Exposing Cambridge Analytica: ‘It’s been exhausting, exhilarating, and slightly terrifying’

October 9, 2018

Observer reporter Carole Cadwalladr on her investigation into the firm at the centre of a data breach that shamed Facebook and exposed foul play in the EU referendum campaign and US presidential election Earlier this year, The Observer and The Guardian broke the story that became the Mark Zuckerberg who was forced to testify before congress. Facebook has since lost $120 billion from its share price. She won the British…


Its time for Facebook and Twitter to coordinate efforts on hate speech

September 13, 2018

Since the election of Donald Trump in 2016, there has been burgeoning awareness of the abhor speech on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter. While activists have pressured these companies to improve their content temperance, few groups( outside of the German government) have outright sued the platforms for their actions. That’s because of a legal differences between media publications and media platforms that has stirred solving abhor speech online…


Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy

August 29, 2018

A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on republic itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as” substantial concerns” over the risks to” shared values and the soundnes of our democratic institutions “. It’s calling for “urgent action” from government and regulatory bodies to” build resilience against misinformation and disinformation into…


Brussels in EU-wide drive to combat voter manipulation online

August 17, 2018

Initiative will coordinate efforts to tackle fake report and misuse of personal data Brussels is to launch an EU-wide initiative to combat voter manipulation through social media, as concerns develop about the issue ahead of elections to the European parliament next May. Vera Jourova, the justice commissioner, said national governments needed to coordinate their efforts to tackle fake news and the misuse of personal data in micro-targeted political advertising. With…


Its official: Brexit campaign broke the law with social medias help

August 4, 2018

The UK’s Electoral Commission has published the results of a near nine-month-long investigation into Brexit referendum spending and has found that government officials Vote Leave campaign broke the law by breaching election campaign spending limits. It says Vote Leave broke the law including by channeling money to a Canadian data firm, AggregateIQ, to use for targeting political advertise on Facebook’s platform, via undeclared seam working with another Brexit campaign, BeLeave….


Former Cambridge Analytica CEO Faces His Ghosts in Parliament

June 15, 2018

During a nearly four-hour grilling before Parliament Wednesday, Alexander Nix, former CEO of the now defunct data firm Cambridge Analytica, faced the ghosts of his past. In the green-carpeted chamber where the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee interrogated Nix for the second time this year, the audience included Christopher Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee who blew the whistling on the surreptitious harvesting of up to 87 million Facebook…


Cambridge Analyticas Nix said it licensed millions of data points from Acxiom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters

June 13, 2018

The repeat grilling by the U.K. parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad agency at the center of a Facebook data misuse scandal — was not able to shed much new light on what may or may not ought to have going on inside the company. But one nugget of information Nix…


Zuckerberg didnt make any friends in Europe today

June 8, 2018

Speaking in front of EU lawmakers today Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg namechecked the GDPR’s core principles of “control, transparency and accountability” — claiming his corporation will deliver on all that, see Friday, when a new European Union data protection framework, GDPR, starts being applied, finally with penalties worth the enforcement. However there was little transparency or accountability on prove during the session, given the upfront questions format which ascertained Zuckerberg…


Senators Grill Whistleblower on Cambridge Analytica’s Inner Workings

June 4, 2018

In a highly anticipated hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday, lawmakers questioned Christopher Wylie, a former research head for the shadowy political data firm Cambridge Analytica, about the company’s history of privacy violations, its contacts with Russia, and its work with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign. But an even more fundamental question formed the main points of the inquiry: Did all of the black magic Cambridge Analytica sold to…


UK parliaments call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level

May 18, 2018

The UK parliament has issued an impressive ultimatum to Facebook in a last-ditch is making an effort to get Mark Zuckerberg to take its questions: Come and give evidence voluntarily or next time you wing to the UK you’ll get a formal summons to appear. ” Following reports that he will be giving evidence to the European Parliament in May, we would like Mr Zuckerberg to come to London during…


