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Facebook flagged Declaration of Independence as hate speech

Facebook’s filters flagged a passage from the Declaration of Independence– as hate speech. The Vindicator, a news outlet in Liberty, Tx., posted the document in 12 excerpts on their Facebook page between June 24 and July 4, to educate readers ahead of Independence Day. But one post, apparently, wasn’t kosher with Facebook. “Somewhere in paragraphs…
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Facebook admits it shared user data in ‘one-time extension’

Facebook can’t seem to escape its privacy woes. Mark Zuckerberg’s beleaguered social network admitted that it shared user information with 61 firms for months after it said it had stopped such behavior. Facebook, in a nearly 750-page submission to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, revealed that it granted in 2015 the app developers and…
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Facebook has a real problem with disturbing content

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Cambridge Analytica figure to testify about Facebook breach

A Senate Commerce Committee panel plans to call a former Cambridge Analytica contractor at the center of a scandal involving the use of data from millions of Facebook users, a committee source told Reuters on Thursday. The panel’s subcommittee on Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security will hold a hearing next Tuesday on…
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Facebook shared user data with select companies

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Facebook shared personal information culled from its users’ profiles with other companies after the date when executives have said the social network prevented third-party developers from gaining access to the data, the company confirmed Friday.
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Facebook Gave Some Firms Special Access to Data After Cutoff

Facebook struck customized data-sharing deals with a select group of companies, some of which had special access to user records well after the social-media giant cut off developers from that information, according to court documents, company officials and people familiar with the matter.
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Facebook says privacy-setting bug affected as many as 14M

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook said a software bug led some users to post publicly by default regardless of their previous settings. The bug affected as many as 14 million users over several days in May.
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Help Wanted: Facebook Needs People for ‘News Credibility’

Facebook has famously had a problem with fake news. Now it’s looking for people to help it do better.

For the past couple of weeks, the social media company has been looking for at least two people (one fluent in Spanish) to help it with its “News Credibility Program.” The job postings, first reported by Business Insider, are looking for detail-oriented, self-starting contractors who “should be comfortable performing repetitive tasks.”

Similarly worded job postings also appear on LinkedIn, posted by a staffing company on behalf of an unnamed Menlo Park company. (The LinkedIn URLs include the phrase “world’s largest social network,” which is kind of a tipoff it’s Facebook.) Those posts mention that “you’ll be tasked with developing a deep expertise in News Credibility Program and evaluating news publishers for policy compliance.”

It’s not clear whether the News Credibility Specialists will work with a program that Facebook announced in January, in which Facebook users rank news sources that they see as the most credible and trustworthy. Or if, as Business Insider suggested, Facebook is backing away from CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s statements that the company wouldn’t be in the business of judging which news is trustworthy.

Either way, if you’ve ever grown weary of fake news and wanted to do something about it, here’s your chance.

Facebook didn’t return a call seeking comment.

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New Facebook privacy furor: What’s at stake?

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is at the center of another privacy furor, this one over its sharing of user data with device makers such as Apple, Amazon, Samsung and others over the past decade
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Facebook says it has to fix pricey housing ‘if we’re going to remain a company in Silicon Valley’

Investors have called for better transparency — and in some cases, better leadership — after reports of widespread abuse on the platform.
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Facebook kills ‘trending’ topics, tests breaking news label

NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is shutting down its ill-fated “trending” news section after four years, a company executive told The Associated Press.
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Sheryl Sandberg Lays Out the Plan to Fix Facebook

Facebook’s apology tour continued Tuesday at the Code Conference as two of its most senior execs laid out their plans to fix the platform in the wake of huge controversies from fake news to misappropriation of user data. COO Sheryl Sandberg and CTO Mike Schroepfer covered much of the same ground their boss, CEO Mark […]

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Activists Are Already Targeting Google and Facebook Over Europe’s New Data Privacy Law That Went Live Today

Europe’s sweeping new data privacy regime came into effect this morning, and privacy activists are not wasting time in flexing their muscles. One organization has already made official data protection complaints about Google, Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram, while another is going after the shadowy data brokers that trade people’s information behind the scenes.

The complaints about Google, Facebook and Facebook’s subsidiaries come from a group called None Of Your Business (NOYB)–a non-profit founded by the very successful serial Facebook litigant Max Schrems. Schrems, the Austrian lawyer who annihilated the U.S.-EU Safe Harbor data-sharing agreement a few years ago, formed the crowdfunded NOYB in order to take on big tech firms that break the EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR.)

The new law only lets companies process people’s data if they have a valid legal basis for doing so. Several justifications are acceptable, and consent is one of the most frequently-chosen options. However, users have to be able to freely give their consent–the law says people can’t be forced into consenting to their data being processed, in order to use a service.

According to Schrems and his NOYB group, Google and Facebook are railroading users in this way.

“Facebook has even blocked accounts of users who have not given consent. In the end users only had the choice to delete the account or hit the ‘agree’ button-that’s not a free choice; it more reminds of a North Korean election process,” said Schrems in a statement. “Many users do not know yet that this annoying way of pushing people to consent is actually forbidden under GDPR in most cases.”

So NOYB has lodged complaints with a variety of European privacy regulators, “to enable European coordination.” One complaint, covering the consent requirements of Google’s Android, has been filed in France. The main Facebook complaint has been filed in Austria, while those for Instagram and WhatsApp are in the inboxes of the Belgian and Hamburg regulators respectively.

In case you’re wondering how a company is supposed to deliver a service without users giving their consent to their personal data being processed, here’s the deal: If the data really has to be processed in order to deliver the company’s services, then that’s a valid legal justification in itself. For example, an email service doesn’t need to get consent in order to send and deliver people’s emails. Consent is only needed when the company is trying to do other things with that data, such as using it to make money from advertisers.

Schrems and his non-profit argue that, if their complaints are successful, the victory should put an end to all those annoying consent popups that many companies think the GDPR demands.

“If companies realize that annoying pop-ups usually don’t lead to valid consent, we should also be free from this digital plague soon,” he said. “GDPR is very pragmatic on this point: Whatever is really necessary for an app is legal without consent, the rest needs a free ‘yes’ or ‘no’ option.”

Google and Facebook had not responded to requests for comment at the time of writing.

Meanwhile, a separate group in the U.K.–Privacy International–has launched an investigation into the companies that do behind-the-scenes trading of personal data.

The organization has sent letters to firms like Acxiom, Criteo and Quantcast, asking them how they handle personal data. The GDPR is pretty firm on this stuff–people are supposed to know when a company has their data, and companies are not supposed to be using that data to build profiles of people if that’s not the case.

“We welcome GDPR taking effect,” said Privacy International legal officer Ailidh Callander. “It’s been a long time coming, and GDPR is an important step in the right direction, providing essential safeguards to our human rights to privacy and data protection, by imposing more stringent obligations on companies, strengthening rights of individuals, and increasing enforcement powers. GDPR is a key tool to empower individuals, civil society, and journalists to fight against data exploitation.”

