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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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Elon Musk says Twitter deal ‘on hold’ after spam/fake account report

Elon Musk has said that his deal to buy Twitter is ‘temporarily on hold,’ after the social network said that spam and false accounts accounted for fewer than 5 percent of its daily users. It’s not the first time there’s been uncertainty about Twitter’s user numbers. Elon Musk says his deal to buy Twitter is “temporarily on hold” after the social network reported that false or spam accounts comprised less than 5 percent of its 226 million monetizable daily active users. The Tesla CEO, who offered to buy

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ICE uses data brokers to bypass surveillance restrictions, report finds

A new study from Georgetown Law finds that the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agency has created a vast surveillance apparatus by combining public records with information privately acquired from data brokers. For almost as long as it has existed, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has drawn criticism for the methods by which its agents pursue and remove undocumented migrants. But a new report published Tuesday sheds new light on the extent to

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Go read this report about long hours and stressful work conditions at TikTok

A report from The Wall Street Journal details the experience of employees working for TikTok’s US-based operations. Some employees report an overall decline in health due to stressful work conditions. A harrowing report from The Wall Street Journal gives us a look at what happens behind the scenes at TikTok, with former employees describing unusually long work hours, stressful working conditions, and a cultural disconnect between TikTok’s US

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AirTags are sending a new kind of false alarm, report says

A Wall Street Journal report says that AirTags have been sending phantom, unwanted tracking alerts, confusing users. However, this isn’t the first time that users have reported false alarms from the AirTags’ safety features. Apple’s AirTags have been sending out “phantom” alerts that are confusing iPhone users, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The AirTags, which launched last year, feature anti-stalking measures that are designed to alert users when

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Twitter is working on new features, including mixed-media tweets, report shows

A 9to5Google report spotted mixed-media tweets, a pronoun field, and award features that could be coming to Twitter. Users currently aren’t able to upload a photo and video in the same post. Twitter is working on a handful of new features, including the ability to attach photos and videos to the same tweet, according to a report from 9to5Google. The roundup of features in the works includes news things like mixed-media tweets and also

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Elon Musk may be temporary CEO of Twitter after deal closes, report says

CNBC’s David Faber reports Elon Musk will serve as "temporary" CEO of Twitter after he buys the company for $44 billion. Faber broke the news of Twitter co-founder and then-CEO Jack Dorsey stepping down last year. Elon Musk is expected to take on the CEO role at Twitter in a temporary capacity after his purchase of the company closes later this year, according to CNBC reporter David Faber. Faber says Musk detailed the plans in presentations to possible

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Mental health apps have terrible privacy protections, report finds

A Mozilla report found that mental health and prayer apps have particularly bad data privacy protections. The apps suck up personal information and have vague privacy policies. As a category, mental health apps have worse privacy protections for users than most other types of apps, according to a new analysis from researchers at Mozilla. Prayer apps also had poor privacy standards, the team found. “The vast majority of

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Valve says you shouldn’t fix the Steam Deck’s noisy fan this way

We’re finally addressing the single biggest issue with the Steam Deck: its noisy fan. Valve has a software update that makes it quieter, and electrical tape might make it less noisy. The Steam Deck started shipping two months ago today, and it’s gotten quite a bit better since, but this week might be the best yet — because we’re finally addressing the single biggest issue with the $400 portable PC. Yes, I’m talking about

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Qualcomm announces Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1, for when flagship isn’t flagship enough

The Snapdragon 8 Plus Gen 1 offers 10 percent faster CPU performance, 10 percent faster GPU clocks, and uses 15 percent less power than Qualcomm’s previous flagship chip. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 set the stage for the biggest Android smartphones of 2022, including Samsung’s flagship Galaxy — but it’s about to be surpassed by a better “Plus” version that’ll no doubt appear in

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Qualcomm’s new AR glasses are thinner and wireless

Qualcomm has introduced a wireless version of its AR Smart Viewer powered by the Snapdragon XR2 chipset. The reference design could be used by manufacturers. Qualcomm is introducing a wireless version of its augmented reality Smart Viewer, a reference design that manufacturers could adapt into commercial headsets. The Wireless AR Smart Viewer updates Qualcomm’s earlier smart glasses design with a

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