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Mark Zuckerberg's Details Leaked in Facebook Data Breach

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's own personal information was among the details of 533 million Facebook users that leaked in a data breach, it has emerged. Facebook has now confirmed that the leaked data was obtained not by a hack, but by scraping the platform prior to September 2019. The company now says that an exploit was found in its contact importer, but the "specific issue that allowed them to scrape this data in 2019 no longer exists." Facebook has not clarified exactly what personal in...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, European Union, Signal, Federal Trade Commission, Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerburg, Pete Buttigieg, Facebook Messenger and Instagram, Facebook Data Breach, Facebook Via Bleeping Computer


All-in-One Chat App 'Beeper' Brings iMessage to Android and Windows Using Workaround

New universal chat app "Beeper" combines 15 different chat platforms into a single inbox and offers iMessage on Android and Windows (via The Verge). The app comes from a team including former Pebble CEO Eric Migicovsky, and enables users to integrate a range of messaging services, including WhatsApp, SMS, Signal, Telegram, Slack, Twitter, Skype, Hangouts, Discord, Instagram, and Facebook Messenger, into a single, searchable inbox. Most striking is support for Apple's iMessage, as it is only o...
Tags: Apple, Google, Messenger, Twitter, Instagram, Imessage, Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, Pebble, Skype, Telegram, Signal, Slack, Eric Migicovsky, Migicovsky, Discord


WhatsApp Clarifies It's Not Giving All Your Data To Facebook

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: WhatsApp has published a new FAQ page to its website outlining its stances on user privacy in response to widespread backlash over an upcoming privacy policy update. The core issue relates to WhatsApp's data-sharing procedures with Facebook, with many users concerned an updated privacy policy going into effect on February 8th will mandate sharing of sensitive profile information with WhatsApp's parent company. That isn't true -- the update has ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Tech, Eu, Signal, Facebook It, Facebook We, Bosworth, Cathcart, Andrew Boz Bosworth, Adam Mosseri, Will Cathcart, Facebook AR VR


WhatsApp now lets you post ephemeral messages that disappear after 7 days

Facebook recently announced that WhatsApp passed the whopping milestone of 100 billion messages sent per day, but not everyone wants those chats to stick around forever. Now, Facebook’s wildly popular messaging app with 2 billion users is adding a feature to give people more control on how their words and pictures live within the app. From today, messages — including photos and videos — can now be marked to disappear after 7 days. Disappearing messages are being rolled out globally across ...
Tags: Social, TC, Facebook, Apps, Instagram, Tech, Whatsapp, Signal, Ephemeral Messaging, Ephemerality


Facebook is finally cracking down on QAnon, after the conspiracy theory ran rampant on the platform for years and reached millions of people (FB)

Facebook announced Wednesday it was taking down pages and accounts that promote QAnon, a conspiracy theory with a growing number of followers. An estimate published by the Guardian said QAnon pages on the social media platform had 4.5 million followers. After sporadic moves to limit QAnon's spread, Wednesday's move is the company's most significant to date. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Facebook is finally cracking down on QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory that accuses...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Russia, Nbc News, US, Trends, Fbi, Guardian, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Democratic, Storyful, Rob Price, Contact Business Insider, QAnon Facebook


Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that Facebook is not a monopoly. But in 2012, it boasted that it held '95% of all social media in the US.' (FB)

In 2012, Facebook boasted that it makes up "95% of all social media in the US." The claim came in a marketing presentation it prepared to give to Vodafone's board of directors at the time. Facebook now faces intense antitrust scrutiny, and has changed its rhetoric — claiming it faces plenty of competition from many corners. On Wednesday, CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that it's still competing with everyone from Apple to TikTok and the broader advertising industry. Visit Business Insider's homepag...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, US, Trends, United States, Vodafone, Signal, Committee, Zuckerberg, House Committee, Rob Price


People are spending more time daily on TikTok than Instagram, in a wild sign of the video app's meteoric rise (FB)

