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Fake news, bogus miracle cures: Facebook has been dealing with a lot, and COVID-19 isn’t making it any easier. Like many other companies, Facebook is trying to keep its employees safe by allowing them to opt for working remotely, so as to avoid infection. But when humans are taken out of the content moderation loop,...
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Does drinking bleach cure the coronavirus? NO. Not unless by “cure” you really mean “will potentially kill you before Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) has a chance to.” That’s why, following the World Health Organization (WHO) having declared COVID-19 a public health emergency of international concern, Facebook late last month said it would help by trying...
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Facebook has filed a lawsuit in California against a data analytics company it claims has illegally accessed user data. New Jersey-based OneAnalytics allegedly paid app developers to install a malicious software development kit (SDK) in their apps. This was designed to harvest information including name, gender, email and username of users logging in to the apps with...
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The EU has been itching to regulate the internet, and that’s where Facebook has been this week: in Germany, asking to be regulated, but in a new, bespoke manner. In fact, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is in Brussels right on time for the European Commission’s release of its manifesto on regulating AI – a manifesto due...
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Facebook has delayed the rollout of its new dating feature in Europe, following officers from the Irish data regulator having popped by to ask why Facebook hadn’t checked in about it earlier or provided the necessary data privacy paperwork. The Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) said on Wednesday that Facebook Ireland hadn’t bothered to contact...
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Last year, Facebook announced that it would stitch the technical infrastructure of all of its chat apps – Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram – together so that users of each app can talk to each other more easily. The plan includes slathering the end-to-end encryption of WhatsApp – which keeps anyone, including law enforcement and even...
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Clearview AI, the facial recognition company that’s scraped the web for three billion faceprints and sold them all (or given them away) to 600 police departments so they could identify people within seconds, has received yet more cease-and-desist letters from social media giants. The first came from Twitter. A few weeks ago, Twitter told Clearview...
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Facebook is coming under increasing pressure over its encryption plans after the NSPCC and 100 other organizations signed an open letter warning that more secure messaging could undermine child safety. The social media giant is set to roll out end-to-end encryption for users of its Messenger and Instagram Direct services as part of efforts to improve...
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A class-action lawsuit against Facebook for scanning a user’s face in photos and offering tagging suggestions looks like it’s finally done churning through the courts. The upshot: it will pay $550 million to settle the suit, Facebook disclosed in its quarterly earnings report on Wednesday. Filed in 2015, plaintiffs had claimed that the platform violated...
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Facebook is rolling out a global tool to help you understand what other sites and apps tell it about your activities, to make it forget what they’ve shared in the past, and to control what they share in the future. It’s called Off-Facebook Activity, and it’s part of the company’s effort to appear more privacy-friendly...
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The UK government is planning to police social media by issuing sites with a new code of conduct. Social media firms will be required by law to protect children from viewing any content deemed to be “detrimental to their physical or mental health or wellbeing,” according to a report published yesterday in The Daily Telegraph. Failure to...
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You guys are hosting a thriving marketplace for shills, charlatans and sockpuppets, the UK’s watchdog told Facebook and eBay in June 2019, after finding over 100 eBay listings selling fake reviews and 26 Facebook groups offering to buy or sell them. We’re on it, the two platforms said in response to the poke from the...
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Facebook has revealed new capabilities to improve transparency and user control over political ads, but repeated its refusal to ban such advertising outright. In a blog post on Thursday, director of product management, Rob Leathern, said updates to the Ad Library would help users shine a light on political ads delivered via the social network....
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Facebook has announced plans to ban deepfake videos. In a blog post, Monika Bickert, the company’s vice-president for global policy management, acknowledged that “while these videos are still rare on the internet, they present a significant challenge for our industry and society as their use increases.” Bickert said that “misleading manipulated media” will be removed...
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