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Sunday, January 26, 2020
Facebook won’t budge on fake political ad censorship

Facebook won’t budge on fake political ad censorship

Facebook today released a blog post detailing its ad policy, in which it essentially refused to bow to pressure to regulate political ads on its platform. It did offer to let people opt out of political ads in general, but there is a catch. Facebook has taken heat from just about everybody over its decision…
Facebook removes accounts with AI-generated profile photos

Facebook removes accounts with AI-generated profile photos

Enlarge / The Facebook logo is displayed on a TV screen on September 9, 2019 in Paris, France. Facebook on Friday removed what it called a global network of more than 900 accounts, pages, and groups from its platform and Instagram that allegedly used deceptive practices to push pro-Trump narratives to about 55 million users.…
267 million Facebook users’ data has reportedly been leaked

267 million Facebook users’ data has reportedly been leaked

Comparitech and security researcher Bob Diachenko have uncovered a database containing more than 267 million Facebook users’ data that was left exposed online, with not even a password preventing unauthorized access to it. The Elasticsearch cluster contained user IDs, phone numbers, and names of mostly US-based users. According to Diachenko, who examined the evidence, the…
Facebook just bought a cloud gaming service

Facebook just bought a cloud gaming service

Facebook this week revealed it’d acquired PlayGiga, a Spanish cloud gaming service. What they plan to do with it is anyone’s guess. PlayGiga is a Madrid-based company that purports to have “a cost-effective cloud gaming solution with excellent user experience, latency reduced to less than 30ms and an ever-growing games catalogue with injection of new…
Instagram influencers can no longer promote vaping, guns, or cigarettes

Instagram influencers can no longer promote vaping, guns, or cigarettes

Facebook today revealed its putting the kibosh on branded content from its influencers — specifically, those posts which promote guns, vaping, and tobacco products. This is the first time Instagram‘s ever tried to restrict what its content creators can be paid to promote. The platform already bans outright advertisements for vaping, guns, and tobacco on both…
Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the lawyers got involved

Researchers were about to solve AI’s black box problem, then the...

AI has a “black box” problem. We cram data in one side of a machine learning system and we get results out the other, but we’re often unsure what happens in the middle. Researchers and developers nearly had the issue licked, with “explainable algorithms” and “transparent AI” trending over the past few years. Then came…
FTC might put the brakes on Facebook’s plans to merge messaging apps

FTC might put the brakes on Facebook’s plans to merge messaging...

A new report suggests the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) might file an injunction against Facebook, to keep it from integrating its messaging apps together. Doing so might make it harder to break up the company — which the FTC is reportedly considering. The report comes from the Wall Street Journal, whose sources say that the…
Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto

Senate Judiciary committee interrogates Apple, Facebook about crypto

Enlarge / Lindsay Graham doesn't want people reading his texts. But he'll make darned sure there are backdoors for law enforcement into encrypted texts and devices, and he will pass a law if he needs to. In a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday, while their counterparts in the House were busy with articles…
Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study finds

Social media platforms leave 95% of reported fake accounts up, study...

Enlarge / One hundred cardboard cutouts of Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg stand outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, April 10, 2018. It's no secret that every major social media platform is chock-full of bad actors, fake accounts, and bots. The big companies continually pledge to do a better job weeding out organized…
Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’

Captain Obvious FTC rules Cambride Analytica ‘engaged in deceptive practices’

In today’s edition of “Well, duh!” news, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has ruled that Cambridge Analytica deceived Facebook users from whom it harvested valuable data. This comes a full year-and-a-half after the scandal originally broke and after Cambridge Analytica is no more, but hey… better late than never, right? Last year, Cambridge Analytica ignited…

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