YouTube promoted a video claiming to show evidence that one of the survivors of last week's school shooting in Parkland, Florida, is a paid actor. Similar videos and articles are showing up on YouTube and other social media sites like Facebook. The issue is an example of a potentially troubling problem for social media sites and how news is delivered to the world. From Business Insider.
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Amid an investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, Facebook came under fire for its opacity on how it targets political ads. A few months ago, ProPublica released Political Ad Collector, a tool that crowdsources the job of monitoring ads -- including those that might not seem political at first. ProPublica’s Julia Angwin shares the findings with Hari Sreenivasan. From PBS NewsHour.
Facebook is making big changes to what its more than two billion users see when they log on. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on Thursday the platform is overhauling its news feed algorithm to prioritize content from family and friends. Users will see less public content, like posts from brands and news organizations. CBS News contributor and Wired editor-in-chief Nicholas Thompson joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the incentive behind the changes and what they hope to accomplish. From CBS This Morning.
Roger McNamee, one of Facebook's early investors and a former mentor to CEO Mark Zuckerberg, warns of the social media giant's harmful and potentially irreversible effects on society. McNamee, managing director of the private equity firm Elevation Partners, joins "CBS This Morning" to discuss the argument he makes in a new Washington Monthly essay, "How to fix Facebook -- before it fixes us." He claims Facebook has prioritized advertisers and not protected users. From CBS This Morning.
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Facebook confirmed that a Russian troll farm spent $100,000 on ads that could have reached American voters. Here's what $100,000 can buy you on Facebook. From CNNMoney.