Google & Facebook fed ad dollars to child porn discovery apps

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Google has scrambled to remove third-party apps that led users to child porn sharing groups on WhatsApp in the wake of TechCrunch’s report about the problem last week. We contacted Google with the name of one of these apps and evidence that it and others offered links to WhatsApp groups for sharing child exploitation imagery. […]

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Facebook removes Russian accounts operating in the Former Soviet Union

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it turns out the Russians are prettyyy good at Facebook.Image: Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images The Russian trolls have been busy. Facebook said in a blog post published Thursday that it has removed over 500 Facebook accounts, pages, and Instagram profiles linked to Russia for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.” That means misrepresenting the true identity of […]

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Washington, D.C., attorney general is suing Facebook over Cambridge Analytica scandal

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Your phone may be talking to Facebook, even if you don't use Facebook.Image:  Busakorn Pongparnit/gettyimages A worrying number of popular Android apps share user data with Facebook without user consent, new research from Privacy International shows (via Financial Times).  Here’s the worst part: Staying off Facebook doesn’t protect you from this.   SEE ALSO: Veteran […]

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UKs DCMS calls in Facebook again over user data access, asks competition authorities to investigate

The latest revelations about Facebook’s handling of user data — an investigation by the New York Times found that Facebook had been providing special data access to large companies like Amazon, Microsoft, Spotify and others — has landed the social network once more in hot water in Europe, and specifically the United Kingdom. Today, Damian Collins MP, […]

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The man behind the stripper robot that went utterly viral for all the wrong reasons Cool Quotient

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Instagram is working on a new type of account for influencers.Image: lili sams / mashable Instagram is taking new steps to woo some of its highest profile users.  The app is testing “creator accounts,” which would add new analytics and messaging features geared toward influencers and other power users of the photo-sharing app. SEE ALSO: […]

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Facebook exempts news outlets from political ads transparency labels

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Facebook pissed off journalists earlier this year when it announced that ads run by news publishers to promote their articles involving elected officials, candidates and national issues would have to sport “paid for by…” labels and be included alongside political campaign ads in its ads transparency archive that launched in June, albeit in a separate section. […]

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Facebook won’t operate in China until there is ‘free expression’

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In a letter to Congress, Facebook says it won't do business in China.Image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images That’s a thumbs down on China. In a letter to Congress, Facebook said that it would only provide service in China if it was free from government censorship. In other words, as Xi Jinping’s power over the country intensifies, […]

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Far-right group Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes have been kicked off Facebook

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Facebook takes a stand on the Proud Boys and Gavin McInnes.Image: Getty Images Far-right group Proud Boys and its founder Gavin McInnes have been banned from Facebook and Instagram. The thinly-veiled white nationalist group used Facebook as a recruiting tool, with numerous groups and pages to organise and attract members. SEE ALSO: Milo Yiannopoulos’ Facebook […]

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Highlights from the Senate Intelligence hearing with Facebook and Twitter

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Another day, another political grilling for social media platform giants. The Senate Intelligence Committee’s fourth hearing took place this morning, with Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey present to take questions as bearded wiseman CEO Jack Dorsey (whose experimental word of the month appears to be “cadence” — as in he frequently said […]

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