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Germany orders Facebook to restrict data-gathering practices

(Reuters) — Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a ruling that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their knowledge or consent. Facebook said it would appeal the landmark ruling on Thursday by the Federal Cartel Office, the culmination of […]

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Facebook’s 15th birthday is clouded by controversies and concerns

Today marks 15 years since the service then known as TheFacebook was launched. This could be the time to trot out a list of all of Facebook’s accomplishments. But as the company reaches its teenage years, the most important thing is not what Facebook has accomplished, but how the environment it’s operating in has changed. Facebook’s […]

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Google and Facebook spend more than ever on U.S. lobbying efforts

(Reuters) – Alphabet’s Google disclosed in a quarterly filing on Tuesday that it spent a company-record $21.2 million on lobbying the U.S. government in 2018, topping its previous high of $18.22 million in 2012, as the search engine operator fights wide-ranging scrutiny into its practices. In its filing to Congress on Tuesday, Facebook disclosed that […]

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Google will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of general elections

Google is joining Facebook in bringing greater transparency to its political advertising tools in India as the world’s largest democracy gears up for general elections in the coming months. The search giant today said it will introduce an India-specific Political Advertising Transparency Report and make available a searchable Political Ads Library in the country in March of […]

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Facebook to bring stricter ads rules to countries with big votes in 2019

(Reuters) — Facebook told Reuters on Tuesday that it would extend some of its political advertising rules and tools for curbing election interference to India, Nigeria, Ukraine and the European Union before significant votes in the next few months. As the largest social media service in nearly every big country, Facebook since 2016 has become […]

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TIA warns U.S. government shutdown will hurt 5G rollout

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) today became the latest group to warn the public about unintended consequences of President Donald Trump’s already 20-day-long shutdown of the U.S. government. It says the country can expect its 5G rollout to be impacted, largely due to the FCC running out of funding and suspending key services on January 3, […]

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German politicians’ data published online in massive breach

(Reuters) — Personal data and documents from hundreds of German politicians and public figures including Chancellor Angela Merkel have been published online in what appears to be one of Germany’s most far-reaching data breaches. A preliminary analysis showed the data had been obtained through “wrongful use of log-in information for cloud services, email accounts or […]

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Truecaller: Spam calls jumped over 300% in 2018

According to the yearly report published by Stockholm-based phone number-identification service Truecaller, spam calls grew by 300 percent year-over-year in 2018. The report also found that telecom operators themselves are much to blame. Between January and October of this year, Truecaller said, users worldwide received about 17.7 billion spam calls. That’s up from some 5.5 […]

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Facebook and Twitter face growing scrutiny for their role in sparking France’s ‘Gilets Jaunes’ protests

The French government announced it is investigating the possibility that Russia manipulated social networking services such as Facebook and Twitter to foment discord that has inspired growing protests across the country. The Gilets Jaunes or “yellow vests,” appeared at first to be largely a spontaneous social movement of protestors angry about an impending tax on diesel that […]

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Facebook will bring political ad transparency tools to India ahead of 2019 elections

As India inches closer to its general elections, Facebook announced today that it is bringing transparency to political ads on its platform in the country early next year. This would make India the fourth market — after the U.S., Brazil, and the U.K. — where Facebook offers users a disclaimer on political ads. Facebook began […]

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ProBeat: Twitter’s biggest mistake was giving Donald Trump a pass

Twitter’s stock took a hit yesterday after news resurfaced that Fox News had not tweeted for three weeks. The publication stopped tweeting after activists posted news host Tucker Carlson’s home address on Twitter, which reportedly did not remove it in a timely fashion. Also yesterday, an alt-right activist handcuffed herself to Twitter’s NYC headquarters. This […]

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Google to vet political advertisers for European Parliament elections

Google has announced a raft of initiatives designed to “support the democratic process” during the European Parliament elections next May. The announcement comes amid mounting pressure on technology companies to tackle attempts to subvert elections through the spread of misinformation. Arguably the most notable facet of Google’s latest efforts is that it will now require all […]

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Facebook’s ‘independent oversight group’ is destined to fail

If there was any doubt about how big Facebook has gotten, CEO Mark Zuckerberg compared the struggles Facebook faces with deciding what kind of content to allow on its platform to the struggles cities face in mitigating crime. “No one expects crime to be eliminated completely, but you expect things will get better over time,” […]

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Facebook rebuttal claims ‘inaccuracies’ in scathing New York Times investigation

A highly detailed investigation by the New York Times has again raised questions about Facebook’s response to the Russian manipulation, fake news, and hate speech that have become rampant on its platform. Today, the company issued a rebuttal of sorts that address some concerns raised by the story. In the unsigned rebuttal, the company says: […]

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France leads effort to save internet from itself with ‘Paris Call’ and Facebook embed

As the geopolitical picture continues to churn with uncertainty, France is making a strong and surprising bid to assume a central leadership role in fixing the hot mess otherwise known as the internet. Following a weekend-long tribute to the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I that drew global leaders to Paris, French […]

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Mark Zuckerberg rejects request to appear before U.K. and Canada-led committee

Facebook has declined a request to send CEO Mark Zuckerberg to testify before an “international grand committee” on the topic of fake news and disinformation — though the committee continues to grow. U.K. MP Damian Collins — one of the organizers of the committee, along with Canadian MP Bob Zimmer — tweeted this morning that […]

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Homeless ballot prop opposed by billionaire tech CEOs is winning in San Francisco

San Francisco voters appear to have ratified Proposition C, an initiative to increase taxes on businesses earning more than $50 million in gross annual receipts to provide services for homeless people. With 99 percent of precincts reporting, 59.9 percent of ballots cast voted yes on C while 40.1 percent voted no on C, according to […]

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Mapping tech adds truth to election debate

Presented by Mapbox When truth is increasingly subjective, maps can be a canvas for people to understand data, and through that understanding drive faith and confidence in how government is elected. A U.S. election is an incredibly complex data pipeline. Who can vote is determined by fifty-six different sets of eligibility rules and eligibility lists. […]

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U.S. Supreme Court ends fight over Obama-era net neutrality rules

(Reuters) — The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused a request by the Trump administration and the telecommunications industry to wipe away a lower court decision that had upheld Obama-era net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, though the justices’ action does not undo the 2017 repeal of the policy. The […]

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Twitter purged over 10,000 bots that tried to discourage U.S. voter turnout

(Reuters) – Twitter (TWTR.N) deleted more than 10,000 automated accounts posting messages that discouraged people from voting in Tuesday’s U.S. election and wrongly appeared to be from Democrats, after the party flagged the misleading tweets to the social media company. “We took action on relevant accounts and activity on Twitter,” a Twitter spokesman said in […]

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