EU privacy law: Companies to be more attentive to user data
2018-05-25 06:40:19 UTC
BRUSSELS (Reuters) - New European privacy regulations that go into effect on Friday will force companies to be more attentive to how they handle customer data, while bringing consumers both new ways to control their data and tougher enforcement of existing privacy rights.
The European Union Ge...
Facebook tracks people whether they have accounts or not
2018-04-15 17:05:17 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Concern about Facebook Inc’s (FB.O) respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world’s largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not.
Zuckerberg: We made mistakes allowing Cambridge Analytica to take users' data
2018-03-21 21:56:42 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc (FB.O) Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that the social media company made mistakes that allowed data about users to end up with the analytics firm Cambridge Analytica and said the company would make changes.
Zuckerberg, in his first comm...
BlackBerry sues Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram over messaging patents
2018-03-06 21:16:34 UTC
BlackBerry filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Facebook and its WhatsApp and Instagram apps, arguing that they copied technology and features from BlackBerry Messenger.
Litigation over patent infringement is part of BlackBerry Chief Executive John Chen’s strategy for making money for ...
Russian agents created significant US election events on Facebook
2018-01-26 07:00:24 UTC
WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook said Russian agents created 129 events on the social media network during the 2016 U.S. election campaign, according to testimony to Congress, shedding more light on Russia’s purported disinformation drive aimed at voters.
Facebook, in a written st...
Twitter intends to notify users exposed to Russian propaganda
2018-01-17 21:49:39 UTC
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Twitter may notify users whether they were exposed to content generated by a suspected Russian propaganda service, a company executive told U.S. lawmakers on Wednesday.
The social media company is “working to identify and inform individually” its users who saw tweets dur...
The end of US net neutrality is a license to print money
2017-12-18 06:59:52 UTC
<blockquote><strong>So far, all data on the internet has had to be transported on an equal footing, above all at the same speed. In the US, that will change. Joerg Brunsmann asks why politicians are making it so cheap for providers.</strong>
I can understand internet providers. For the last qu...
Log In or Sign Up: Facebook, Google, Twitter agree on 'G7' plan to counter terror propaganda
2017-10-23 06:38:56 UTC
The leading technology companies including Facebook, Google, Twitter and G7 countries have agreed to work together to combat online terror propaganda.
The Group of Seven (G7) countries and some of the world's biggest technology firms agreed on a plan to remove jihadi material from the web with...
Facebook Provides Congress Over 3,000 Russian Bought Ads
2017-09-21 20:09:00 UTC
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, is planning to release the content of more than 3,000 ads purchased by Russian operatives during the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, reversing a decision that had frustrated Capitol Hill investigators.
Zuckerberg announced on Thursday that the comp...
Facebook wants to be a "hostile environment for terrorists"
2017-06-04 18:14:21 UTC
Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms.
Three attackers drove a hired van into pedestrians ...
Facebook focuses on Vox, BuzzFeed and others for video service
2017-05-24 20:47:43 UTC
NEW YORK — Facebook has signed deals with millennial-focused news and entertainment creators Vox Media, BuzzFeed, ATTN, Group Nine Media and others to make shows for its upcoming video service, which will feature long and short-form content with ad breaks, according to several sources familiar wi...
Trump Threatens to Replace the WH Press Briefing with Tweets
2017-05-13 07:25:37 UTC
U.S. far-right nationalist President Donald Trump sounded off on "The Fake Media," firing back as details continue to unfold after this week's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
An interview with NBC News' Lester Holt and the president aired on Thursday evening, including an exchange where Tr...
Facebook suspended 30,000 accounts in France, to stop the spread of fake news
2017-04-14 05:39:08 UTC
SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook Inc said on Thursday it suspended 30,000 accounts in France as the social network giant steps up efforts to stop the spread of fake news, misinformation and spam.
The move, which comes 10 days before the first round of a hotly contested French presidential election, is...
