Take-up will have to be colossal for the virus to be totally supressed [sic]. Academics advising the NHS estimate 80% of smartphone users - 60% of the population - would have to actively use it. By comparison, about 67% of UK smartphone users have downloaded messaging app WhatsApp.So, they appear to be doubting that enough people will use the new contact-tracing app, but more than enough people already use Facebook's individual-tracing WhatsApp.
Mobile giant Samsung is donating 2,000 smartphones to the NHS, for staff to use in Nightingale hospitals.#technology #tech #Facebook #Samsung #Covid-19 #CoronaVirus
It will provide Galaxy XCover 4s phones, which are designed to be more robust and can be used while wearing gloves.
Samsung said NHS England had already ordered an extra 20,000 phones and tablets, which it had agreed to supply at cost price, without taking a profit.
Facebook is also donating 2,050 of its Portal video-calling screens.
Over the last few years, Facebook has had a slew of privacy and security blunders and more details about one of them have come to light through a new court filing as the social media company is suing the spyware company NSO Group. It turns out Facebook tried to buy controversial government spyware to monitor iPhone and iPad users.#technology #tech #Apple #iPhone #iPad #Facebook #spying #security #privacy
Zoom has updated its iOS app to stop sharing user data with Facebook.#technology #tech #VideoConferencing #Zoom #Facebook #security #privacy
The company was sharing device data when users used "Login with Facebook".
Even users without a Facebook account were having their data harvested.
More than 267 million Facebook users allegedly had their user IDs, phone numbers and names exposed online, according to a report from Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko. That info was found in a database that could be accessed without a password or any other authentication, and the researchers believe it was gathered as part of an illegal scraping operation or Facebook API abuse.#technology #Facebook #security #privacy
Tech companies including Apple and Facebook should provide encrypted user data to members of law enforcement, U.S. Senators said on Tuesday, with the added threat of imposing regulatory measures over the technology if they fail to do so.#technology #Apple #Facebook #security #privacy
There has been a download option for years, but a straight migration is new.
Facebook, which has been under fire because of privacy concerns, said Thursday it built an internal app that allowed employees to identify their colleagues and friends who enabled facial recognition by pointing their phone cameras at them. The app, reported earlier by Business Insider, wasn't released publicly.#technology #Facebook #security #privacy
Sens. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., and Chris Coons, D-Del., have asked Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to explain how the company tracks users’ locations under restricted settings.#technology #internet #Facebook #privacy #security #surveillance
In a letter sent Tuesday, the senators say Zuckerberg should address concerns with the location-tracking policy announced in response to privacy updates made in the latest versions of Apple and Google’s mobile operating systems.
In a September post explaining the policy, Facebook said it can determine users’ locations from factors like their internet connection, even if they have their location settings restricted.
Fed up with #Facebook and #Twitter? If so, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales hopes you'll join WT:Social, a new social media platform that promises not to run advertisements or sell user data.So why isn't he championing #Diaspora* / the #Federation? Hmmm...
WT:Social features a Facebook-like feed on which users can share news or other content. But unlike Facebook, whose algorithms prioritize content that's sponsored or receiving a lot of engagement, WT:Social simply shows new content first.
About 160,000 people have signed up for WT:Social since it launched in October. The platform is free to join, but new users are put on a wait-list, which can be instantly bypassed if you donate money. WT:Social hopes to survive only on donations.
Facebook is launching a new payments system today, appropriately named Facebook Pay. It will be available across Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp, and it’s designed to facilitate payments across Facebook’s popular social networks and apps. You’ll be able to use Facebook Pay to send money to friends, shop for goods, or even donate to fundraisers.Apple Pay, OK. Google Pay and Samsung Pay, maybe. But Facebook Pay?!
Facebook’s former head of Global Elections Integrity Ops left after six months on the job — and now she's speaking out about the problems she faced when trying to fix the company's political ad problems.#technology #internet #Facebook #security #privacy
In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Monday, Yaël Eisenstat, who joined Facebook after working with the CIA and the White House, says she tried to sound the alarm at the company leading up to the 2016 election. Recently, Facebook said it would let politicians lie in ads in the name of “free expression.”
Forget Facebook: meet FACEBOOK.They'll win you round by SHOUTING in your face...
Amid antitrust investigations, Capitol Hill hearings, and a generally poor reputation, the company announced on Monday it is reinventing itself with a rebrand. In the coming weeks, a new multicolored, all-caps logo will begin appearing across its services. Instagram and Whatsapp, owned by the company, will proudly tell users that they are services “from FACEBOOK”.
In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook, the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying.Why does Facebook even have to think about whether to ban politician's lies? Is it, perhaps because they don't think they can recognise them consistently?
In the letter Damian Collins, chair of the DCMS committee, asks the company to explain why it recently took the decision to change its policy regarding political ads — “given the heavy constraint this will place on Facebook’s ability to combat online disinformation in the run-up to elections around the world”.
On Friday, Gizmodo uncovered shocking new evidence that Facebook is using its platform to suppress stories about CEO Mark Zuckerberg... or maybe his janky, busted-ass website is just bugging out again for no reason. It’s hard to say, really. That’s sort of the problem.#technology #internet #Facebook
If you want to get a glimpse of Mark Zuckerberg's "privacy-focused" vision for Facebook, then look no further than Instagram's new social app: Threads. This new standalone, camera-first messaging app is an extension of Instagram's Close Friends feature on Stories, which lets you share pictures, videos and more only with groups of people you've carefully selected.#technology #photography #Instagram #Facebook #privacy
Bloomberg reports:#technology #internet #Facebook #security #privacy
Social media platforms based in the U.S. including Facebook and WhatsApp will be forced to share users’ encrypted messages with British police under a new treaty between the two countries, according to a person familiar with the matter.
The accord, which is set to be signed by next month, will compel social media firms to share information to support investigations into individuals suspected of serious criminal offenses including terrorism and pedophilia, the person said
Facebook is creating an immersive environment called Horizon to tempt people into spending more time in virtual reality.So, it's a sort of cartoon Second Life, then. And, presumably, you can't move vertically.
The VR app will be a mix of social places where users can mingle and chat, and other areas where they can play games against each other.
People will inhabit and explore the virtual spaces via a cartoon avatar.
A group formed by Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to combat terrorist abuse and online extremism on social media is becoming a separate organization. The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism has announced today that it plans on hiring an executive director and separate staff to lead the initiative, which was formed a little more than two years ago. Also joining the initiative will be Amazon, Whatsapp and Linkedin.#technology #SocialMedia #security #extremism #GIFCT #Facebook #Microsoft #Twitter #YouTube #Amazon #WhatsApp #LinkedIn