Facebook Closes 32 Accounts it Says Was Spreading Fake News

Facebook announced it has removed thirty-two accounts from both the Facebook and Instagram platforms that were involved in what it calls inauthentic behavior. The company did not attribute the activity to any group or country but said some of the activity discovered was consistent with behavior exhibited by Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA). Facebook says […]

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Facebook Document Dump Reveals Dozens of Companies Obtained User Data

Facebook made it known to Congress that it has shared user data with fifty-two IT companies – makers of both hardware and software. The revelation was made in a document dump of more than 700 pages to the House Energy and Commerce Committee late in the day on Friday. The cache of documents consisted of […]

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“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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