The GDPR threatens companies with massive fines for breaking its many terms–up to EUR20 million ($ 23.4 million) or 4% of global revenues, whichever is bigger. While these are big, scary figures, though, it is deeply unlikely that fines will be that high in any but the most egregious cases.

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The Broke Black Girl: How a Facebook Group Became A Financial Movement for African American Women

Dasha Kennedy was a wife and mother with a corporate job in her 20s but she was still broke. Broken not just financially, but emotionally.

After a short marriage, Kennedy and her husband divorced in 2015 over irreconcilable differences—mostly financial—and she began raising her two sons as a single mother. At the time, she was struggling to provide for herself and her family, living paycheck to paycheck, and depended on bonuses from her job to sustain them. Kennedy reached a turning point, however, when she broke her foot and realized how unprepared she was for a financial emergency.

Determined to make a change, she learned how to balance her finances and began documenting her journey toward economic freedom on social media. That led her to create a Facebook group in November 2017 called The Broke Black Girl where she shared tools and resources for fiscal success with other black women. The group ballooned into an active platform where African American women around the country would share their own financial trials, tribulations, and tips. Members also encourage one another and hold each other accountable. Within six months, the group had 30,000 members. Today, Kennedy says The Broke Black Girl boasts around 40,000 members from over 32 states and 68 countries and has generated over $ 10,000 in revenue.

“What was birthed from hardship evolved into the key to financial freedom for black women everywhere. A brand built on faith and social responsibility, The Broke Black Girl aims to equip every black girl, young and old, with the means necessary to live their best life, mentally, physically, and financially,” writes Kennedy on the Facebook page.

In addition to being the force behind the growing Facebook group, Kennedy works full time as an accountant for an insurance company and as a default counselor, assisting clients that have defaulted on their loans due to financial hardships. In an interview with Black Enterprise, the St. Louis native opened up about the mission of The Broke Black Girl, how she monetized the group, and the impact that it is having on black women.

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Dasha Kennedy, founder of The Broke Black Girl

BE: What is the mission of The Broke Black Girl?

The mission of the group is to provide financial literacy and basic money management skills to African American women across the world all while building positive friendships with each other. The group provides a safe and supportive space for women to openly discuss their financial hardships and seek free assistance from the professionals in the group, such as myself, with credit restoration, budgeting, money management, and wealth building.

 

BE: What tips would you share with other black women about maintaining financial stability?

As black women, we face a stigma regarding our overwhelming “need” to be beautiful by another’s standards. We have to understand that the world’s definition of beauty does NOT define us. The group lives by the motto “priorities over prettiness.” What is the point of expensive acrylic nails, hair extensions, new clothes, and shoes when you are struggling to meet your basic necessities?

We have to take control of our finances by becoming conscious of our spending habits, setting a monthly household budget, and cutting back on expenses that ultimately leave us financially strapped. How can we enjoy a life of luxury when we’re struggling to pay our bills due to the expense of that luxury? The fight starts when we admit that we have made poor financial choices, decide that enough is enough and take control of our finances.

 

BE: What have you learned from managing the group? 

Watching the group grow from one member to more than 41,000 members, I have learned that we can do so much more together financially than we could ever do alone. I have witnessed women take the initiative to create budgets, update résumés, [and] donate clothes and furniture to women that have experienced fires and floods. Being in a group with so many powerful and educated women has [also] allowed me to witness black women in a light that has been dimmed for so many years.

I’ve also learned a lot about building and managing a community. We’ve established rules so that members know what is and isn’t allowed, and to ensure that conversations remain respectful. To keep members engaged, the group has a topic schedule that we stick to and the structure of the group allows continuous learning. I also use membership questions to make sure that the most relevant people who request to join the group are allowed to join so that the group remains a safe and supportive place.

I have witnessed the love between black women and their ability to educate and provide other women with a lifelong skill: money management. The group has taught me that we are all on different financial walks but we are equally capable and responsible for helping each other along the way.

 

BE: Have you monetized the group? How?

Yes, I have monetized the group and at this current time, I have earned a least $ 11,000. The largest part of the revenue comes from events such as meet and greets, speaking engagements, mass budget classes, and merchandise. The first event, [which] was held in February 2018, was a Pancake, Pajamas and Priorities-themed vision board party for 100 girls from the group.

Since then, I have worked with girls from the group one-on-one for a fee. Using my background in finances to prepare personal and business budgets, I have sold merchandise with the name of the group as well as received payments through paid partnerships. I partner with other women that offer a financial service that I do not in an attempt to create a team effort in wealth building.

By this summer, Kennedy says she hopes to become a full-time entrepreneur.

 

-Editor’s note: This interview has been lightly edited for brevity and clarity.

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Facebook: We’re better at policing nudity than hate speech

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Getting rid of racist, sexist and other hateful remarks on Facebook is more challenging than weeding out other types of unacceptable posts because computer programs still stumble over the nuances of human language, the company revealed Tuesday.
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Release of Thousands of Russia-Linked Facebook Ads Shows How Propaganda Sharpened

Newly released documents show how Russian propagandists on Facebook grew increasingly sophisticated and inflammatory in their tactics over two years as they worked to sow discord in the U.S. before and after the 2016 presidential election.
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Facebook just made an important decision regarding the abortion referendum

Facebook has decided to block any foreign ads related to the upcoming abortion referendum to preserve ‘integrity’ of the vote

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On the 25th of May 2018, the Irish abortion referendum will take place. Voters will be asked whether or not to approve the Thirty-Sixth Amendment to the Constitution Bill. According to TheJournal.ie, this amendment will allow repealing (removing) Article 40.3.3 (known as the Eighth Amendment) and replacing it with this line: ‘Provision may be made by law for the regulation of termination of pregnancies.’

Pro-choice protestors

In December, the Oireachtas (the Irish legislative body) committee on the Eighth Amendment supported the repeal and made a recommendation that abortion without restriction be legal up to the twelfth week of pregnancy. Groups supporting the ‘Repeal The Eighth’ movement, such as the London-Irish Abortion Rights Campaign, have sought to highlight how thousands of Irish women a year are forced to leave the country, simply in order to get access to safe abortion services.

Of course, such a historic vote means that tensions and emotions are running high, and campaigns by both sides are dominating the internet and the airwaves. Facebook, whose value plunged by $ 36bn in the days after the Cambridge Analytica scandal was announced, has now taken the step to block any foreign spending on adverts regarding the referendum in order to protect the ‘integrity’ of the vote. As part of this, Ireland has also become the first country outside of the US to receive a collection of ad-tracking tools, (which were promised in early-April.)

Pro-choice protestors in London

In a statement, Facebook said, ‘This is an issue we have been thinking about for some time. Today, as part of our efforts to help protect the integrity of elections and referendums from undue influence, we will begin rejecting ads related to the referendum if they are being run by advertisers based outside of Ireland.’

They continued: ‘What we are now doing for the referendum on the eighth amendment will allow us to operate as though these tools, which are not yet fully available, were in place today with respect to foreign referendum-related advertising.’

