Motherboard: Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies

Motherboard: Facebook Quietly Changes Search Tool Used by Investigators, Abused By Companies. “Late last week Facebook quietly made changes to a set of advanced features that previously allowed users to search the social network in powerful ways, such as finding all posts on Facebook by a keyword and within a certain date range, all of the people who like a certain Facebook Page and live in a particular city, or places visited by two specific users.”

Ars Technica: Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News

Ars Technica: Facebook bans health and conspiracy site Natural News. “Facebook on Sunday removed the prominent health and conspiracy site Natural News from its platform and banned its incendiary founder from posting content. Though Facebook did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment on the suspension, Facebook’s move comes just a day after The Daily Beast published a report into the wild, far-right conspiracy theories that have become staples on Natural News.”

‘#IAmHere’: The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place (BBC)

BBC: ‘#IAmHere’: The people trying to make Facebook a nicer place. “It’s 7:30 in Berlin, and Nina’s alarm clock is going off. Before getting up and making breakfast for her 13-month-old daughter, who is sleeping in the next room, she reaches for her phone. Unlike many of us, Nina’s not checking her emails, the news, or looking at gossip sites or posting photos. Instead, every day Nina opens up Facebook and heads straight to the closed group #IchBinHier (‘#IAmHere’).”

MIT Technology Review: How to regulate Big Tech without breaking it up

MIT Technology Review: How to regulate Big Tech without breaking it up. “US regulators are seriously questioning whether companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, and Facebook have too much power. This new push to curb the might of Big Tech has a catchy solution: break up the companies. But a breakup will be hard to force, and the history of trustbusting suggests that many other solutions are possible.”

Engadget: Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps

Engadget: Facebook reportedly prohibits Huawei from pre-installing its apps. “Future Huawei phones will no longer come pre-installed with Facebook’s apps, according to Reuters. The social network has reportedly prohibited the Chinese manufacturer from loading its main app, Instagram and WhatsApp onto any phone that hasn’t left the factory yet.”

TechCrunch: Facebook plans June 18th cryptocurrency debut. Here’s what we know

TechCrunch: Facebook plans June 18th cryptocurrency debut. Here’s what we know. “Facebook is finally ready to reveal details about its cryptocurrency codenamed Libra. It’s currently scheduled for a June 18th release of a white paper explaining its cryptocurrency’s basics, according to a source who says multiple investors briefed on the project by Facebook were told that date.”