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The Verge 2017 tech report card: Facebook


Facebook entered 2017 stronger than it ever had, but with its reputation smeared. During the US presidential election, Facebook had been manipulated by profiteers and Russian agents, who flooded it with fake news and posts meant to inflame partisan divides. Beset by public-relations crises, Facebook spent this year trying to win back the public’s trust, with uneven results.

Facebook’s most consistent public release this year may have been the apology. It apologized for letting Russians buy election ads. It apologized after a Palestinian man after his post of “good morning” was mistranslated as “attack them” in Hebrew, leading to his arrest. It apologized to a black activist whose account was suspended a…

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