YouTube and Facebook Are Losing Creators to Blockchain-Powered Rivals

May 10, 2018

YouTube followers, but they can’t see most of his new videos there. To get 46 of the 71 weightlifting and competitive-eating videos he’s posted in the past two months, devotees have to use DTube. It looks a lot like YouTube, but video builders rely on gifts from observers instead of ad revenue, and the site’s moderators rarely try to censor potentially offensive substance. Czerwinski, who induced the switch 2 months…


Cambridge University hits back at Zuckerbergs shade

May 8, 2018

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s witnes to the House yesterday was a largely bland concert, punctuated by frequent pretensions not to know or remember certain fundamental aspects of his own business. But he gave a curiously specific and aggressive response to a question from congressman Eliot Engel. Starting from the premise that Facebook had been “deceived” by other players in the data misuse scandal it’s mired in, the congressman wondered whether…


Mark Zuckerberg: There will always be a version of Facebook that is free

May 4, 2018

Today during Mark Zuckerberg’s testimony before the Senate, the Facebook CEO reiterated that” there will always be a version of Facebook that is free .” In the midst of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the user data supplied by up to 87 million people was sold by a third-party developer to Trump Campaign-linked firm Cambridge Analytica, there has been talk of Facebook potentially adding a subscription layer. The scandal…


Zuckerberg Gaslights Congress

April 22, 2018

Facebook was advised five years ago that the “reverse-lookup” feature in its search engine could be used to harvest names, profiles, and phone number for virtually all its customers. But the company ignored the red flag until last week, after it happened. In prepared testament to Congress liberated Monday, PDF ).” When we found out about the abuse, we shut this feature down .” He said that Facebook only discovered…


Highlights and audio from Zuckerbergs emotional Q&A on scandals

April 21, 2018

” This is going to be a never-ending duel ,” replied Mark Zuckerberg. He just imparted the most candid seem yet into his thoughts about Cambridge Analytica, data privacy and Facebook’s wiping developer platform changes during a conference call with reporters today. Voicing alternately vulnerable about his past negligence and self-confident about Facebook’s strategy going forward, Zuckerberg took nearly an hour of tough questions. You can read a transcript here…


How Facebook got into a mess and why it cant get out of it

April 20, 2018

Mark Zuckerberg will be drag before Congress this week. Hell apologise but his company doesnt know how to change its label of surveillance capitalism Ponder this … and sob. The United States, theoretically a ripen democracy of 327 million souls, is ruled by a 71 -year-old unstable narcissist with a serious social media habit. And the lawmakers of this republic have hauled up before them a 34 -year-old lily-white male,…


Former Cambridge Analytica exec says she wants lies to stop

April 20, 2018

Brittany Kaiser talks about her time inside the controversial political data firm and why she is speaking out now It was the summer of 2007. Brittany Kaiser was still not 21, but she was one of a handful of full-time workers in the small digital crew for Barack Obama’s presidential campaign, uploading photographs of the Illinois senator to something called a Facebook page. At the next desk was another activist…


Zuckerberg’s refusal to testify before UK MPs ‘absolutely astonishing’

April 19, 2018

Chair of committee investigating fake news exhorts Facebook head to think again if he has any care for users Mark Zuckerberg has come under intense criticism from the UK parliamentary committee analyse fake news after the head of Facebook refused an invitation to testify in front of MPs for a third time. The chair, Damian Collins, told you so had become more urgent the Facebook founder give evidence in person…


Zuckerberg Defends Facebook’s Value While Senators Question Apology

April 17, 2018

People use its services’ 100 billion times a day’: Zuckerberg ‘ We’ve visualized the apologetic tours, ’ flouted Senator Blumenthal Mark Zuckerberg defended the social network’s value before Congress and pledged to correct its mistakes, as senators questioned whether he’ll give after years of failed assurances that he’d protect user privacy. ” People come to Facebook, Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger about 100 billion times a day to share a piece of…