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Jada Pinkett Smith Launches New Show on Facebook Watch

Recently, Facebook has been throwing a multitude of money at creating original content hoping that something will stick. They may have a win with Jada Pinkett Smith’s new show, Red Table Talk, airing on Facebook Watch, May 7.

The 10-episode series is based on three generations of women—Pinkett Smith; her daughter, Willow Smith; and her mother, Adrienne Banfield-Norris—and tackles issues such as sex, self-image, past relationships, and more. Fans can expect to see candid conversations with the women in addition to guest appearances from actresses Gabrielle Union and Tiffany Haddish, and Will Smith’s ex-wife, Sheree Zampino.

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During the first episode, we will see Pinkett Smith and Zampino discuss their blended family together for the first time. Additionally, Banfield-Norris will share her personal story about giving birth to Jada at age 17, the same age her granddaughter Willow is today.

When asked why she decided to work with Facebook on the series, Smith responded, “I started having real conversations on Facebook on my own page that were very close to a lot of the topics that we’re dealing with. It was such a beautiful comradery that I created through my own Facebook page and I feel like during this time, we’re all going through so much and life is getting more complex because times are changing so quickly and things are shifting so fast, and I felt like creating a safe space where we could come have unfiltered, honest conversations, where we can take our masks off and let go of all those personas that we created to just have real honest conversations about how we’re feeling.”

Facebook Watch is a dedicated place for shows on Facebook. It’s a platform where people can find new shows, catch up on the ones they follow, and form communities of fans. The two main verticals are Discover: A way to find new shows through your friends or the communities of people you care about (with sections such as “What Your Friends are Watching,” “Most Talked About,” or “What’s Making People Laugh”) and Watchlist: A way to catch up with shows you follow. If you follow a show, new episodes will automatically appear in your Watchlist, so you never miss them.

New episodes of Red Table Talk will appear on Mondays. Then, tune in on Wednesdays starting May 9 for a Facebook Live with Jada, Willow, and Adrienne. You can check out the show here.

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Facebook data breach firm ‘ceasing all operations’

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Match shares plummet after Facebook reveals dating feature

Facebook is getting into the dating game. CEO Mark Zuckerberg unveiled a new dating feature at the social network’s annual F8 conference on Tuesday — a surprise announcement that sent shares of Match, the company that owns Tinder and OkCupid, plunging more than 17 percent. “This is going to be for building real, long-term relationships…
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WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum to leave Facebook amid privacy flap

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum is breaking ties with his company’s parent, Facebook, amid a privacy scandal that has dogged the social network for weeks.
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For the first time, Facebook spells out what it forbids

NEW YORK (AP) — If you’ve ever wondered exactly what sorts of things Facebook would like you not to do on its service, you’re in luck. For the first time, the social network is publishing detailed guidelines to what does and doesn’t belong on its service — 27 pages worth of them, in fact.
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Audit Clears Facebook Despite Cambridge Analytica Leaks

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NEW YORK (AP) — An audit of Facebook’s privacy practices for the Federal Trade Commission found no problems even though the company knew at the time that a data-mining firm improperly obtained private data from millions of users — raising questions about the usefulness of such audits.

Facebook agreed to outside audits every two years as part of a 2011 settlement with the FTC over its privacy practices. It is not clear from the report whether the company informed PricewaterhouseCoopers, which performed the audit, of the Cambridge Analytica data grab that would put Facebook in the crosshairs of Congress.

The heavily redacted audit by PricewaterhouseCoopers is available on the FTC’s website. It covers February 12, 2015 to February 11, 2017.

PwC declined to comment, but Facebook said Friday that keeping data secure is a priority.

“We remain strongly committed to protecting people’s information, said Rob Sherman, Facebook’s deputy chief privacy officer, in a statement. “We appreciate the opportunity to answer questions the FTC may have.”

The fact that PwC found no issues raised red flags for privacy advocates.

“The FTC failed to protect the public,” said Jeffrey Chester, executive director of the nonprofit digital rights group Center for Digital Democracy. “Instead of conducting its own review to enforce one of its most important decisions— the consent decree —it looked the other way, which allowed Facebook to engage in serious misconduct.”

Chester said the audit shows that the “FTC cannot be relied on to really protect consumers.”

The 2011 consent decree bound Facebook to a 20-year privacy commitment. Any violations of that pact could cost the company a ton of money. In his congressional testimony last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared uninformed about key details of the agreement, saying he did not remember if it carried a financial penalty.

Any violations of the 2011 agreement could subject Facebook to fines of $ 41,484 per violation per user per day. To put that in context, Facebook could theoretically owe $ 8 billion for one single day violation affecting all of its American users, or about half of the profit that the company booked for all of last year.

The agreement requires that Facebook users give “affirmative express consent” any time that data they haven’t made public is shared with a third party. Cambridge Analytica accessed information from so many users (the firm puts the number at 30 million, although Facebook has said 87 million) because it was able to access the data of people’s friends, and not just people who explicitly permitted access when they took a personality quiz. While Facebook did have controls in place that allowed people to restrict such access, they are found buried in the site’s settings and are difficult to find.

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat from Nevada, said during last week’s hearing that in her view, “these requirements were not met,” because user consent shouldn’t have been buried in privacy settings.
PwC disagreed.

“In our opinion, Facebook’s privacy controls were operating with sufficient effectiveness to provide reasonable assurance to protect the privacy of covered information and that the controls have so operated throughout the Reporting Period, in all material respects for the two years ended February 11, 2017,” the report states.

Facebook is also under a separate investigation by the FTC because of the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The agency is looking at whether Facebook has engaged in “unfair acts” that cause “substantial injury” to consumers.

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Poll: Facebook is officially tech’s least-trusted company

There was a time, around the turn of the century, when Americans thought tech companies would help us all live better and easier lives. And for the most part, that has come to fruition. But it’s also true, especially recently, that the trust that many people had in these companies and their gadgets has largely faded.

A Facebook scandal, in which as many as 87 million people had their personal info scraped by a political analytics firm, has brought unprecedented scrutiny on the social media site. And the pressure doesn’t seem to be lessening anytime soon.

Poll: These tech companies are the least trusted when it comes to protecting your data

Just this week, cybersecurity blogger Brian Krebs said that Facebook deleted nearly 120 private groups on the site aimed at discussing and learning how to defraud people via cybercrime. The groups totaled more than 300,000 members, according to Krebs, who said he alerted the social media site.

With such disclosures becoming far too common, they lend credence to the alarming lack of confidence people have in tech companies these days.

A recent joint SurveyMonkey/Recode poll shows that Facebook is the least-trusted major tech company in the United States. A little more than half the people surveyed said that they trust the social networking site founded by Mark Zuckerberg the least with their personal information.

Which tech companies do Americans trust the least with their data? 

