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Mark Zuckerberg: The idea that Facebook influenced the election is ‘crazy’

November 11th at 10:19 AM

Mark Zuckerberg: The idea that Facebook influenced the election is ‘crazy’

In the wake of Donald Trump’s unlikely rise to the Presidency, a growing narrative in Silicon Valley and journalistic circles holds that fake stories on Facebook had a significant impact on the election results. Specifically, detractors pointed to the social networking giant’s ongoing struggle to identify and remove completely fake stories in a timely manner.

As the argument goes, because Facebook has a massive user base and because the site itself is built on the idea of sharing information, a fake story tilted against a particular candidate can gain an immense amount of traction incredibly quickly. In the process, the cumulative ability for these fake news stories to sway voters becomes more likely.

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Facebook Fake news

Facebook admits that in a world with Donald Trump, it needs to get better at fake news

November 10th at 5:34 PM

Facebook admits that in a world with Donald Trump, it needs to get better at fake news

In a scenario that was nothing more than a punchline even a few months ago, Donald Trump this January will be sworn in as the 45th President of the United States. Yes, the same Donald Trump who hosted a reality show on NBC and stepped into a WWE ring with Stone Cold Steve Austin will soon be the most powerful man in America.

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Facebook Acquisition

Microsoft in 2010 offered to buy Facebook for $24 billion and Mark Zuckerberg said ‘no’

October 21st at 6:30 PM

Microsoft in 2010 offered to buy Facebook for $24 billion and Mark Zuckerberg said ‘no’

Facebook over the years has received no shortage of buyout offers, with Yahoo’s bid to purchase the social network for $1 billion back in 2006 perhaps being the most famous of all. While $1 billion seems like a steal today, remember that Facebook back in 2006 was only two years old and it was no surefire guarantee that it would go onto become the tech giant it is today. Remember, MySpace was still alive and kicking back in 2006 and Facebook at the time was still closed off to anyone without a .edu email address.

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Mark Zuckerberg Defends Peter Thiel

Mark Zuckerberg defends Peter Thiel’s continued backing of Donald Trump

October 19th at 8:00 PM

Mark Zuckerberg defends Peter Thiel’s continued backing of Donald Trump

Over the weekend, it came to light that PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel recently donated $1.25 million to Donald Trump’s Presidential campaign. Thiel may not be a household name, but he became more widely known earlier this year when it was revealed that he was personally bankrolling Hulk Hogan’s aggressive lawsuit against Gawker.

Thiel also happens to be a board member at Facebook, and given his political leanings to the right, Facebook has recently been criticized harshly for allowing Thiel to maintain his seat on the board. Especially given the recent controversy surrounding diversity in Silicon Valley, many take the position that Thiel’s presence on Facebook’s board is unseemly, to say the least.

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Events from Facebook Calendar App

Facebook’s latest app could be the ultimate event calendar for your phone

October 7th at 7:35 PM

Facebook’s latest app could be the ultimate event calendar for your phone

Because it hasn’t taken over enough of our lives already, Facebook is encroaching even further with the release of a new app: Events from Facebook.

According to Facebook, this app will allow users to easily and quickly see any events happening in their area, whether those events are being hosted by Pages they like or whether their friends have expressed interest in attending.

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Facebook Messenger Encryption Secret Conversations

Facebook Messenger finally has a way to keep your messages secret

October 5th at 9:46 PM

Facebook Messenger finally has a way to keep your messages secret

Facebook promised it’ll offer Messenger users end-to-end encryption, and the company finally rolled out the feature to all its users. However, Messenger isn’t end-to-end encrypted by default, meaning you have to manually activate it for each conversation., which can be a hassle. More →

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