People are spending more time on TikTok daily in the US than on Instagram. The data, from financial services firm Cowen, illustrates the video-sharing app's meteoric rise. It found that in Q2 of 2020, people who used TikTok were spending an average of 41 minutes daily, while Instagram users were spending 33 minutes on that app. However, TikTok is now under threat, with the Trump administration considering banning it or forcing it to separate itself from its Chinese parent company. Visit Busine...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Signal, Trump, Cowen, Instagram Twitter, Rob Price, Instagram Facebook Twitter, Facebook Instagram WhatsApp, Tiktok, Bytedance TikTok, Visit Business Insider, Contact Business Insider, Apple Tesla Amazon


Some of the world's biggest Twitter accounts got hacked this week. Here's what we know about what happened. (TWTR)

Elon Musk wants to give you free bitcoin — at least, that's what his Twitter account said on Wednesday. Don't trust him. The Tesla founder's account was one of numerous high-profile accounts on the social network that were compromised as part of a remarkable, far-reaching hack that attempted to scam people into sending payments in the bitcoin digital currency. The hack underscored the vulnerability of social media services like Twitter, which are used by world leaders and government agencies to...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Elon Musk, New York, Instagram, Congress, Trends, Fbi, New York Times, Brian Krebs, Jack Dorsey, Signal, Don, Kirk, LIVERPOOL England, Rob Price


Rising calls to ban TikTok in the US are great news for homegrown tech giants like Facebook that would prefer less competition and regulatory scrutiny (FB, GOOG, AMZN)

The US government is considering banning TikTok as nationalist "security" concerns about the Chinese app grow. That's great news for American tech companies like Facebook. In recent years, there has been increased political and regulatory scrutiny of the American tech giants. But the companies are able to leverage concerns about foreign tech's influence to ward off unwanted regulation. In 2019, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg argued that "the future of the global internet" is at stake. On Friday...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, White House, China, US, America, Trends, Republican, Huawei, Signal, Wells Fargo, Zuckerberg, Trump, Facebook In


Microsoft paused ad spending on Facebook and Instagram over concerns about 'inappropriate content' (MSFT, FB)

Microsoft has paused advertising spending on Facebook and Instagram, Axios reported Monday.  The news comes to protest the way the company moderates hate speech. Microsoft is not participating in the boycott, according to Axios, but is concerned about the content that its ads could appear next to on the social networks. Microsoft has yet to respond to a request to confirm the report. Are you a Microsoft employee? Contact this reporter via encrypted messaging app Signal (+1-425-344-8242) or e...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Microsoft, Satya Nadella, US, Trends, Pepsico, Signal, Chris Capossela, Axios, Coca Cola Starbucks, MSFT FB, Instagram Axios, Business Inisder Facebook


A top German court just dealt a blow to Facebook's data-collection efforts (FB)

A top German court has dealt a blow to Facebook's data collection efforts. The American social media giant is ensnared in an antitrust battle in the country. On Tuesday, it was ordered to comply with an order to curb data collection. The broader antitrust case is still ongoing. Facebook must comply with an order by Germany's antitrust watchdog to curb data collection from users, a top German court ruled on Tuesday, in a setback for the U.S. social network company. The Federal Court's stay ord...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Facebook Pages, Germany, Trends, Dusseldorf, Ireland, Silicon Valley, Signal, Trump, Federal Court, Facebook Group, Duesseldorf, Germany Germany, Higher Regional Court, GWB


Facebook is finally going hard on payments in WhatsApp as it tries to make the $19 billion acquisition pay off (FB)

WhatsApp is adding payments in Brazil. It's part of Facebook's big plan to push into commerce and finance. Facebook bets that the efforts will benefit its advertising business — and will also generate income through transaction fees. It's also a way for Facebook to directly monetize WhatsApp, which it acquired for $19 billion in 2014. Do you work at WhatsApp? Contact this reporter at [email protected] or +1 650-636-6268. Anonymity offered. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, India, Trends, Brazil, Deutsche Bank, Signal, Chris Cox, Rob Price, Contact Business Insider


