Facebook Messenger will now try to fight scammers without reading your messages
May21

Facebook Messenger will now try to fight scammers without reading your messages

Facebook Messenger is rolling out a new tool to prevent scammers and imposters on its platform. The company will use artificial intelligence to help identify these potential bad actors and provide safety notices to users about messages from shady accounts. This represents the latest example of Facebook employing automation to address its myriad content moderation problems. The company also says it brings Messenger closer to being...

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Why Instagram’s co-founders made a site to track how fast the coronavirus is spreading
Apr21

Why Instagram’s co-founders made a site to track how fast the coronavirus is spreading

Over the weekend, Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger launched rt.live, a website that calculates how fast the coronavirus is spreading in each state. This might seem like a surprising move for two people who became rich and famous for building a photo-sharing app. Then again, they also know a thing or two about metrics and algorithms. While the numbers of cases and deaths are important metrics, these figures lag...

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Coronavirus scammers are flooding social media with fake cures and tests
Apr17

Coronavirus scammers are flooding social media with fake cures and tests

For years, Timothy Mackey has been researching the sale of opioids and illicit drugs online, tracking how dealers have used social media to push controlled substances. But over the past few weeks, the UC San Diego public health researcher has found himself in the bowels of the internet, trying to track the black market for fake Covid-19 tests and treatments. It turns out the two realms of drug-dealing share some similar scams. The...

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Facebook will start nudging users who have “liked” coronavirus hoaxes
Apr16

Facebook will start nudging users who have “liked” coronavirus hoaxes

Facebook just announced another step in trying to set the record straight about misleading information about the novel coronavirus on its platform. In the coming weeks, the company will start directing people who have previously “liked,” reacted, or commented on “harmful misinformation” about Covid-19 to information from more authoritative sources, such as a myth-busters website by the World Health Organization (WHO). This represents...

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Apple and Google want to turn your phone into a Covid-tracking machine
Apr10

Apple and Google want to turn your phone into a Covid-tracking machine

Just when you were wondering why the world’s biggest tech companies weren’t doing more to fight the coronavirus pandemic, Apple and Google made a big announcement: They are joining forces to build an opt-in contact-tracing tool using Bluetooth technology that could help public health officials track the spread of Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The new tool brings with it not only hope for a quicker end to the...

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