Facebook bans “cloaking” of spam sites that fool filters

 “Cloaking” sounds sci-fi but it’s actually a trick used today by spammers to show content moderators or search engine spiders an innocent looking version of their site while real visitors just see ads and scams. For example, some spammers try to fool Facebook’s review team and tech by showing any of its staffers’ IP addresses […]

Facebook requests input on hard questions about fake news and censorship

 How should Facebook decide what’s allowed on its social network, and how to balance safety and truth with diverse opinions and cultural norms? Facebook wants your feedback on the toughest issues it’s grappling with, so today it published a list of seven “hard questions” and an email address — hardquestions@fb.com — where you can send feedback and… […]

Facebook cracks down on fake live videos

 Facebook is banning misleading uses of its Live video format. The company tells TechCrunch that it’s adding a section to its Live API Facebook Platform Policy that reads “Don’t use the API to publish only images (ex: don’t publish static, animated, or looping images), or to live-stream polls associated with unmoving or ambient broadcasts.” Videos […]

Crunch Report | Comcast Launches Xfinity XFi

 Today’s Stories  Comcast invests in mesh router maker Plume, launches Xfinity xFi for managing your home’s wireless network John Oliver reminds us that Net Neutrality is still under siege Facebook culls ‘tens of thousands’ of fake accounts ahead of UK election Amazon to control 70 percent of the voice-controlled speaker market this year Food startup […]