The Facebook Oversight Board that can overrule CEO Mark Zuckerberg is taking longer than expected, and its inauguration is being pushed back, based on a blog post the social media giant published on Tuesday, December 10. The Oversight Board was expected to begin deliberating early next year, according to previous reports. However, a new post says the company has put $130 million into the board and is still working to source and review candidates as part of its selection process. “We’ve seen strong global interest in serving on the board, and this is a sign that we are heading in the right direction. While we had hoped to announce members by the end of this year, we’ve decided to take additional time to consider the many candidates who continue to be put forward,” wrote Brent Harris, Director of Governance and Global Affairs at Facebook, in the blog post. A public portal where people can recommend or self-nominate potential board members has been up since … [Read more...] about Facebook’s long-promised Supreme Court for content won’t be here for a long time
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Amid scandals over ad discrimination and hate speech, Facebook is launching a series of changes. Civil rights leader Laura Murphy recently finished the company’s second civil rights audit, and referred to the changes as a “systematic, cross-functional framework to address these issues over time.” Critics, however, have already voiced concerns that the platform isn’t doing enough to tackle the issues. The report, the second following an initial report in December 2018, focuses on the social network’s enforcement against hate speech, discrimination in ads, and tackling of misinformation. A third and final report is expected to be released in early 2020. As part of the report, Murphy talked with more than 90 civil rights organizations, as well as Facebook leaders and policy teams. The report both identifies the changes Facebook is making and areas for further improvement. The report recognizes and encourages Facebook’s efforts to fight hateful content, … [Read more...] about Facebook launches new changes against hate and discrimination. Are they enough?
Facebook is once again in hot water for its ad system — and this time the network is responding by removing more than 5,000 ad-targeting options. After the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) filed a complaint against the social media company for allowing what it says are discriminatory ads, the company says it is limiting targeting options and requiring advertisers to agree to a non-discrimination policy. The complaint brings government involvement to ongoing scrutiny over ad targeting options on the network. Housing ads fall under stricter regulations — under U.S. law, ads for housing cannot discriminate based on factors like race, sex, religion, and disability among others. The complaint says that Facebook’s advertising tool allows advertisers to restrict who sees the ad “based on race, color, religion, sex, familial status, national origin, and disability.” The complaint goes on to claim that Facebook’s ad tools … [Read more...] about Spurred by a federal discrimination lawsuit, Facebook is cleaning up ads
Facebook’s announcement of its new Libra cryptocurrency set the world on fire. Suddenly, everyone was talking about cryptocurrencies again and though Bitcoin was already on a bull run resurgence, it might have helped boost the original cryptocurrency’s value, too. But Bitcoin and Libra are two very different animals, even if they maintain some similarities. So, how does Facebook Libra compare to Bitcoin? Why might you want to use one over the other? This isn’t financial advice on which to invest in, but we’ll be seeing how the two differ in this Facebook Libra versus Bitcoin head-to-head. Buying power Perhaps the starkest difference between Bitcoin and Libra is where you can use the two cryptocurrencies. At this point in time, Libra hasn’t been officially released, so it’s not able to be used at all. When it is released, though, perhaps in 2020, it will be a digital currency that can be used for purchases and trades on Facebook, WhatsApp, and other … [Read more...] about Facebook Libra vs. Bitcoin
When developers want to know what Facebook is working on, they head to F8. The annual two-day conference highlights the company’s latest technologies in development and is an opportunity to meet Facebook engineers. It’s also where CEO Mark Zuckerberg lays out the company’s vision for the year to follow. F8 covers what’s next for Facebook’s social network platform, but also the company’s work in AR and VR, Facebook Messenger, Instagram, Oculus, gaming, security, and much, much more. For consumers, we get a first glimpse of the features that could be implemented in the near future. 2019 promises to be the biggest F8 yet — and Digital Trends is on the show floor. … [Read more...] about Facebook F8 Developer Conference: Complete Coverage