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The world’s largest social network has more than 2 billion daily users, and is expanding rapidly around the world. Led by CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook undergirds much of the world’s communication online, both through its flagship app and its subsidiaries Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus. Despite huge financial success, Facebook is also confronted with questions about data privacy, hate speech on the platform, and concerns that frequent social media use can lead to unhappiness. The Verge publishes a nightly newsletter about Facebook and democracy,

Can Brett Kavanaugh be impartial about Facebook?

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As Facebook battles mounting regulatory pressure, one of the most powerful judges in the country is facing renewed scrutiny over his ties to the company. On July 24th, a coalition ...

How another video of COVID-19 misinformation went viral on Facebook

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In May, we saw the arrival of the first viral hoax of the COVID-19 era: “Plandemic,” a meandering 26-minute video which falsely asserted that vaccines “weaken” people’s i...

Getting rid of QAnon won’t be as easy as Twitter might think

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Every tech platform has two policies about what they will allow: the policy that’s written, and the policy that’s enforced. Ideally there would be no gap between these, but in ...

A new Oculus Quest has seemingly leaked from every angle, and it might launch...

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Earlier this week, we got our first look at what appeared to be a new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset thanks to an apparent marketing image shared on Twitter. Since then, more...

New Oculus Quest headset image seemingly leaked on Twitter

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A picture of a new Oculus Quest virtual reality headset has seemingly leaked online. The image was posted by Twitter user WalkingCat, who has produced credible leaks in the past. I...

Antitrust investigations aren’t the biggest threat to Facebook’s future

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I. A week from now, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg will be among the CEOs appearing before the House of Representatives’ antitrust committee. Today let’s check in on how the Fede...

Instagram tests letting people run their own personal fundraisers

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Instagram will soon allow people in the US, UK, and Ireland to raise money for their own personal causes. The company is launching the feature today as an initial test on Android p...

Why no one knows which stories are the most popular on Facebook

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What news should people see when they come to Facebook? In the old days, your answer might have been “whatever they want to see,” or even “who cares?” But as Facebook’s...

Facebook Messenger can now lock your chats behind Face ID

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Facebook now lets you add an extra layer of security when opening Messenger on an iPhone or iPad. The app itself can now be locked upon or shortly after closing, requiring you to u...

Mark Zuckerberg says there’s ‘no deal of any kind’ with Donald Trump

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Has Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg cut a secret deal with President Donald Trump, turning a blind eye to his lies and incendiary posts in the hope that the social media giant won’t...
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Edison Mail makes the jump to the desktop with a new...

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Edison Mail (formerly known as EasilyDo Mail) is making the jump from mobile app to desktop email client with the release of a new Mac app. I’ve been using a beta version of Edi...

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