Amazon as a Vector

Amazon as a Vector

While platforms like Amazon have cornered markets through long-term investment strategies and developing itself as a utility[9], a central cog in the systems of e-commerce and retail, this doesn’t beget issues of public trust and the increasing complexity from running these multiple lines.

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

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.

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

Mark Zuckerberg leveraged Facebook user data to fight rivals and help friends, leaked documents show

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.

Austria mulls user registration for online platforms

Austria mulls user registration for online platforms

Austria said Wednesday it was considering a law to make it mandatory for big internet platforms to register their users and deprive those behind hate posts of anonymity.

Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018

Share of U.S. adults using social media, including Facebook, is mostly unchanged since 2018

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.

Uptrennd  -  How It Works & FAQ

Uptrennd - How It Works & FAQ

On Uptrennd, your private information will never permisionlessly be sold, and you will earn ~80% of all profits generated on the platform. At level one, members earn one token per upvote. One point on Uptrennd = One 1UP token.

Use with Caution: 7 Common Yet Dangerous Online Places in 2019

Use with Caution: 7 Common Yet Dangerous Online Places in 2019

Related: Hackers Make $3.25 Billion a Year from Exploiting Social Media Platforms .The report also pays attention to the range of malicious services offered openly on social networks, such as hacking tools, botnets for hire, cryptocurrency scams.

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

Worried about Huawei? Take a closer look at Tencent

International civil society groups can assist users and democratic governments by maintaining up-to-date digital security guides available in Chinese, documenting the extent to which content outside China is censored or monitored on WeChat and exploring legal recourse for those whose rights may have been violated by Tencent’s practices.

Twitter locks all new user accounts in order to force them to give up their phone numbers

Twitter locks all new user accounts in order to force them to give up their phone numbers

I am not a fan of their actions recently and I cannot even get onto their platform to begin tweeting since I don't want to give them my phone number.

An Ad Fraud Scheme Targeting Android Apps And Twitter’s Ad Network Cost Advertisers Millions

An Ad Fraud Scheme Targeting Android Apps And Twitter’s Ad Network Cost Advertisers Millions

Carmel, of Aniview, told BuzzFeed News that his company “does not knowingly engage in any fraudulent activity” and said his team has been trying to stop this activity on their platform since they were first contact by Protected Media last month.

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Zuckerberg's so-called revelations about privacy are old news, and deeply ironic

Mark Zuckerberg's recent blog discussing Facebook's vision to become a 'privacy-focused' platform comes just over a month after he announced its merger with Instagram and WhatsApp. The merger has raised concerns (from, amongst others, Ireland's DPC who regulate Facebook in the EU) for users' privacy across the three platforms and the sharing of data between them.

Pandora's Box: Another New Way to Leak All Your Sensitive Data

Pandora's Box: Another New Way to Leak All Your Sensitive Data

Much like AWS S3 buckets, these files can be shared to anyone with the link, restricted to those within your company (Box Enterprise), or to specific users. Companies using Box Enterprise get their own sub-domain, and documents saved on Box can be shared to anyone with the unique URL.

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

Why the 2020 US election campaign will be brutal for Big Tech

The Massachusetts senator is calling for legislation that would designate the companies as “platform utilities” and the appointment of regulators who would unwind technology mergers that undermine competition and harm innovation and small businesses.

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Mark Zuckerberg discovers privacy

Milking Facebook’s stewardship of WhatsApp for all it’s worth, Zuckerberg was intentional about pitching his new centralized yet private future for Facebook around the model of the encrypted messaging app, a platform so antithetical to Facebook’s broad mission that its founders left in disgust after cashing their checks.

Facebook censorship fast becoming an enemy of free expression for conservatives

Facebook censorship fast becoming an enemy of free expression for conservatives

According to a former Facebook insider who was interviewed by Project Veritas, the social media giant has allegedly developed an entire set of tools that it frequently uses to suppress conservative voices and target outspoken right-leaning users.

