Security failure in NameTests apps potentially left Facebook users unprotected

Politico: A security failure in a popular quiz app on Facebook left millions of people’s data exposed for almost two years, a cybersecurity activist revealed Thursday.

The application, called Nametests.com, has run Facebook quizzes for years, but it left unprotected the personal data of Facebook users taking such a quiz on its website, allowing third parties to read and steal the data, the activist said.… Be Informed

Papua New Guinea to ban facebook

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Papua New Guinea’s communications minister has said the government will ban Facebook for a month to weigh its impact on the population. The government is also evaluating the creation of a new state-run social network.

Communications Minister Sam Basil said that the shutdown would enable the department and National Research Institute to conduct further research on how the social network was being used by users.… Be Informed

EU proposes measures to tackle online disinformation

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The European Commission is proposing measures to tackle disinformation online, including an EU-wide Code of Practice on Disinformation, support for an independent network of fact-checkers, and a series of actions to stimulate quality journalism and promote media literacy.

The recent Facebook/Cambridge Analytica revelations demonstrated exactly how personal data can be exploited in electoral contexts, and are a timely reminder that more is needed to secure resilient democratic processes.

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Facebook – Redefining the arms race

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Mark Zuckerberg, the Facebook chief executive, warned on Tuesday of an online propaganda “arms race” with Russia and vowed that fighting interference in elections around the world is now his top priority.

The 33-year-old billionaire, during testimony that lasted nearly five hours, was speaking to Congress in what was widely seen as a moment of reckoning for America’s tech industry.… Be Informed

CNN : The evolution of Zuckerberg from a techie to a world leader overseeing a nation of two billion people he created

CNN’s Mark Zuckerberg’s growing up moment.

zuckerbergCNN’s Laurie Segall meets Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg before he addresses the US Congress and gives account of how the techie geek evolved into a world leader, who is ‘overseeing’ a nation he created of two billion people.… Be Informed

Facebook is sharing…and its wrong!

Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has said the social network “didn’t do enough” to protect user data in a written statement to the US Congress.

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Ahead of appearances before US Congress committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr Zuckerberg said he took responsibility for recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as well as the platform’s issues with fake news and abusive content.

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87 million people’s data improperly shared by Facebook.

binoReuters report that Facebook said on Wednesday that the personal information of up to 87 million users may have been improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, up from a previous news media estimate of more than 50 million.

Most of the 87 million people were in the United States, Schroepfer wrote in the blog post.… Be Informed

Cambridge Analytica helped ‘cheat’ Brexit vote and US election, claims whistleblower

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Misuse of data and “cheating” by Cambridge Analytica and other companies associated with the firm may have altered the outcome of both the U.S. presidential election and the U.K.’s Brexit referendum, a company whistleblower told British lawmakers.

Chris Wylie, the former director of research at Cambridge Analytica, which has been accused of illegally collecting online data of up to 50 million Facebook users, said that his work allowed Donald Trump’s presidential campaign to garner unprecedented insight into voters’ habits ahead of the 2016 vote.… Be Informed