The survey, which polled 2,772 U.S. adults online on April 8 and 9, consisted of people being presented with many of the major players in Silicon Valley today: Amazon, Apple, Facebook, Google, Lyft, Microsoft, Netflix, Tesla, Twitter, Snap and Uber were included. Here’s how the numbers shook out:

  • Facebook — 56%
  • Google —  5%
  • Uber — 3%
  • Twitter —  3%
  • Snap — 2%
  • Apple — 2%
  • Amazon — 2%
  • Microsoft, Lyft, Uber and Netflix — 1% or less
 About 20% of respondents chose none of the companies, while 4% didn’t answer, according to Recode.
From the poll’s results, aside from Facebook, it’s clear that the privacy mishaps of Apple, Google and others have also played a role in fracturing the public’s trust.
Money expert Clark Howard says that trust is also an issue when it comes to who we friend and follow on social media.
“We have had a number of calls from people who have lost money to scamsters impersonating family and friends,” Clark says. Because of this, he says we should be leery of using social media.

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Facebook CEO’s compensation jumps to $8.9 million as security costs soar

(Reuters) – Facebook Inc Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg’s compensation rose 53.5 percent to $ 8.9 million in 2017, a regulatory filing showed on Friday, largely due to higher costs related to the 33-year old billionaire’s personal security.


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NEW YORK (AP) — If you want to tailor a Facebook ad to a single user out of its universe of 2.2 billion, you could.

Trying to pitch your boutique bed and breakfast to a 44-year-old “trendy mom” who lives in Seattle, leans conservative and is currently traveling in the Toronto area but hasn’t booked a hotel for the night yet? Go right ahead. Interested in mail-ordering pet treats to a 32-year-old cat owner in Madison, Wisconsin who enjoys Japanese food, doesn’t like pizza and has an anniversary coming up in the next two months? Not a problem.

Targeting ads, it turns out, is almost infinitely customizable — sometimes in surprising ways. The ads you might see can be tailored to you down to the most granular details — not just where you live and what websites you visited recently, but whether you’ve gotten engaged in the past six months, are interested in organic food or share characteristics with people who have recently bought a BMW, even if you’ve never expressed interest in doing so yourself.

Facebook made $ 40 billion in advertising revenue last year, second only to Google when it comes to its share of the global digital advertising market. Even with a recent decision to stop working with outside data brokers to help advertisers target ads based on things like offline purchases or credit history, this number is expected to grow sharply this year.
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MONITORING YOUR FACEBOOK ACTIVITY

By now you’ve probably gathered that Facebook uses things like your interest, age and other demographic and geographic information to help advertisers reach you. Then there’s the stuff your friends do and like — the idea being that it’s a good indicator for what you might do and like. So, if you have a friend who has liked the New Yorker’s Facebook page, you might see ads for the magazine on your Facebook feed.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg. Facebook and advertisers can also infer stuff about you based on things you share willingly. For example, Facebook categorizes users into an “ethnic affinity” based on what it thinks might be their ethnicity or ethnic influence. It might guess this through TV shows or music you’ve liked. Often, Facebook is wrong — and while it’s possible to remove it, you can’t change it. There is also no “ethnic affinity” option for whites.

While there are plenty of good reasons advertisers may want to target people of a particular ethnicity, this became a problem for Facebook in 2016, when ProPublica found that it let advertisers exclude specific ethnic groups from seeing their ads. When it comes to housing and employment ads, this is illegal.

In late 2017, Facebook said it was temporarily blocking advertisers’ ability to target based on ethnic affinity, along with other things such as religious or LGBT affinity. Advertisers can still target those groups — just not exclude them. Facebook, which said it is conducting an audit of how the feature can be misused, did not say when it would lift the block.

While some advertisers want to reach large swaths of people, others like more specific targeting. As Facebook explains in a guide for advertisers, it’s possible to refine an ad’s audience on things like what people post on their timelines, apps they use, ads they click, demographics such as age, gender and location, and even the mobile device they use or their network connection. Based on this information, advertisers can either include or exclude categories such as homeowners, “trendy moms,” people who moved recently, conservatives, or people interested in cooking, for example.

That said, Facebook warns advertisers not to narrow their audience too much by being overly specific, which can make the ads less effective — since fewer people will see them.

FOLLOWING YOU OFF FACEBOOK

An ad offering called “custom audiences” lets advertisers target anyone who has already bought stuff from them or has visited their websites. They can also target anyone who has shared an email address or downloaded their app. So, if you use Netflix, you may see an ad on Facebook for a new TV show that might interest you. Or, if you gave your email address when you bought a pair of slippers from Land’s End, you might get an ad for an upcoming slipper sale, since Facebook has your email address too.

Then there are “lookalike audiences.” These are people who are similar to a business’s existing customer base, but are not customers themselves. This can help advertisers reach people in different countries, for example. Advertisers can use this tool by first uploading their customers’ data through the “custom audiences” feature. Then, Facebook’s algorithms look for people similar to them. In addition, advertisers can also install a Facebook “pixel” on their site, a piece of code that tracks what people do off of Facebook.

DYNAMIC ADS

A new type of ad Facebook launched recently, this lets businesses target people who have already shown interest in them. It uses “retargeting” — that sometimes-annoying way that a handbag you looked on a website can follow you around the internet regardless of whether you want to buy it. Dynamic ads, though, go a step further, and know if you were just browsing or if you put that handbag in your online shopping cart, and may nudge you with a 10 percent of coupon.

As Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg explained in a recent earnings call, dynamic ads let Holiday Inn target people who searched for hotels on its website but hadn’t yet booked. The ads these Facebook users saw had a video personalized to the dates and places they searched for. The result: the hotel chain got three times the return on what it spent on these ads than on their previous ad campaigns, according to Sandberg.

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So many moms are quitting Facebook, here’s why I won’t

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Following the news that data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly harvested data from Facebook users, many people are opting to leave the platform altogether. That includes some friends of mine.

I know several people who quit Facebook over the past couple days, and I know a few dozen more actively discussing it. It makes me terribly sad.

I’m under no illusion of privacy — the moment I signed on for social media, I knew the things I post online would be up for grabs — and I’m not under the mistaken belief that Facebook the corporation actually cares about its users.

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I also know I won’t be able to quit. And here’s why:

After my son was born, when I struggled through the murkiest depths of postpartum depression, social media was my lifeline.

I spent countless nights nursing in the dark, reaching out for human contact from the yellow rocking chair in the nursery. I found companionship from old friends who had been there and could offer words of encouragement, as well as new mom friends who were right there in the foxhole with me. With a quick scroll on my phone, I felt like I was a person who engaged with society again.

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It’s so easy to dismiss social media as silly or superfluous, but just knowing that life existed outside the confines of my own baby blues-tinged world — and that people out there still cared about me — was incredibly powerful.

As my child has grown, so has the way I use social media. It’s an easy way for my friends to chat, plan outings, share events, and swap photos. And don’t even get me started on the “on this day” feature, which is like flipping through a scrapbook full of memories — it has reduced me to happy tears, watching how my life has grown and changed with my boy.

