Posts Tagged ‘Facebook’

Facebook’s Social Media Council Leaves Key Questions Unanswered

By Corynne McSherry and Kit Walsh Facebook took big step forward this week in its march to create an “oversight board” to help vet its more controversial takedown decisions, publishing more details about how it will work. Both Facebook and its users will be able to refer cases to the Board to request its review. […]

Facebook to Launch ‘Independent Supreme Court’ Body to Monitor Its Content

What’s behind the Facebook Independent Supreme Court? Facebook has announced the formation of a new Oversight Board which will be in charge of content moderation on the social media giant’s platform. The new body was known previously and colloquially as the Facebook Independent Supreme Court. This nickname is apt for many reasons. Facebook is not […]

Not A Free Speech Platform: Facebook Declares It’s A ‘Publisher’ & Can Censor Whomever It Wants, Walking Into Legal Trap

Facebook has invoked its free speech right as a publisher, insisting its ability to smear users as extremists is protected, but its legal immunity thus far has rested on a law which protects platforms, not publishers. Which is it? Facebook has declared it has the right, as a publisher, to exercise its own free speech […]

Facebook to Launch “Independent Supreme Court” Body to Monitor Its Content

By Makia Freeman THE STORY: On September 17th 2019, Facebook released a charter for a new Oversight Board to moderate its content, known colloquially by some as the Facebook Independent Supreme Court. THE IMPLICATIONS: How independent will this board really be? What are Facebook’s true motivations for setting up this board? Given the past history […]

Facebook blocks tens of thousands of apps hoarding your data, admits ‘won’t catch everything’

   Facebook has suspended tens of thousands of apps for improperly using users’ personal information – orders of magnitude larger than the 400 they’d previously acknowledged – but they’ve promised to do better next time. Again. Some 69,000 apps were suspended by Facebook for potentially slurping up users’ personal info without their knowledge or consent, […]

Facebook employee dead after ‘apparent suicide’ at headquarters

“Menlo Park Police Officers and Menlo Park Fire Protection District personnel responded, and when they arrived, found the victim unresponsive,” Menlo Park Police Department said on Thursday. “Firefighters and paramedics administered medical aid but were unable to revive the victim.” A preliminary investigation indicated there was no foul play involved in the apparent […]

Smart TVs Caught Sending Sensitive User Data To Facebook And Netflix

Just when social media companies were starting to modify their data collection practices to better respect user privacy, the next threat is coming from the Internet of Things (IoT). Smart TVs are becoming increasingly popular in the US. In some cases, users’ data were being sent to Netflix even though they didn’t have […]

Facebook again briefly bans Netanyahu chatbot for illegally publishing polls

Facebook on Tuesday briefly suspended a chatbot operated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s official page for the second time in five days, because it illegally shared polling information. The step was taken by the social media giant after the bot repeatedly violated the social media giant’s rules as well as an Israeli law that forbids publicizing […]

Netanyahu’s Facebook page suspended over hate speech

Netanyahu chairs the weekly cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem, on June 30, 2019. Credit: ODED BALILTY / POOL / AFP. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu got suspended from Facebook this week after a long string of racist statements. Critics have accused the premiere of race-baiting ahead of the hotly contested elections, which are set […]

Facebook sanctions Netanyahu’s official page over hate speech

Following outrage over a message on his official Facebook page telling voters “Arabs want to annihilate us all,” Facebook has suspended the chatbot feature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s page. According to reports, the message was suspended over its violations of Facebook’s hate speech codes. The suspension was reportedly put in place for 24 hours, […]

RT Editor-in-Chief Simonyan blocked on Facebook for unclear reason

   Facebook has blocked RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan’s account for allegedly “violating community standards.” Revealing the ban, Simonyan complained of pervasive censorship practiced on the platform. The three-day-long ban was not accompanied by a more detailed explanation, Simonyan said in her Telegram channel. She is trying to find out the exact reason, she added. “Meanwhile […]

Russia Formally Warns Google, Facebook Against Election ‘Interference’ & Meddling

For the second time in under a month Russia has warned Google and Facebook against election “interference” and meddling in Russian domestic politics.  On Thursday Russian communications regulator Roskomnadzor formally asked the US search engine and social media giants to halt political advertising during the upcoming weekend of regional elections.  Several regional elections are set to be […]

Google, Twitter, Facebook Met Government Officials To Devise Election Measures

By Aaron Kesel Representatives for Google, Facebook and Twitter met with DHS officials at Facebook’s headquarters to devise 2020 election measures against the spread of “fake news” on candidates earlier this week. The meeting at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, offices involved officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the […]

Biometric Fight: Facebook Defeated on Facial Recognition, But Google, Amazon Still Pushing Ahead

Whether you like it to or not, facial recognition is set to play an ever-growing role in people’s everyday lives. Nonetheless, the fight is now on: push-back has now begun against Silicon Valley’s global digital monopolies who seek to harvest the facial imaging data of every single user on the planet. But with seemingly endless […]

Another Facebook privacy breach: Hundreds of millions of users’ phone numbers exposed on unprotected server

   Hundreds of millions of phone numbers linked to Facebook accounts were left exposed on an unprotected server in the latest massive security breach to plague the embattled tech giant. Up to 419 million phone numbers were stored on a database housed on multiple servers including the numbers of an estimated 133 million US-based users […]

Facebook privacy breach: Hundreds of millions of users’ phone numbers exposed

Up to 419 million phone numbers were stored on a database housed on multiple servers including the numbers of an estimated 133 million US-based users alone. The revelation comes just weeks after Facebook was slapped with a record $5 billion fine by the US Federal Trade Commission for violating users’ privacy rights. Also on […]

DHS Expels Harvard Freshman (Palestinian, not Jewish) over Facebook Posts by Others

Ismail Ajjawi was deemed “inadmissible” by US Customs and Border Protection and sent back to Lebanon on Friday night, after CBP officials at Boston’s Logan International Airport confronted him with Facebook posts from his friends list containing “political points of view that oppose the US.” ALSO ON RT.COMYour Facebook please: US begins demanding full social […]

RED FLAG Gun Laws: Connecticut Man’s Firearms Seized Because His SON Shared a Meme on Facebook

By Cat Ellis Due to the recent mass shootings, there is a major push for so-called “red flag” gun laws at both the state and federal levels. These laws are the latest tool for gun control advocates to confiscate guns from people based upon only tips and suspicion. No crime has to be committed to trigger […]

China accuses Twitter & Facebook of censorship over Hong Kong protest criticism

Twitter claims to have suspended 936 accounts, reportedly originating from mainland China, which they said appeared to be part of a coordinated state-backed campaign to criticize the protests in Hong Kong. Facebook said it also removed a number of “fake” accounts and pages linked to people associated with the Chinese government after a tip-off from […]

Facebook Paid Contractors Like Amazon And Apple To Listen To Your Conversations — Code Named PRISM

By Aaron Kesel In another Facebook scandal of the year, the company has been accused of paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, Yahoo News reported. The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained […]

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