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Facebook has joined Craigslist founder Craig Newmark and a host of organizations to combat the problem of fake news. The $14 million News Integrity Initiative is spearheaded by Newmark and will fund research and projects related to improving news literacy and trust in journalism. The group will also put on events with industry experts. The Ford Foundation, the Democracy Fund, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, the Tow Foundation, web-browser maker Mozilla and New York-based startup incubator Betaworks are part of the project, which will run out of the City University of New York's journalism school. "Consumers want news we can trust. I know I do, but trust works both ways," Newmark told Fortune. "We have to put some demands on news orgs that they be as transparent as possible." – FORTUNE

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A 24-year-old broadcasted a "suicide tutorial" on Facebook before plunging to his death from the 19th floor of the hotel Taj Lands End in Mumbai on Monday. Security guards heard a loud thud and then found his body. In the tutorial, Arjun Bhardwaj, outlined four steps: "Step 1, write notes to people...step 2, get drunk, Step 3...enjoy the view, Step 4...have bacon pasta." In the video, he is in a bathrobe, smoking and drinking from a bottle of wine. "See you guys on the other side," is the last thing he says before the video ends. He used a chair to break the double-pane window. – NDTV

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Facebook wants women and ethnic minorities to account for at least 33 percent of law firms working on its legal matters. Law firms must also show that they “actively identify and create clear and measurable leadership opportunities for women and minorities” when they represent the company in litigation and other legal matters. “Firms typically do what their clients want,” said Facebook’s general counsel, Colin Stretch. “And we want to see them win our cases and create opportunities for women and people of color. We think the firms are ready — our articulation gives not just permission but a mandate.” Facebook has faced criticism for the number of women and minorities that it employs. Blacks and Hispanics last July accounted for 3 percent of its senior leadership, respectively, and women made up an additional 27 percent. – NEW YORK TIMES

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A new chat bot on Facebook is helping women speak out about equal pay in the workplace. The chat bot launched Tuesday to mark Equal Pay Day. Overall, women make 80 cents for every dollar a white man makes. Latina and black women, respectively, make 54 and 63 cents. The bot asks for your employer's zip code, your job title, and the number of years you've been in that position to learn more about your raise prospects. The bot then shares an average salary specific to your role and location. Facebook in 2017 plans to unveil several group bots, in an attempt to engage users on specific topics. Facebook users can find the chat bots by searching Facebook for "Ask Cindy Gallop" or by using this direct Messenger link. – MASHABLE

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Two teenage boys were arrested earlier this week for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl that was streamed on Facebook Live. The two boys, 14 and 15, were among the five or six that authorities say assaulted the Chicago girl. The attack was viewed by about 40 people. Chicago police officials said more arrests are expected as the investigation continues. The girl was assaulted after she was lured into the basement of a building near her home in the Lawndale neighborhood. “The victim knew one of the offenders,” Chicago Police Cmdr. Brendan Deenihan said. “I don’t want to go too much into detail, but I’m going to say she was lured into the residence, and then from there she was not allowed to leave and she didn’t consent to what occurred.” – CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

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The New York state Court of Appeals ruled against Facebook on Tuesday, saying that the company doesn't have the right to challenge search warrants for hundreds of user accounts. Manhattan prosecutors sought search warrants in 2013 for the accounts of 381 people as part of a disability benefits fraud case against New York City police and fire retirees. Facebook challenged the warrants, but the courts sided with prosecutors, saying it is up to individual users to challenge warrants seeking their information. – LEDGE INQUIRER

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A 22-year-old man must pay his ex-girlfriend $600,000 after he posted "revenge porn," a secretly recorded video of him and his girlfriend engaged in a sexual act, on Facebook. "I had no knowledge that it was taking place and yet I still felt incredibly embarrassed and ashamed this had happened to me and I felt incredibly anxious and scared about how far this would go, about how far onto the internet this would get," the unidentified victim told WXYZ-TV Channel 7 News. Attorney Kyle Bristow, who represented the victim said it is "dangerous, stupid, and costly" for ex-boyfriends to engage in revenge pornography. The defendant's wages will likely be garnished to recover the settlement amount. – MACOMB DAILY

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