Facebook's moderation team disabled over 14,000 accounts just in January 2017 for guideline violations involving revenge porn and sexual extortion. The Guardian, which gained access to leaked Facebook moderator documents, reports 33 of the cases involved children.
Facebook is again going to miss its target for the launch of original shows on the social network, reports Recode. The first set of original content was supposed to arrive in the spring, yet we may not see any shows until sometime in the middle of the summer.
Google has created an interactive site intended to help people understand the Syrian war and the country's massive refugee crisis. Its new "Searching for Syria" website was created through Google's charitable arm, which worked with the UN. It combines text, charts, and images.
ExtraTorrent, a torrent site second only to The Pirate Bay in size, has shut down permanently. The site hosted a large index of pirated content for years and a full explanation for the shutdown wasn't provided. The team behind the site closed the service without warning.
Internal documents from Facebook have leaked, revealing the network's content moderation tactics. The documents outline Facebook's methods for dealing with hate speech, terrorism, pornography, self-harm, and other problematic content. Some of the policies are controversial.
The Senate voted in favor of rolling back browser data privacy protections in April, but now certain protections could be restored. A new bill, known as the BROWSER Act (Balancing the Rights of Web Surfers Equally and Responsibly), would require user opt-in.
Facebook's livestreaming has largely been devoid of any gaming content, but that's beginning to change. The social network is going to become home to livestreams of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive events. ESL, a major eSports company, has signed a deal with Facebook.
Live MLB baseball games will be streamed on Facebook on a weekly basis. Those games will air on Friday beginning this week. The first game is the Rockies vs. the Reds at 7:10 a.m. ET and it'll be available here. All US users can view the live baseball content.
Even though most of the comments received by the FCC were in favor of net neutrality, the agency has voted to overturn regulations. A 2-1 vote on Thursday came down in favor of a rollback. This begins the process of eliminating certain rules and changing the way ISPs are treated.
Popular crowdfunding site Patreon has doubled in size during the past year. It now has 1 million active monthly patrons and 50,000 active creators. Between those users, Patreon will pay out $150 million to creators during the course of 2017. It's become a go-to funding source.
Google for Jobs, a service that'll be available "in the coming weeks," was introduced by CEO Sundar Pichai at I/O 2017. The app functions as a job search engine, helping people easily search across multiple career sites. Listings from sites like Monster and LinkedIn are included.
If Apple Music were to include a free streaming tier like Spotify does, Apple executive Jimmy Iovine believes the app would have hundreds of millions of users. During an interview with Music Business Worldwide, Iovine said it'd "have 400 million people on it" with a free tier.
Chelsea Manning, a former US Army soldier who leaked classified documents to WikiLeaks, is out of prison. She's been released after spending seven years in prison. Manning was convicted of espionage and aiding the enemy in 2013. Manning received a 35-year sentence.
Facebook has partnered with The Trevor Project, a suicide hotline aimed at young people in the LGBTQ community. With the partnership, more suicide prevention tools will become available in Messenger. It'll be easier for people to connect with The Trevor Project as a result.
France's Commission Nationale de l'infromatique (CNIL) has fined Facebook $166,000 for violating the country's digital privacy regulations. The fine is in response to an update to Facebook's terms in 2014. That update included an expansion of off-site tracking.
Google and a group of partners are extending Project Link into a new initiative called CSquared, which will work to improve Africa's broadband infrastructure. Project Link was introduced by Google in Uganda in 2013 to assist ISPs and mobile networks in the country.
Of the many pornographic categories featured on PornHub, virtual reality is growing faster than any other. The site has released new user figures that reveal content in Pornhub's VR section receives 500,000 views per day. VR content launched last year.
Bob Iger, CEO of Disney, told ABC staff today that hackers appear to have stolen Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. They're reportedly threatening to release the film in 20-minute chunks unless Disney pays a ransom in Bitcoin. Disney is refusing to pay.
Seven new channels have joined YouTube's streaming service. YouTube TV is now offering AMC, BBC America, and Telemundo as part of its $35 per month offer. It's also offering Universo, Sundance TV, We TV, and IFC. The service now includes 46 cable channels.