Americans don’t trust social media companies to handle misinformation

[ad_1] Americans have trust issues, especially when it comes to information posted on social media. A poll out Tuesday from Gallup and the Knight Foundation confirmed these views after surveying about 1,500 American adults late last year and another group in March: About 80 percent don’t trust big tech companies like Facebook and Google to…

Facebook struggles to automatically detect deepfakes at scale

[ad_1] Facebook researchers would like to be able to detect the deepfakes their own platform helps spread. On Friday, the company published a blog post summarizing months of collaborative work aimed at developing a framework for automatically detecting the form of machine-learning generated manipulated media known as deepfakes. Called the Deepfake Detection Challenge, the project…

Twitter shuts down huge Chinese network with a coronavirus bent

[ad_1] Hey, maybe you were arguing with a bot after all.  On Thursday, Twitter reveled an effort to dismantle three separate “state-linked information operations” that, according to the San Francisco-based social media company, worked to spread misinformation and attack political dissidents. One such effort, allegedly run by the People’s Republic of China, reportedly focused on…

Facebook removes 190 white supremacist accounts inciting violence

[ad_1] Facebook’s hate group whack-a-mole continues. The social network removed 190 accounts tied to white supremacist groups Proud Boys and American Guard, the Associated Press first reported, and Facebook confirmed to Mashable. The company said that those accounts were planning to incite violence at George Floyd protests against police brutality, in some cases urging members…

Yelp to add tool to make it easier to find black-owned businesses

[ad_1] In a blog post released Thursday, Yelp co-founder and CEO Jeremy Stoppelman announced that the app will launch a searchable attribute so businesses can identify themselves as black-owned, making it easier for customers to find them. The attribute will be opt-in so only businesses who want to proclaim they’re black-owned can do so.  Stoppelman…

Facebook Messenger Rooms arrive in the U.S., Mexico, and Canada

[ad_1] It’s the moment at least a couple people have been waiting for: Facebook Messenger Rooms have dropped. Mark Zuckerberg announced in a Facebook post Thursday that Messenger Rooms, the social media network’s answer to Zoom, are now available to everyone in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. The video chat feature will be also be…