clinton” and only half ran before […]

First Twitter, Now Facebook: Company Introduces New Political Ad Transparency Policy

Facebook must’ve seen this tweet, published three days ago by a ProPublica journalist after Twitter unveiled a sweeping new transparency policy that included new disclosure rules for “political” and “issues-based” ads… Twitter is promising more transparency in political ads than Facebook. I love seeing tech giants try to outdo each other on transparency pic.twitter.com/aXPOpLicoB — […]

Tech Vs. Trump: The Great Battle Of Our Time Has Begun

Authored by Niall Ferguson via The Spectator, Social media helped Donald Trump take the White House. Silicon Valley won’t let it happen again… In the 1962 Japanese sci-fi classic King Kong vs Godzilla, the two giant monsters fight to a stalemate atop Mount Fuji. I have been wondering for some time when the two giants […]

“Sophisticated” Russia Memes Claimed Hillary, McCain Founded ISIS & Called For End To US Involvement In Syria

Facebook only just turned over copies of the 3,000 “Russia ads” to Congressional investigators, but company insiders have been dribbling out descriptions of the advertisements to overeager media outlets for weeks now. And while images of the ads (to our utter surprise) have somehow not yet leaked, that could soon change as top Democrats on […]

Facebook Turns Over 3,000 Ads To Congress; Adam Schiff Vows To Release “Representative Sampling”

As Democrats in Congress continue in their endless crusade to prove to you that Russia swayed the entire U.S. Presidential election with a measly $100,000 worth of Facebook ads, Adam Schiff (D-CA) has come forward this afternoon to let you know that he now has his hands on the 3,000 ads in question and plans […]

The Truth Will Not Be Googled

Authored by Claire Connelly via RenegadeInc.com, Google has come under scrutiny by free-speech organisations for shutting down neo-Nazi website, Daily Stormer, seemingly too distracted to notice the tech giant has been waging a censorship campaign against news organisations that publish content which conflicts with the narrative of the Washington establishment, along with Facebook and Twitter […]

Reddit to Raise Capital, Valuing Company at $1.7 Billion or 85 Times Sales

  Content originally published at iBankCoin.com Bloomberg is reporting that Reddit was seeking to raise $150m in new funds, placing the company’s valuation at a staggering $1.7b. This sounds like a fucking bargain, especially when considering the immense traffic on the site — which is now ranked #4 in America and #8 worldwide. However, according […]

Former Facebook Exec: “They’re Lying Through Their Teeth”

Authored by Antonio Garcia-Martinez (former Facebook product manager), author of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley, originally posted at The Guardian, For two years I was charged with turning Facebook data into money, by any legal means. If you browse the internet or buy items in physical stores, and then see […]

Chicago Tribune Says Facebook’s ‘Fake News’ Filter Is Killing Its Traffic

Back in December we wrote about the efforts of Facebook to combat the spread of “fake news” over social media with the introduction of a filter intended to flag ‘fake’ content so that users wouldn’t haven’t to go through the hassle of critically analyzing information on their own.  As we noted at the time, it […]

“Easter Day Slaughter”: Manhunt For Active Cleveland Shooter Who Killed Man Live On Facebook, Reportedly Murdered 15

The Cleveland Police is looking for an active shooter, identified as 37-year-old Steve Stephens, who has broadcast a murder live on Facebook. According to Fox 8, he has claimed to have killed other people and says he is looking for more victims. The murder happened on East 93rd in Cleveland. Police said the shooter broadcasted […]