Twitter Refuses To Reveal User Behind Anti-Trump Account
2017-04-07 04:52:53 UTC
By David Ingram |
SAN FRANCISCO — Twitter Inc on Thursday filed a federal lawsuit to block an order by the U.S. government demanding that it reveal who is behind an account opposed to President Donald Trump's tough immigration policies.
Citing freedom of speech as a basis for not turning o...
Wikileaks: Russian- Julian Assange Cooperation
2017-01-04 21:12:24 UTC
As the Kremlin gears up for Putin’s last re-election bid in 18 months, anti-graft crusader Alexei Navalny has emerged as the conduit of choice for rival factions to scoop dirt on each other as they jostle to retain their fiefdoms. While Putin has largely stayed above the fray, anonymous tips and ...
Turkey: WikiLeaks releases 294,548 emails from Erdogan's AKP
2016-07-20 21:26:17 UTC
WikiLeaks releases 294,548 emails from Turkey's ruling party, Erdogan's AKP. WikiLeaks said it obtained the emails a week before Friday's attempted coup.
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GOP believe Facebook is “censoring” the right
2016-05-12 07:50:57 UTC
Facebook and a top Republican Senator have responded to allegations from the tech website Gizmodo that Facebook is suppressing ideologically conservative news or stories from conservative organizations from its "trending topics" column.
According to an article Gizmodo published on Monday, Face...
Social media step up battle against militant propaganda
2015-12-06 07:57:06 UTC
Facebook, Google and Twitter are stepping up efforts to combat online propaganda and recruiting by Islamic militants, but the Internet companies are doing it quietly to avoid the perception that they are helping the authorities police the Web.
On Friday, Facebook Inc said it took down a profil...
Zuckerberg and wife to give 99 percent of shares to charity
2015-12-02 08:20:06 UTC
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg and his wife to give 99 percent of shares to charity.
In an unprecedented philanthropic gesture for their generation, Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla, celebrated the birth of their daughter with the announcement that they will give $45 billion durin...
Feds Demand Reddit Identify Users of a Dark-Web Drug Forum
2015-03-31 17:38:13 UTC
Over the last year, Reddit’s “dark net markets” discussion forum has grown into one of the central fixtures of the online drug scene. At any given moment, hundreds of redditors are browsing reddit.com/r/darknetmarkets, many brazenly discussing anonymous online sales on the open internet.
Facebook Tinkers With Users’ Emotions in News Feed Experiment, Stirring Outcry
2014-06-30 04:42:01 UTC
To Facebook, we are all lab rats.
Facebook routinely adjusts its users’ news feeds — testing out the number of ads they see or the size of photos that appear — often without their knowledge. It is all for the purpose, the company says, of creating a more alluring and useful product.
US created 'Cuban Twitter' to stir unrest
2014-04-03 18:06:33 UTC
The US created a text-message social network designed to foment unrest in Cuba, according to an investigation by the Associated Press news agency.
ZunZuneo, dubbed a "Cuban Twitter", had 40,000 subscribers at its height in a country with limited web access.
The project reportedly lasted fro...
Facebook testing video advertisements
2013-12-18 07:52:12 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Investors are giving a thumbs-up to the idea of Facebook making hundreds of millions in new revenue from video advertisements, but some users argue that the social network is already too cluttered and has become more about commercialism than communing with friends.
Instagram launches direct messaging feature
2013-12-13 10:13:23 UTC
NEW YORK (AP) — Instagram has added a new feature that lets users share photos and videos with up to 15 people rather than everyone who follows them on the popular Facebook-owned photo-sharing app.
Called Instagram Direct, the feature is available for Apple and Android phones, CEO Kevin Systro...
Europe to U.S. companies: Face drastic sanctions
2013-10-22 01:45:02 UTC
BRUSSELS (AP) — A European Parliament committee on Monday approved sweeping new data protection rules that would strengthen online privacy and outlaw the kind of data transfers that the United States used for its secret spying program.
The draft regulation was beefed up after Edward Snowden's ...