From babymoon:

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To a visit from Nana.

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Even with all that, here’s the most meaningful part of social media for me and the reason I refuse to go.

I was open about my struggles with postpartum depression on Facebook, which lead to words of comfort and compassion that helped guide me through the deepest, darkest tunnel. But that experience also transformed me into a source of comfort for others. Now on a fairly regular basis, friends put me in touch with other new moms who are sad or suffering.

The network of women who support and encourage each other through Facebook — even when they are veritable strangers — is remarkable. I can’t quit that.

Tip: If you do want to quit Facebook, Wired magazine has some great suggestions of substitutes for the things you might miss.

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Black Panther has sparked a cultural renaissance among African Americans pushing for more positive images and supporting afro-futurism. From an increase in sales of traditional African dress to events and applications centered around the movie, Black Panther has energized the African American community, but what we haven’t seen is its focus around generational wealth… until now. Meet Wacoinda, the fastest-growing black group focused on economics in the black community.

Black Enterprise caught up with co-founder Lamar Wilson to get more insight into the group and to find out how black folks can get involved.

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Black Enterprise: Wacoinda, obviously a play on words. What does it mean and what is the group about?

Lamar Wilson: We’re a Facebook group that is centered around cryptocurrency and financial education that encompasses black wealth, power, and influence. We are also one of the fastest-growing black technology and economic groups on Facebook because we provide an open forum that cultivates ideas that push opportunities.  Our members are the core of the group’s existence. One of the members Talisha Shine of Virginia said it best: “Through a collaborative effort, technology, and innovation, we can build and sustain a viable and thriving nation.”

Speaking of your members, what has the feedback been so far?

Erlene Miller of Baltimore shared, “The Wacoinda movement is bringing like-minded family members from around the world, regardless of race, creed or national origin, to plan and strategize together on how to tear down economic barriers. It is beautiful to see all races working together for a common goal.” 

“Wacoinda has exposed me to perspectives and opportunities that excite me about what we can do leveraging the blockchain and working together,” said Jeremi Murray of Chicago. 

“It is great seeing so many of my black people networking and trying to help build each other up,” said Tyree Griffith of San Diego.

“It has inspired this 60-year-old grandmother who went into retirement dust off, update my computer science, marketing, client service experience…and reinvent myself… through investment and knowledge in the up-and-rising crypto-based industries,” said Sheryl Luster Phillips of New Jersey.

There seems to be a sense of community.  How is your group different than others?

If I can share one of the quotes from our member Shawn Sorsby, all the way in Freeport, Bahamas—after reading it, this is why we are different and this is why people connect and thrive in our community: “The only way to fight against any injustice in this world is with unity. Wacoinda not only brings like-minded people from all over the world together but does it in love, the strongest force against the evils of injustice. We all know that Black Panther is a fictional character, but in Wacoinda there are real-life Black Panthers, of all colors, who believe in freedom and ownership, and that it’s more powerful to love than to be loved.” That’s how we’re different, we are a community that through love wants to change the world.”

You go live in your group; how do you decide whom to interview?

I interview people that want to present opportunities to the community or people that I know in the crypto space. I do not encourage any investment, however, I interview individuals who have companies or ideas that center around the foundation of our group-financial empowerment and cryptocurrency. We’ve had the founder of Zen coin Frank Banks, Black Momma Vodka, Mrs. Vanessa Braxton as well as Tavonia Evans of Guap Coin and Jimmy Song to name a few.

But I will also interview individuals who want our community to invest in their project and I’ll ask the hard questions. Wacoindans don’t play! What I mean by that is if I need to interview and vet an individual I will because we want to make sure that the information we filter through our group is one that is about building up and not tearing down. But we have a good time in this group, blending fun with serious issues.

How does this group allow individuals to be interactive in the financial arena?

We recently started the Wacoinda-Market. You have to be a member of Wacoinda first, but we want to promote black businesses. In the Wacoinda-Market we want people to connect and find products or services within our community that they wouldn’t have known existed. We have apparel, jewelry, legal services, a resume, and editing service as well as the first black-owned drone photography company that post in the Wacoinda-Market.  It’s great seeing people connect with their dollars as well.

How can new members join?

If you are interested in joining Wacoinda, click here and if you are interested in joining the Wacoinda-Market click here, but remember, you have to be a member of Wacoinda first.

 

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In a continuing effort to become a one stop shop for virtually everything, Facebook has signed an exclusive deal with Major League Baseball to stream 25 afternoon games during the 2018 season, according to Bloomberg.

This will be the first time any major US sports league has agreed to broadcast regular season games exclusively on the social network. MLB said that every owner unanimously approved the deal. They would not share financial terms, but sources close to the matter tell Bloomberg it was in the ballpark of $ 30 million to $ 35 million.

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Tone-Deaf: How Facebook Misread America’s Mood on Russia

The social-media giant played down allegations Russia exploited its platform during the 2016 elections, deepening perceptions that its leaders are oblivious to public concern about its social impact. The reaction has exacerbated a brewing backlash against many of Silicon Valley’s largest companies.
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Social publisher LittleThings shuts down, citing Facebook algorithm changes

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From humble beginnings as a blog for a pet food venture, in four years LittleThings accrued millions of followers and views on its social platforms through feel-good content.

But the publisher announced that it would be no more on Tuesday, putting the blame largely on Facebook’s algorithm changes in an email to all staff, published by Business Insider

Facebook’s “prioritisation of friends/family content over publishers was the last straw” for LittleThings, something which the social media platform implemented in early January. Read more…

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The Big Loophole That Helped Russia Exploit Facebook: Doctored Photos

This use of doctored images was a crucial and deceptively simple technique to spread fabricated information during the 2016 election. Tech companies, which are increasingly under fire, struggle to screen for indications photos might have been distorted or taken out of context.
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Mark Zuckerberg says he wants to fix Facebook. His employees keep getting in the way.

A divide between Zuckerberg and some key executives has been evident as company leaders scrambled to manage Facebook’s message in the wake of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s indictment that laid out how Russian trolls had used the platform to manipulate American voters.
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Facebook will mail postcards to verify ads, prevent meddling

MENLO PARK, Calif. — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of…
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Facebook plans to use U.S. mail to verify IDs of election ad buyers

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Facebook Inc will start using postcards sent by U.S. mail later this year to verify the identities and location of people who want to purchase U.S. election-related advertising on its site, a senior company executive said on Saturday.


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Child health groups urge Facebook to kill the Messenger Kids app

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Not too long ago, Facebook launched a standalone Messenger app for children that would allow kids to chat with friends and family under tight supervision from parents.

However, a child health advocacy group backed up by several other similar organizations and individuals believe that the Messenger Kids app isn’t good for children, urging the social network to kill it with fire. Well, I’m paraphrasing, as the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood-led (CCFC) group made their case concisely, citing plenty of relevant research, but also recent Facebook problems.

