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Facebook manager says in internal post she quit after being 'harassed' over views on diversity

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On Jan. 11, Sophie Alpert, a Facebook engineering manager who ran a major open-source project called React, made an announcement on Twitter: "today's my last day at Facebook." In the tweet, which got 3,600 likes and elicited 247 comments, Alpert said she was leaving to join a start-up called Humu. But she neglected to tell her more than 41,000 followers the reason for her abrupt departure. Facebook's diversity problem has been overshadowed in the past year by the bigger crises at the company related to user privacy and securing the platform against manipulation by foreign actors. In November, Mark Luckie, an African-American manager who'd recently left Facebook, accused the company of having "a black people problem," and said that, "in some buildings, there are more 'Black Lives Matter' posters than there are actual black people."

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Facebook removes Russian pages and accounts linked to massive fake news operations

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Facebook (FB) said Thursday it removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said it took action after finding two networks “that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior” on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. The people running the accounts represented themselves as independent news sources and posted on topics like anti-NATO sentiment and protest movements.

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Facebook shuts hundreds of Russia-linked pages, accounts

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LONDON (AP) — Facebook says it has removed hundreds of Russia-linked pages, groups and accounts that it says were part of two big disinformation operations, in its latest effort to fight fake news. The social media company said Thursday it took action after finding two networks "that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post that one network operated in countries in Central and Eastern Europe and the other focused on Ukraine. Gleicher says one network of 364 pages and accounts was linked to employees of Sputnik, a Russian state-run English-language news site.

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[$$] Facebook Pulls More Russia-Linked Accounts

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Facebook said it traced both campaigns to Russia. Facebook said that campaign shared technical overlap with Russia-based activity before the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, including behavior that shared characteristics with a Kremlin-aligned organization called the Internet Research Agency. Facebook said the pages and accounts in this campaign were linked to employees of Sputnik, a Moscow-based news agency.

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Facebook removes hundred of pages 'linked to Russian site'

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Facebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules. The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. “Despite their misrepresentations of their identities, we found that these pages and accounts were linked to employees of Sputnik, a news agency based in Moscow, and that some of the pages frequently posted about topics like anti-Nato sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of of cybersecurity policy. Facebook said it had removed 289 pages and 75 accounts believed to be involved in the Sputnik-run network, with activity dating as far back as 2013.

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Facebook takes down hundreds of fake accounts and pages linked to Russia

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Facebook has removed hundreds of fake pages and accounts linked to Russian operations, the company has confirmed. In a blog post published Thursday, Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said the company had removed "multiple pages, groups and accounts that engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior on Facebook and Instagram." Gleicher said the fake accounts were part of two separate operations, both originating in Russia. Facebook said it was removing the pages on the basis that the people behind the activity "coordinated with one another and used fake accounts to misrepresent themselves."

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Facebook removes hundred of pages 'linked to Russian site'

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Facebook has removed hundreds of pages believed to be connected to the Kremlin-backed Sputnik news website for allegedly breaching its rules. The Facebook pages, which were targeted at individuals in former Soviet satellite states, either pretended to be independent news services or had names designed to appeal to fans of particular individuals, regions, or foods. “Despite their misrepresentations of their identities, we found that these pages and accounts were linked to employees of Sputnik, a news agency based in Moscow, and that some of the pages frequently posted about topics like anti-Nato sentiment, protest movements, and anti-corruption,” said Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of of cybersecurity policy. Facebook said it had removed 289 pages and 75 accounts believed to be involved in the Sputnik-run network, with activity dating as far back as 2013.

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Facebook removes more pages, accounts with Russia links

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(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Thursday it had removed hundreds of Russia-initiated pages, accounts and groups that it judged to be involved in coordinated inauthentic behavior on its Facebook and Instagram platforms. Facebook's head of cybersecurity policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had unearthed two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries across eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine. The company said it had taken down about 364 Facebook Pages and accounts run by the first Russian network and operating in Baltic Sea states, Central Asia, the Caucasus, and Central and Eastern Europe, adding that these pages were linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik. The company also said that based on a tip from U.S. law enforcement, it had separately removed 107 Facebook pages, group and accounts and 41 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine.

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Most Users Still Don't Know How Facebook Advertising Works

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A new Pew survey also finds that more than 50 percent of Facebook users are uncomfortable with how the company compiles their information for ads.

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You Quit Facebook, Now You Don't Know Anyone's Birthday

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Amid data privacy scandals, security breaches and the spread of misinformation, many Facebook users have opted to stop using the social network. In its past two quarters, Facebook has reported user growth in Asia and other parts of the world, but growth has stalled in the U.S. and Canada, and active users have declined in Europe. Twenty-six percent of American users deleted the app from their phone in the 12 months ended in June, while 42% took a break from checking the service for a period of several weeks or more, according to a 2018 report from the Pew Research Center.

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