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Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg Says Reports That She Wasn’t Interested In Russian Interference Are “Simply Untrue”

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg publicly addressed a damaging New York Times report that raised questions about her response to mounting evidence that the social network could be exploited to disrupt elections or to spread hatred and propaganda. The executive said she and CEO Mark Zuckerberg have acknowledged, many times, that they were too slow to respond to Russian interference during the 2016 election. But she took issue with the Times report that she… Read


Facebook Reports Progress In Cracking Down On Hate Speech, Other Violations

UPDATED with comments from Mark Zuckerberg Facebook updated on its progress in combatting hate speech, depictions of graphic violence, terrorist propaganda and other violations of its community standards. The social network said it is making strides in proactively identifying hate speech, saying it’s able to remove the majority of posts before users report them. It’s also gotten better at finding violent or graphic content. CEO Mark Zuckerberg published an extensive… Read


Facebook Enters Damage Control, Fires D.C. “Oppo” Firm And Holds A Whopper Of A Press Call

Facebook has launched into damage control following a publication of an exposé that highlighted delays, denials and deflection in the company’s handling of Russian interference on the social media platform ahead of the 2016 presidential election. The New York Times reported that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and COO Sheryl Sandberg ignored disturbing warning signs that malicious actors could use the global network to disrupt elections or foment hatred, then sought to hide… Read


Amy Schumer Hospitalized With Pregnancy Complication, Postpones Stand-Up Dates

Amy Schumer said today that she has been hospitalized because of a pregnancy complication and postponed a pair of stand-up dates in Texas. She is battling hyperemesis, whose symptoms include severe nausea, vomiting and dehydration. “I'm fine. Baby's fine,” she wrote on Instagram today, “but everyone who says the 2nd trimester is better is not telling the full story” (see her post and photo below). She added that the date on Schumer postponed her shows set for tonight at… Read


‘American Vandal’ Star Jimmy Tatro’s ‘The Real Bros Of Simi Valley’ Lands At Facebook Watch

Jimmy Tatro

Jimmy Tatro’s The Real Bros of Simi Valley has a new home. Facebook Watch has landed Season 2 of the comedy that follows four best friends on a journey to figure out their lives now that they've graduated high school — 10 years ago. The show started as a project on his personal YouTube channel, and the 10-episode second run of Real Bros launches November 30 on the social network’s video platform. Tatro, who broke out in Season 1 of Netflix’s true-crime spoof American Vanda… Read


Snap Divulges Federal Probe Of Its 2017 IPO; Stock Drops 3% – Update

Snap Inc

UPDATED with closing stock price. Snapchat parent Snap Inc. has revealed that regulators at the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission are investigating whether it misled investors ahead of its 2017 IPO. The news sent the company’s battered shares, which have already fallen more than 50% in 2018 to date, down more 3% to close at $6.48, though trading volume was lighter than normal. Snap shares went public in March 2017, closing their first day at… Read


The One Where UK Police Arrest David Schwimmer Look-Alike Beer Thief

UK police have made an arrest in an alleged beer theft that made international headlines last month because the suspect looked so much like Ross from Friends. Lancashire Police posted a tweet today saying that they’d arrested a 36-year-old man in London yesterday on suspicion of theft. The Lancashire department made a special note of thanking Friends‘ actor David Schwimmer for his support. “Thank you for the support, especially @DavidSchwimmer!”, tweeted the police… Read


Oculus Co-Founder Palmer Luckey, Reportedly Ousted For Political Beliefs, Knocks Silicon Valley’s Liberal Culture

Palmer Luckey

A day after the Wall Street Journal reported that Facebook executive Palmer Luckey may have been ousted by the social media giant for his political activities, Luckey appeared on the Journal‘s Tech D. Live stage to talk about the travails of being conservative in Silicon Valley. Luckey, dressed casually in a Hawaiian shirt, would not directly respond to a question about his support for Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential candidacy. He said conservatives are more numerous in… Read


YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki Warns Against “Unintended Consequences” Of EU’s Article 13

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki is once again raising concerns about the European Union’s proposed update to copyright law, warning it would have profound unintended consequences. This is the second time in two months that Wojcicki has written about Article 13, which would make online platforms liable for copyright infringement. She argues that the European Parliament’s approach — which places responsibility on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and other websites to ensure… Read


Nick Bell To Depart As Snap’s Head Of Content

Nick Bell, the executive who built Snapchat’s Discover media platform and struck partnerships with some of the world’s biggest media companies, is leaving Snap. The executive announced this morning that he is leaving Snap after five years, saying he plans to take time to “recharge.” The former News Corp. executive played a pivotal role in the evolution of Snap, helping to strike partnerships with media companies eager to use the platform tor each its youthful audience… Read


Miley Cyrus & Neil Young Lose Houses In California Wildfires, Guillermo Del Toro’s Bleak House Survives – Update

UPDATE, SUNDAY 10 PM: Miley Cyrus and Neil Young became the latest celebrities to reveal that their homes had been destroyed by the Southern California wildfires. “Completely devastated by the fires affecting my community,” Cyrus wrote on Twitter Sunday night. “I am one of the lucky ones. My animals and LOVE OF MY LIFE made it out safely & that's all that matters right now. My house no longer stands but the memories shared with family & friends stand strong. I am grateful… Read


Vine Co-Founder Reveals Name Of His New Video Looping App

Dom Hofmann, a co-founder of Vine, has revealed the name and launch timing for his next video-looping app: Byte, launching in the spring of 2019. Details are scant, but Hofmann has indicated that the new app will be similar to Vine, which featured six-second video sequences in repeating loops. Twitter bought Vine for $30 million in 2012. Four years later, it shut down the service, which had launched the careers of pop star Shawn Mendes and video prankster Logan Paul… Read