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The NTSB is investigating the ‘structural failure’ of Facebook’s Aquila internet drone

Facebook's drone Aquila can beam connectivity down to remote areas Say what you will about the merits of Facebook’s Internet.org and Free Basics — it’s pretty cool that they’re building a huge, solar-powered, laser-shooting drone to deliver it. But a “structural failure” that occurred on the Aquila’s first test flight may be more serious than Facebook made it out to be: The NTSB is conducting an investigation,… Read More

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Devin Coldewey

November 22nd

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Here’s exactly how bad Facebook’s fake news problem really is

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If you've been on the internet at all within the past two weeks, you've likely seen more than your share of reports on Facebook's fake news problem, but just how bad is it really? PC World performed a rather interesting test to answer that question, and the results are jarring.

To test what kind of fake news was being circulated, and who was seeing it, two entirely new Facebook profiles were created. Both white males of the same age, each of the profiles "liked" three people: Barack Obama, Joe Biden, and Hillary Clinton on one, and Donald Trump, Mike Pence, and Newt Gingrich on the other. Then, PC World tracked all the stories that Facebook recommended for each fake profile. 

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Mike Wehner

November 21st

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You can apparently force Facebook to stop collecting WhatsApp data

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If you’re living in Europe and you’re unhappy with the fact that Facebook-owned WhatsApp started sharing data with its parent company in spite of saying it would never do it, then you’re in luck. It looks like Facebook can be stopped from gathering even more data about you through WhatsApp.

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Chris Smith

November 18th

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The worst fake news stories currently trending on Facebook

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Among the many, many bad things to come out of this election cycle, one that seems to be lingering with a particularly bad odor is the fake news industry. A whole army of websites have risen up to farm completely false headlines for advertising revenue, and Facebook is facilitating the whole thing.

Even a week after the election, some of Facebook's most-shared stories are brand-new and completely untrue stories. Ever curious about the kind of crap that people share? Now you can bear witness yourself. All of these stories have been trending on Facebook in the last 24 hours, and all have more than 10,000 shares -- and some have far, far more than that.

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Chris Mills

November 16th

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Fake Facebook News Had No Impact on Election

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On Thursday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg disputed the suggestion that hoax news stories circulating on the social network affected the outcome of this year’s election, characterizing claims otherwise as “pretty out there.”

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Hudson Hongo

November 11th

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Facebook admits that in a world with Donald Trump, it needs to get better at fake news

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In a scenario that was nothing more than a punchline even a few months ago, Donald Trump this January will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Yes, the same Donald Trump who hosted a reality show on NBC and stepped into a WWE ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin will soon be the most powerful man in America.

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Yoni Heisler

November 10th

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Facebook admits that in a world with Donald Trump, it needs to get better at fake news

Facebook Fake news
In a scenario that was nothing more than a punchline even a few months ago, Donald Trump this January will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Yes, the same Donald Trump who hosted a reality show on NBC and stepped into a WWE ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin will soon be the most powerful man in America.

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Yoni Heisler

November 10th

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‘Lets Go Work Even Harder’: Mark Zuckerberg Responds to Election

Wednesday night, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg issued his first public statement on the results of the 2016 election, adopting an optimistic tone in a post on the social network tagged “feeling hopeful.”

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Hudson Hongo

November 10th

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Facebook blocks car insurer from profiling users

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Facebook says that it will block a British car insurer from profiling users of the social network to decide whether they deserve a discount on their insurance. Admiral’s controversial Firstcarquote initiative is aimed at people who are buying or driving their first car. The company’s website says that new drivers are often quoted much higher insurance premiums as they have little driving history and are viewed as “high risk.”

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FoxNews.com

November 2nd

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May We All Live Online With the Passion of Garth Brooks Joining Facebook

In just a few short weeks, it will be the two-year anniversary of “#FriendsInNewPlaces,” Garth Brooks’ first Facebook video. To most, this milestone will likely pass by unnoticed, but those who know better will bow their heads in silence, remembering the day the pop country legend’s sacred knowledge was first passed down.

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Hudson Hongo

October 25th

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