The problem with Facebook’s attempt to be more like Nextdoor

Facebook is becoming a bit more like Nextdoor in an effort to boost its groups feature. The only problem is that Facebook appears to be borrowing one of Nextdoor’s more controversial concepts: giving more power to community moderators.

On Wednesday, the company announced it was making a major enhancement to the powers of its groups’ community moderators. Now, administrators can do a number of new things, like automatically block certain people from commenting in conversations based on factors like how long they’ve been a member of the group. Facebook says the new tools are meant to help “admins play a …

Heads Up: We Got Early Intel on Amazon Prime Day Luggage Deals

In the off chance you haven’t heard, Amazon Prime Day 2021 kicks off on June 21—that’s this coming Monday. If this is your first go-around—welcome!—you’re in for a whirlwind ride. Prime Day can get a little crazy around these parts, so to help you stay on top of the ongoing savings extravaganza, we connected with our undercover source in the retailer’s Seattle HQ to scoop some quality intel on all the best deals going down. Listen, we said, through our specially encrypted messaging platform. Folks are getting antsy. Travel is picking up again, and they’re going to need some

Live Updates: Putin Arrives to Meet Biden as Summit Is Set to Begin

President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin at the Villa La Grange in Geneva on Wednesday.
Credit…Doug Mills/The New York Times

President Biden and President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia emerged from their first in-person summit Wednesday and offered broad claims of good will, but it was clear that on issues ranging from cyberattacks to human rights, the two countries remain profoundly divided.

“There has been no hostility,” Mr. Putin said as he met with reporters after the summit in Geneva. “On the contrary, our meeting took place in a constructive spirit.”


Biden Names U.S. Ambassador Nominees to Israel and Mexico

WASHINGTON — President Biden on Tuesday announced his long-awaited first slate of ambassadors, including his nominees for key posts to Mexico, Israel and NATO, as he made his first trip abroad since taking office.

Mr. Biden also named Chesley B. Sullenberger III, the pilot who executed a water landing off Midtown Manhattan after a dual engine failure brought his plane plummeting toward earth, as his nominee for ambassador to the Council of the International Civil Aviation Organization.

Among the nine nominees announced were Ken Salazar, a former Colorado senator who served as the interior secretary during the Obama administration, as