Facebook data – as scandalous as MPs’ expenses?

The gathering storm over how millions of Facebook profiles were apparently exploited for political purposes raises all sorts of questions about how our data is used. But already some in the data and marketing industries are pouring cold water on the story which the Guardian’s Carole Cadwalladr has pursued with such admirable vigour. “Nothing very […]

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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the […]

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Facebook expels alt-right figurehead

Facebook has banned the American white nationalist who popularised the term “alternative right”. Richard Spencer’s page on the social network was removed on Friday along with two other pages he controlled: that of his National Policy Institute think tank, and one promoting his AltRight.com news analysis website. Facebook has not commented, but the BBC understands […]

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Facebook facial recognition faces class-action suit

Facebook must face a class action lawsuit over its use of facial recognition technology, a California judge has ruled. The lawsuit alleges that Facebook gathered biometric information without users’ explicit consent. It involves the “tag suggestions” technology, which spots users’ friends in uploaded photos; the lawsuit says this breaches Illinois state law. Facebook said the […]

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Facebook, Twitter and Snap take hits: Social media crackdown imminent?

Regulatory pressure on Facebook (FB) is intensifying, and its social media peers are affected as well, at least when it comes to the price of their stocks. Facebook is facing controversy surrounding how a third party accessed and stored the information of 50 million users. According to Bloomberg, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could investigate […]

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Facebook regulatory risk is higher after big data leak, says analyst

Stifel’s Scott Devitt believes Facebook will face more government scrutiny after Cambridge Analytica’s alleged misuse of the company’s users’ data. “Regulation in every industry is ultimately bad. And the internet companies broadly have had 20 years of lack of regulation,” Devitt said Monday on CNBC’s “Halftime Report.” “We’re heading into a new world as it […]

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Facebook Takes on Twitch, YouTube With ‘Live’ In-Game Streaming

Facebook on Monday announced that it is getting into the e-Sports game, jumping into the field of video games as spectator sports against Amazon-owned Twitch and Google’s YouTube Gaming. Later this month, people will be able to use Facebook accounts to log in to Blizzard Entertainment computer games such as “World of Warcraft.” The move […]

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Trolls Who Impersonate Others Online Could Face UK Charges

Britain’s prosecution service says people could be charged if they create fake online profiles in order to harass or humiliate others. The Crown Prosecution Service says it is updating its guidelines to reflect “new and emerging crimes” in the social media age. Director of Public Prosecutions Alison Saunders said Thursday that “we are seeing more […]

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The Fastest-Growing ‘News’ Site of 2015 Was an Obscure Content Farm for Moms

You have probably never heard of the LittleThings.com – and Little Things is really proud of that. They’ve only been around 15 months, too short a time to be a household name just yet. And still, somehow, this unremarkable, freshly dug well of “inspiring, uplifting, and engaging content” pulls in something like 1.7 million unique […]

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Egypt Arrests Facebook Page Administrators Ahead of Revolt Anniversary

Egyptian security forces have arrested two people for managing multiple Facebook pages they said were used to support the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and encourage protest, the Interior Ministry said. The move intensified a security crackdown on dissent in the run-up to the fifth anniversary of the uprising that began on Jan. 25, 2011 and ended […]

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