Mark Zuckerbergs Facebook mission statement hides his real aim | Emily Bell

March 14, 2019

Social media founders exclaim their idealism, like modern day messiahs. Yet all they crave is global market domination It is hard to remember that there was a blissful time , not so long ago, when corporation chief executives were anonymous creatures who rarely expressed with the outside world and, when they did, it was through the unengaging medium of a corporate press release. As with many other perfectly good practices,…


‘A real source of hope’: social media opens Thailand’s junta to criticism

March 12, 2019

Social platforms wielded increasing influence in Thai politics, where traditional media remain under the iron clutch of the military Just over a week ago, Thailand’s army chief began trending on Twitter. It started with an ordering, make use of General Apirat Kongsompong that 160 radio stations across the country must play the 1970 s anti-communist propaganda song, Nuk Paen Din ( Scum of the Earth) which exalts the might of…


Parents: don’t panic about Momo worry about YouTube Kids instead | Keza MacDonald

March 11, 2019

One is a viral hoax. The other is rife with distressing and disturbing content, says Keza MacDonald, the Keeper video games editor I firstly been hearing Momo in my local parents’ WhatsApp group. Someone had screenshotted a Facebook post about a creepy puppet that supposedly appeared in unsuspecting children’s phone contents and spliced into YouTube videos, dispensing the recommendations on self-harm and violent acts. I reacted with mistrust: this would…


Viral ‘Momo challenge’ is a malicious hoax, say charities

March 11, 2019

Groups say no evidence yet of self-harm from cult, but ensuing hysteria poses a risk It is the most talked about viral scare narrative of the year so far, blamed for child suicides and violent attacks- but experts and benevolences have warned that the “Momo challenge” is nothing but a” moral anxiety” spread by adults. Warnings about the supposed Momo challenge suggest that children are being encouraged to kill themselves…


Brexit backers insurance firm and leave campaign fined 120k by data watchdog

March 1, 2019

The UK’s data protection watchdog has issued penalties against a pro-Brexit campaign, Leave.EU, and an insurance company owned by the largest individual donor to the leave cause, Arron Banks’ Eldon Insurance. The penalties have been handed down for what the Information Commissioner’s Office( ICO) dubs” The ICO says it will now review how both entities are complying with data protection laws by carried forward scrutinies — to observe how personal…


UK parliament calls for antitrust, data abuse probe of Facebook

February 26, 2019

A final report by a British parliamentary committee which invested months last year analyse online political disinformation shapes very uncomfortable speaking for Facebook — with the company singled out for “disingenuous” and “bad faith” responses to democratic concerns about the misuse of people’s data. In the report, published today, the committee has also called for Facebook’s use of user data to be investigated by the UK’s data watchdog. In an…


Facebook removes hundreds of accounts linked to fake news group in Indonesia

February 22, 2019

Facebook said today it has removed the thousands of Facebook and Instagram accounts with linked to an organization that peddled fake news. The world’s fourth largest country with a population of more than 260 million, Indonesia is in an election year alongside Southeast Asia neighbors Thailand and the Philippines. Facebook said this week it has set up an” election integrity” team in Singapore, its APAC HQ, as it tries to…


Is Europe closing in on an antitrust fix for surveillance technologists?

February 14, 2019

The German Federal Cartel Office’s decision to order Facebook to change how it processes users’ personal data this week is a sign the antitrust tide could at last be turning against platform power. One European Commission source we spoke to, who was noting in a personal ability, described it as” clearly pioneering” and “a big deal”, even without Facebook being penalty a dime. The FCO’s decision instead censors the social…


Facebook, Google and Twitter told to do more to fight fake news ahead of European elections

February 1, 2019

A first batch of monthly progress reports from tech giants and advertising companies on what they’re doing to help fight online disinformation have been published by the European Commission. Platforms including Facebook, Google and Twitter signed up to a voluntary EU code of practice on the issue last year. The first reports cover measures taken by platforms up to December 31, 2018. The implementation reports are intended to detail progress…


The facts about Facebook

January 29, 2019

This is a critical Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s article in the WSJ on Thursday, also entitled The Facts About Facebook.  Yes Mark, you’re right; Facebook turns 15 next month. What a long time you’ve been in the social media business! We’re curious as to whether you’ve also been keeping count of how many times you’ve been forced to apologize for breaching people’s trust or, well, otherwise royally messing up over the years….


