Facebook privacy pivot raises safety concerns after New Zealand attack – Business Insider

It’s almost a year to the day since the revelation that the data of millions of Facebook users made its way into the hands of Cambridge Analytica, which weaponized the information on behalf of Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. The fallout from the scandal continues to plague Facebook, with evidence published in court documents on…

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Facebook staff ‘flagged Cambridge Analytica fears earlier than thought’ – BBC News

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook’s chief executive has repeatedly declined to answer questions from UK MPs about the scandal Facebook employees raised concerns about Cambridge Analytica’s data-scraping practices three months earlier than thought, according to US court documents. A US-based employee warned colleagues about the activity in September 2015. Facebook had said it…

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Facebook board member may have met Cambridge Analytica whistleblower in 2016 (updated) – Engadget

Andreessen stayed in touch with Wylie up until the story broke in March 2018, according to one of the sources. However, there was supposedly no “follow-up” to put Wylie’s information to work. Andreessen’s venture capital company, Andreessen Horowitz, has declined to answer questions. In a statement, Facebook said it wasn’t aware of the data transfer…

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Facebook woes: Outage reportedly biggest ever; criminal probe underway for data deals – WRAL Tech Wire

Facebook and its various platforms continued to face some outages on Thursday, with the issues stretching beyond 14 hours — believed to be the social network’s biggest-ever interruption. Meanwhile, the social media giant reportedly is under a criminal investigation for its data deals. Some users of Facebook and other platforms owned by the tech giant…

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Facebook admitted defrauding kids and parents of thousands of dollars in early free-to-play games – VentureBeat

Facebook engaged in practices that tricked children and parents into spending money in free-to-play games, according to court documents unsealed and reported by the publication Reveal. And the company often denied attempts by parents to recover hundreds or even thousands of dollars until credit card companies “clawed back” the money from Facebook. The 135-pages of…

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Facebook memos show reluctance to prevent 5-year-olds from making accidental purchases – The Next Web

New Facebook documents revealed yesterday shows the company’s attitude towards children spending their parents’ money to be flippant at best… and gross at worst. We first began to hear rumblings about these documents and what they reveal about Facebook and gamer kids last week, when Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting showed snippets. A…

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Facebook is as bad for your health as smoking, say tech experts, who think the cure is breaking up the social network – Business Insider

DAVOS, Switzerland — Nearly a year ago to the day, the tech billionaire Marc Benioff chose the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Switzerland to tear into Facebook. Speaking with CNBC, the Salesforce CEO said Mark Zuckerberg’s social network should be regulated by US lawmakers with the same vigor as the cigarette industry. It’s a…

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Why the F.T.C. Is Taking a New Look at Facebook Privacy – The New York Times

After a yearlong string of news reports that have called Facebook’s data-sharing practices into question, federal regulators are taking a hard look at how the social media company handles the personal information of its users. It is not the first time Facebook has drawn government scrutiny. About seven years ago, after charges were leveled by…

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New Documents Show That Facebook Has Never Deserved Your Trust – EFF

Another week, another set of reminders that, while Facebook likes to paint itself as an “optimistic” company that’s simply out to help users and connect the world, the reality is very different.  This week, those reminders include a collection of newly released documents suggesting that the company adopted a host of features and policies even…

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