On Sat, Facebook said it would temporarily suspending ads for gun accessories and "protective equipment" through the inauguration, following our reporting and pressure from lawmakers and activists.

Those types of ads are still running as of this morning.
buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanma…
On Sun, after the announcement of the temporary ban, Facebook ran a 45 min video ad for rifle ammo — which is supposedly prohibited by the platform, regardless of the inauguration.
Over the weekend, FB employees continued to flag examples of body armor ads internally.

This morning @TTP_updates, using an account meant to mimic the activity of a right-wing extremist on Facebook, got *three* different body armor ads on one screen.
FB's failure shows that even when it claims to be paying attention to a problem, it can't catch everything. At FB's scale and current investment in moderation, this will continue. And when things slip through, real world harm is always a possibility.
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19 Jan
Last week, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said that Capitol insurrection was "largely" planned on other platforms. New evidence and screenshots show the extent to which extremists on Facebook planned and coordinated the Capitol unrest. Here are the receipts:
buzzfeednews.com/article/davidm…
I had monitored some of the Capitol planning on Facebook, but the report from @TTP_updates is perhaps the most comprehensive I've seen about pre-Insurrection activity on the platform. It captures explicit calls for unrest. The full report is here: techtransparencyproject.org/articles/capit…
Sandberg's comments last week evidence a disconnect between what Facebook execs think happens on their platform and what actually takes place.

Here is one post to a now-removed 23,500-member group calling for people to "Occupy Congress".

buzzfeednews.com/article/davidm… Image
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18 Jan
WaPo's video investigation of the Capitol riot was pretty good, but the way facial recognition is used and posed as an absolute truth here, without much transparency, is worrying. The Post doesn't disclose what technology it used, leaving many questions.

washingtonpost.com/investigations…
What algorithm was used, and how accurate is it? We know from various reports that FRT, even from the biggest companies (see: Amazon Rekognition), can have significant error rates. WaPo (and other outlets) have reported this: washingtonpost.com/technology/201…
The actual WaPo video is more worrying. It poses the facial recognition tech as absolute, and there are no questions over its accuracy. That sets a troublesome precedent, when the merits of FRT, which remains federally unregulated, are very much up for debate.
Read 4 tweets
17 Jan
The irony of all these dudes congregating to talk about the power of big tech is that many have associations with Peter Thiel, a Facebook board member who has openly advocated for tech monopolies.
You have a Texas AG leading a major antitrust lawsuit against Google mingling with the former chief of staff of a guy who wrote this. Image
If anyone knows about “new slave power,” it’s def a bunch of white dudes. Image
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7 Jan
At Facebook's all hands meeting happening right now, Mark Zuckerberg called yesterday's event's "an insurrection." He says he is appalled. He mentions that he is ashamed at how white rioters were treated versus Black protestors earlier this year. This thread will follow the call.
Zuckerberg passes call off to FB execs Monika Bickert and Guy Rosen. FB will be removing posts celebrating yesterday's events. Much of this stuff isn't new and was announced Weds. They're continuing to call the block on Trump's accounts "indefinite" at least thru inauguration.
Bickert: "I am very confident that we have made the right decisions here."
Read 20 tweets
7 Jan
One Facebook worker to me on Trump's indefinite suspension from the platform: "All it took was an armed insurrection of the cap building and two weeks left of his presidency."
On Facebook's internal workplace forum, employees are reacting ecstatically to Zuckerberg's post, which is the same one he made publicly. Some of the reactions:

"Thanks Mark. Proud to work here."

"YESSSSSSSSSSSSS"

"THIS. IS. BRILLIANT."

"[Prayer hands emoji]"
Are you a Facebook worker? Get in touch.

DMs are open!
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