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World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook Announce Groundbreaking Exclusive Distribution Partnership

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LOS ANGELES, California/USA (Wednesday, January 24, 2018) –  World Surf League (WSL) and Facebook announced a historic partnership today that makes the social media platform the exclusive digital home for the top live events in surfing in 2018 and 2019. This includes all elite men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, the Qualifying Series 10,000 and Big Wave Tour events, as well as the World Junior Championships.

The deal builds upon the non-exclusive live rights agreement that Facebook and WSL struck last year, in which all men’s and women’s Championship Tour events, as well as Big Wave Tour events, were simulcast on Facebook and WSL’s website and mobile app. Aside from the significant reach on WSL channels, more than 13.9 million people watched a World Surf League event on Facebook in 2017 – and they came from countries all over the world. The top three countries in terms of unique viewers were in the U.S., Brazil and Mexico.

“Facebook fosters a global community and, as surfing is a sport that celebrates and centers around community, we are proud to announce our media rights partnership with the platform,” Sophie Goldschmidt, WSL CEO, said. “This is game-changing for the sport in many ways and, with current and new fans front of mind, we can retain the free offering to fans, and it allows us to deliver the world’s best surfing to even more people on Facebook’s platform.”

“We’re thrilled to become the exclusive home of the World Surf League’s live events for the next two years,” said Dan Reed, Facebook Head of Global Sports Partnerships. “This is a natural next step in our terrific partnership, which has steadily progressed over the years as the League has expertly used Facebook to distribute content and build community. This was especially true last year, when millions of fans came together on our platform to watch live surfing. We’re excited to help WSL continue to serve and grow this vibrant community and usher in a new era of surf broadcasting on Facebook Watch.”

The relationship has proved to be a model example of a flexible, innovative and collaborative relationship for both parties. All live events will be available globally on Facebook. Those in the U.S. will be able to tune in on Facebook Watch, a video platform where content, conversation and community come together. The partnership also calls for additional Facebook Watch programming, such as Surfing Sundays, which recaps each week’s top surfing action, with more programming planned in 2018 on this platform.

The shows are part of the World Surf League’s robust content offering. The League produces 800 hours of live content a year across multiple disciplines as well as a wide array of static storytelling and educational content covering the sport, history, heritage and culture of surfing, which will be available on WSL platforms alongside Facebook.

When recently analyzed in late 2017 by Sports Business Journal and third-party social measurement company Hookit, the WSL ranked in the top 3 sports leagues in the world in social engagement, alongside the NFL and NBA.

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Crowning the undisputed men’s and women’s champions since 1976, the WSL’s elite Championship Tour takes the world’s best surfers to Australia, Brazil, Indonesia, South Africa, Mainland USA, France, Portugal and Hawaii in 2018, all of which will be broadcast live on Facebook.

Led by reigning two-time WSL Champions John John Florence (HAW) and Tyler Wright (AUS), the first event of the 2018 WSL Championship Tour will be the Quiksilver and Roxy Pro Gold Coast in Australia from March 11 – 22, 2018.

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Men’s Championship Tour: 
Quiksilver Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 2 – 13, 2018
Tahiti Pro Teahupo’o, Tahiti – August 10 – 21, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Quiksilver Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
MEO Rip Curl Pro Portugal, Portugal – October 16 – 27, 2018
Billabong Pipe Masters, Hawaii/USA – December 8 – 20, 2018

2018 World Surf League (WSL) Women’s Championship Tour:  
Roxy Pro Gold Coast, Australia – March 11 – 22, 2018
Rip Curl Women’s Pro Bells Beach, Australia – March 28 – April 8, 2018
Margaret River Pro, Australia – April 11 – 22, 2018
Oi Rio Pro, Brazil – May 10 – 19, 2018
Bali Pro, Indonesia – May 27 – June 9, 2018
Corona Open J-Bay, South Africa – July 10 – 17, 2018
Vans US Open of Surfing, USA – July 30 – August 5, 2018
Surf Ranch Lemoore, California/USA. September 5 – 9, 2018
Roxy Pro France, France – October 3 – 14, 2018
Hawaii Women’s Pro, Hawaii/USA – November 25 – December 6, 2018

Supporting the live content of the elite tier will be the Qualifying Series 10,000 events, the WSL Junior Championships and the WSL Big Wave Tour (BWT), taking the world’s best men’s and women’s big wave surfers to Nazaré, Pe’ahi, Mavericks and Puerto Escondido – all events will also stream live on Facebook in 2018 and 2019.

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The Rolling Stones Facebook Messenger App

Today we’re launching The Rolling Stones Facebook messenger app, packed with music, history, photography and much more.

Head here to get started on a journey into your favorite Stones’ era with our ‘What’s your decade?’ quiz.

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Facebook, Google promote ‘scurrilous’ news, and should pay for quality content, said Rupert Murdoch

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Facebook: We can’t promise we won’t destroy democracy

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc warned on Monday that it could offer no assurance that social media was on balance good for democracy, but the company said it was trying what it could to stop alleged meddling in elections by Russia or anyone else. The sharing of false or misleading headlines on social media has…
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Facebook to Rank News Sources by Quality to Battle Misinformation

Facebook plans to start ranking news sources in its feed based on user evaluations of credibility, a major step in its effort to fight false and sensationalist information that will also push the company further into a role it has long sought to avoid—content referee.
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Over 1,000 charged for sharing revenge porn on Facebook

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Over 1000 people have been charged for sharing sexually explicit content without consent on Facebook in the biggest case of its kind in Denmark.

According to Danish police, two videos and a sexually explicit image involving two 15-year-olds were originally posted to Facebook Messenger, the platform’s private chat service. The video was then shared hundreds of times across the platform, and now, a total of 1,004 young people have been charged — and about 800 are male, reports Bloomberg. While the content was posted by someone within Denmark, it’s unclear if everyone accused of sharing it are from the country. Read more…

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Digital publishers are reckoning with the potential impact of Facebook’s planned changes to its news feed, with reactions ranging from trepidation to confidence to reflection on the folly of depending on the social network for web traffic in the first place.
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How an Unflattering Facebook Photo Pushed One Mom to Lose 155 Pounds

“There are so many people out there like me, and I want them to know there’s hope.”

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Facebook inks music video deal with Sony Music/ATV

Facebook has signed a deal with Sony Music/ATV Publishing that will enable the social network’s users to upload and post videos of songs from artists such as Taylor Swift, Drake and Kanye West. The multiyear agreement, which kicks in immediately, is the second major partnership between Facebook and a major music company. Last month, Facebook…
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Facebook job ads allow age discrimination: suit

Corporate giants including Amazon and T-Mobile engaged in age discrimination by placing recruitment ads on Facebook targeting younger workers, according to a lawsuit filed on Wednesday by a communications industry labor union. Cable giant Cox Communications was also among the companies that imposed age limits on who could see recruitment ads, limiting some only to…
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Facebook improves how blind can “see” images using AI

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Facebook says social media problems really not its fault

Facebook said Friday that any harm brought about by social media is caused by user error. In other words … it’s not us, it’s you. “According to the research, it really comes down to how you use the technology,” David Ginsberg, Facebook’s director of research, wrote on a blog post. The post — “Hard Questions:…
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Expect more augmented reality content in your Facebook apps

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Augmented and virtual reality are the future of computing, whether we’re talking about smartphones or traditional PCs. Apple, Google, Microsoft, and many other tech companies have already launched AR and/or VR products, including hardware that can support these new experiences as well as software.

