Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a Facebook algorithm change that throttled traffic to progressive news sites — and one site says that quiet change cost them $400,000 to $600,000 a year

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a Facebook algorithm change that throttled traffic to progressive news sites — and one site says that quiet change cost them $400,000 to $600,000 a year

Mark Zuckerberg signed off on a Facebook algorithm change in 2017 that throttled traffic to progressive news sites, costing journalism outlet Mother Jones hundreds of thousands of dollars, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal and comments by Mother Jones senior staff published Friday.

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

The EU is investigating Instagram for allegedly exposing the contact data of up to 5 million underage users

It follows a complaint from a US data scientist, who last year said that Instagram allowed underage users to publicly display their phone numbers and email addresses by switching to "business" accounts.

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

Why Monopolies Make Spying Easier

If history is any guide, the longer that companies like Facebook and Google stay dominant, the more likely it becomes that they will serve as intelligence partners to the United States and other governments.

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Have issues with Facebook collecting your data? Privacy-first alternative MeWe surges to 9M users

Our personal information is shared and sold across data companies used to target and manipulate us through marketing from social media companies, advertisers and politicians.

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

French data protection authority says it can’t trust top US Internet companies with EU personal data – even if they keep it in the EU

CNIL points out that its conclusions apply not only to Microsoft hosting the Health Data Hub, but also to all the other kinds of French health data held on systems run by US companies.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

You Have Nothing to Hide? We bet you do.

Today, the surveillance cameras of public authorities and the data centers of advertising companies are the big bogeyman, because they create profiles of all people who move around the Internet.

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

United States, Six Other Nations Ask Tech Companies To Build Backdoors To Encrypted Communications

Member nations of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing alliance—which includes the United States— along with Japan and India published a statement on Sunday calling on tech companies to allow law enforcement to gain backdoor access to communication that uses unbreakable end-to-end encryption.

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Five Eyes, India, And Japan Want ‘Backdoor’ To End-To-End Encryption

Their press release talks about the dangers of end-to-end encryption and how it’ll create a zone where no governments or even the companies implementing it, will be able to locate illegal activities.

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

The NCA believes there are at least 300,000 people in the UK who pose a sexual threat to children, with 86,832 UK-related referrals to NCMEC last year, including 52% from Facebook and 11% from Instagram.

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Facebook is a social network monopoly that buys, copies or kills competitors, antitrust committee finds

Among the findings was a 2018 internal company document titled the Cunningham Memo in which Facebook Senior Data Scientist Thomas Cunningham informed CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Vice President of Growth Javier Olivan that Instagram could hit a "tipping point" where its growth could ultimately come at the expense of all users leaving Facebook's blue app.

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Becoming Virtually Untraceable #16_9.20_pr1v4cy_1s_no7_d34d.pst

Some of these affronts to personal freedom like the First Amendment right to say whatever you want are being stripped away from Americans by the exploiting apps for their privacy exposures.

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

Watch out for this green dot on your iPhone – it means someone is watching

4) The new iOS 14 update adds fresh privacy features – and gives you a redesigned home screenCredit: Apple That means an app could show you nearby stores, for instance, without knowing exactly where you live.

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

Survey finds 85% of smartphone users believe they’re being spied on by a mobile app

A new survey by WhistleOut provides some numbers to back up a growing sentiment: That an app on your smartphone is spying on you right this second while you read this article.

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

U.S. House's antitrust report hints at break-up of Big Tech firms: lawmaker

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives antitrust report on Big Tech firms contains a “thinly veiled call to break up” the companies, Republican Congressman Ken Buck said in a draft response seen by Reuters.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

Google and Facebook hate a proposed privacy law. News publishers should embrace it.

The good news for consumers and news publishers alike is that CPRA seeks to close any loopholes in the previous privacy law the state passed two years ago.

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

What Facebook Did to American Democracy

The Trump campaign was working to suppress “idealistic white liberals, young women, and African Americans,” and they’d be doing it with targeted, “dark” Facebook ads.“I wouldn’t have come aboard, even for Trump, if I hadn’t known they were building this massive Facebook and data engine,” Bannon told them.

