Federal regulators investigating Facebook for mishandling its users' personal information have set their sights on the company's CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, exploring his past statements on privacy and weighing whether to seek new, heightened oversight of his leadership.
While just about every reporter was poring over the document, Facebook updated a blog post from March indicating that passwords had been exposed, stored as readable text (as opposed to securely encrypted), for hundreds of millions of Facebook users and thousands of Instagram users.
with 35 posters participating Federal Trade Commission officials are discussing whether to hold Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook's privacy failures, according to reports by The Washington Post and NBC News.
A federal investigation into Facebook could find Mark Zuckerberg directly responsible for any privacy failings on the social network, according to a new report in the Washington Post.
At 10 am ET on Thursday, as the attorney general, William Barr, wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a 21 March blogpost, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected.
“We discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format,” the company said. Last month, Facebook admitted it had inadvertently stored “hundreds of millions” of user account passwords in plaintext for years, said to have dated as far back as 2012.
A Facebook spokesperson said before May 2016, it offered an option to verify a user's account using their email password and voluntarily upload their contacts at the same time. Facebook now plans to notify the 1.5 million users affected over the coming days and delete their contacts from the company's systems.
Facebook’s senior executives have been considering selling user data for years, according to leaked internal Facebook documents accessed by NBC News. NBC News claims these contain information that could be used as leverage over companies it partnered with—data about friends, relationships and photos.
The change to the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) – in Senate Bill 753 – will be reviewed by the Senate Judiciary Committee next week and effectively adds Google and Facebook's entire business models to an exemption list, meaning consumers would not be able to sue tech giants for misusing their personal data.
American standards on data collection could shape political and business decisions across the world, said Jeff Chester, president of the Center for Digital Democracy, a privacy think tank that opposes overturning of state-level privacy laws.
Some of the most nefarious strategies rely on ‘dark patterns’ — deceptive interfaces and default settings, drawing on tricks of behavioral psychology, designed to undermine user autonomy and push consumers into doing things they wouldn’t otherwise do, like hand over all of their personal data to be exploited for commercial purposes,” said U.S. Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.), a former technology executive who is vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence.
And so simultaneously the company mounted a huge effort, led by CTO Mike Schroepfer, to create artificial intelligence systems that can, at scale, identify the content that Facebook wants to zap from its platform, including spam, nudes, hate speech, ISIS propaganda, and videos of children being put in washing machines.
The documents, which include emails, webchats, presentations, spreadsheets and meeting summaries, show how Zuckerberg, along with his board and management team, found ways to tap Facebook’s trove of user data — including information about friends, relationships and photos — as leverage over companies it partnered with.
Trillium Asset Management says:“We believe this lack of independent board Chair and oversight has contributed to Facebook missing, or mishandling, a number of severe controversies, increasing risk exposure and costs to shareholders”.The shareholders also explain how Zuckerberg controls 60% of Facebook’s voting shares thereby weakening the company’s governance.
Despite Facebook’s repeated warnings that law enforcement is required to use “authentic identities” on the social media platform, cops continue to create fake and impersonator accounts to secretly spy on users.
Oculus cofounder Nate Mitchell, whose company is of course owned by Facebook, acknowledged on Twitter Friday that weird secret messages were “accidentally” hidden in “tens of thousands” of the virtual reality controllers.
In April, Twitter was also penalized $47 for similar violations as the two social media platforms continue to resist the 2015 law that forbids the storing of personal data of Russian citizens on servers abroad.
More specifically, Zuckerberg is calling for new regulations in four areas: harmful content, election integrity, privacy and data portability. Although it is good to know who pays for what ads, and who sees them, the real problem lies at the point where Facebook helps advertisers to send micro-targeted political ads to people.
Deactivating isn't as extreme, the company says, and the social network continues collecting your data in case you change your mind and want to return to your profile.
A spokesperson defended the company's practices, however, telling Bloomberg that the e-commerce giant only listens to "an extremely small sample" and that its employees do not have access to identifying information:. We only annotate an extremely small sample of Alexa voice recordings in order [to] improve the customer experience.
In a network of suspicious Facebook accounts linked to the University of Farmington, the college’s alleged president, Ali “AJ” Milani, liked the Michigan Jaguars sports club and had a 51-person friend list that was mostly people from south Asia, despite Milani ostensibly living in Detroit.
The share of U.S. adults who say they use certain online platforms or apps is statistically unchanged from where it stood in early 2018 despite a long stretch of controversies over privacy, fake news and censorship on social media, according to a new Pew Research Center survey conducted Jan. 8 to Feb. 7, 2019.
Alla Commissione Europea , però, tutto ciò non bastava e, così, ha ottenuto da Facebook la revisione delle condizioni e dei termini di utilizzo del servizio (che in futuro potranno essere ri-variate unilateralmente solo nel caso tengano conto degli interessi del consumatore) secondo criteri di maggiore chiarezza : d’ora innanzi, infatti, gli utenti sapranno che Facebook è gratuita in cambio del loro consenso nel cedere le informazioni personali a scopo profilazione.
Valade and his six-person team based in New York began developing an app they hope will come to feel like your digital lawyer, a “data fiduciary” that manages privacy settings on your behalf.
Facebook, facing the election heat in India and unable to stop misinformation and fake news circulating on its platforms, is busy doing something never heard of: Sending its representatives to users' home to verify if the post with political content was actually written by them.