A month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a rumor spread on Facebook. People were sharing a viral gimmick familiar to email spammers: Copy and paste this message to all your friends, or Facebook will share your private information. The hoax took off, particularly in pockets of the U.S. and the Philippines. Inside Facebook Inc.'s Menlo Park, California, headquarters, a small group of staffers watched this rumor gain traction using a special software program they called Stormchaser. The tool was designed to track hoaxes and "memes" -- silly, often untrue internet missives -- about Facebook on the social network and other company-owned services including WhatsApp. Since 2016, Facebook employees have used Stormchaser to track many viral posts, including a popular conspiracy that the company listens to users through their phone's microphone, according to three former employees. Other topics ranged from bitter protests (the #deleteFB movement) to ludicrous jokes (that Facebook … [Read more...] about How Facebook fought fake news about Facebook
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One of the biggest challenges in humanitarian aid is actually delivering the product to the people who need it most. Vaccines, disease-battling insecticides, and new advancements in solar technology can all help people in developing countries stay healthier and have better-quality lives. That is, if you can locate them. In many places, smaller communities are spread out over vast and relatively uncharted terrain. Facebook is trying to help change that by creating a high-resolution population density map for nearly the entire continent of Africa. Developed by the company’s Boston-based World.AI team, it’s really a demonstration of the company’s immense computational and processing power (and a play to help telecom services get internet service to more of the continent faster, which means more Facebook users). Facebook essentially subdivided a 16 million-square-mile landmass into billions of snapshots, each of an area of land about the size of a softball field. The … [Read more...] about Facebook has created an insanely detailed map of where everyone in Africa lives
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper DealBook | DealBook Briefing: Did Big Tech Lie to Congress About Russian Interference? DealBook Supported by Dec. 18, 2018 Good Tuesday morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here .) New discoveries on Russia and the tech giants The Senate Intelligence Committee released two huge reports on Monday that it had commissioned on Russian use of social media to disrupt the 2016 election and more. One is by New Knowledge, a cybersecurity company; the other by Oxford University researchers. Here are some highlights, both about the Russian campaign and about how tech companies have behaved toward the Senate: African-Americans were targeted with relentless propaganda. We’ve heard plenty about Russian attempts to sway Facebook users who were on the political right, led by the Internet Research Agency in … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: Did Big Tech Lie to Congress About Russian Interference?
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Subscribe Log In Subscribe Log In Today’s Paper DealBook | DealBook Briefing: Corporate America Says It Often Apologizes for Trump DealBook Supported by Dec. 17, 2018 Good Monday morning. (Was this email forwarded to you? Sign up here .) What’s eating American C.E.O.s? We have some insight, thanks to the Yale C.E.O. Summit with Jeffrey Sonnenfeld last week in New York. The event was strictly off the record, but DealBook has the results of a survey of 134 business leaders who were there: President Trump. Three in four C.E.O.s said they often apologized to their international business partners about the president’s messages. Eighty-seven percent said Mr. Trump’s negotiating style had cost the nation the trust of its allies, and three-quarters felt he wasn’t leading effectively on issues critical to U.S. national security. Trade and … [Read more...] about DealBook Briefing: Corporate America Says It Often Apologizes for Trump
Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Matt Stout and Victoria McGrane Globe Staff December 04, 2018 Beacon Hill turned up the heat Tuesday on National Grid over its prolonged standoff with 1,250 union employees, pushing legislation that would effectively require the utility to cover the cost of extended unemployment benefits for locked-out workers. House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo raised the threat Tuesday, saying the House would take up the bill in an informal session — the same day lawmakers held a lengthy, emotional hearing on a separate bill that would impose other restrictions on the company.But Republicans used a procedural move to block the chamber from acting on the bill amid concerns that it could set a precedent for legislative meddling in labor disputes. During informal session the objection of any single member can block legislation. Advertisement Republican resistance leaves … [Read more...] about House pushes National Grid to cover locked-out workers’ unemployment benefits with new bill