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Worse Than Previously Reported: The Facebook Story

The most powerful tool in Facebook’s considerable arsenal isn’t its incalculable trove of user data or yearly revenue that exceeds the GDP of more than a few sovereign nations – it’s the platform’s ability to spread out any PR disaster over months or years so that all but the most dogged beat reporters stop giving a shit entirely. Read More >>

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UK Government Plans to Collect ‘Targeted and Personalised’ Data on Internet Users to Prepare For Brexit: Report

The government is planning to collect “targeted and personalised information,” on anyone who visits the government’s various websites, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News. Politicians in the UK are being told that it’s a “top priority” and that the information is needed to prepare for Brexit, which is still scheduled for October 31. Read More >>

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Alex Stamos, Ex-Facebook Security Chief, Blames Journalists for Cambridge Analytica Fallout

A Facebook initiative announced last year designed to generate “independent, credible research about the role of social media in elections” is faltering, BuzzFeed reported last week, citing multiple sources with knowledge of the programme and its participants. According to Facebook’s former chief security officer, reporters who covered the company’s Cambridge Analytica scandal are at least partly to blame. Read More >>

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Facebook Discloses Cambridge Analytica Email It Fought for Months to Keep Secret

More than a year ago, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg laid out on his personal page a “timeline” related to the Cambridge Analytica “situation.” But he omitted a key piece of information, which was finally made public today. Read More >>

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Google and Facebook May Have to Cough Up Their Algorithms if Australian Proposal Lands

Facebook and Google could be forced to give up the deets about their secret sauce algorithms thanks to an Australian proposal for increased regulation of the tech giants. If implemented, these measures could set a precedent for how global lawmakers curtail these companies’ influence amid increasing privacy and antitrust scandals. Read More >>

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US Federal Trade Commission Approves £3.9 Billion Settlement Against Facebook Over Cambridge Analytica Debacle: Reports

The US Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook in the wake of its massive Cambridge Analytica scandal, has voted to approve levying a massive $5 billion (£3.9 billion) fine against the social media giant, according to reporting in both the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post. It’s the single largest fine against a tech company by the FTC to date, though not the largest the agency has ever inflicted on a firm for bad behaviour. Read More >>

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It Appears That Even a Truck Full of Money Can’t Get Top Talent to Work for Facebook These Days

Former Facebook recruiters say the company’s damaged image is driving away potential hires, according to a new report. Facebook, meanwhile, claims it’s doing better than ever, thank you very much. Read More >>

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Canada May Drag Facebook to Court Over Its ‘Disregard’ for User Security

Wikipedia can go ahead and add all of Canada to the ever-expanding List Of Parties Who Have A Bone to Pick With Facebook page—a joint investigation by the privacy commissioners of Canada and British Columbia found the company “committed serious contraventions of Canadian privacy laws.” Read More >>

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Facebook Expects Record Fine Up to £4 Billion From FTC for Privacy Violations

Facebook expects to be fined $3-5 billion (£2.3-£3.9 billion) by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations, the company announced on Wednesday in its financial earnings report. Read More >>

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Facebook Says It Needs to Collect All Your Data to Protect Against Terrorism and Child Abuse

Facebook was slapped with a ruling in Germany today that limits how the social media giant can collect data across its multiple platforms, like WhatsApp and Instagram. And Facebook is not happy about it, to say the least. The company says it’s collecting all of that data for your own good. They’re simply using their data sharing methods to protect you against terrorism and child abuse, according to Facebook. Seriously. Read More >>

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The US Federal Trade Commission May Slam Facebook With ‘Record-Setting’ Fine Over User Privacy

US Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorised to speak on the record.” Read More >>

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A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review

It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not. Read More >>

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Mark Zuckerberg Was ‘Sceptical’ About Risk of Leaks Like Cambridge Analytica, Emails Show

Internal Facebook documents published today by the British Parliament give us more insight than ever into the mind of the largest social platform’s CEO. Among those revelations: Zuckerberg’s cavalier attitude towards the possibility of data leaks. Read More >>

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In Extraordinary Rebuke, UK Parliament Seizes Internal Facebook Documents

The British Parliament has seized internal Facebook documents in “an extraordinary attempt to hold the U.S. social media giant to account” after being repeatedly spurned in their attempts to have the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg testify about its data privacy practices, the Observer reported on Saturday. Read More >>

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Facebook’s Woes Grow as Instagram Co-Founders Reportedly Bail

Instagram co-founders Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger are planning on leaving their jobs at the company in the coming weeks, according to a report in the New York Times on Monday. Read More >>