Oculus co-founder Palmer Luckey is leaving Facebook

The 24-year-old Luckey became a controversial figure after he reluctantly admitted to helping fund an internet trolling group supporting Donald Trump. Luckey apologized and has remained largely out of sight since then, although he testified in a lawsuit against Oculus by gaming company ZeniMax, which won a $50 million judgment against him. It’s unclear what Luckey’s role has been since Oculus reorganized late last year, but Oculus and Facebook insisted that Luckey was still with the company at that time. More recently, fellow co-founder Brendan Iribe said Luckey was “still working in an active capacity” on his team at Oculus. Apparently, that’s no longer true.

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Snapchat is becoming a search engine

Facebook has spent the better part of a year copying key aspects of Snapchat’s products; now it seems Snapchat is returning the favor. The “camera company” announced today that it is revamping the way users search for Stories—the daily photos and videos that people and brands post to their accounts—as well as opening up a new advertising revenue stream.

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Facebook Pins a Scarlet Letter to Fake News

A process to tag fake news with a warning label. Facebook has made arrangements with a network of fact-checking organizations. The organizations will vet stories that surface through user reports and indications that Facebook’s algorithm will sniff out. If the organizations — which themselves are identified by the non-profit Poynter Institute as signatories of its International Fact Checking Code of Principles — dispute the claims in the story, Facebook will label it as “disputed,” and put a “flag” on it that links to the fact checker’s explanation. The fact checkers involved in this initial part of the program are Snopes, Politifact, Factcheck.org, and ABC News’ fact-checking initiative. Mosseri says those organizations are taking on this task as part of their mission, and Facebook isn’t paying them.

About time. (This article is by Steven Levy, so read it all, it’s worth it.)

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Facebook Buys Stolen Passwords

Facebook has admitted that it trolls the black market for stolen passwords in an effort to beef up its own security and protect its users who may use the same password across multiple online accounts.

It’s a pragmatic thing to do.

Update: speaking of Facebook, what’s the matter with everyone’s being dead?

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