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Twitter Launches Political Ad Tracking Tools in Europe, India, and Australia

Twitter on Tuesday rolled out tools in Europe, India, and Australia, that will make it easier for voters to identify political campaign ads. Social networks such as Twitter and Facebook have come under pressure to do more to combat fake news and the spread of extremism and propaganda online. The political campaigning ads policy was introduced during the US midterm elections. …

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Facebook Accused of Leaking Sensitive Health Data in Groups

Facebook has been accused of failing to protect sensitive health data of users in its groups. “Facebook has marketed this product as a Personal Health Record and it then leaked the health data that those patients uploaded to the public,” a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) noted on Monday. The issue was first noticed in July, when members …

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Facebook Says It Is ‘Open to Meaningful Regulation’

Facebook is “open to meaningful regulation”, it said on Monday after British lawmakers said that big technology companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news and abuse of users’ data. “We are open to meaningful regulation and support the committee’s recommendation for electoral law reform,” said Facebook’s public policy manager, Karim …

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Facebook ‘Intentionally’ Violated UK Privacy and Competition Rules, British Lawmakers Say

British lawmakers on Sunday accused Facebook of having “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws” in the country, and they called for investigations into the social media giant’s business practices. The sharp rebuke came in a 108-page report written by members of Parliament, who in 2017 began a wide-ranging study of Facebook and the spread of malicious …

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Facebook to Consider Removing or Demoting Anti-Vaccination Recommendations

As public pressure intensifies over how Facebook promotes misinformation about vaccines, the social media giant is considering removing anti-vaccination content from its recommendation systems, Bloomberg reported Thursday. Facebook has become something of a haven for a small but vocal community of parents who reject wisdom about immunisations, often citing junk science or conspiracy theories, and opt out of having their …

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Twitter Testing a Snapchat-Like ‘News Camera’ Feature on iOS: Report

Micro-blogging site Twitter has reportedly been developing a “News Camera” functionality that would allow users to add captions to photos, videos and live broadcasts – Snapchat-style. “Twitter’s new Snapchat-style camera, codenamed ‘News Camera’ is coming soon! Posts created by the ‘News Camera’ will be called ‘Moments’,” tipster Jane Manchun Wong tweeted on Friday. The micro-blogging site removed its original “Moments” …

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Facebook Tracks Location of ‘Credible Threats’ to Its Employees: Report

Facebook gathers intelligence from its platform to identify people who threaten the firm or its workers, the social network said Thursday in response to media reports of the security tactic. CNBC reported that it interviewed more than a dozen former Facebook security employees, some of whom questioned the ethics of what was portrayed as an unclearly defined practice at the …

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Facebook May Face Record Multibillion-Dollar Fine After Privacy Lapses: Report

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook are negotiating over a multibillion-dollar fine that would settle the agency’s investigation into the social media giant’s privacy practices, according to two people familiar with the probe. The fine would be the largest the agency has ever imposed on a technology company, but the two sides have not yet agreed on an exact amount. …

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Facebook Search Shows Photos of Your Female, but Not Male Friends

Facebook is arguably the most popular social media platform around the globe, used by users young and old. Recently, a Belgian security researcher stumbled upon a weird glitch in Facebook’s search function that only let him search for photos of his female friends but not his male friends. This glitch was discovered by Belgian white-hat hacker Inti De Ceukelaire. This …

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