Posts tagged as Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Outlines New Plan to Build ‘Privacy-Focused’ Facebook

Friday, March 8, 2019

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has said he believes secure, private messaging services will become more popular than open platforms and plans to transform Facebook into such a platform.“Facebook and Instagram have helped people connect with friends, communities, and interests in the digital equivalent of a town square. But people increasingly also want to connect privately in the digital equivalent of the living room,” the billionaire founder of Facebook said in his blog. Zuckerberg said he wanted to develop the…

Facebook, Twitter and Google do not combat fake news as promised

Friday, March 1, 2019

Google search engine, and social networks Facebook and Twitter, do not fulfil their previously made promises to combat fake news, as stated in European Commission’s announcement. Opposite to the made agreement, Facebook has yet to provide results of an investigation of misleading advertisements. Google representatives have failed to explain what has been done to prevent disinformation. Twitter has not provided results in the subject regarding advertisement publishing control. Resources have…

Facebook needs independent ethical oversight, U.K. lawmakers say

Monday, February 18, 2019

Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the U.K. parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and…

Woman found alive after her Facebook picture changed to phone ‘covered in blood’

Monday, February 11, 2019

A missing woman has reportedly been found alive after her Facebook profile picture was changed to a chilling photograph of a smashed mobile phone “covered in blood” today. Ashley Dillard was initially reported missing on Friday evening. Her mum Tracy Parker got a call from her other daughter , who had just received a garbled message from another woman. The woman claimed Miss Dillard had asked her to alert the…

Germany Restricts Facebook’s Data Gathering

Friday, February 8, 2019

In a direct challenge to Facebook’s business model, Germany’s competition authority on Thursday sharply curtailed how the tech giant may profile people, saying that users could refuse to allow the company to combine their Facebook information with data about their activities on other sites. The agency, in a novel antitrust argument, said that the company had exploited its dominant position in the German market by coercing people into giving up…

Facebook ignored kids’ spending problems, internal documents reveal

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A trove of internal documents have revealed how Facebook was concerned children were spending large amounts on in-app payments without parents’ permission – but seemingly chose not to act. Discussions showed the firm decided not to implement certain safeguards as it might affect overall revenues from people paying for games. The documents formed part of a lawsuit that was settled in 2016, after which Facebook agreed to change its practices.…

Facebook interested in Estonian elections

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

International social media and advertising company Facebook has shown interest in Estonian politics and elections. Last December, representatives of the company met with every parliamentary political party in Estonia to discuss the company’s role and opportunities in reducing the dissemination of fake news. “They met with us as well; I was present at that meeting myself,” said Centre Party spokesperson Andre Hanimägi. “The purpose of the meeting was actually very…

Exclusive: Facebook brings stricter ads rules to countries with big 2019 votes

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Facebook Inc told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become a means for politicians and their adversaries to distribute fake news and other propaganda. Buying Facebook…

Facebook ‘secretly allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users’ private messages

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

When he stood before Congress in April, following yet another scandal at Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg declared ‘We don’t sell data to anyone’. That may technically be the case, but a new New York Times expose has revealed that Facebook gave 150 companies access to hundreds of millions of users’ data without their knowledge or consent. Records obtained by the Times reveal that the amount of data Cambridge Analytica received from a Facebook app…

EU steps up fake news fight before elections

Thursday, December 6, 2018

The European Union launched on Wednesday (Dec 5) a system for member countries to alert each other to online disinformation spread by opponents such as Russia to undermine next year’s key elections. The bloc also urged Facebook and other social media platforms to follow through on pledges to ensure transparent political advertising, to close fake accounts, flag “bots” and cooperate with fact-checkers. The campaign comes amid growing fears that Russia…