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Facebook's democracy salvage effort tilts scale in Mississippi primary

In its effort to prevent election meddling in America, Facebook has ended up meddling in an election in America. On Thursday, the social ad giant changed its rules for distributing political and issue ads through its platform, to increase transparency and accountability, the company said. For two Republicans challenging …
Thomas Claburn, 25 May 2018
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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

Max Schrems, the thorn in Facebook’s side, has returned to launch the first challenges under the EU’s new data protection laws. The complaints, filed on the day Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force, take aim at what he describes as Google and Facebook’s “forced consent”. Under the GDPR, when …
Rebecca Hill, 25 May 2018
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New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

Facebook has rolled out its promised disclosure regime for political and issue advertising, heralding a new age of transparency and civic responsibility. Or so Facebook folks suggest. "We believe that increased transparency will lead to increased accountability and responsibility over time – not just for Facebook but …
Thomas Claburn, 24 May 2018
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Zuckerberg gets a night off: Much-hyped Euro grilling was all smoke, absolutely no heat

Analysis The European stop on Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook apology tour on Tuesday amounted to little more than a live read-out of Facebook’s well-rehearsed platitudes and tired PR lines. The format of the session at the European Parliament meant that the embattled boss of the data-slurping biz effectively got a night off, being allowed …
Rebecca Hill, 23 May 2018
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UK digital committee fumes: You didn't answer our questions, Facebook. (Psst. EU. Pass 'em on)

The latest missive in an increasingly tense written battle between the British Parliament's digital committee and Facebook has seen MPs accuse the data-slurping giant of dodging questions and skipping the specifics. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee had already launched an inquiry into "fake news" when the …
Rebecca Hill, 22 May 2018
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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

Anyone who uses the Facebook phone app knows what a toll it can take both on your mobile data and free time to be plugged into the social network through your device. But what happens if you don't even have an account, you can't remove the app, and the social network won't leave you alone? That's a problem facing folks around …
Shaun Nichols, 22 May 2018
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Qualcomm readies 60GHz goodies for Facebook's Terragraph

Qualcomm has backed Facebook's plan to take over the mobile network with its Terragraph project: the chip-designer has revealed it's prepping silicon for backhaul systems using today's 802.11ad and 11.ay in the future. In the backhaul space, Qualcomm has its eye on the 20 to 25 per cent of cellular base stations not served by …
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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

Updated Social networking giant and market-leading data broker Facebook is once again taking heat for playing fast and loose with its access to personal information. This time, it's the Facebook Android app that is under the spotlight after folks noticed it requesting an extraordinary amount of access privileges – specifically, …
Shaun Nichols, 18 May 2018
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You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

The US branches of Cambridge Analytica and its parent firm SCL have filed for bankruptcy as execs inch closer to ridding themselves of the toxic brand. The filings, submitted to the New York Southern Bankruptcy Court late yesterday, are for a Chapter 7 bankruptcy – akin to liquidation in the UK – which allows the debtor to …
Rebecca Hill, 18 May 2018
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Former Facebook and Uber CSO hired by Cloudflare

When John Sullivan worked at Facebook, Aleksandr Kogan created the infamous personality quiz app that, unbeknown to The Social Network™, eventually funnelled data to Cambridge Analytica. And when Sullivan worked for Uber, he was fired for his part in paying off hackers to conceal a breach of 57 million users’ records. And now …
Simon Sharwood, 18 May 2018
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Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will visit Brussels in the next week or two to meet with representatives of the European Parliament including “the leaders of the political groups and the Chair and the Rapporteur of the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.” That quote comes from Antonio Tajani, the European …
Simon Sharwood, 17 May 2018

Facebook stuck with IRS bill after court tosses $7 BEEELLION appeal

Facebook has lost its bid to throw out a tax bill on $7bn worth of income it had stashed overseas. A Northern District of California judge ruled in favor of the IRS this week, finding the Social Network did not have standing to challenge the tax bod's finding that Facebook underreported its revenues via its Ireland-based …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2018
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You've been Zucked: Facebook boss refuses to face-off with Brit MPs

Mark Zuckerberg has once again rejected the advances of the UK parliamentary committee that are probing the misuse of Facebook data and how the firm slurps user info. A letter (PDF) from the social network to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee made it clear that MPs' threat of a formal summons the next time Zuck …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018
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US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

Facebook's attempt to push a US court to a quick ruling on a class-action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology has been denied. In an order issued yesterday (PDF), district judge James Donato said that the case would go to trial, with a date set for 9 July. The lawsuit is one of the first tests of Illinois' …
Rebecca Hill, 15 May 2018
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Oculus Go: Capable kit, if the warnings don't put you off

Review Earlier this month, I jotted down some initial impressions about the Oculus Go virtual reality headset I received at Facebook's F8 developer conference. Last weekend, I had a chance to play around with it more thoroughly and to test it on unsuspecting family members. What follows is a more considered account of the face- …
Thomas Claburn, 15 May 2018

How could the Facebook data slurping scandal get worse? Glad you asked

Yet another rogue Facebook app that gathered and sold "intimate" details on millions of users has come to light. A report from New Scientist finds that the myPersonality app had collected and shared the personal information for as many as three million users who had installed the app on their Facebook profile. The data has …
Shaun Nichols, 15 May 2018
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Look, we're doing stuff: Facebook suspends 200 super slurper apps

Facebook has suspended 200 apps while it probes whether they misused people's information as part of its investigation into dodgy data dealings. The Social Network launched the probe after revelations about political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica hit the headlines back in March. They centre around apps that accessed user …
Rebecca Hill, 14 May 2018
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Brit data centre pioneer BladeRoom prevails in trade secrets theft case

Updated Facebook's open data centre initiative used stolen British know-how, a Californian jury ruled yesterday. Cheltenham-based BladeRoom was awarded £30m in damages against industrial multinational Emerson, for its role in constructing a bit barn for the social network. BladeRoom claimed that Facebook had taken the designs of its …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 May 2018

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