The VICE Guide to Right Now

Facebook and Twitter Aren’t Even Pretending to Take the FEC Seriously Anymore

Representatives for both companies all but ghosted an FEC-hosted discussion about what the platforms are doing to fight misinformation and foreign interference in 2020.
David Uberti
2 days ago

France Took One Look at Facebook's Cryptocurrency and Said 'Hell Non'

France has blocked Libra over concerns it could destabilize the French economy by privatizing money and undermining the euro.
David Gilbert
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Study Finds Period Tracking Apps May Be Sharing Intimate Details with Facebook

Facebook also wants to know “if you are feeling happy, anxious or excited". And knowing when you are in a vulnerable state of mind means advertisers can strategically target you.
Meera Navlakha

Thieves Used Audio Deepfake of a CEO to Steal $243,000

The heist is just a preview of how unprepared we are for AI-powered cybercrime.
Edward Ongweso Jr

Facebook Dating Will Disrupt the Dating App Space (But Not For You)

Unless you have an Instagram crush you’ve been dying to talk to.
John Paul Brammer

Facebook Just Announced $10 Million ‘Deepfakes Detection Challenge’

A dataset will be released as part of a public contest launched by Facebook and its partners to develop technology for detecting fake, algorithmically-generated videos.
Samantha Cole
The VICE Guide to Right Now

Instagram Is Creating a New ‘Safe Space’ for Your Close Friends

And it all sounds a bit dystopian.
Douglas Greenwood

Clueless Celebrities Are Making an Instagram Hoax Go Viral

Countless users are sharing a version of an Instagram post that falsely claims the platform will “disclose" after an unspecified time “tomorrow.”
Caroline Haskins
Hong Kong

How China Used Facebook and Twitter to Bombard Hong Kong With Propaganda

The platforms suspended hundreds of accounts they say were used in a state-run campaign to discredit pro-democracy protests.
Tim Hume
Social Media

Facebook Said It Wasn't Listening to Your Conversations. It Was.

Facebook's excuse? All the other tech companies were doing it, too.
David Gilbert
In Moderation

Facebook and YouTube Are Failing to Detect Terrorist Content in Arabic

"Jihadists are aware that Arabic, in addition to considering it a sacred language, provides a linguistic firewall which their adversaries find difficult to penetrate."
Moustafa Ayad

Inside the Weird Facebook Group Where People Roleplay as Baby Boomers

"A group where we all pretend to be boomers" is just the tip of the iceberg for the increasingly unhinged trend where people post as anyone but themselves.
Dominique Sisley