Tag: Facebook Inc

What We’ve Learned From Our Privacy Project (So Far)

ImageA Huawei surveillance camera is pictured at Interpol World in Singapore.CreditEdgar Su/Reuters The Privacy Project has been underway for four months, and in that time we’ve learned quite a bit about what we do — and don’t — know about privacy. Privacy is a complex, nebulous and constantly evolving issue, but amid the chaos and […]

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Beware. Other Nations Will Follow France With Their Own Digital Tax.

Last Thursday, the French Senate passed a digital services tax, which would impose an entirely new tax on large multinationals that provide digital services to consumers or users in France. Digital services include everything from providing a platform for selling goods and services online to targeting advertising based on user data, and the tax applies […]

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Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More.

LONDON — After Facebook was hit on Friday with a fine of around $5 billion for privacy violations, critics immediately said it escaped largely unscathed: The settlement neither bruised its bottom line nor severely restricted its ability to collect people’s data. Yet even if the Silicon Valley company dodged that bullet, its pain was just […]

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F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies. The agency approved the settlement in a […]

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As Nations Look to Tax Tech Firms, U.S. Scrambles to Broker a Deal

WASHINGTON — For most of the 21st century, wealthy nations have engaged in a race to the bottom on corporate taxes, cutting rates in an effort to poach business activity across borders. Very quickly, that script has flipped. Developed countries are now moving to impose new taxes on technology companies, like Facebook and Google, that […]

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White House Hosts Social Media Summit for Pro-Trump Digital Warriors

WASHINGTON — The day of a planned White House social media summit was off to an energetic start on Thursday, when President Trump blasted out a round of Twitter insults against his enemies, defended the Pledge of Allegiance, called himself “great looking and smart” and announced an afternoon Rose Garden news conference on his administration’s […]

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White House Hosts a Meeting for Pro-Trump Twitter Warriors

WASHINGTON — The day of a planned White House social media summit was off to an energetic start on Thursday, when President Trump blasted out a round of Twitter insults against his enemies, defended the Pledge of Allegiance, called himself “great looking and smart” and announced an afternoon Rose Garden news conference on his administration’s […]

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France Moves Toward Digital Tax, Stoking Fight With White House

PARIS — President Emmanuel Macron’s government waded into a potentially messy fight with the White House on Thursday as French lawmakers voted to impose a tax on Facebook, Google and other American technology giants despite a blunt warning from the Trump administration. The measure, which the White House said could amount to an unfair trade […]

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Trump’s ‘Social Media Summit’: All the President’s Memes

Trolling on the internet was once a thankless pastime. Make edgy jokes on the right message board, get your sarcastic memes noticed by the right people, and you might score some retweets and Reddit upvotes, but that was about the extent of it. For today’s right-wing trolls, though, there is a bigger prize on the […]

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The Rise and Fall of the Palo Alto Consensus

In the early years after the end of the Cold War, a set of ideas emerged on economic policy that came to be known as the Washington Consensus. From Thailand to Russia, the prescription from international financial institutions like the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund was the same: Cut spending and regulation, privatize […]

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Your Data Could Be at the Center of the Fight Against Big Tech

LONDON — Germany’s top antitrust enforcer, Andreas Mundt, recently asked a room full of lawyers, academics and regulators to imagine a wall filled with their personal information collected by Facebook and Google. He told them to picture it stocked with their data broken up into categories like finances, location, relationships and hobbies. “That is you,” […]

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The Government Cut Their Internet. Will Abuses Now Remain Hidden?

RATHEDAUNG, Myanmar — The security forces, with their geriatric rifles, formed a wary patrol, scanning the forested hills where members of an ethnic insurgency roam. A crater on the pitted road attested to the rebels’ skill at fashioning explosive devices. Rakhine State, a ribbon of marsh and mountain on the western coast of Myanmar, is […]

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France Will Debate a Bill to Stop Online Hate Speech. What’s at Stake?

PARIS — The French Parliament will start debating a bill on online hate speech and harassment on Wednesday, as countries around the world grapple with the question of what content is acceptable online and how to regulate huge technological platforms with a global reach. In France, laws regulating free speech are generally more restrictive than […]

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The Immigration Crisis Is Corrupting the Nation

Last year, as part of an effort to carry out President Trump’s promise of “extreme vetting” of visitors to the United States, the Department of Homeland Security began collecting social media account information from millions of people seeking to cross the border. After all, a radical online could be a radical offline. That’s why the […]

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Stop Collecting Immigrants’ Social Media Data

Since the 2016 election, Congress has woken up to the consequences of allowing social media companies to hold vast stores of information about hundreds of millions of users and use it for their own purposes. But it continues to close its eyes to the dangers of allowing the Department of Homeland Security to tap into […]

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Grieving People Gathered on a Facebook Support Group. Then a Hacker Showed Up.

A popular Facebook grief support page reclaimed control of its account Thursday after a hacking attack that page administrators say went unaddressed for seven weeks. The case is the latest knock on Facebook’s efforts to monitor content on its platform. The moderators of the page, Grief the Unspoken, which has more than 500,000 followers, said […]

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When a Politician Is Called a ‘Lousy Traitor,’ Should Facebook Censor It?

In April 2016, a Facebook user shared an article featuring a photo of the Austrian Green party’s leader at the time, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, along with added comments labeling her a “corrupt oaf,” a “lousy traitor” and “member of a fascist party.” The comments were apparently a protest of her support for refugees. Ms. Glawischnig-Piesczek claimed […]

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Regulators Have Doubts About Facebook Cryptocurrency. So Do Its Partners.

SAN FRANCISCO — One of the biggest selling points of Facebook’s ambitious plans for its new cryptocurrency, Libra, was that the social media company had 27 partners, including prominent outfits like Visa, Mastercard and Uber, helping out on the project. But some of those partners are approaching Libra warily. They signed nonbinding agreements to join […]

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The Real Reason for Facebook’s New Cryptocurrency

Facebook says its new cryptocurrency, Libra, is a tool for financial inclusion and disrupting the world’s cumbersome payment systems. In reality, there is a deeper motivation behind it, although not the one its critics imagine: Libra is the last, best hope to re-establish trust between Facebook and the world. Facebook harnessed billions of users to […]

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