“Looks like Zuckerberg Lied to Congress”

The New York Times is reporting that Facebook had “far-reaching data partnerships” with roughly sixty mobile phone manufacturers that allowed them to obtain private Facebook user data without their permission. The list of device manufacturers includes Apple, Blackberry, Samsung and Microsoft, and the agreements allowed them to harvest Facebook user information like relationship status, religion […]

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Facebook and Twitter Announce Stricter Rules for Political Ads

Facebook and Twitter have announced new measures aimed at combating efforts by foreign sources to interfere in U.S. elections. The moves target the kind of efforts used by Russian-linked agents in the 2016 presidential election and largely aim to increase transparency around political ads and the people that pay for them. All political and issue […]

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Cambridge Analytica to Shut Down, Possibly Retool

Controversial data research firm Cambridge Analytica announced it was shutting its doors this week. The company uses psychometrics, the study of human characteristics to predict human behavior. It’s best known for harvesting the personal information of some 87 million Facebook users, unbeknownst to them, and allegedly using that information to sway votes in the U.S. […]

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Facebook Spent $20 Million on Zuckerberg Security in 3 Years

Facebook is paying $9 million to protect its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. The figure was revealed in a public filing that shows the social media giant increased the amount paid to secure Zuckerburg more than 50%, going from $5.8 million spent in 2016 to the $9 million figure last year. In all, Facebook has paid over […]

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Vladimir Putin Responds to Facebook Shutting Down 270 Russian Accounts Involved in Scandal

Social media giant Facebook has announced the deletion of more than 270 accounts reportedly operated by the Internet Research Agency, a Russian disinformation operation. All in all, 138 pages, seventy-five accounts and sixty-five Instagram accounts to tide the IRA were removed. “The IRA has repeatedly used complex networks of inauthentic accounts to deceive and manipulate […]

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Facebook Announces Restrictions on Data Access, Admits Number of Accounts Breached Closer to 87 Million

Facebook, in announcing significant changes to its information-sharing features with third-party app developers, has announced that up to 87 million Facebook users – mostly in the U.S. – have had their information inappropriately harvested by political data research firm Cambridge Analytica. The number was previously reported as 50 million by the company. Cambridge Analytica uses […]

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Leaked Memo Seems to Confirm Worst Fears About Facebook

A leaked memo has caused an uproar at Facebook by employees who are both upset about the memo and others who are upset it leaked. In the memo, Andrew Bosworth, a Facebook vice president wrote that Facebook’s growth rate is the company’s top priority, and that everything else was secondary. Even privacy, and even the […]

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