Facebook is one of the tech giants interested in both VR and AR, and the company is about to make it a lot easier for you to enjoy AR inside its apps.

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A top Facebook exec is jumping on the bitcoin bandwagon

David Marcus, head of Facebook's Messenger service, will join the venue's board of directors, Coinbase CEO Brian Armstrong said in a blog post Tuesday.
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Facebook fires back at former exec who says it’s ‘ripping apart’ society

Facebook is hitting back at a former executive who blasted the company for “ripping apart the social fabric.” Chamath Palihapitiya, Facebook’s former vice president of user growth, told CNBC this week he feels “tremendous guilt” over the way the social network manipulates its users’ brains, saying his children are “not allowed to use this s—t.”…
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Google, Facebook Should Do More to Remove Extremist Content

Internet groups such as Facebook, Google’s YouTube and Twitter need to do more to stem the proliferation of extremist content on their platforms, the European Commission said after a meeting on Wednesday.

Social media companies have significantly boosted their resources to take down violent and extremist content as soon as possible in response to growing political pressure from European governments, particularly those hit by militant attacks in recent years.

But Julian King, EU security commissioner, said that while a lot of progress had been made, additional efforts were needed.

“We are not there yet. We are two years down the road of this journey: to reach our final destination we now need to speed up our work,” King said in his closing speech at the third meeting of the EU Internet Forum, which brings together the Commission, EU member states, law enforcement and technology companies.

The EU has said it will come forward with legislation next year if it is not satisfied with progress made by tech companies in removing extremist content, while a German online hate speech law comes into effect on Jan. 1.

The Commission is keen to avoid a patchwork of national laws on the issue, and favours a self-regulatory approach.

Over the summer, Microsoft, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube formed a global working group to combine their efforts in removing extremist content from their platforms, and last year formed a database of known “terrorist” images and videos which now contains more than 40,000 hashes, or digital signatures.

On Wednesday, the members of the Internet Forum presented a report with updates on progress made by companies and Europol in detecting and removing extremist content online.

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The report, reviewed by Reuters, encourages the companies to remove “new and historical terrorist content, and to develop solutions to identify and remove terrorist content within 1-2 hours of upload, to the extent it is technically feasible, without compromising human rights and fundamental freedoms.”

The Commission wants companies to use automatic detection technologies more and act faster on referrals from member states and Europol.

“It is feasible to reduce the time it takes to remove content to a few hours,” said Dimitris Avramopoulos, EU home affairs commissioner.

“There is a lot of room for improvement, for this cooperation to produce even better results, starting with the reporting from the companies, which must become more regular and more transparent.”

Facebook last week reported progress in removing extremist content from its platform, saying it was removing 99% of content related to militant groups Islamic State and al Qaeda before being told of it, although it did not say how many items it was removing.


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Facebook is banning women for saying mean things about men

Saying ‘men are scum’ is apparently a lot worse than ‘women are scum’

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Women are being suspended from Facebook for ‘hate speech’ for posting ‘men are scum’ or ‘men continue to be the worst’ on the social network.

One of the women recently banned is New York standup comic Marcia Belsky, who was blocked for 30 days for writing ‘men are scum’ in a comment under a post by her friend Nicole Silverberg.

Somewhat ironically, Silverberg had been detailing the abusive messages she received from men after writing a list on Twitter about the ways women could be treated better.

Since the #MeToo movement, a number of women have been banned for responding to female friends’ stories of sexual assault and harassment with derogatory posts about men. This is despite Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s recent post in solidarity with victims of sexual harassment.

According to the Daily Beast, comedian Kayla Avery received a month-long ban for writing ‘men continue to be the worst’ after being aggressively trolled online. ‘There was one guy who was threatening to find my house and beat me up. I got banned before I could even successfully report it’ she told the site.

In protest, 500 female comedians set up a group where they pledged to post ‘men are scum’ on their own pages, but many of these women then found they too had been blocked.

The reaction from Facebook is being viewed as suspiciously heavy handed, particularly regular criticism levelled at the site for its anaemic response to hate speech and trolling. As Marcia Belsky – one of the original comics to be banned – pointed out, ‘women are scum’ or the use of the n-word didn’t appear to have violated the platform’s standards.

One reason for the site’s approach could be down to a set of leaked internal documents detailing the algorithms it uses to tackle what it deems to be hate speech.

The documents show white men were categorised as a protected group on Facebook, but ‘female drivers’ and ‘black children’ were subsets and therefore not protected.

This doesn’t explain why ‘women are scum’ appeared to go unmoderated. And though Facebook later said the ban on Marcia Belsky was a mistake, Kayla Avery said Facebook moderators had combed through her old posts to delete negative posts about men.

‘What. A. Mystery!’ she wrote on Twitter.

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Evan Spiegel defends algorithms, criticizes Facebook in a new op-ed ahead of Snapchat’s redesign

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Algorithms and social media are bad, unless they’re good, according to Snap CEO Evan Spiegel.

Yes, quite confusing, but that’s exactly what the cofounder of the app Snapchat argues in his first-ever op-ed posted on Axios Wednesday. The piece dropped just hours before Snapchat is expected to announce the details behind its massive redesign, Axios teased.

Why the talk of algorithms? Well it’s in Spiegel’s personal interest to both dispute and defend them. Snapchat plans to infuse its app with algorithms in a massive redesign, but while that’s similar to Facebook’s News Feed, it won’t be exactly like that.  Read more…

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Billionaire Mark Cuban says the ‘big losers’ of the move to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger are Facebook and Google

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You Can Soon Check If You’ve Interacted With Russian Trolls on Facebook

Facebook has created a tool that will allow users to see if they liked or followed any accounts linked to Russia’s “Internet Research Agency” that intentionally spread misinformation leading up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

Facebook and Instagram users will be able to check to see if they liked or followed any of the pages created by the Russian troll farm. The tool, operating through the Facebook Help Center, will be available by the end of the year, the company said in a blog post Wednesday.

“It is important that people understand how foreign actors tried to sow division and mistrust using Facebook before and after the 2016 US election,” Facebook said in a post. “That’s why as we have discovered information, we have continually come forward to share it publicly and have provided it to congressional investigators. And it’s also why we’re building the tool we are announcing today.”

The new function will show a list of which pages a user liked, and the date they did so.

In testimony to Congress earlier this year, Facebook said posts from these pages reached 126 million Facebook users. However, as the Wall Street Journal points out, the new tool will not give insight on the millions of other users who came across the pages in the news feeds, interacted with them or saw them as a result of paid reach on the platform.

