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,…

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How Russian Facebook Ads Divided and Targeted US Voters Before the 2016 Election

April 20, 2018

When Young Mie Kim began analyse political ads on Facebook in August of 2016–while Hillary Clinton was still producing the polls — few people had ever heard of the Russian propaganda group, Internet Research Agency. Not even Facebook itself understood how the group was manipulating the platform’s users to influence the election. For Kim, a prof of journalism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the goal was to document the direction…

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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…

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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…

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How to Check if Cambridge Analytica Could Access Your Facebook Data

April 16, 2018

In 2014, a researcher identified Alexander Kogan made a personality quiz that 270, 000 Facebook customers would go on to install. From those downloads alone, he was capable of harvest the personal information of up to 87 million people, according to Facebook’s most recent estimate. He then extended that data along to Trump-affiliated political firm Cambridge Analytica, which would use it to target voters in the 2016 presidential election. Now…

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Here’s how to find out which of your Facebook friends are sharing fake news

April 16, 2018

Not again, Megan . Image: Facebook Annoyed by the never-ending river of fake news on social media? You can now use Facebook’s brand-new News Feed feature to identify your friends who are now sharing misleading or just plain old inaccurate report and set them back on the path of righteousness. The feature, launched Tuesday for U.S. users, is actually an extension of an older News Feed update Facebook has been…

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It’s Time for Facebook to Share More Data with Researchers

April 13, 2018

The media fervor that followed special counseling Robert Mueller’s indictment of a Russian internet organisation for intentionally sowing discord in the US political structure has missed one crucial implication: We still know far too few about the potential impact of social media on individuals and society. WIRED OPINION ABOUT Catherine Brooks( @catfbrooks) is an associate professor of information at the University of Arizona, where she is also the associate administrator…

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Mark Zuckerberg Answers to Congress for Facebook’s Troubles

April 13, 2018

This time around, Zuckerberg will have to do more than apologize away each screw-up. Zuckerberg’s opening remarks walk through the company’s marquee mistakes, including both enabling Russian interference in the 2016 election and leaching as many as 87 million customers’ personal data to the shady political firm Cambridge Analytica. He also arrives prepared with a raft of recent betterments Facebook is stirring to protect user data, make ads most transparent…

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Facebook data misuse scandal affects substantially more than 50M, claims Wylie

April 12, 2018

Chris Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee transformed whistleblower whose disclosures about Facebook data being misused for political campaigning has wiped billions off the share appreciate of the company in recent days and led to the FTC opening a fresh investigation, has suggested the scale of the data leakage is substantially larger than has been reported so far. Giving evidence today, to a UK parliamentary select committee that’s analyse the…

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Facebook plans crackdown on ad targeting by email without consent

April 12, 2018

Facebook is scrambling to add safeguards against abuse of user data as it reels from backlash over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Now TechCrunch has learned Once Facebook launched Custom Audiences back in 2012 to let industries upload hashed rosters of their patrons email addresses or telephone number, allowing advertisers to target specific people instead of broad-spectrum demographics. Custom Audiences quickly became one of Facebook’s more powerful advertising options because jobs…

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Facebook reveals Russian troll content, shuts down 135 IRA accounts

April 10, 2018

Facebook is testifying an unprecedented scale of clarity around its latest effort to suspend Russian trolls trying to influence elections and mislead the public as it tries to regain the trust of users and the governmental forces. The company shared both stats about the account omissions and samples of the content they shared. Facebook has removed 70 Facebook reports, 138 Facebook Pages, and 65 Instagram accounts run by the Russian…

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A grand illusion: seven days that shattered Facebooks facade

April 10, 2018

Revelations about the depths of Facebooks failure to protect our data are eventually pulled back the drapery, spectators say ” Dumb fucks .” That’s how Mark Zuckerberg described users of Facebook for trusting him with their personal data back in 2004. If the last week is anything to go by, he was right. Since ” stupid fuckings” statement, Facebook has gone to great lengths to convince members of the public…

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Facebook and Cambridge Analytica face mounting pressure over data scandal

April 8, 2018

Growing sees in US and UK for investigations to explain data breach affecting tens of millions Facebook and 50m Facebook profiles were reaped and used to build a system that may have influenced voters in the 2016 presidential campaign. The Conservative MP Damian Collins told you he would call the heads of both companies, spoke to the Observer and described how the profiles, largely of US voters, were reaped for…

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This Firefox extension stops Facebook from tracking you

April 8, 2018

Facebook tracks its customers online, far beyond the app and other services. Passed the latest data privacy scandal involving Trump-linked data firm Cambridge Analytica, Mozilla is letting internet users fight back. SEE ALSO: Mozilla drags ads from Facebook until Zuck makes good A new browser extension called the “Facebook Container” lets Firefox consumers isolate their activity on Facebook to Facebook.com, inducing it more difficult to way users’ acts elsewhere on…

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What to Look for in Your Facebook Dataand How to Find It

April 7, 2018

You’ve likely heard by now about Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy, Trump-affiliated data analysis firm that reportedly siphoned off info belonging to 50 million Facebook users, according to The Guardian and Observer, along with The New York Times. In the wake of the scandal over Facebook’s privacy rules, users have become newly interested in the data that Facebook accumulates and holds about them. But while the social network shapes it fairly…

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Facebook starts fact checking photos/videos, blocks millions of fake accounts per day

April 5, 2018

Facebook has begun letting partners fact check photographs and videos beyond news articles, and proactively review tales before Facebook questions them. Facebook is also now preemptively blocking the creation of millions of fake reports per day. Facebook exposed this news on a conference call with reporters[ Update: and later a blog post] about its efforts around election soundnes that included Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos, who’s reportedly leaving Facebook afterwards…

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Facebook plans to purge ‘fake identities, fake audiences, false facts, and false narratives’

April 5, 2018

Image: justin sullivan/ getty images Facebook‘s its safety and product conducts have been acting globally in the company’s effort to regain user confidence and safeguard the integrity of elections worldwide. The world’s largest social network cannot take back what occurred on its platform during the course of its 2016 presidential election, but the team has been trying to prevent bad actors, like Russian trolls, from utilizing Facebook to nefariously affect…

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