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

China’s “democracy” includes mandatory apps, mass chat surveillance

Your voice is heard A February 22 China National Computer Emergency Response Team (CNCERT) alert warned that 486 MongoDB database servers out of approximately 25,000 such servers connected to the Internet had "information leakage risks." Apparently, some of those MongoDB servers were part of a social media and messaging collection and processing system used by Chinese law enforcement and security personnel to monitor and investigate citizens' communications.

Popular app TikTok agrees to $5.7 million FTC fine for collecting kids’ data

Popular app TikTok agrees to $5.7 million FTC fine for collecting kids’ data

The FTC said the app violated the federal Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act, which requires kid-oriented websites to get parents’ consent before collecting personal information from children under 13.

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

Facebook planned to spy on Android phone users, internal emails reveal

According to internal emails published on Github, Facebook planned to use its Android app to match users’ location data with mobile phone base station IDs to deliver “location-aware” products.

Social Media and Governance: The Disequilibrium of Communication and Commodification

Social Media and Governance: The Disequilibrium of Communication and Commodification

The governing of the interactions of socio-economic spheres have found a new force to contend with in the form of the platform and the social media network, as issues of data management, image control, proprietary rights and arbitration become central to people’s existence on online forums.

10 Years of Privacy Violations, Disinformation, and Friend Requests From Facebook

10 Years of Privacy Violations, Disinformation, and Friend Requests From Facebook

09/06/17 Facebook’s chief security officer, Alex Stamos, discloses for the first time that Russians purchased ads in an effort to sow discord around the 2016 presidential election; a few weeks later, Facebook reveals that as many as 150 million people may have seen posts by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency.

Explainer: With new rules to snoop and censor on…

Explainer: With new rules to snoop and censor on…

Called the Intermediary Rules, 2011 , they are drafted under the Information Technology Act, 2000 that provides immunity to online platforms and internet service providers for content which is transmitted and published by end users.

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy

Apple’s Empty Grandstanding About Privacy

Companies such as Google and Facebook get access to iPhone users by offering their apps—Messenger, Gmail, Google Maps, and so on—for download from the Apple App Store. If Apple really objected to data-hungry business models, it could take much more aggressive action during app review.

Facebook blocks third-party tools that collect information on political ads

Facebook blocks third-party tools that collect information on political ads

Plugins that scrape ads can expose people’s info if misused.” Considering the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal that rocked the company last year, this sounds like a reasonable measure to take, although shutting out nonprofits from the process of holding political ad buyers accountable does not help Facebook’s public image.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE. It is the responsibility of each social-media platform to ensure that actionable content is immediately deleted and not further disseminated.

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

Privacy: We Can't Just Assume that Facebook Will Do Its Best

German Minister of Justice and Consumer Protection Katarina Barley of the center-left Social Democrats responds to Zuckerberg in an op-ed for ZEIT ONLINE.

He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution.

He Reported on Facebook. Now He Approaches It With Caution.

Two years later, a lot of the criticism focuses on Facebook and Google — and Twitter is by far the social media platform I use the most.

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Staying off social media is not enough to protect your privacy, study says

Even if you're not a user of a social media platform, it's possible to create a 95% accurate profile of you from your friends' accounts, according to new research.

Does Facebook care about your privacy?

Does Facebook care about your privacy?

That’s how long our longest-tenured Facebook user at TeamRed has been using the popular social media platform. Facebook’s widespread adoption amongst both friends and family members also made some people truly grasp the importance of online privacy for the first time.

Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data

Facebook Algorithms and Personal Data

Most Facebook users say they are assigned categories on their ad preferences page A substantial share of websites and apps track how people use digital services, and they use that data to deliver services, content or advertising targeted to those with specific interests or traits.

A Chinese official explained how the country’s electric-car surveillance works

A Chinese official explained how the country’s electric-car surveillance works

That’s quite different from how the industry operates elsewhere—carmakers worldwide collect data from cars to improve performance, but no manufacturers in other major nations using electric vehicles, such as Japan, Germany, or the UK, are required to provide real-time data like the Chinese government asks for.

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