Facebook takes a tougher line on anti-vaxxers Facebook is getting tougher on fringe campaigners working to undermine the use of medical vaccinations. The social network has announced an outright ban on ads which discourage people from getting inoculated, but has stopped short of silencing anti-vaxxers and related conspiracy theorists entirely. As such, anti-vaccine content and debate will still be permitted within individual news feeds and broader groups. The toughened stance extends a prior ban on adverts touting vaccine hoaxes and is expected to be backed up by stringent enforcement within a matter of days. The volte-face amounts to a U-turn from chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, who has previously positioned himself as a champion of free speech. Facebook makes a clear distinction between paid-for content and user-generated content, arguing that it holds the responsibility to manage adverts while individuals are best placed to curate what appears on their news feeds.   Why it matters Medical misinformation is running rampant online – despite the majority of anti-vaccine adverts being traced to just two individuals. Such messaging has raised glaring brand safety issues for companies operating within Facebook’s walled garden, with numerous companies finding themselves inadvertently associated with conspiracy theories. Facebook has also faced mounting pressure from governments and public health groups to act against misinformation, especially anti-vaccine and Holocaust denial content. Zuckerberg finally agreed to ban content denying or distorting the facts of the Holocaust on Monday, after being presented with ’data showing an increase in antisemitic violence’. Facebook has also been busy banning content from QAnon conspiracy theorists, while also blocking political ads from 3 November to prevent the spread of misinformation following the US presidential election. The network is also promoting vaccinations for established flu strains and is working with the World Health Organization (WHO) and Unicef.
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The policy change marks an abrupt about-face on Facebook's refusal, for more than a decade, to remove such content from its platform.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Facebook has announced it will remove all content on its platform that “denies or distorts the Holocaust.” The company says this expansion of its hate speech policies is a response to what it calls “the well-documented rise in anti-Semitism globally and the alarming level of ignorance about the Holocaust, especially among young people.” Facebook has previously faced strong criticism for letting Holocaust denial content spread freely on its platform. In addition to removing content that denies or distorts the Holocaust, the company says that, starting later this year, it will direct anyone searching on Facebook for terms related to this topic to “credible information” supplied by third-party sources. Facebook users searching for the... Continue reading…
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Tech companies are making major changes to employee perks, safety precautions, and even whether employees need to come to an office ever again.
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Kamala Harris' sister Maya, her niece Meena, and husband Douglas have been constantly by her side as she entered the race for the oval office.
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"I am proud of how he's been handling all of this, and I know he is doing his hardest, and I wish others could see that," Chan told the "Today" show.
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“Life is too short to work at a company that you aren't excited about,” CEO wrote.
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A performative post-election ban won’t solve anything. But cutting off the platform’s data-driven rage machine will.
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Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Microsoft is allowing its employees to work from home permanently. While the vast majority of Microsoft employees are still working from home during the ongoing pandemic, the software maker has unveiled “hybrid workplace” guidance internally to allow for far greater flexibility once US offices eventually reopen. The Verge has received Microsoft’s internal guidance, and it outlines the company’s flexible working plans for the future. Microsoft will now allow employees to work from home freely for less than 50 percent of their working week, or for managers to approve permanent remote work. While most employees will be able to easily take advantage of the less than 50 percent working from home option, some roles will be difficult, or even... Continue reading…
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The "Borat" actor wrote that President Donald Trump has an ally in Facebook, calling the company "the greatest propaganda machine in history."
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Nearly 2,000 of the nation's election offices are seeking part of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's $250 million donation to help offset election costs.
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The vice presidential hopeful and former prosecutor has ties to Silicon Valley, but that doesn't mean she'll go easy on it.
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Today we’re taking a look at how Facebook users are finding reasons why to quit the Social Network entirely. Per the latest update from the US Government House Antitrust Subcommittee, Facebook wields substantial monopoly powers and maintains power in ways that are anticompetitive or outright nefarious. Part of this latest set of findings, quotes from Mark Zuckerberg appear as veiled … Continue reading
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The ad, run by Accountable Tech, ends with: "Our democracy is on the line. Hold Facebook and Mark Zuckerberg accountable."
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