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Facebook stops fighting California Privacy Act

When your CEO just faced a grilling by the Senate over a lack of privacy and data protection, it looks pretty bad if a company continues to fight against new privacy laws. So it will come as little surprise that Facebook has decided to no longer fight to block the proposed California Consumer Privacy Act. The Privacy Act being proposed would empower anyone in the state to tell businesses not to share or sell their personal data, give them the right to know what personal information is collected about them, and offers protections for consumers “who are victims of negligent business practices resulting in security breaches of data.” All of which don’t help a company like Facebook, which profits from having a lot of freedom to collect and use your data. As Engadget reports, ...

Zuckerberg says he’s unaware of Facebook pushback for liberal groups after conservative targeting

Sen. Cruz challenges Zuckerberg over Facebook’s neutrality Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg responds to questions from Texas Senator Ted Cruz about whether Facebook is a neutral public forum or a biased tool for political advocacy and whether or not the CEO requires new employees to share political views. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told lawmakers Tuesday that he was “not specifically aware” of any instance where the social network had removed content posted by liberal groups amid concerns that the platform is biased against conservatives. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, told Zuckerberg that “a great many Americans” are “deeply concerned that Facebook and other tech companies are engaged in a pervasive pattern of bias and political censorship.”...

Facebook reconsiders ‘unsafe for community’ tag on pro-Trump Diamond and Silk videos after Fox & Friends appearance

Facebook is reconsidering classifying videos produced by Diamond and Silk, two of President Donald Trump’s most ardent supporters, as “unsafe to the community” after the dynamic duo went on Fox News’ morning show asking why the embattled social media giant had labeled them as such. In a statement to Fox News, a Facebook spokesperson said: “We are aware of this issue. We are reaching out to the creators of Diamond & Silk to try and resolve this matter.” After being deemed “unsafe to the community” by Facebook’s public policy team, Lynnette “Diamond” Hardaway and Rochelle “Silk” Richardson went on Fox & Friends and said they were provided with no reason why their videos were labeled as unsafe. HOW MUCH DOES FACEB...

Facebook thinks it knows whether you’re liberal or conservative: Here’s how to find out

Facebook is facing a backlash on two continents from users, advertisers and lawmakers for having allowed Cambridge Analytica to allegedly amass information on 50 million of its users. The company’s core business that powers around $4 billion in monthly revenue is monetizing everything you do on Facebook to serve its advertisers. However, users may not know that the powerful social network already has an opinion about your political leanings — and it’s fairly easy to find out what Mark Zuckerberg’s company thinks of your political preferences. Hidden in plain sight under Ad Preferences is a section called Your Information. If you click on that tab, you’ll see an option for Your Categories, which contains a section called US Politics — in parentheses, Facebook will have you labeled as Very L...

Apple’s Tim Cook calls for regulation on data, says Facebook incident is ‘dire’

Apple CEO Tim Cook called for stronger privacy regulations to prevent the abuse and misuse of data on Saturday in the aftermath of the leak of Facebook user information. Speaking at the annual China Development Forum in Beijing, which he co-hosted, Cook called for “well-crafted” regulations to prevent the information of users being put together and then utilized in ways that they did not know about or approve of. Cook’s statement will add to the mounting scandal hitting Facebook, which has pushed its stock price down 14 percent, and the growing pressure on co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to testify in public and overhaul its privacy protocol with app developers following revelations that his company allowed a firm paid by the Trump campaign, Cambridge Analytica, to amass personal data on 50 mil...

Dear Facebook, I think it’s time to quit you

Is it time to quit Facebook? I’ve been wondering about that lately and I’m not the only one. For me, there are a couple of reasons why I have begun to wonder if it’s time to say goodbye to a social network that, over the last few years, has been fun and sometimes informative. At its best, Facebook is a delightful way to stay in touch with friends around the globe. I work at an organization that serves people all over the world, and Facebook is an ideal way for me to learn what’s important to the people we serve to share the work we’re doing. But there’s a seamy underbelly to all this. The very data that make all that magic happen have power. And we all know that power can be used for good or evil. This gets me to the idea of closing down my Facebook account. Facebook, if you’re paying atte...