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

EU could force Apple to share user data with competitors

Major tech companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, and Amazon may be required to share customer data with smaller rivals, should the European Union's Digital Services Act pass.The Digital Services Act is designed to curb anticompetitive behavior by major tech companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, and Google.

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook merges Messenger chat service with Instagram

Facebook said the new features would be rolled out in “a few countries” immediately, and “globally soon”.There is also no timescale for the most controversial plans announced in Zuckerberg’s March 2019 blogpost: the integration of WhatsApp with Facebook Messenger and Instagram, and the decision to turn on end-to-end encryption for all conversations on the three platforms.

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

How Blacklight illuminates the murky world of ad tracking, key logging, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook pixels, and more

The new tool, Blacklight, emulates how users might be tracked as they browse the Web. To use it, you simply type in a Web address, and the tool scans the site for the following types of privacy violations: third-party cookies, ad trackers, key logging, session recording, canvas fingerprinting, Facebook tracking, and Google Analytics’ “Remarketing Audiences”.

Facebook and UK Privacy Regulator ICO Complicit in subverting democracy

Facebook and UK Privacy Regulator ICO Complicit in subverting democracy

Responding to Channel 4’s latest revelations about the massive cache of voter data used by the Trump campaign, Jim Killock, Executive Director of Open Rights Group said: “This latest revelations lays bare two key problems.

The Citizens

The Citizens

This doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface of the many urgent risks the platform poses to the upcoming election.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.The Real Facebook Oversight Board.We believe accountability in real-time is vital.

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

Facebook argues Apple should let its apps like Messenger be default on iPhone

With iOS 14, Apple has opened up its mobile platform more than ever before with the ability to set third-party apps as defaults for mail and browser.Would you like Apple to open up messaging to allow third-party apps to be the default?

Facebook faces lawsuit for spying on Instagram users with camera

Facebook faces lawsuit for spying on Instagram users with camera

When the revelation that Instagram was accessing user cameras was revealed by an iOS update in July of 2020, Facebook was quick to dismiss it as a bug that would soon be fixed.

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

Former Facebook exec: We made it as addictive as cigarettes on purpose

At the subcommittee hearing Kendall testified at on Thursday, lawmakers said the spread of misinformation on Facebook could be cause for future government regulation of social media platforms.

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

Facebook leaks show Mark Zuckerberg defending his decisions to angry employees

“I’m not sure if I’m missing something from this question,” Zuckerberg responded, in polite disbelief, “but I certainly haven’t seen any data that suggests that free food is anywhere near the list of primary reasons that people come to work at this company.

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption

The EU is set to declare war on encryption with plans to allow law enforcement officials “targeted lawful access” to protected communications, according to a European Commission internal note seen by the Financial Times.

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

Surveillance Company Explains How to Keep Facebook From Detecting Fake Accounts in Leaked Manual

But a leaked user manual obtained by Motherboard shows that, in reality, the company teaches customers how to create fake Facebook and LinkedIn accounts to gather information about people that is normally protected by their privacy settings on those platforms.

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

Facebook Says it Will Stop Operating in Europe If Regulators Don’t Back Down

In a court filing in Dublin, Facebook said that a decision by Ireland’s Data Protection Commission (DPC) would force the company to pull up stakes and leave the 410 million people who use Facebook and photo-sharing service Instagram in the lurch.

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

Facebook Accounts Using Fake Names, Among Other Violations, Risk Losing Access to Oculus Content

“If you log in using your Facebook account or merge your Oculus and Facebook accounts and violate the Facebook Community Standards, Conduct in VR Policy or other terms and policies on any of our platforms your access to or use of Oculus products may be impacted.

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook suffers blow in Australia legal fight over Cambridge Analytica

Facebook has been dealt a blow in its fight to fend off Australian legal action surrounding the Cambridge Analytica scandal, with the tech giant failing to convince the federal court it does not carry out business in Australia.