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$35B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed

B face data lawsuit against Facebook will proceed Facebook just lost a battle in its war to stop a $35 billion class action lawsuit regarding alleged misuse of facial recognition data in Illinois. Today it was denied its request for an en banc hearing before the full slate of ninth circuit judges […]

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Facebook promises not to stop politicians’ lies & hate

Facebook promises not to stop politicians’ lies & hate Facebook confirms it won’t fact-check politicians’ speech or block their content if it’s newsworthy even if it violates the site’s hatespeech rules or other policies. This cementing of its policy comes from Facebook’s head of global policy and communication Nick Clegg who gave […]

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The real risk of Facebook’s Libra coin is crooked developers

The real risk of Facebook’s Libra coin is crooked developers Everyone’s worried about Mark Zuckerberg controlling the next currency, but I’m more concerned about a crypto Cambridge Analytica. Today Facebook announced Libra, its forthcoming stablecoin designed to let you shop and send money overseas with almost zero transaction fees. Immediately, critics started […]

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Mark Zuckerberg actually calls for regulation of content, elections, privacy

Mark Zuckerberg actually calls for regulation of content, elections, privacy It’s been a busy day for Facebook exec op-eds. Earlier this morning, Sheryl Sandberg broke the site’s silence around the Christchurch massacre, and now Mark Zuckerberg is calling on governments and other bodies to increase regulation around the sorts of data Facebook […]

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Senator Warner calls on Zuckerberg to support market research consent rules

Senator Warner calls on Zuckerberg to support market research consent rules In response to TechCrunch’s investigation of Facebook paying teens and adults to install a VPN that lets it analyze all their phone’s traffic, Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) has sent a letter to Mark Zuckerberg. It admonishes Facebook for not spelling out […]

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Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them

Facebook pays teens to install VPN that spies on them Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in […]

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With trust destroyed, Facebook is haunted by old data deals

With trust destroyed, Facebook is haunted by old data deals As Facebook colonized the rest of the web with its functionality in hopes of fueling user growth, it built aggressive integrations with partners that are coming under newfound scrutiny through a deeply reported New York Times investigation. Some of what Facebook did was […]

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Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features

Facebook ends platform policy banning apps that copy its features Facebook will now freely allow developers to build competitors to its features upon its own platform. Today Facebook announced it will drop Platform Policy section 4.1, which stipulates “Add something unique to the community. Don’t replicate core functionality that Facebook already provides.” […]

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Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit

Tech giants offer empty apologies because users can’t quit A true apology consists of a sincere acknowledgement of wrong-doing, a show of empathic remorse for why you wronged and the harm it caused, and a promise of restitution by improving ones actions to make things right. Without the follow-through, saying sorry isn’t […]

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Internal Facebook memo sees outgoing VP of comms Schrage take blame for hiring Definers

Internal Facebook memo sees outgoing VP of comms Schrage take blame for hiring Definers TechCrunch has attained an internal memo published by Facebook’s outgoing head of public policy Elliot Schrage in which he blames himself for hiring PR firm Definers. He admits to having the company push negative narratives about competitors, but […]

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