Stuff New Zealand: Government to force Google and Facebook to pay for using NZ news

Stuff New Zealand: Government to force Google and Facebook to pay for using NZ news. “The Government will follow Australia and Canada in proposing a law that will require internet giants Google and Meta to pay for the local news they use, with estimates of about $30 million to $50m flowing to New Zealand media.”

Australian Financial Review: Australia’s crackdown on Google, Facebook ‘worked’

Australian Financial Review: Australia’s crackdown on Google, Facebook ‘worked’ . “A government review into Australia’s media bargaining code, which extracted millions of dollars from the global tech giants, found the legislation corrected the ‘imbalance’ between news publishers and tech platforms. But media outlets such as The Conversation and SBS remain upset that Facebook has not entered into agreements with them.”

CBS News: Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says

CBS News: Twitter and other social media sites slipped on removing hate speech in 2022, EU review says. Please note this study is from the spring, before Elon Musk. “The EU report, carried out over six weeks in the spring, found Twitter assessed just over half of the notifications it received about illegal hate speech within 24 hours, down from 82% in 2021. In comparison, the amount of flagged material Facebook reviewed within 24 hours fell to 64%, Instagram slipped to 56.9% and YouTube dipped to 83.3%. TikTok came in at 92%, the only company to improve.”

The Verge: Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook

The Verge: Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook. “The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.”

Washington Post: The long, lonely wait to recover a hacked Facebook account

Washington Post: The long, lonely wait to recover a hacked Facebook account. “Help Desk, the personal technology section at The Washington Post, has received hundreds of emails from people locked out of their Facebook accounts with no idea how to get back in. Many lose their accounts to hackers, who take over Facebook pages to resell them or to game search-engine rankings. In some cases, losing the account is an inconvenience. But in many others, it is a threat to the finances, relationships or well-being of the user. [Lucretia] Groce, for instance, estimates she has lost $18,000 in income after waiting for months for her account to be unlocked.”

CNET: Facebook Removing Religious Views, Sexuality and Political Affiliation From Profiles

CNET: Facebook Removing Religious Views, Sexuality and Political Affiliation From Profiles. “Facebook will get rid of contact and basic information from users’ profiles, the company said Thursday. Such information includes the ‘interested in’ field, which lets users fill in their sexuality, political affiliation and address, and the ‘religious views’ field.”

Wall Street Journal: Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Wall Street Journal: Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts. “Meta Platforms Inc. has fired or disciplined more than two dozen employees and contractors over the last year whom it accused of improperly taking over user accounts, in some cases allegedly for bribes, according to people familiar with the matter and documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says. “An investigation by the Senate Homeland Security Committee alleges that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and leading social media companies are not adequately addressing the growing threat of domestic terrorism, especially white supremacist and anti-government extremists.”

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds. “Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates, according to the study, published Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The reporting trend occurs across crime types and geographic regions, but is especially prevalent in much of the Midwest and some of the South and mid-Atlantic. It also increases with the proportion of both Republican voters and non-Black residents, the researchers said.”

Northwestern Local News Initiative: Pro-Journalism Legislation Faces a Make-or-Break Session

Northwestern Local News Initiative: Pro-Journalism Legislation Faces a Make-or-Break Session. “The clock is ticking on the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. With the midterm elections coming up on Nov. 8, the lame-duck session could be the last realistic chance for Congress to pass this bipartisan effort to make Google and Facebook pay for local news content on their platforms.”

Miami Herald: Guyana wants Facebook, Twitter to remove ‘illegal maps’ claiming parts for Venezuela

Miami Herald: Guyana wants Facebook, Twitter to remove ‘illegal maps’ claiming parts for Venezuela. “Guyana, which is considered part of the 15-member Caribbean Community though it lies on the northern coast of South America, shouldering the Atlantic, is asking Facebook and Twitter to get their facts straight and remove what the government considers ‘illegal maps’ of the former British colony. The maps, say the country’s office of foreign affairs, are being posted by Spanish-language media accounts and are claiming a large swath of Guyana for neighboring Venezuela.”

Penn Today: The language of loneliness and depression, revealed in social media

Penn Today: The language of loneliness and depression, revealed in social media. “By analyzing Facebook posts, Penn researchers found that words associated with depression are often tied to emotions, whereas those associated with loneliness are linked to cognition.”

CNN: Meta’s stock falls 17% as its quarterly profit is cut in half

CNN: Meta’s stock falls 17% as its quarterly profit is cut in half . ” Meta on Wednesday posted the second quarterly revenue decline in its history since going public and warned that it is making ‘significant changes’ aimed at cutting costs ahead of 2023, as it confronts an economic downturn that is hitting its core online advertising business.”

Business Insider: Zuck refuses to let his metaverse dream die. Wall Street has finally had enough.

Business Insider: Zuck refuses to let his metaverse dream die. Wall Street has finally had enough.. “Following Wednesday’s earnings announcement, Meta shares slumped nearly 20% in after-hours trade to $104.30. The slump wiped $67 billion off Meta’s market capitalization, according to Reuters, extending a loss of almost half a trillion dollars this year alone.”

News@Northeastern: Facebook’s Ad Delivery Algorithm Is Discriminating Based On Race, Gender And Age In Photos, Northeastern Researchers Find

News@Northeastern: Facebook’s Ad Delivery Algorithm Is Discriminating Based On Race, Gender And Age In Photos, Northeastern Researchers Find. “Have you ever noticed the faces in Facebook ads seem to match your gender, race or age? That isn’t an accident, Northeastern computer science researchers say. A new paper published by a group of researchers from Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences found that Facebook’s algorithm delivers advertisements differently based on who is pictured in the ad.”