The Interface - Issue #3

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It was a big news day for Facebook on two fronts. Lawmakers agreed to release the Facebook ads bought
 

The Interface

October 11 · Issue #3 · View online
An evening newsletter about Facebook, social networks, and democracy.

It was a big news day for Facebook on two fronts. Lawmakers agreed to release the Facebook ads bought by the Russians, and said they are working to gather information about organic posts shared by the 470 Russia-linked pages known to have bought ads. Sheryl Sandberg is in Washington meeting with lawmakers in advance of public testimony, and she’ll be talking with Axios’ Mike Allen on Thursday morning in a live-streamed interview. Also, uh, tonight’s South Park is about misinformation on Facebook.
I published a piece about a less-discussed aspect of Facebook’s ad platform: the way that polarizing messages can travel faster and cheaper than more centrist ones. It’s something campaigns are only beginning to reckon with — and something whose effects, as with so many Facebook-related things, are poorly understood.
Meanwhile, Oculus Connect 4 kicked off in San Jose with a talk from Mark Zuckerberg, who promised to connect 1 billion people in Facebook VR. There was a ton of product news as well. 
Let’s get into it.

House Lawmakers Plan to Release Facebook Ads Bought by Russians
Facebook will provide more data on Russian pages, lawmaker says
Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg is meeting with U.S. lawmakers who are investigating Russia’s election interference
Sheryl Sandberg talks to Axios' Mike Allen at 9A ET Thursday
How Facebook rewards polarizing political ads
We Asked Facebook 12 Questions About the Election, and Got 5 Answers
Tonight's South Park is about ... misinformation on Facebook
How Russian content ended up on Pinterest
Hot take
Pierre Omidyar: 6 ways social media has become a direct threat to democracy
Also
Facebook Just Shared The First Data About How Effective Its Fake News Label Is
Facebook and Instagram were down in parts of the US and Europe
Oculus Connect 4
How virtual reality developers are surviving the hype cycle
Mark Zuckerberg: ‘We want to get a billion people in virtual reality’
Oculus announces new $199 self-contained VR headset called Oculus Go, shipping in 2018
Oculus reveals new standalone Santa Cruz headset design with improved controllers
Introducing Oculus Dash - YouTube
Oculus Rift is getting a customizable VR home room and desktop apps
Facebook announces Venues app, coming next year, to let users experience events together
Facebook adds new creative and video streaming features to its VR hangout app
Oculus is now selling its Rift headset to businesses with a new bundle
Elsewhere
Teens love Snapchat
Twitter Bots Are Trying To Influence You. These Six Charts Show You How To Spot One.
And finally ...
How Facebook Outs Sex Workers
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