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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Cambridge Analytica Releases Extended Statement About Role the Data Reseach Firm Played in the 2016 Presidential Election

Cambridge Analytica, the data research firm, has issued an extended statement explaining the types of data the firm used, and didn’t use, during the 2016 presidential election. The firm started working for the Trump campaign in June 2016. It has been under fire after revelations were made that it, along with another firm, Global Science […]

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Cambridge Analytica Parent Company Bragged About Foreign Election Interference in Promotional Materials

The parent company of data research firm Cambridge Analytica, Strategic Communications Laboratories, has bragged about interference-tactics in foreign elections according to promotional materials published by the company. SCL, and its subsidiary, use psychometrics, the study of human characteristics to predict human behavior. They then use information gleaned from things like personality tests to help create […]

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McCabe’s Gone and Facebook Tries to Explain

Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week in a surprising but not entirely unexpected move.  Similarly, we’ve learned more about the role big data has played in the 2016 election, especially on the social media platform Facebook.  In this episode we discuss the circumstances surrounding McCabe’s firing and why our […]

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