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Why we should worry about Facebook's Trending topics disaster

Facebook isn't a great place to get your news. Yet millions of Americans use the social network to learn about what's going on in the world every day. This is core to a new controversy over Facebook's Trending feature, which exists to connect users to relevant stories. Show More Summary

Facebook's Tax Arrangements in Ireland Raise Questions

Ireland’s tax deal with Apple, which the European Union has ruled illegal, raises questions about Facebook’s tax arrangements in the country, where the social network has major operations.

Facebook Has Created the Digital Equivalent of a Coupon Drawer for Users

Facebook is updating how advertisers offer discounts to users while making it far easier for users to keep track of them. Today, the social network is debuting an updated Offers section that feels like a digital coupon drawer. The move...Show More Summary

Twitter just became even more like a cable company

The social network is drawing on a tried-and-true business model to grow.

Twitter Allowing Video Creators to Share Revenue from Pre-Roll Ads

More Twitter users will be able to earn money via pre-roll ads on their video content following an announcement by the social network Tuesday.

Trending Bad

It seems Facebook’s human news editors weren’t quite as expendable as the company thought. On Monday, the social network’s latest move to automate its “Trending” news section backfired when it promoted a false story by a dubious right-wing propaganda site. Show More Summary

Google starts rolling out redesigned Google+ to all

Google today announced a slew of Google+ updates. The redesigned Google+ is now rolling out to all users, a few new features have been added to the social network, and it is becoming a core Google for Work service. Google first showed off the new Google+ for the web, which puts a greater focus on […]

Samsung Galaxy Folder 2 flip phone revealed in new images

Samsung is still a fan of flip phones, so it’s no surprise that the company apparently has another Android-powered device coming down the pipe. According to images shared on the social network Weibo, Samsung is gearing up to launch a new Android flip phone. This new handset, the Galaxy Folder [...]

Facebook's Trending Topics hits turmoil over fake news story - CNET

The social network promoted a fake news story over the weekend about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. It's the latest in a string of controversies the Trending Topics feature has faced.

Facebook ditches humans in favor of algorithms for Trending Topics

SILICON VALLEY — Facebook cut its Trending Topics team on Friday in favor of employing algorithms to surface news stories on the social networking platform. The Menlo Park company laid off 15-18 editorial contractors overseeing its Trending Topics, which represent the most popular stories on the site. Show More Summary

Algorithms are now controlling Facebook’s Trending topics. What does that mean for news?

Mere hours after Facebook announced that its Trending section would become more algorithmically controlled, users noticed that the social network was surfacing a fake news story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly. Megyn Kelly is trending on Facebook for an article that has no basis in reality. — Kyle Blaine (@kyletblaine) August 29, 2016...

Facebook tweaks Trending Topics (again) after criticism

2 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The social network is changing how it presents news following months of criticism over its curation methods

WhatsApp's Plan To Share Data With Facebook Could Be A Turning Point In The Battle For Trust

The news earlier this month that WhatsApp, the messaging service, is to share mobile phone numbers and other data with Facebook, the social network that bought it for $19 billion in 2014, is a further sign – if any were needed – of the immense value that internet companies put [...]

Breitbart’s Milo Yiannopoulos asks Twitter to release his data in bid to have suspension lifted

Following a permanent suspension from Twitter, conservative pundit Milo Yiannopoulos has filed a series of data requests with the social networking company demanding that they turn over all of his personal data. The tech editor of the Breitbert conservative news site says he is entitled to this information under British and Irish law. The move is part of […]

Facebook reportedly fired a team involved in news stories — with an hour's notice (FB)

Facebook made some big changes today to remove humans almost entirely from its controversial Trending Topics feature, removing the potential for editorializing the content shared on the social network. As part of the change, Facebook...Show More Summary

How to keep Facebook from seeing your WhatsApp data

Facebook just announced it is changing one very important part of WhatsApp. The messaging app, which was acquired by Facebook in 2014, will soon begin to share its users' phone numbers and usage information with the social network as part of an effort to build out its own business communication platform. Show More Summary

Liberal or conservative? See what Facebook thinks of you

6 days agoTechnology : Tech Talk

The social network thinks it's figured out your political views -- and now you can see how Facebook characterizes you

More than 80 news outlets tapped Facebook to broadcast Trump Tower climber

Facebook is continuing its grand quest to become the new television. The social networking giant released new statistics Thursday that tout its ability to be the go-to platform for news outlets to broadcast and for people to consumeShow More Summary

Why did Facebook pick a losing fight with ad blockers?

Within a week of Facebook's declaration of war on ad blockers, it was clear the social network couldn't win. First, AdBlock Plus, the most popular desktop ad blocking service, spotted parts of Facebook’s code that allowed it to discern...Show More Summary

Facebook Debuts New Computer Vision Tools In Push To Interpret Images Pixel By Pixel

Facebook unveiled several new computer vision tools on Thursday to detect, delineate and label objects in an image, technology that could be used to improve image search on the social network, build experiences for vision-impaired users and interpret live videos in real-time.

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