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
Facebook has bought a startup specializing in neural interface technology, suggesting it might be interested in building the technology into a future Oculus virtual reality headset.So, it's neural control then, not 'mind control'. If you're looking for an article on Facebook's social manipulation, this ain't the one.
Facebook revealed Friday that it had suspended “tens of thousands” of apps that may have mishandled users' personal data, part of an investigation sparked by the social giant's entanglement with Cambridge Analytica.#technology #Facebook #privacy #security
The suspensions — far more than the hundreds against which Facebook has taken action against in the past — occurred for a “variety of reasons,” the company said in a blog post, without elaborating. They were associated with about 400 developers.
The private emails of many top technology CEOs may be called in for investigation as part of a major US government antitrust investigation.#technology #Facebook #Apple #Amazon #antitrust #anticompetition
The likes of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple chief Tim Cook and Amazon founder and world's richest man Jeff Bezos could all be scrutinised by officials concerned about anti-competition practices.
iOS 13, which will be generally released later this week, has already been spotted catching Facebook’s app trying to use Bluetooth to track nearby users.Apple definitely takes privacy and security far more seriously than Facebook does.
Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts have been found online.Oops! Again...
The exposed server contained more than 419 million records over several databases on users across geographies, including 133 million records on U.S.-based Facebook users, 18 million records of users in the U.K., and another with more than 50 million records on users in Vietnam.
Facebook is rolling out facial recognition to all of its 360 million users, making it easier than ever for your friends and family to tag you in embarrassing photos.The good news is that the article links to another article that explains how to delete your Facebook account.
Facial recognition first arrived on Facebook in 2017 under the name 'Tag Suggestions', but was only available to a small sample of users. It's now accessible worldwide under the more logical name 'Face Recognition'.
Facebook has introduced a tool that lets you see which third-party websites and apps are sending it your browsing history, and stop them doing so in future.Oh, really? And what if you haven't got a Facebook account?
The feature, which is currently available in Ireland, Spain and South Korea, is found in the mobile app's settings under the heading 'Off-Facebook Activity'. It allows you to see which companies have shared data about your browsing habits using tracking tools like The Facebook Pixel and Facebook Login.
NEARLY 1,500 MILES from the Menlo Park headquarters of Facebook, at a company outpost in Austin, Texas, moderators toil around the clock to screen and scrub some the most gruesome, hateful, and heinous posts that make their way onto the social network and its photo-sharing subsidiary, Instagram. They are required to view as many as 800 pieces of disturbing content in a single shift, and routinely turn to on-site counselors to help cope with the procession of stomach-turning images, videos, and text. But some members of this invisible army have complained, in a statement widely circulated within Facebook, that the outsourcing giant that officially employs them, Accenture, has repeatedly attempted to violate the confidentiality of these therapy sessions.#technology #facebook #psychology #counselling