Democratic bill would suspend Section 230 protections when social networks boost anti-vax conspiracies

Two Democratic senators introduced a bill Thursday that would strip away the liability shield that social media platforms hold dear when those companies boost anti-vaccine conspiracies and other kinds of…

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Twitter tests more attention-grabbing misinformation labels

Twitter is considering changes to the way it contextualizes misleading tweets that the company doesn’t believe are dangerous enough to be removed from the platform outright. The company announced the…

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Facebook changes misinfo rules to allow posts claiming COVID-19 is man-made

Facebook made a few noteworthy changes to its misinformation policies this week, including the news that the company will now allow claims that COVID was created by humans — a…

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Facebook is testing pop-up messages telling people to read a link before they share it

Years after popping open a Pandora’s box of bad behavior, social media companies are trying to figure out subtle ways to reshape how people use their platforms. Following Twitter’s lead,…

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Facebook launches a series tests to inform future changes to its News Feed algorithms

Facebook may be reconfiguring its News Feed algorithms. After being grilled by lawmakers about the role that Facebook played in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, the company announced this…

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In expanded crackdown, Facebook increases penalties for rule-breaking groups and their members

In expanded crackdown, Facebook increases penalties for rule-breaking groups and their members

Facebook this morning announced it will increase the penalties against its rule-breaking Facebook Groups and their members, alongside other changes designed to reduce the visibility of groups’ potentially harmful content….

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Facebook to label all COVID-19 vaccine posts with pointer to official info

Facebook will soon label all posts discussing the coronavirus vaccination with a pointer to official information about COVID-19, it said today. It also revealed it has implemented some new “temporary”…

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Big Tech companies cannot be trusted to self-regulate: We need Congress to act

Arisha Hatch Contributor Arisha Hatch is Vice President and Chief of Campaigns at Color Of Change. It’s been two months since Donald Trump was kicked off of social media following…

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Twitter rolls out vaccine misinformation warning labels and a strike-based system for violations

Twitter announced Monday that it would begin injecting new labels into users’ timelines to push back against misinformation that could disrupt the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines. The labels, which will…

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Reducing the spread of misinformation on social media: What would a do-over look like?

Evelyn Gosnell Contributor Evelyn Gosnell is a managing director at Irrational Labs, a behavioral research and design consultancy. Richard Mathera Contributor Richard Mathera is a managing director at Irrational Labs,…

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