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Amazon’s head of devices has said that he doesn’t want to live in a virtual world all day, and that he’d prefer to make devices that let people live in the real world. Meta and its CEO Mark Zuckerberg can’t catch a break — everyone just keeps saying that they don't want to live in the metaverse. This week, it’s Amazon’s head of devices David Limp, who said that he doesn’t want to live in a virtual world

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Meta tells employees to stop discussing abortion at work

Meta policy prohibits employees from discussing abortion in most circumstances at work. Employees are pushing back against the policy in light of the leaked Supreme Court opinion that would overturn Roe v. Wade. A Meta executive told employees on Thursday that they are prohibited from talking about abortion on Workplace, an internal version of Facebook, citing “an increased risk” that the company is seen as a “hostile work environment.” The policy,

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Senators push to break up Google, Facebook ads businesses in new bill

Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced a new bill that could force Google and Facebook’s parent company, Meta, to spin off their online ads businesses. On Thursday, a group of Senate Republicans and Democrats introduced a new bill that could force Google and Facebook’s parent company, Meta, to spin off their online ads businesses, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal. The Competition and

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Meta freezes hiring for shopping team, Messenger Kids, and other products

Meta told employees that, while new engineers won’t be added to several product teams across Facebook, Messenger, and Instagram, layoffs aren’t being planned. Meta is pulling back its investments in a number of products, including the teams it spun up early in the pandemic to compete with Zoom and build shopping features, The Verge has learned. In addition to a hiring freeze for certain engineering roles,

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Why Elon Musk should read Facebook’s latest transparency report

Facebook’s quarterly community standards enforcement report is a revealing document, if you actually want to understand the business of regulating platforms Today, let’s talk about Facebook’s latest effort to make the platform more comprehensible to outsiders — and how its findings inform our current, seemingly endless debate over whether you can have a social network and free speech, too. Start

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How the Buffalo shooting livestream went viral

Years after the Christchurch mosque attacks, content moderation following racist attacks remains a problem for platforms. The Buffalo killer’s Twitch stream was cut short quickly but spread to Facebook, Twitter, Streamable, and TikTok. When a gunman pulled into the parking lot at a grocery store in Buffalo, New York, on Saturday in a racist attack targeting a Black community, his camera was already rolling. CNN reports that a livestream on Twitch recorded from the suspect’s

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How Facebook undercut the Oversight Board

After asking the Oversight Board to weigh in, Meta changed its mind — and asked board members to say nothing at all about Russia and Ukraine. Today let’s talk about the highest-profile conflict to date between Meta and its Oversight Board, an independent organization the company established to help it navigate the most difficult questions related to policy and content moderation. Since

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Meta withdraws request for Oversight Board’s advice on Russia-Ukraine war content policy

Facebook’s parent company cited "safety and security concerns" as the reason why. But it raises questions about the legitimacy of the board it set up to make judgments on content decisions. Meta rescinded a request to have its own Oversight Board weigh in on content moderation policy related to the Russia-Ukraine war, citing “ongoing safety and security concerns.” It’s the first time Meta has withdrawn such a request, setting a

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Facebook is getting rid of some location-tracking features due to ‘low usage’

Facebook is discontinuing some of its location-tracking features, like Nearby Friends, due to "low usage." The platform will delete any data associated with the features on August 1st, 2022. Facebook is discontinuing several services that tracked your real-time location — including Nearby Friends, weather alerts, location history, and background location — due to “low usage,” as spotted by 9to5Mac. In a notification sent to

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Chromebook 101: how to change your Chrome OS channels and get unreleased features

If you’re feeling adventurous, you can gain access to unreleased Chrome OS enhancements. All it takes is the flip of a virtual switch in your Chromebook’s settings, and you’ll have all sorts of interesting new options at your fingertips. You might not know it from glancing at a Chromebook, but Google’s Chrome OS is in a constant state of evolution. The operating system receives minor updates every two to three weeks and major releases every six weeks. And, at any given moment,

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Ring’s Alarm Pro and Floodlight Cam Pro are cheaper than ever today

Ring’s Floodlight Cam Pro and the Alarm Pro are selling at new all-time low prices today. You can also get three months of Hulu for just $1 a month if you’re a new or returning eligible subscriber. If you’d like to bolster your home security while making it a little smarter in the process, some of Ring’s best security devices are selling at new all-time low prices. Starting us off, Ring’s excellent Floodlight Cam Pro costs $199.99

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