Facebook removes political influence operations from China and Russia

Onur Dogman | Lightrocket | Getty Images Facebook parent company Meta said it took down two unconnected networks of accounts based in China and Russia for seeking to influence political narratives in the U.S. and Europe. The platform regularly searches for and removes accounts it believes to have violated its policy against coordinated inauthentic behavior. … Read more

Fresh accusations of violence against women divide France’s left – POLITICO

Another head has rolled on the French left. Julien Bayou is no longer co-president of the green group in France’s National Assembly or national secretary of the Green party, where he’s been an important figure since 2013, after being accused of psychological abuse against his former partner. The Green party — Europe Écologie les Verts … Read more

Not All Bots Are Bad, and Twitter Knows It

But bots don’t even need to be useful. “I don’t think bots have to do something worthwhile,” says V Buckenham, founder of Cheap Bots, Done Quick!, a free tool that helps people create automated Twitter accounts. Tens of thousands of bots have been developed using the platform, most of which Buckenham says aren’t useful. “It’s … Read more

You’ve got questions. We’ve got answers.

Published on July 10, 2013 We know there are lots of questions surrounding the new Health Insurance Marketplace® coming in 2014. That’s why we’ve updated HealthCare.gov with you – the consumer – in mind. Get to Know the Marketplace: We’re holding our first-ever Health Insurance Marketplace® Hangout at 2:30pm on July 10, 2013. And we’re … Read more

Growing Old Online | WIRED

Sometimes when I can’t sleep, I put the Twitter app back on my phone and scroll aimlessly. I’m trying to hurt my own feelings, and I’m always successful. I want something to hate, I want someone to be wrong, I want someone or something to hurt me. And I always get it, because that’s what … Read more

Tech stocks notch worst two-week stretch since the start of pandemic

What started off as a third-quarter rebound has turned into a flop for tech investors. The Nasdaq Composite tumbled 5.1% this week after losing 5.5% the prior week. That marks the worst two-week stretch for the tech-heavy index since it plunged more than 20% in March 2020 at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in … Read more

Don’t cook your chicken in NyQuil: FDA issues warning against social media challenge

The Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning against cooking chicken in NyQuil after a social media challenge that encourages young viewers to try it went viral. “One social media trend relying on peer pressure is online video clips of people misusing nonprescription medications and encouraging viewers to do so too,” the FDA wrote. … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth slashed by more than half this year

Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has been slashed by more than half this year, ousting him from the top ranks of the world’s richest as his company Meta struggles through an identity crisis, according to updated calculations. Zuckerberg, 38, has lost a whopping $71 billion in on-paper wealth since January – a period in which shares … Read more

Games, Mysteries, and the Lure of QAnon

QAnon is so sprawling, it’s hard to know where people join. One week, it’s the false rumor that 5G cell towers spread disease, another week it’s Wayfair.com trafficking children inside unusually expensive furniture; who knows what next week will bring? But QAnon’s millions of followers often seem to begin their journey with the same refrain: … Read more

YouTube’s ‘Dislike’ Button Doesn’t Do What You Think

YouTube says its systems are working as they’re meant to. “Mozilla’s report doesn’t take into account how our systems actually work, and therefore it’s difficult for us to glean many insights,” says YouTube spokesperson Elena Hernandez, who added that viewers are given control over their recommendations. This includes “the ability to block a video or … Read more