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Dozens of Facebook employees challenge ‘intolerant’ liberal culture

Facebook agrees to bias review Social network will look into claims it has discriminated against minorities and censors conservative opinions; Fox Business Network’s Deirdre Bolton reports. A senior Facebook engineer called out what he termed the company’s “political monoculture” in an internal message board post, prompting over 100 fellow employees to join a group advocating for political diversity. The group represents less than half a percent of the social media giant’s workforce, and members aren’t necessarily even conservative. But they say they are fed up with the way co-workers who don’t toe the liberal line are treated. “We are a political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views,” Brian Amerige, a senior Facebook engineer, wrote in the Aug. 20 post ...

Sinister ‘Momo suicide challenge’ sparks fear as it spreads on WhatsApp

A sick suicide “game” dubbed “Momo” has been spreading on WhatsApp, prompting police to issue warnings about the shocking challenge. “Momo” is a viral challenge that asks people to add a contact via WhatsApp – they are then urged to commit self-harm or suicide. The “game” has fueled comparisons to the sinister “Blue Whale challenge” that led to reports of suicides in Russia and the U.S, as well as the online fictional character of “Slender Man.” In 2014 two 12-year-old girls in Wisconsin attempted to kill a classmate in an attempt to please the horror character. The Buenos Aires Times reports that police in Argentina are investigating whether “Momo” is linked to the suicide of a 12-year-old girl in the district of Escobar. T...

Facebook introduces new tools to curb social media addiction

Illustration photo – The Facebook logo is displayed on their website in an illustration photo taken in Bordeaux, France, Feb. 1, 2017. (REUTERS/Regis Duvignau) Feel like you spend too much time on social media? Facebook just introduced some new tools that can help you curb your addiction to its platforms. Because the first step to fixing a problem is realizing you have one, there’s now a way to see how much time you spend on the Instagram and Facebook apps each day, on average. Gather up your courage and head over to the settings page on the Facebook or Instagram app; on Instagram, tap “Your Activity” and on Facebook tap “Your Time on Facebook.” Doing so will bring up a dashboard showing your usage stats. On the down side, the stats only show how much ti...

Mark Zuckerberg loses $16B in one day as Facebook stock plunges 20 percent

Mark Zuckerberg loses $16B in one day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has fallen more than $16 billion after the company’s stock plunged 20% and issued guidance that its financial future isn’t as rosy as some investors thought it might be. Brother can you spare a dime? Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth has fallen more than $16 billion after the company reported weaker-than-expected second-quarter results and issued guidance that its financial future isn’t as rosy as some investors thought it might be. Set against this backdrop, one activist investor wants Zuckerberg out as the firm’s chairman. Zuckerberg recently sparked outrage when he described Facebook’s handling of content from Holocaust deniers on the social network. He su...

Quiz app on Facebook accidentally exposes data of 120M users

Close up on a key and padlock lying on a red binary code surface. The padlock is unlocked and displays a glowing grid.  (This content is subject to copyright.) A quiz app on Facebook that can tell you which Disney princess you are has also been leaking the personal information of its 120 million users. The quiz app from Nametests.com was apparently storing the personal information of its users in a rather careless way; the data was circulating through a public Javascript file that other websites could theoretically access. “I was shocked to see that this data was publicly available to any third-party that requested it,” said Inti De Ceukelaire, the Belgian security researcher who discovered the data leak. On Wednesday, he published a blog post, describing how the Ja...

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 ...

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