The WSJ story is v thorough. Previous reporting has shown that there has always been preferential treatment of high profile FB accounts.

@JeffHorwitz's reporting shows how that treatment was systematic and how Facebook misled about it.
@JeffHorwitz FB employees have been warning about this preferential treatment for months, particularly heading into the 2020 election. Some of the memos and employee presentations in the WSJ story were first reported by BuzzFeed News here:

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9 Sep
Facebook sent reporters covering their glasses launch a list of supposed "third-party" privacy and consumer groups that it consulted for the product. So I did some digging.

FB funds at least 4 of the 5 groups. Future of Privacy Forum is one.

Here is another: the National Network To End Domestic Violence, which runs a program called "Safety Net"

nnedv.org/content/techno… Image
Here is the National Consumers League, which "educates consumers and workers through a variety of programs and fights for their interests before government and businesses," according to it site. Image
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9 Sep
So the privacy expert that Facebook is having defend its new Wearable Glasses works for an organization that is funded by Facebook.

nytimes.com/2021/09/09/tec…
I would love to know what this guy thinks the "public's expectations of privacy" are, given Facebook's work over the years to undermine that very concept.
Would also be great to know what other privacy experts Facebook is consulting for its glasses, given that the exec behind the project was considering facial recognition for them earlier this year.
buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanma…
Read 4 tweets
8 Sep
Just got a statement from Facebook VP Tom Alison about our story from last week on how the platform labeled a video of black men as related to “primates.” FB is:
1) continuing to investigate
2) disabled other topic rec features
3) identifying other “sensitive topical categories”
As we reported, an AI-powered recommendation feature on Facebook Watch labeled a Daily Mail video featuring Black men as related to "primates."

That recommendation feature, and now others on the platforms, have been disabled. FB didn't say which ones.

nytimes.com/2021/09/03/tec…
hard to underscore how bad this error was for FB, which is trying to undo damage following 2020's racial justice protests, a related advertiser boycott, and an unflattering civil rights audit.

Tom Alison: "This entire issue was unacceptable... and it should never have happened."
Read 5 tweets
7 Sep
beyond being racist, he's openly shitting on the work of his own employees at the Ringer, which is currently featuring three Shang-Chi pieces on its homepage

sucks we can't all be blessed with the beautiful and remarkable name of William John Simmons III
A search for Shang-Chi shows 61 articles and 16 features that mention the movie. Might want to read your own site, William
Read 4 tweets
1 Sep
Based on how Facebook/Instagram has handled ivermectin posts and discussion up until now, it seems unlikely the company will take action against Rogan for detailing his own personal experience in dealing w/ Covid. I've asked the company tho just in case.
For ivermectic and COVID, Facebook says people can't buy, sell, or trade the prescription drug or promote it as a *guaranteed* cure. People, however, are able to talk about their personal experiences, and that is why we continue to see discussion about the drug across FB/IG.
Basically:

"I got covid and I tried ivermectin and it did X..." (OK on Facebook, based on currently policies)

"Ivermectin will definitely cure covid" (Not OK on Facebook)
Read 6 tweets
12 Jul
Within Facebook there are multiple threads of employees who are frustrated that FB is not doing enough to stop racist abuse on the accounts of English players Bukayo Saka & Marcus Rashford. They have been flagging comments for 12+ hours. One employee: “We MUST act faster here.”
Some employees are wondering why they weren’t prepared more. Racist abuse is something they’ve seen all premier league season, they said. “It seems this was totally preventable,” one employee wrote on an internal forum, and asked what FB will do ahead of World Cup 2022.
As evidence, FB employees have screenshotted pages and pages of racist comments on the accounts of Saka, Rashford, and Sancho. The most common epithets use monkey emojis. One employee says the comments are from spam and anon accounts that look like they are created to abuse ppl.
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