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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02 Jan 2019

Istanbul police: Judicial action taken against over 2,500 social media users in 2018

Government crackdowns against social media users continued in 2018. In Turkey, “Judicial actions have been taken against 2,793 social media users in 2018, Istanbul police have said in a statement. According to the written statement, judicial actions were taken against 750 people for conducting ‘terrorist propaganda’ on their social media

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31 Dec 2018

Watch that Tweet! China cracks whip on government social media image

China is launching a campaign to clean up the social media presence of its government departments, working to improve government connectivity via social media while also controlling negative comments which can have a “negative impact on the image and the public trust in the government,” according to a government website

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28 Dec 2018

A California Court Finds Social Media Posts Aren’t a First Amendment Right

“Social media has created a slew of new issues in the courts and forced judges to ponder the legal import of postmodern concepts like Facebook friends and Instagram followers. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Packingham v. North Carolina that social media platforms are the new ‘public square,’ and access to them is

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27 Dec 2018

The IRS Wants to Use Social Media to Catch Tax Cheats

IRS use of social media for information mining connected to audits has been rumored, but it has not been confirmed until a recent request for information shows that it is seeking to formalize a tool to compile relevant public information from social media sites. The request reads that “businesses and

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18 Dec 2018

How Instagram Became the Russian IRA’s Go-To Social Network

“For Russian misinformation mongers, 2017 was the year of Instagram. As Facebook and Twitter cracked down on foreign influence campaigns amid media scrutiny, the Kremlin’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) found unprecedented success in shifting its disinformation efforts to the photo-sharing app, according to a new report commissioned by the Senate

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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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03 Dec 2018

The Days of Secret Military Operations May Soon Be Over. Does That Matter?

Social media and expanded access to the internet is making covert operations increasingly difficult, with some experts arguing that secrets now come with a “half-life.” “With all of these sensors, sharing, there are no more secrets…they can be gathered, analyzed and shared in a way that was almost unimaginable in

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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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