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U.S. Courts Are Figuring Out if the Government Can Block You On Facebook

December 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow In the last two years, there’s been a cascade of lawsuits in the U.S. against public officials who have blocked people on social media and deleted critical comments. The list starts with the highest one in the country, president Donald Trump, and goes all the way down to a county...

The IRS Is Now…on Instagram

December 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow If anyone is going to remind you about tax season, it might as well be a pink flamingo. That’s the idea behind a new account on Instagram, run by the Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared U.S. taxman. View this post on Instagram The time to get ready for tax filing...

The IRS Is Now On Instagram

December 6, 2018 If anyone is going to remind you about tax season, it might as well be a pink flamingo. That’s the idea behind a new account on Instagram, run by the Internal Revenue Service, the much-feared US taxman. View this post on Instagram The time to get ready for tax filing...

Once Again, It Looks Like Russians Tried To Interfere With U.S. Elections

November 7, 2018 Facebook said that it blocked more than 100 Facebook and Instagram accounts because of concerns that they were linked to the Internet Research Agency (IRA), the Russian state-sponsored troll farm that interfered in the 2016 US election. The company announced the takedowns on Monday (Nov. 5) but did not offer...

Amazon Is 'Fueling' ICE Deportations, a New Report Says

October 24, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Silicon Valley is deeply implicated in the Trump administration’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, a new report says. It points at two companies in particular: Amazon, which provides cloud services to government agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and Palantir Technologies, which makes case management software for the agency. “Through intense...

Facebook Knows Exactly How Many Times You’ve Searched For Your Ex

June 13, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook knows a lot about you—including every time you’ve searched for an ex, a crush, or any other person on the platform. This little tidbit is part of a 225-page document which includes more than 2,000 questions for Facebook from senators from the U.S. Senate Commerce and Judiciary committees, and...

Facebook Says It Will Kick Off Scammy Advertisers If Enough Users Report Them

June 12, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow An ad for pants pops up on your Facebook feed. You’ve never heard of the brand, but you like the style, so you click the ad. It takes you to a website filled with typos. The fabric is a mysterious blend. You hesitate, but you buy them anyway. Sometimes, these...

Your Smartphone Was Probably Sharing Your Friends’ Facebook Data Behind Your Back

June 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook promised its users they would have full control over their data, noting that it cut off third-party access to detailed friend information back in 2015. But according to a New York Times story, Facebook hasn’t been counting mobile devices as third parties, leaving companies...

Facebook Is Killing its “Trending” Feature, Proving Algorithms Aren’t Always the Answer

June 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook says it’s removing its controversial “Trending” section because no one was actually using it. Over the past few years, the feature, which displays news stories popular on the platform, has become a case study for why algorithms can’t always do the job of a human, and why they can’t...

If You Want Facebook to Stop Targeting You For Ads, Follow These Instructions

May 10, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Much of the controversy surrounding Facebook comes from to the company’s ability to very precisely target its users for the purpose of serving ads. Users often find the ads creepy and intrusive, even wondering if Facebook is listening to their phone conversations because they’re so accurate. Citizens Against Monopoly, a...