What We 'Know' About Facebook

What We 'Know' About Facebook

Photo: GettyOn Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg...Like most big tech companies, Facebook doesn’t offer a phone number to call if you’re having issues.

WhatsApp ‘Exploited’ By Hong Kong Police To Collect Intelligence—Accounts Suspended

WhatsApp ‘Exploited’ By Hong Kong Police To Collect Intelligence—Accounts Suspended

In another blunt message to China, Facebook has slapped down attempts by the police in Hong Kong to use its WhatsApp messaging platform to collect intelligence on the pro-democracy protests.

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Facebook joins Google in states’ antitrust crosshairs

Gen. Letitia James is leading a bipartisan coalition of states looking into whether Facebook “stifled competition and put users at risk” by increasing the price of advertising, reducing consumer-choice quality and mishandling personal information, according to a statement Friday.

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

HUAWEI announces HarmonyOS open source operating system for smartphones and smart devices

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s Consumer Business Group, regarding the thoughts behind developing this new OS, said: We’re entering a day and age where people expect a holistic intelligent experience across all devices and scenarios.

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Office 365 banned from German schools; iWork also ruled out- 9to5Mac

Microsoft has found Office 365 banned from use in at least some German schools due to privacy concerns over the way its cloud service works.

Steve Wozniak Warns People to Get Off Facebook Over Privacy Concerns

Steve Wozniak Warns People to Get Off Facebook Over Privacy Concerns

Steve Wozniak has a warning for anyone who uses social media ... The paranoia surrounding social media spying is top of mind right now after Gayle King called BS on Instagram chief Adam Mosseri' s assertion the platform does NOT listen in on your private convos.

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

When Myspace Was King, Employees Abused a Tool Called ‘Overlord’ to Spy on Users

While the tool was originally designed to help moderate the platform and allow MySpace to comply with law enforcement requests, multiple sources said the tool was used for illegitimate purposes by employees who accessed Myspace user data without authorization to do so.

Big Mood Machine

Big Mood Machine

“It’s a strategic evolution of the Spotify ads business.” As of May 1, 2015, advertisers would be able to target ads to users of the free ad-supported service based on activities and moods: “Mood categories like happy, chill, and sad will let a brand like Coca-Cola play on its ‘Open Happiness’ campaign when people are listening to mood-boosting music,” the Ad Age article explained.

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Google to acquire analytics startup Looker for $2.6 billion

Thomas Kurian, the man who was handed the reins to Google Cloud at the end of last year, sees the two companies bringing together a complete data analytics solution for customers.

SentinelOne raises $120M for its fully autonomous, AI-based endpoint security solution

SentinelOne raises $120M for its fully autonomous, AI-based endpoint security solution

SentinelOne, which provides real-time endpoint protection on laptops, phones, containers, cloud services and most recently IoT devices on a network through a completely autonomous, AI-based platform, has raised $120 million in a Series D round — money that it will be using to continue expanding its current business as well as forge into new areas such as building more tools to automatically detect and patch software running on those endpoints, to keep them as secure as possible.

Apple is now the privacy-as-a-service company

Apple is now the privacy-as-a-service company

Apple’s truly transforming into a privacy-as-a-service company, which shows in the way that it’s implementing both the new single sign-on account service, as well as its camera and location services updates in iOS 13.

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Facebook Lawyer Says You Don't Have Any Privacy on the Site

Just one day before Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said at a shareholder meeting that he wants to build a “privacy-focused social platform,” the company’s lawyer argued that privacy doesn’t actually exist on Facebook.

How to avoid living in ‘City.inc’

How to avoid living in ‘City.inc’

Former Ontario privacy commissioner Ann Cavoukian, who was working with Google subsidiary Sidewalk Labs, told The Telegraph that she resigned over concerns that the “treasure trove” of data collected in the $40m smart city project could not only identify individuals but leave them open to cyber attacks.

Facebook sues analytics firm Rankwave over alleged data misuse

Facebook sues analytics firm Rankwave over alleged data misuse

However, the social network said it had information that since 2014, Rankwave had been using data gathered by its apps "for its own business purposes, which include providing consulting services to advertisers and marketing companies".

New Facebook Lawsuit Suggests 'Another Cambridge Analytica' Has Come To Light

New Facebook Lawsuit Suggests 'Another Cambridge Analytica' Has Come To Light

Just a few hours after meeting French President Emmanuel Macron to discuss the ways in which the company can become more accountable for the content published on its platform, and just a few days after Facebook's co-founder Chris Hughes slammed the company and its CEO for what they have become, the company quietly announced on Friday that another Cambridge Analytica may have come to light.

Opinion | A Tax That Could Fix Big Tech

Opinion | A Tax That Could Fix Big Tech

The dominant digital platform companies, including Facebook and Google, make their profits using business models that erode this commons. The tax that I propose would be applied to revenue from sales of targeted digital ads, which are the key to the operation of Facebook, Google and the like.

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

Microsoft, Facebook, trust and privacy

I've been reminded of this ancient history a lot in the last year or two as I’ve looked at news around abuse and ‘hostile state activity’ on Facebook, YouTube and other social platforms, because much like the Microsoft macro viruses, the ‘bad actors’ on Facebook did things that were in the manual.

Security lapse exposed a Chinese smart city surveillance system

Security lapse exposed a Chinese smart city surveillance system

We also found that the customer’s system also pulls in data from the police and uses that information to detect people of interest or criminal suspects, suggesting it may be a government customer.

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

How To Get Away With Murder — The Facebook Way

When Facebook announced its robust first-quarter results for 2019, it also disclosed the company is setting aside $3 billion in anticipation of a fine for violating the Federal Trade Commission’s 2011 privacy consent decree.

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

The genius move behind Facebook groups: Mining users for more valuable data

In an Instagram post on Tuesday, , “Now we’re focused on building the digital equivalent of the living room, where you can interact in all the ways you’d want privately — from messaging and stories to secure payments and more.” He added, “We’ve redesigned Facebook to make communities as central as friends.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is private’

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg says the ‘future is private’

His opening statements build on the massive shift in Zuckerberg’s vision for the company that he first outlined early last month when he announced Facebook would transition away from the News Feed and public posts and toward a “privacy-focused communications platform” that unified its messaging products around concepts like ephemerality and encryption.

Facebook’s Ad Archive API is Inadequate

Facebook’s Ad Archive API is Inadequate

Researchers’ guideline : A functional, open API should provide the content of the advertisement and information about targeting criteria. Facebook’s API : The API provides no information on targeting criteria, so researchers have no way to tell the audience that advertisers are paying to reach.

Data as a Property Right

Data as a Property Right

As we’ve seen, some of the largest tech companies can know more about us and our lives than our families and those closest to us. Data generated by each individual needs to be owned by them, with certain rights conveyed that will allow them to know how it’s used and protect it.

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.

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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.