Facebook signs pact with Washington state to end discriminatory ad practices

Before Facebook began changing its third-party advertising platform, advertisers had been allowed to exclude users based on race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion and other categories.
Jul 25, 2018

Outcry over ‘racist’ Nivea ad: critics call for diversity in advertising industry

The "White is purity" ad was pulled after a social media outcry. But it wasn't the first time Nivea was called out for insensitive advertising.
Apr 21, 2017
The "Wall" at Facebook headquarters, where employees have been reprimanded for crossing out "Black Lives Matter." (Photo from Flickr by Quim Gil)

No really, Facebook has black friends!

Does it violate Facebook community standards to repost racist messages you're sent on the through the site? Black users say they're being banned for it.
Oct 31, 2016

U.S. Customs proposes adding social media information to visa applications

Critics say though the social media information is optional under the proposal, many would provide it for fear of being denied entry to the U.S.
Jun 29, 2016

Are Facebook’s Free Basics for the developing world as great as they sound?

A recent ban in India on Facebook's Free Basics and similar services has reignited dialogue on net neutrality and Internet access equity.
Feb 29, 2016
Selam Zecharias, an intern at Facebook's Seattle office, is interviewed in the office "hot tub," About one percent of Facebook employees are African-American. (Photo by Ken Lamber / The Seattle Times)

Facebook’s first Habesha reflects on her refugee roots

With the help of an innovative internship program, Eritrean refugee Selam Zecharias found a place in a Seattle tech world dominated by white men.
Nov 21, 2014

Facebook’s new gender identities exclude non-English Speakers

Last week, Facebook introduced 58 different gender identity options. But they're only available to U.S. English-speaking users.
Feb 20, 2014
Egyptian protesters in Tahrir Square in 2011 celebrate Facebook's contribution to the Arab Spring. (Photo by Essam Sharaf via Flickr)

“Why don’t you like my post?” Americans keep it apolitical on Facebook

Millions of people around the globe are on Facebook. But when she moved to Northwest from Sri Lanka earlier this year, Frederica Jansz found out that the way people post here is completely different.
Aug 21, 2013

Your hitchhiking days are over, young lady!

Technology is great. But has too much connection with home spoiled the freedom of travel?
Apr 19, 2013

North Korea wants to be your Facebook friend

It may be the ‘hermit kingdom’ but North Korea has a growing internet presence and a social media strategy.
Apr 16, 2013

Facebook co-founder claims globalist status to avoid taxes

Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin is catching heat from US senators for renouncing his American citizenship to avoid taxes. Saverin was born in Brazil, moved to the US at age 11, became a citizen at 16, and founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg while at Harvard. Then after all that stuff you saw in The Social Network […]
May 18, 2012

Guilt by friend request: How the war on terror came to my facebook

My finger froze over the mouse as I squinted at a blurry photo of a young Pakistani man holding an AK-47 on my Facebook page.  “Confirm friend request,” the cheerful blue font suggested. I closed the window and sighed, saving the decision for another morning. The obvious answer here—the one I got from everyone I […]
Feb 27, 2012

Seattle Egyptians celebrate revolution, but keep up fight for freedom back home

In the Egyptian capital of Cairo, thousands have flooded into Tahir Square to mark the one-year anniversary of the revolution which overthrew dictator Hosni Mubarak. This photo of the packed square is getting heavy play on  Facebook profiles worldwide. Despite the celebration, it’s been a long year for Egypt. When Mubarak left, the military took […]
Jan 25, 2012