“This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our democracy,” Facebook said in its post.

Facebook, Google and Twitter have been grappling with how to control the issue of propaganda spread by Russian actors on its websites. In addition to posts that reached 126 million Facebook, the “Internet Research Agency” had also posted more than 131,000 messages on Twitter and 1,100 videos on YouTube, according to the companies.

All three companies have placed an emphasis on transparency and prevention moving forward, with Google adding icons to election ads showing who bought them and Twitter banning advertisements from accounts run by Russian-owned media outlets.


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Facebook Will Let Users See What Russian Propaganda They Followed

Facebook will let its users see which Russian-created propaganda pages they may have liked or followed, Bloomberg reported Wednesday. The company announced that it is rolling out a tool by the end of the year that will allow Facebook users to see which ads and pages they followed on the social media site were created by the Kremlin-linked Internet Research Agency. Incendiary postings by the IRA reached an estimated 150 million people during the 2016 presidential election with the intention of heightening controversy regarding issues like gun rights, immigration, race relations and religion. 

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Facebook Admits at Least 12% of Accounts Are Fakes or Duplicates

Facebook’s excellent earnings report on Wednesday came with a significant caveat – the social media platform has far more fake and duplicate accounts than it had previously admitted.

As many as 10% of the accounts active each month on Facebook are duplicates, which Facebook CFO David M. Wehner defined as accounts “used by the same person [which] represent real activity and engagement on Facebook.” But Wehner also disclosed that another 2-3% of accounts are “inauthentic accounts” used “for spam and other policy violating reasons.”

Those levels are up from Facebook’s previous estimates of 6% for duplicate accounts and 1% for fake accounts, according to Business Insider. Wehner said the updates were made based on a new measurement methodology, suggesting Facebook had previously undercounted the duplicates and fakes.

With a total monthly userbase of 2.07 billion, the new numbers suggest as many as 60 million Facebook accounts could be entirely fake.

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Those numbers are central to Wall Street’s mixed reaction to the earnings report. Though revenue beat expectations, Facebook’s shares have fallen, in part because of stated plans to significantly increase spending in 2018.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said some of that spending will be “focused on finding bad actors and bad behavior,” including removing false news stories and hate speech, much of which is hosted or amplified through fake or otherwise deceptive accounts. Zuckerberg said the efforts would “significantly impact our profitability going forward,” and that “protecting our community is more important than maximizing our profits.”

Of course, Facebook’s investment in security and screening is more accurately described as an effort to protect profits in the long term. The company, along with Google and Twitter, are currently facing tough questions from Congress over the role of social media in spreading Russian disinformation during the 2016 Presidential election. Failure to quash that phenomenon on its own terms could see Facebook eventually saddled with onerous regulations that could do even more damage to the bottom line.


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Newly disclosed Facebook ads show Russia’s cyber intrusion

WASHINGTON (AP) — A trove of Facebook ads made public Wednesday by Congress depicts Russia’s extraordinary cyber intrusion into American life in 2016 aimed at upending the nation’s democratic debate and fomenting discord over such disparate issues as immigration, gun control and politics.
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Senator reveals an anti-Hillary Facebook ad bought by Russia

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Facebook said it won’t disclose the 3,000 ads Russia-linked accounts bought on the platform during the 2016 election. But U.S. senators have them, and they will. 

During a hearing of a Congressional hearing of the Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee with the general counsels of Facebook, Twitter, and Google, Sen. Christopher Coons shared two Facebook ads paid for by Russians. One focused on the issue of veteran support and was targeted against Hillary Clinton. 

The ad apparently was purchased by a Facebook Page called Heart of Texas, which has since been connected to Russian propagandists. The ad was paid for in Rubles, Coons said. Read more…

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SoftBank Teams With Facebook and Amazon on Undersea Internet Cable

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, and several global telecom firms are joining forces to lay an undersea Internet cable between the U.S. and Asia.

The agreement signals top tech companies’ anticipation of a growing need for international connectivity as the world’s business goes digital. The initial design calls for a cable that will be able to handle data transmission at a rate of more than 60 terabits per second–far quicker than the speed of your home Internet connection.

The wire is expected to extend roughly 8,700 miles beneath the Pacific Ocean from Hermosa Beach, near Los Angeles, to Japan and the Philippines.

Japanese investment firm SoftBank, another of the partners on the cable project, cited an “exponential growth” of so-called Internet of things devices, meaning gadgets linked up to the Internet, as one of the reasons for the cable’s construction. Research firm Gartner forecasts the number of connected devices to explode from more than 8 billion this year to more than 20 billion by 2020, the same year the cable, called Jupiter, is slated for completion.

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“The demand for bandwidth in the Pacific region continues to grow at a remarkable rate, and is accompanied by the rise of capacity-dependent applications like live video, augmented and virtual reality, and 4k/8k video,” Koji Ishii, a general manager at SoftBank and co-chair of the Jupiter consortium, said in a statement, as noted by the tech blog VentureBeat.

The big tech companies’ interests are clear. Facebook and Amazon, for instance, want to build more pipes for video streaming, which is a major area of investment for both.

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Other companies involved in the project include Japan’s NTT Communications, Hong Kong’s PCCW Global, and the Philippines’ PLDT. TE SubCom, a New Jersey-based cable-maker, has signed on to provide the equipment.

You can see a map of the cable’s planned location below.

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Tech companies have been entering into deals to lay undersea cables at a rapid clip in recent months. A month ago Microsoft


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and Facebook partnered on one that now spans the Atlantic Ocean. Meanwhile, Google recently began funding “Indigo,” a project that aims to connect Asia and Australia. And Google and Facebook have backed other recent transpacific cables too.

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Expect more Internet cables to be laid along ocean floors as the need to shuttle data between continents rises.


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Facebook imposes more rules on advertisers in the wake of Russian ad revelations

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Facebook is delivering on Mark Zuckerberg’s promise to make its advertising more transparent.

The social network said Friday that it is introducing a way for people to easily see who is advertising to them and if they’re part of a targeted audience.

Users will soon be able to see each of the ads that any given page is running. It’s also placing stricter verification rules on any advertisers running election-related ads.

“These changes will make it easier to see what different groups are trying to communicate around elections and will make it harder for anyone to break the rules,” Zuckerberg wrote in an accompanying Facebook post. Read more…

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Here’s how easy it is for anyone to use Facebook like Russian actors did

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It only takes about five minutes to buy a Facebook ad with a link to a fake anti-Muslim story and aim it at residents of a Michigan electoral battleground county whom the social network’s algorithms perceive to be “very conservative.”

This capability is at the heart of an ongoing controversy around revelations that a Russian troll farm gamed Facebook’s ad targeting apparatus with exactly these sorts of purchases. Facebook has admitted that it sold 3,000 ads to entities aligned with the Russian government’s campaign to influence the presidential election. The Kremlin-linked actors reportedly used Facebook’s tools to target ads around electoral geography, feelings toward Muslims, and racial divisions, among other political pressure points.  Read more…

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