Cybercriminals are using Meta’s Llama 2 AI, according to CrowdStrike

Yuichiro Chino/Getty Images Cybercrime outfits have taken fledgling steps to use generative AI to stage attacks, including Meta’s Llama 2 large language model, according to cybersecurity firm CrowdStrike in its annual Global Threat Report, published Wednesday. The group Scattered Spider made use of Meta’s large language model to generate scripts for Microsoft’s PowerShell task automation program, reports … Read more

Meta’s not happy with its bill for enforcing the EU’s tough new DSA

Meta is challenging a fee it must pay EU regulators tasked with enforcing tough new content moderation rules required by the Digital Services Act (DSA), Reuters reports. Although the fee is capped at 0.05 percent of a company’s profits, Meta isn’t happy that loss-making companies won’t have to pay while it’s on the hook for … Read more

What Meta’s Fediverse Plans Mean for Threads Users

Rachel Lambert, a product manager at Meta, started her company’s journey towards interoperability by breaking Adam Mosseri’s Threads account. In December, Meta activated a test where users could follow the head of Instagram’s Threads feed on an open-source social media platform, Mastodon. But when users tried to view Mosseri’s posts over on Mastodon, nothing showed … Read more

Meta’s Quest headsets add spatial video and pinch controls to compete with Vision Pro

The Meta Quest 3 will soon give wearers the ability to easily view spatial videos as well as use new pinching gestures for control, features that are similar to what you’ll find in Apple’s much more expensive Vision Pro headset that launches this week. Both changes are starting to roll out gradually as part of … Read more

Meta’s free Code Llama AI programming tool closes the gap with GPT-4

Meta’s latest update to its code generation AI model, Code Llama 70B, is “the largest and best-performing model” yet. Code Llama tools launched in August and are free for both research and commercial use. According to a post on Meta’s AI blog, Code Llama 70B can handle more queries than previous versions, which means developers can … Read more

Mark Zuckerberg on Meta’s big AI reorg to build AGI

Going forward, Joelle Pineau, the VP who leads FAIR, and Yann LeCun, chief AI scientist, will report to Meta’s chief product officer, Chris Cox. They previously reported to CTO Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth, who leads the Reality Labs division.  “With this change, we elevate the importance of AI research as an essential ingredient to the long-term … Read more

Can a claustrophobic guy with glasses learn to stop worrying and love Meta’s Quest 3?

David Gewirtz/ZDNET If you’ve been paying any attention at all to ZDNET for the past half year or so, you know that one of the trends we find most intriguing is XR, the acronym used because AR/VR/MR (for augmented reality, virtual reality, and mixed reality) is just too cumbersome. Like generative AI, XR in 2023 … Read more

Meta’s censorship of Palestine content is ‘systemic,’ Human Rights Watch finds

Meta has engaged in “systemic online censorship” and its “policies and practices have been silencing voices in support of Palestine” amid the war in Gaza, according to a new report by Human Rights Watch. In the 51-page study published Wednesday, the human rights organization concluded the tech giant’s content moderation policies have “censored or otherwise … Read more

Oversight Board Criticizes Meta’s Automated Moderation in Israel-Hamas War

Today, Meta’s Oversight Board released its first emergency decision about content moderation on Facebook, spurred by the conflict between Israel and Hamas. The two cases center around two pieces of content posted on Facebook and Instagram: one depicting the aftermath of a strike on Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza and the other showing the kidnapping of … Read more