Facebook Crossed The Creepy Line And Can’t Go Back

Getty Images / BuzzFeed News Facebook's current crisis is unprecedented for many reasons. It's a bipartisan political scandal. It’s also conjured up the threat of possible government regulation. But...

Here's How Quiz Makers Are Still Targeting You On Facebook

Derek Cohen is a 32-year-old marketing consultant in Salt Lake City, Utah who today — four years after Cambridge Analytica used personality tests to glean Facebook users’ profile information...

Here's How Facebook Tracks You When You're Not On Facebook

During his two-day marathon testimony in Washington this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg looked particularly uncomfortable answering basic questions about how Facebook tracks people when they're not using Facebook. In...

Sex Workers Are Ditching Twitter For Switter. Here's Why.

As fears mount that a controversial anti-sex trafficking law that Congress recently passed could signal a crackdown on online speech about sex work, more than 26,000 people have joined Switter,...

Rebekah Mercer Asked Facebook For An Independent Investigation Into Cambridge Analytica

A well-connected tech investor met with Facebook senior management late last month on behalf of billionaire Republican donor Rebekah Mercer to suggest an independent investigation into Cambridge Analytica, data...

Mark Zuckerberg Hints Facebook Is Considering An Ad-Free Version

Jim Watson / AFP / Getty Images In testimony to the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees on Tuesday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg indicated Facebook might one day offer a...

Hackers Just Deleted The "Despacito" Music Video From YouTube

Hackers targeted more than a dozen high-profile artists' videos on YouTube Tuesday, including temporarily deleting the video for the hit Luis Fonsi song “Despacito.” BuzzFeed News ...

Mark Zuckerberg Sent An Apology Letter About Myanmar. These NGOs Called It “Grossly Insufficient.”

Rohingya refugees detained in Malaysian territorial waters off the island of Langkawi arrive at a jetty in Kuala Kedah, northern Malaysia, on April 3, 2018. AFP / Getty Images A...

Uber Has Acquired Jump And Officially Joined The Dockless Bike Wars

Uber's Jump bikes app. Jump / Via jumpbikes.com Uber is expanding beyond four wheels and is jumping right into the dockless bike wars.Uber announced Monday morning it will acquire the...

Facebook Bans Tobacco Ads, But The Tobacco Industry Finds Other Ways To Market To...

Tolga Akmen / AFP / Getty Images Facebook’s ban on tobacco advertising hasn’t stopped tobacco and e-cigarette companies from using the platform to promote their products — including to...

Palantir Had No Policy On Social Media Data Collection Prior To 2015

Alex Karp, CEO of Palantir. Scott Olson / Getty Images The Silicon Valley data analysis firm Palantir Technologies lacked a comprehensive policy for handling social media data in 2014, when...

We Talked To Teens Who Quit Social Media

When Becca Ann graduated high school, her friends moved away to college while she stayed in her hometown to attend a local community college. When she checked Snapchat, she’d feel...

“We Had To Stop Facebook”: When Anti-Muslim Violence Goes Viral

DIGANA, Sri Lanka — When the Sri Lankan government temporarily blocked access to Facebook last month amid a wave of violence against Muslims, it seemed like a radical move against...

Backpage Has Been Taken Down By The US Government And Sex Workers Aren’t Happy

BuzzFeed News Backpage.com, the popular classified ads website, went offline Friday after being seized and disabled by the federal government.The Backpage.com notice stated that additional information would be provided...

YouTube Kids Is Going To Release A Whitelisted, Non-Algorithmic Version Of Its App

YouTube is planning to release a new version of its YouTube Kids app that will do away with algorithmically suggested videos and will only display videos from channels that...

Facebook Has A Two-Tiered Privacy System That Favors Its Leaders

Getty Images Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has special privacy features on the platform — a revelation that suggests the company has been operating a two-tiered privacy system that favors...

The Guy Who Wrote The Book On The Deep State Wishes Trumpworld Would Shut...

Mike Lofgren wrote the book on the deep state — literally.The longtime Republican aide, who worked for three decades on Capitol Hill, published The Deep State: The Fall of the...

Was Marc Jacobs' Chipotle Proposal An Ad?

The fashion designer proposed with a flash mob…inside a Chipotle. #Ad? This is designer Marc Jacobs and his new fiancé, Charly Defrancesco, who is a candlemaker (ok?). ...

Nasim Aghdam Opened Fire On YouTube Because She Was "Upset" With Its Policies And...

Twitter: @SanBrunoPolice Police on Wednesday said Nasim Najafi Aghdam opened fire at YouTube's California headquarters because she was "upset" with the company's policies and practices.Aghdam, 39, injured three people...

Facebook Now Says Cambridge Analytica Accessed Up To 87 Million People's Data

Gabriel Bouys / AFP / Getty Images On Wednesday, Facebook said up to 87 million people may have had their data inappropriately accessed by the political analytics firm Cambridge...
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