19 Feb 2019

‘Digital Gangsters’: UK Wants Tougher Rules for Facebook

The media committee of the UK parliament has released a report in which it claims that Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws,” adding that “[c]ompanies like Facebook should not be allowed to behave like ‘digital gangsters’ in the online world, considering themselves to be ahead of and

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31 Jan 2019

Apple knocks Facebook with shutdown over app privacy flap

Once again, Facebook has been caught up in a privacy-related scandal of sorts. However, this time Facebook was reprimanded not by a regulatory body, but by another tech firm. Apple is preventing Facebook from offering its Facebook Research app to iPhone users, citing a “clear breach” of Facebook’s agreement with the

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22 Jan 2019

Facebook’s WhatsApp limits message forwards in an attempt to fight fake news

WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook that boasts 1.5 billion users, is implementing limits to the number of recipients users can forward messages to in a single day. Part of efforts to combat the spread of fake news on its platform, the measure had been implemented in India since

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22 Jan 2019

Report: Facebook’s Privacy Lapses May Result in Record Fine

According to three anonymous insiders, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission is considering to impose on Facebook a record fine of over $22.5 million (the previous record from 2012) over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other privacy-related incidents. Since 2011 the FTC has demanded that Facebook refrains from sharing user data in ways that

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18 Jan 2019

Facebook Shuts Hundreds of Russia-Linked Pages, Accounts for Disinformation

Helped by a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook has shut down two massive Russian disinformation campaigns comprising hundreds of Facebook groups and pages as well as Facebook and Instagram accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers. One of the campaigns focused on Ukraine, whereas the other targeted countries in Central

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17 Dec 2018

Facebook Flaw Exposes Private Photos for 6.8M Users

A new Facebook disclosure announced that another bug lead to 1,500 third-party applications with access to 6.8 million users’ unposted “draft” photos. These photos included uploaded, but not posted photos, as well as photos across Facebook Marketplace and Stories. As such breaches proliferate with an ever-expanding base of impacted accounts

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07 Dec 2018

Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

“Last year, an Oxford study revealed that military veterans are ripe targets for exploitation by foreign powers seeking to undermine American democracy. The report concluded that veterans are more likely than the average person to be community leaders and that their political opinions have significant influence on those around them.

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06 Nov 2018

Midterms Security Watch: Facebook shuts down more than 100 pages after being notified by US authorities

“The social-media network Facebook says that it has taken down more than 100 pages that ‘may be engaged in coordinated inauthentic behavior’ after first being notified by U.S. law enforcement just hours before voting beings. Facebook has identified and blocked around 30 Facebook accounts and 85 Instagram accounts, the company

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04 Nov 2018

Messages from 81,000 hacked Facebook accounts reportedly up for sale

“Hackers are reportedly offering to sell private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook accounts.mMany of the compromised accounts belong to Facebook users in Ukraine and Russia, but some are from the US, the UK, Brazil and other countries, the BBC reported Friday. The hackers claim to have details from 120 million

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24 Oct 2018

Facebook shuts accounts of marketing group in Brazil election

Facebook has announced the shutdown of 68 pages and 43 accounts run by a Brazilian marketing group contracted by right-wing candidate and frontrunner Jair Bolsonaro for violating its misrepresentation and spam policies. Facebook underscored that the decision was driven by “the behavior of these actors…rather than on the type of

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