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Facebook Removes Ads From Far-Right Gaming Group

Nearly eight months after Facebook removed Britain First–a far-right, fascist organization, from the platform for hate speech and violating its community standards–ads from the group began surfacing on the platform. Facebook recently removed Britain First ads petitioning to stop a mosque from being built in the U.K. The ads were posted during the holiday season on a gaming page by Political Gamers TV, a network dedicated to “gamers worldwide who wish no limits on speech.” Political Gamers TV is calling the removal of the ads “political discrimination” and plans to sue Facebook, according to the BBC. Facebook has made a growing effort to remove accounts, ads, and groups that violate its community standards. In November, Facebook removed alt-right group Proud Boys , its followers, and founder, Gavin McInnes, from using Facebook groups and Instagram after being linked to violent protests in New York. Facebook is one of many social media platforms and other websites cracking down on...

Arriana McLymore

Jan 9, 2019

You Can Now Have 250-person Chat Rooms On Facebook

Facebook Groups is letting users create 250-person chats — and it might not be as bad as it sounds. The chats will center around Facebook Groups’ sub-topics and will enable audio and video calls of up to 50 people. There’s no need to worry about a slew of chat notifications. Facebook sends an initial invitation letting group members know that a chat is starting and members have to manually join the discussion to receive further notifications. The company is also letting group administrators control how chats are created and have the ultimate control to delete a chat. Facebook users can also turn off notifications for chats or opt to only be notified when they are mentioned. Facebook has been looking for more ways to integrate Messenger and Groups. Other apps like Instagram and WhatsApp have found more ways to upgrade their chat features; however, Facebook’s is unique in offering sub-topics to its groups. iPhones also joined the wave of group connectivity when it began offering group...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 12, 2018