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Facebook's election 'war room' is now empty

Facebook’s election ‘war room’ at its Menlo Park headquarters is currently empty.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-11-27 00:40:54 UTC Facebook’s vaunted election “war room” is currently empty, but the social network says that doesn’t mean it’s done fighting election interference.  Bloomberg reported Monday that the so-called war room, the dedicated space at Facebook’s headquarters that served as the company’s ground zero for fighting election interference, had been “disbanded.” Facebook’s war

Mark Zuckerberg will stop at nothing to win a game of Scrabble

Mark Zuckerberg does not like to lose at Scrabble.Image: Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla By Karissa Bell2018-09-11 00:15:36 UTC You can learn a lot about a person from the way they play Scrabble. Do they show off their SAT vocabulary or only know dirty words? Are they rule-sergeants or are they so competitive that they will stop at nothing to beat someone who is half their age? If you’re Mark Zuckerberg, you’re

Milo Yiannopoulos' Facebook rant shows that de-platforming actually works

Milo Yiannopoulos has lost all his friends.Image: Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images By Rachel Kraus2018-08-27 21:39:05 UTC Wait, Milo Yiannopoulos is still on Facebook? Late Friday night, former Breitbart golden boy and rallying figure for the alt-right, Milo Yiannopoulos, complained in the comments section of a Facebook post about how hard his life had become. “I have lost everything standing up for the truth in America, spent all my savings, destroyed

Facebook finally got around to answering all those senators' questions

Quite the beach read.Image: Chesnot/getty By Jack Morse2018-06-11 23:52:58 UTC Looks like his team finally got back to them.  Almost two full months after Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg dodged senators’ questions about the Cambridge Analytica and user privacy scandals with the vague promise that someone would be in touch, the advertising giant made good on his pledge and provided a host of answers on topics ranging from Russian trolls to

Papua New Guinea's proposed Facebook ban is more about control

People don’t buy Papua New Guinea’s plan to block Facebook.Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) By Johnny Lieu2018-06-11 23:50:36 UTC Last week, Papua New Guinea made international headlines when its government said it would consider banning Facebook for a month. Announced by the country’s communications minister Sam Basil on Jun. 29, the department and its National Research Institute would be tasked to understand how Papua New Guineans were using Facebook

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Facebook may have another major data leak on its hands.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-05-15 00:25:51 UTC Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users’ personal data. A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed personal data on more than 3 million Facebook users, according to a report published in New Scientist. The app in question is a quiz app called “myPersonality,” which was

Facebook's new 'high-quality' News Feed looks a lot like its old, low-quality News Feed

Yay.Image: JOSH EDELSON/Getty By Jack Morse2018-05-07 22:29:50 UTC The new News Feed is here, but you’d be forgiven for not having noticed.  To hear Mark Zuckerberg tell it, the last several months have brought significant changes to the way Facebook ranks content on its News Feed. The CEO announced in January that his company would soon start prioritizing “high quality” and local news in users’ feeds, with the hope that

WhatsApp cofounder leaves following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Cofounder and CEO of WhatsApp Jan Koum is leaving his Facebook-owned company.Image: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery By Sasha Lekach2018-04-30 23:44:01 UTC The man who Mark Zuckerberg says taught him about the power of encryption is leaving the Facebook family. The departure of WhatsApp CEO and cofunder Jan Koum comes after Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date. And six months after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton left the company and joined

5 questions Mark Zuckerberg should answer at Facebook’s congressional hearings

Clearly, deep in thought.Image: Alex Wong/Getty By Jack Morse2018-04-10 00:14:34 UTC Mark Zuckerberg is going to testify, but the question remains as to whether or not he’ll really say anything of substance. The CEO is in Washington D.C. this week to assure lawmakers and the concerned citizens of Facebook Nation that he knows he needs to do better, that he is going to make it all OK, and that —

Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera

Alexander Nix, shown here not discussing using escorts to entrap politicians.Image: Bryan Bedder/getty By Jack Morse2018-03-19 22:48:52 UTC ProTip: When discussing nefarious techniques to entrap politicians and swing elections, first make sure you’re not secretly being filmed.  That, apparently, was a memo the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, missed. The executive was caught on film by investigators with London’s Channel 4 News discussing all the ways his company can