Tag Archives: Facebook

Get popcorn for iOS 13’s privacy pop-ups of creepy Facebook data grabs | TechCrunch

Privacy-minded changes to smartphone operating systems which foreground the background activity of third party apps are helping to spotlight more of the surveillance infrastructure deployed by adtech giants to track and profile human eyeballs for profit.

To wit: iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.

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Facebook has a gaping loophole in its fight against fake news | Mashable

Facebook has a major loophole that allows nefarious users to get around its strategy to stop fake news.

The social media giant has been taking its fight against misinformation and fake news more seriously in recent years. The company has taken action against malicious accounts spreading disinformation. Its updated its policies to keep misinformation off the platform. Studies have even shown that the steps Facebook has taken are working. That’s all good news!

However, a recently discovered loophole proves that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and the rest of his company still have a lot more work to do.

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8 states and D.C. investigate Facebook over antitrust issues. | Fast Company

New York attorney general Letitia James is leading a multistate investigation into whether Facebook violated antitrust laws, she said in a statement Friday.

“I am proud to be leading a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general in investigating whether Facebook has stifled competition and put users at risk,” James said. “We will use every investigative tool at our disposal to determine whether Facebook’s actions may have endangered consumer data, reduced the quality of consumers’ choices, or increased the price of advertising.”

She’s joined in the investigations by the attorneys general from Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, and the District of Columbia.

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5 Types of Social Media Videos That Will Skyrocket Your Engagement Rates | Getentrepreneurial.com

There’s definitely no shortage of social media video content on any of today’s top social networks. On Facebook alone, users watch 100 million hours of video content each day. Around 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute.

With so many videos being uploaded and watched on an hourly basis, it can be hard to ensure your business’ content gets the visibility it deserves. It’s worth noting that social media users don’t often seek out videos. Instead, they typically find a video to watch when scrolling through their feed or by looking at a video shared by a follower.

In order to boost your engagement rates, you not only need to understand how users find videos on social media, but also the types of videos that are most suitable.

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Instagram is trying to neutralize bullies before they post | Fast Company

Facebook’s Instagram said today it is launching new tools designed to combat bullying on its platform, especially among teens.

One tool, which Instagram has already begun rolling out to users, is focused on would-be bullies. It uses artificial intelligence to notify users when a comment they’ve just composed might be considered offensive. “This intervention gives people a chance to reflect and undo their comment and prevents the recipient from receiving the harmful comment notification,” says Instagram head Adam Mosseri in a blog post Monday. “From early tests of this feature, we have found that it encourages some people to undo their comment and share something less hurtful once they have had a chance to reflect,” he writes.

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Instagram Security Flaw Affected Millions Says Facebook, Showing a Shocking Lack of Basic Protection | Inc.com

If you were so inclined, you could spend the hours equivalent to a full-time job tracking how many ways Facebook has flubbed user privacy. The company’s chutzpah rating has been relentlessly strong. For example, it asked banks for user financial information while it was getting virtually pelted for playing so fast and loose with consumer data.

Now there’s yet another issue. Facebook announced that the passwords of “millions of Instagram users” had been kept in plain text–readable by anyone who could and wanted to–the way last month tens of millions of Facebook users learned their passwords had been so mishandled.

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Facebook uploaded millions of users’ contacts without their knowledge | Fast Company

Another day, another Facebook data scandal. This time the scandal involves Facebook uploading the complete address books of 1.5 million new users without their consent. Facebook said these new users’ contacts were “unintentionally uploaded” since May 2016, reports Business Insider.

Here’s why Facebook says this mistake happened. Prior to May 2016, Facebook offered an option for new users to verify their email account and upload all their contacts from that email account at the same time. The uploading of contacts was so Facebook could see who you knew and make friend recommendations based on your contacts.

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Facebook’s Top PR Exec Is Leaving the Toughest Job in Tech | WIRED

FOLLOWING MORE THAN two years of constant turbulence for Facebook, the company’s vice president of communications, Caryn Marooney, is leaving the company, Facebook has confirmed. Marooney, who previously cofounded the technology communications firm The Outcast Agency, joined Facebook in 2011 as director of technology communications, after representing the company at Outcast. Most recently, she has been responsible for all global communications. Marooney’s final day is not yet set, but spokesperson Vanessa Chan said she would be staying on to bring her replacement on board.

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Facebook Portal review: Good video chat, but better for business | Mashable

Are you ready for Facebook to have a physical, semi-permanent presence in your home? That’s the central question you’ll need to consider before you invest in the company’s new Portal or Portal+ speaker.

The pair of speakers, Facebook’s first non-VR hardware product, come at a time when trust in the social network is at an all-time low. The company is reeling from scandal after scandal, and is still facing tough questions about users’ privacy.

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Teen girl in South Sudan auctioned off for marriage on Facebook | Mashable

A 16-year-old South Sudanese girl was sold for marriage via Facebook in a disturbing case that’s been described as “reminiscent of latter-day slave markets.”

The winning bid in the auction was for 500 cows, three cars and $10,000, and the girl was married off at a ceremony on Nov. 3 in the country’s Eastern Lakes State, according to Plan International, a humanitarian organisation focused on children’s rights.

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