Mark Zuckerberg’s 2018 goal to fix Facebook is widely mocked

Needless to say, 2017 was a rough year for Facebook, even as profits rose and its stock price reached new heights. The social network was blamed for helping the rise of fake news, it uncovered fraudulent ad spending aimed at influencing the 2016 U.S. presidential election and controversies arose surrounding Facebook Live and its potential for nefarious use. Former employees said it was “destroying how society work,” while others worried about the long-term effects it was having on children’s brains. So it should come as no surprise that CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal for 2018 is fixing Facebook. FACEBOOK, COCAINE, OPIOIDS: HOW ADDICTIVE IS THE SOCIAL NETWORK? Zuckerberg, who has amassed a net worth of over $70 billion according to Forbes, has set a goal to fix the role ...

Facebook rolling back controversial initiative to fight fake news

Facebook announces it is rolling back its controversial “Disputed Flags” measure.  (Reuters) Facebook announced last week that it is rolling back its controversial “Disputed Flags” measure next to articles deemed fake news amid studies showing it does not stop the spread of such content and only encourages users to click on it. The tech giant said the move was in response to academic research showing that a strong image like a red flag next to an article “may actually entrench deeply held beliefs” and lead to an opposite effect of encouraging users to click on false stories, according to the company’s blog post posted on Dec. 20. Instead, Facebook will now show “Related Articles” next to fake news, giving more context to users on any particular story. “Our research has shown (R...

Chicago PD says Facebook was no help in takedown of online gun and drug ring

Chicago cops said they received no help from Facebook while they were investigating a weapon and a drug ring that was using the social media site for illicit activity.

Former Facebook exec won’t let own kids use social media, says it’s ‘destroying how society works’

File photo: A 3D-printed Facebook like button is seen in front of the Facebook logo, in this illustration taken October 25, 2017. (REUTERS/Dado Ruvic) Chamath Palihapitiya, a former Facebook executive and the CEO of venture capital firm Social Capital, said in a November interview that social media is damaging society and voiced concerns about its impact on his own children.  In a November interview at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Palihapitiya, also a co-owner of the Golden State Warriors, said that he feels “tremendous guilt” for helping build Facebook into the behemoth it is today. Palihapitiya joined the company in 2007 as its vice president for user growth, three years after it was founded in a Harvard dorm room by Mark Zuckerberg.  “I think we all knew in the back o...

Researchers using facial recognition tech to find Chinese missile sites

File photo – Military vehicles carrying DF-26 ballistic missiles travel past Tiananmen Gate during a military parade to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II in Beijing Thursday Sept. 3, 2015. (REUTERS/Andy Wong/Pool) U.S. researchers are using the same sort of deep learning artificial intelligence employed by Silicon Valley giants like Google and Facebook in their facial recognition technology to identify Chinese surface-to-air missile sites. The deep leaning algorithms used by researchers at the University of Missouri’s Center for Geospatial Intelligence were more than 80 times more efficient than a traditional human visual search in locating Chinese SAM sites, and were able to reduce the time it took to find these missile sites scattered across a nearly 90,00...

Advertisers flee YouTube over videos exploiting children, ‘disturbing’ autofill results

YouTube unveils their new paid subscription service at the YouTube Space LA in Playa Del Rey, Los Angeles, California, United States October 21, 2015. Alphabet Inc’s YouTube will launch a $10-a-month subscription option in the United States on October 28 that will allow viewers to watch videos from across the site without interruption from advertisements, the company said on Wednesday. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson – GF20000027092 Major companies have suspended advertising campaigns on YouTube after their ads were displayed with videos depicting children in threatening situations—while the tech giant investigates ‘disturbing’ autofill results that users flagged over the weekend. The Wall Street Journal reports that Mars Inc., Adidas and Diageo, maker of spirits including Tanqueray and...