Facebook Will Pause Ads Promoting Weapons Accessories and Protective Equipment Until After Biden’s Inauguration

Illustration: Christophe Simon / AFP (Getty Images) Facebook announced on Saturday that it was banning ads that promote weapons accessories and protective equipment until Jan. 22, after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, “out of an abundance of caution.” The company’s announcement came after a Buzzfeed News investigation found that Facebook was delivering ads for body armor,…

Unlike Airbnb, Vrbo Reportedly Won’t Cancel D.C. Bookings During Inauguration Week

Photo: Samuel Corum (Getty Images) Airbnb smartly decided earlier this week to cancel all D.C. bookings during inauguration week out of fear of another violent insurrection on the horizon, but its competitor Vrbo is apparently not following suit. As first reported by BuzzFeed News, short-term rental platform Vrbo said in a blog post Friday that…

Bumble Reactivates Political Filter That Women Used to Catfish and Report Capitol Rioters

Photo: Eric Baradat (Getty Images) Man, finding love sure is hard when you’re a domestic terrorist wanted for treason. Dating app Bumble says it has reenabled a feature that lets users filter potential matches based on their political affiliations. Bumble temporarily disabled the filter for U.S. users beginning on Thursday “to prevent misuse” in the…

Bird’s skid detection helps catch reckless scooter riders

The alerts promise to boost safety for both riders and neighborhoods. It’ll increase the chances your next ride has healthy brakes and tires, and should discourage joyriders who might hurt others. The company isn’t alone in detecting scooter abuse. Lime uses accelerometer and speed info tell when you’re riding on the sidewalk, for instance. Unlike…

Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories and military gear

The pause followed warnings of a spike in ads for the accessories in the days following the January 6th Capitol riot. The ads were frequently popping up for people who followed extreme right-wing groups and pages, and often directly addressed the potential violence surrounding Biden’s inauguration. Senators Richard Blumenthal, Sherrod Brown and Tammy Duckworth accused…

Ford delays some Mustang Mach-E orders over ‘quality checks’

Ford technically started Mustang Mach-E deliveries in December, but some drivers will have to wait considerably longer. Electrek has learned that Ford has delayed several hundred deliveries of the electric crossover by up to a month for “additional quality checks.” The brand didn’t elaborate on what issues might have prompted the checks, but said it…

Godzilla vs. Kong Is Hitting Streaming a Bit Earlier Than Expected

Godzilla!Image: Legendary These big friends are ready to fight. They can’t wait. As reported by Deadline, Godzilla vs. Kong, the latest Legendary monster movie and the third Godzilla one, will hit HBO Max a full two months ahead of schedule. Instead of premiering on May 21st, it’ll be showing up on March 26th. This comes…

FAA approves first commercial drone flights with no on-site pilots

The company won the FAA’s trust by testing its technology for four years across eight states — last year, it flew as many as 10 autonomous flights a day to capture agriculture imagery and other data. AR’s drones can only fly in rural areas in Kansas, Massachusetts and Nevada and at altitudes below 400 feet…

Biden elevates science advisor to cabinet role for the first time

It’s not a completely surprising decision. The recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic is at the heart of Biden’s initial strategy, and a life sciences expert could be critical to making informed decisions about the novel coronavirus and the vaccines meant to counter it. Biden has asked Lander what the pandemic can teach the US about…