Illinois professor maps how to limit misinformation on Facebook

URBANA – Lawmakers can’t effectively control misinformation on Facebook. What they can do is limit the reach of the social media giant. That’s the perspective of University of Illinois journalism professor Nikki Usher. Usher studies journalism, social media, and misinformation. “The biggest ways that we can get at Facebook that I see as most politically […]

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram go down in major, worldwide outage

Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp platforms were down across wide swathes of the world Monday. Facebook’s internal systems used by employees also went down. The company said it was aware that “some people are having trouble accessing (the) Facebook app” and it was working on restoring access. Regarding the internal failures, Adam Mosseri, the […]

Lawmakers Revisit Data Collection Privacy Laws

SPRINGFIELD – State lawmakers are considering changes to an internet privacy law that recently led to a $650 million settlement between Facebook and more than 1 million of the website’s users in Illinois. A state House judiciary committee advanced House Bill 559 on Tuesday, a measure that would revisit the Biometric Information Privacy Act of 2008, known as BIPA, to […]

217 Today Podcast — Oct. 9, 2020

Apple Podcasts  Spotify Podcasts  Google Podcasts  RSS Link Friday, October 9, 2020 Today’s headlines:  Governor JB Pritzker is warning of painful budget cuts if the graduated income tax plan fails at the polls next month. In August, a tornado ripped through the Walnut Grove Vocational Farm in Kirkland. We get an update on how the farm is […]

News Around Illinois – June 30, 2020

‘We Are Burying Our Future’: Chicago Mayor Mourns Kids’ Deaths From Weekend Shootings Mayor Lori Lightfoot says the last two Mondays she’s woken up with an “incredible sense of dread” after reading emails, text messages and media reports about the number of Chicagoans shot and killed over the weekend. On Monday morning, Lightfoot took a […]

News Around Illinois – May 18, 2020

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More Than 2,000 New COVID-19 Cases In Illinois; 7-Day Rolling Positivity Rate Drops  CHICAGO – Illinois reported 2,088 new COVID-19 cases Saturday, bringing the total to 92,457 in 100 counties in the state. An additional 74 deaths brings the total fatalities to 4,129. The state’s 7-day rolling positivity rate lowered a bit further, at 15% […]