It’s been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest more heavily in private groups and messaging, and recently that effort has gotten a major marketing push.

But the increased focus on groups this year has come with energetic scrutiny from journalists — a sign of how even seemingly mundane Facebook launches now meet with deep skepticism around the world.

Other topics ranged from bitter protests (the deleteFB movement) to ludicrous jokes (that Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg is an alien), according to one former employee.

The White House is not inviting social media companies to the event on Thursday where it will complain that social media companies are censoring them, Oliver Darcy reports:

The White House has not extended invitations to Facebook and Twitter to attend its social media summit on Thursday, people familiar with the matter said.

Regulating bots should be low-hanging fruit when it comes to improving the Internet.

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