Facebook finds and kills another 512 Kremlin-linked fake accounts

January 26, 2019

Two years on from the U.S. general elections, Facebook continues to have a major problem with Russian disinformation being megaphoned via its social tools. In a blog post today the company uncovers another tranche of Kremlin-linked fake activity — saying it’s removed a total of 471 Facebook pages and reports, as well as 41 Instagram reports, which were being used to spread propaganda into areas where Putin’s regime has sharp…


Facebook is not equipped to stop the spread of authoritarianism

January 6, 2019

Yael Grauer UNITED State- APRIL 10: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg witnesses during the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee and Senate Judiciary Committee seam hearing on” Facebook, Social Media Privacy, and the Use and Abuse of Data” on Tuesday, April 10, 2018.( Photo By Bill Clark/ CQ Roll Call) Protesters scrubbing Facebook the necessary data for anxiety of repercussion isn’t uncommon. Over and over again, authoritarian-leaning regimes have utilized low-tech…


Facebooks got 99 problems but Trumps latest bias tweet aint one

January 3, 2019

By any measure, Facebook hasn’t had best available of years in 2018. But while toxic difficulties keep piling up and, well, raining acidly down on the social networking monster — from election intervention, to fake reports, faulty metrics, security shortcomings, ethics failures, privacy outrages and much more besides — the silver lining of having a core business now widely perceived as hostile to democratic processes and civilized feeling, and the…


White House shares manipulated Infowars video to justify CNN press ban

November 14, 2018

Read this slowly: The White House’s press secretary has tweeted a manipulated video shared by the editor-at-large of conspiracy theorist outlet Infowars to attempt to justify its decision to suspend the press credentials of CNN’s chief white house correspondent. CNN’s Jim Acosta had his press pass pulled by the White House earlier today after press secretary Sarah Sanders claimed he had “plac[ed] his hands on a young woman just trying to…


Europes parliament calls for full audit of Facebook in wake of breach scandal

November 14, 2018

The European Parliament has called for a full audit of Facebook following a string of data used breach scandals — including the Cambridge Analytica affair. MEPs are recommending the company to allow European Union forms to carry out a full examination to assess personal data protection and security of users’ personal data, next following the scandal in which the data of 87 million Facebook consumers was improperly procured and misused….


Brazil battles fake news ‘tsunami’ amid polarized presidential election

November 6, 2018

The countrys electoral court ordered Facebook to remove is linked to 33 fake news stories targeting a vice-presidential candidate As Brazil nears the climax of its most bitter and polarized election in recent history, professors and digital activists fighting to stem a rising tide of fake report say that accurate coverage of awareness-raising campaigns risks being drowned out by the sheer volume of lies being spread on Facebook and WhatsApp….


Political ads study finds the right favors Google, the left Facebook and Twitter

November 5, 2018

An analysis received Donald Trump had the largest number of ads while Senate candidate Beto ORourke was “the worlds largest” spender Left-leaning organizations are predominating political ads on Facebook and Twitter while rightwing advertisers are outspending liberal groups on Google, according to brand-new research. Computer scientists at the New York University( NYU) Tandon School of Engineering analyzed more than 884,000 recentpolitical ads on the three social media websites. They found…


Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads

November 4, 2018

Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to confirm their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign performers to meddle in domestic elections and referenda. This follows similar rollouts of political ad transparency tools in the U.S. and Brazil. From today, Facebook said it will record and display information about…


Zuckerberg gets joint summons from UK and Canadian parliaments

November 3, 2018

Two separate parliamentary committees, in the UK and Canada, have issued an unprecedented international seam summons for Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg to seem before them. The committees are investigating the effects of online disinformation on democratic processes and crave Zuckerberg to answer questions related to the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook user data misuse scandal, which both ought to have probing this year. More broadly, “its also” attempting greater detail about Facebook’s digital…


Ahead of midterm elections, Facebook expands ban on posts aimed at voter suppression

October 27, 2018

Facebook is expanding its ban on false-hearted and misleading posts that aim to deter citizens from voting in the upcoming midterm elections. The social media giant is adding two more categories of false information to its existing plan, which it introduced in 2016, in an effort to counter new different kinds of abuse. Facebook already removes verifiably false-hearted posts about the dates, occasions and places of polling stations — but…