Dozens of Facebook fake accounts are being used to try and change the result of November’s U.S. midterm election, the company reported. But it is not clear what the secretive group were actually trying to do, or how they were planning to do it.… Be Informed
It was one of the biggest one-day losses in US corporate history.
At the start of the day, Facebook was valued at $630bn. By the end, it had dropped to $510bn .
Company founder Mark Zuckerberg personally lost more than $15bn (£11.5bn) in one day, seeing him fall from fourth to sixth on Forbes’ list of global billionaires.… Be Informed
CNBC/Euronews reports that Facebook, which is still dealing with fallout from the scandal over user data improperly obtained by consulting firm Cambridge Analytica, has suspended another data-analytics firm over possible policy violations.
Facebook said it has temporarily suspended the firm, Crimson Hexagon, while it looks into whether it violated data-sharing policies.… Be Informed
From Malta to Kazakistan via Italy, to the UK and Brussels, from Libya to Singapore and our obvious stop in the US our morning briefing presents you how the major news agencies and outlets reported the salient happenings of the past 24 hours.… Be Informed
Facebook found itself embroiled a new in controversy Thursday after chief executive Mark Zuckerberg argued the leading social network should not filter out posts denying the Holocaust.
The comments by Zuckerberg drew fierce criticism and appeared to undermine Facebook’s latest effort to root out hate speech, violence and misinformation on its platform.… Be Informed
Euronews: Elections are becoming “increasingly datafied” as political parties tap into big data to target their messaging and this could have a “significant impact” at the ballot box, Britain’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) said on Wednesday.
Political parties in the UK first use the Electoral Register which gives them the name and addresses of approximately 40 million registered voters.… Be Informed
Our morning briefing for Friday 29th June follows:
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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
CNBC: Consumer-goods company Unilever will not work with social media stars, or “influencers,” who buy followers on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook, it announced Monday.
Chief Marketing Officer Keith Weed said the company would scrutinize how it works with such influencers and urged other brands to look at how they avoid fraud on social media.… Be Informed
The Telegraph: More than 3,000 offences of grooming children online for sex have been committed by paedophiles in only the first year since a new law on sexual communication was introduced last April, police have revealed.
Facebook, Snapchat and Instagram accounted for almost three-quarters of the cases with sexual predators targeting children through a total of 80 different sites, apps or platforms, according to the figures obtained from police forces by the NSPCC.… Be Informed
The Telegraph: NHS is “picking up the pieces” of an epidemic of mental illness among children, fuelled by social media, the head of the service has warned.
Simon Stevens urged companies like Google and Facebook to take more responsibility for the pressures they place on children.… Be Informed
Today’s newspapers report that Malta will no longer get away with not accept- ing migrants rescued in the Mediterranean, Italy’s new Home Affairs Minister Matteo Salvini warned yesterday. UNHCR Italy has welcomed the efforts of the new government coalition composed of populist parties to “ensure that the country remains a key international actor in respect and dissemination of human rights, non-discrimination and international protection,” while stressing, along with UNHCR Malta, the importance of established fruitful collaboration with the Ministries of Home and Foreign Affairs of both countries in the implementation of key projects.
CNN reports that for a period of four days in May, about 14 million Facebook users around the world had their default sharing setting for all new posts set to public, the company revealed Thursday.
The bug, which reportedly occurred while Facebook was testing a new feature, went live on May 18.… Be Informed
Research by Internet Matters, which educates parents about their children’s online behaviour, found that nearly as many children aged four to five are live-streaming their own content as those aged 14 to 16.
A report on The Telegraph states that among the youngest children, 13 per cent are using live-streaming apps to film and post content online.… Be Informed
The New York Times report that Facebook has data-sharing partnerships with at least four Chinese electronics companies, including a manufacturing giant that has a close relationship with China’s government, the social media company said on Tuesday.
The agreements, which date to at least 2010, gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been flagged by American intelligence officials as a national security threat, as well as to Lenovo, Oppo and TCL.… Be Informed
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
The Financial Times report that Facebook and Google became the first large tech groups to be accused of breaking the EU’s far-reaching new privacy rules that came into force on Friday when an Austrian activist who has already beaten Facebook in a major privacy case filed complaints against them across Europe.… Be Informed
At the end the much anticipated grilling ended up with more questions than answers. The pertinent points raised by various MEPs, were not all answered by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
By the end of the hearing, some European politicians complained that Zuckerberg had not answered their questions.… Be Informed
The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are investigating Cambridge Analytica, over its handling of Facebook Inc user information, the New York Times reported on Tuesday.
Prosecutors have sought to question former Cambridge Analytica employees and banks that handled its business.… Be Informed