Hundreds of Russia-Linked Trolls Ejected From Facebook, Instagram

Facebook has deleted 70 user accounts and 138 pages, as well as 65 Instagram accounts it says were controlled by a Kremlin-funded network specializing in fake news, the company announced Tuesday. The pages were linked to the Internet Research Agency, a Russian troll farm known for pushing ads aimed at American voters with divisive messages about social … Read more

Stephen Colbert Proposes Amish Version of Facebook to Remedy Privacy Concerns (Video)

Stephen Colbert has a solution for #DeleteFacebook-ers who want to escape from the social network’s data collection but still enjoy the things they like about it: Amishbook, or Facebook, “without the electricity.” Colbert brought up Facebook’s ongoing data-management PR problem at the top of Friday night’s episode of “The Late Show,” saying that “we’ve learned … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg ‘Strongly’ Disagrees With Leaked ‘Ugly’ Memo from Facebook VP

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is distancing himself from an unearthed 2016 memo, where VP Andrew “Boz” Bosworth told employees that connecting the world is paramount, despite a “questionable” growth strategy that might have tragic consequences. “Boz is a talented leader who says many provocative things. This was one that most people at Facebook including myself … Read more

Facebook VP Says He Doesn’t Agree With Own ‘Ugly’ Memo That Pushes Aggressive Growth Tactics

Minutes after BuzzFeed released a 2016 internal memo where Facebook Vice President Andrew “Boz” Bosworth argued growth is paramount — even considering the company’s “questionable” practices and “subtle language” — he pushed back against his own words. “I don’t agree with the post today and I didn’t agree with it even when I wrote it,” … Read more

Here’s How to Quit Facebook and Delete Your Account

The revelation that data firm Cambridge Analytica gained access to the personal information of 50 million Facebook users without their approval has caused many Americans to consider leaving the social network. The New York Times reported Monday that Cambridge Analytica had purchased leaked user data for millions of Americans from a third party, in order … Read more

British Authorities to Seek Warrant to Search Cambridge Analytica’s Databases and Servers

CEO of Cambridge Analytica Alexander Nix speaks at the 2016 Concordia Summit, New York City /Getty British Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham told Britain’s Channel 4 News on Monday that her office will seek a warrant to search the offices of Cambridge Analytica. Denham said she issued “demand for access” to the London-based political consulting firm on March … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg Is Russia, Trump and Cambridge Analytica’s Useful Idiot

What I’d like to know is why any of us are on Facebook anymore. I’d also like to know when we are going to stop treating Mark Zuckerberg like some benevolent potentate in the magical land of Tech, and start holding him responsible for what he is, and what he has done to our democracy. … Read more

US Attorney General to Investigate Facebook Over Data Leak to Group Linked to Trump Campaign

Politicians in Congress and Parliament are demanding Facebook testify as to how a conservative political data firm with ties to Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign collected profiles from more than 50 million unsuspecting Facebook users to target voters during the presidential election. According to The New York Times and The Observer, Cambridge Analytica, which was founded … Read more

Elizabeth Olsen to Exec Produce, Star in Facebook Dramedy Series

Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images Elizabeth Olsen is headed to the small screen — the really small screen. The actress is set to star in and executive produce a dramedy picked up by Facebook. The half-hour, female-driven show has been given a 10-episode, straight-to-series order by the social media giant. The untitled project — which … Read more

Independent Films Are ‘Alive and Well’ Because of Digital Platforms, Indie Experts Say

Ryan McMahill Independent film is actually “alive and well,” digital experts said at TheWrap’s Industry Panel at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. When speaking to TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief and CEO Sharon Waxman, Joe Pichirallo, a veteran studio executive, producer and film educator, said that digital platforms have made things “more accessible and democratic” for independent filmmakers. “Back then, … Read more