Facebook's former 'conscience' Chris Cox quit last year after clashing with Mark Zuckerberg. Now that he's back, employees wonder if things will be different. (FB)

Chris Cox, a beloved Facebook employee who quit a year ago amid clashes with Mark Zuckerberg, is returning. Cox and Zuckerberg disagreed with the direction of the company, including on plans to more closely integrate its apps. His return raises the question of what changed: Is Zuckerberg open to concessions, or did Cox change his mind? It will also help to alleviate tensions at the company, which is suffering from unprecedented employee unrest. Got a tip about Facebook? Contact this reporter a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Trends, Bloomberg, Harvard, Signal, Harvard Business Review, Zuckerberg, Trump, Christensen, Cox, Chris Cox, Clayton Christensen, Rob Price


Mark Zuckerberg's product boss left Facebook a year ago over 'artistic differences.' Now that Chris Cox is back, the key question is whose vision won? (FB)

Chris Cox, a beloved Facebook employee who quit a year ago amid clashes with Mark Zuckerberg, is returning. Cox and Zuckerberg disagreed with the direction of the company, including on plans to more closely integrate its apps. His return raises the question of what changed: Is Zuckerberg open to concessions, or did Cox change his mind? It will also help to alleviate tensions at the company, which is suffering from unprecedented employee unrest. Got a tip about Facebook? Contact this reporter a...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, Instagram, Trends, Bloomberg, Harvard, Signal, Harvard Business Review, Zuckerberg, Trump, Christensen, Cox, Chris Cox, Clayton Christensen, Rob Price


One of Mark Zuckerberg's key lieutenants is returning to Facebook, shaking up the company at a pivotal time

Former top Facebook executive Chris Cox is rejoining the company as chief product officer, a year after leaving. His rejoining means a shake-up at the company's upper ranks, with multiple top executives now reporting to him instead of Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has faced an employee revolt in recent weeks, and the return of the well-liked executive may help to quell it. Cox has also been openly critical of Donald Trump, and his rehiring may intensify conservative criticisms of the social networ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Donald Trump, Signal, Zuckerberg, Trump, Mark, Cox, Chris Cox, Rob Price, Mark Zuckerberg Facebook, Adam Mosseri


Meet the 25 power players at Instagram who are deciding the future of the wildly popular Facebook-owned app (FB)

Business Insider has identified the top 25 power players and key executives at Instagram. These are the leaders at the Facebook-owned app responsible for deciding its future, managing its relationships, and executing its vision. Together they're responsible for running one of the most important apps in the world. Keep reading for the full list. Got a tip about Instagram? Contact this reporter at [email protected] or +1 650-636-6268. Anonymity offered. Instagram is the hottest app in ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Yahoo, Washington, Ryan Seacrest, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Snapchat, House, Tokyo, Mary Landrieu, Nancy Pelosi, Louisiana


Instagram has hired a new global vice president of marketing (FB)

Instagram has hired Melissa Waters as its new global vice president of marketing. Waters previously worked at pharmaceutical startup Hims and Hers, and Lyft before that. She'll be responsible for leading Instagram's marketing efforts around the world. It's not clear why Instagram's previous global VP of marketing left. He was in the job for around a year. Instagram has a new head of marketing. The Facebook-owned photo-sharing app has hired Melissa Waters as its new global vice president of ma...
Tags: Facebook, Lyft, Instagram, Trends, Snapchat, Pandora, Signal, Zuckerberg, Trump, Waters, Rob Price, Melissa Waters, Contact Business Insider, Gedioen Aloula, Aloula


Doctors with verified Facebook accounts are sharing COVID-19 misinformation with their hundreds of thousands of followers (FB)

Doctors with verified accounts on Facebook and hundreds of thousands of followers are spreading coronavirus misinformation. The accounts, which range from medical professionals to pseudoscience practitioners, have the potential to mislead huge numbers of people looking for authoritative information about the pandemic. The claims spread by the accounts range from the assertion that wearing masks are harmful to the idea that a COVID-19 vaccine would kill people and that the virus is linked to 5G...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, America, Trends, New York Times, North Carolina, Anthony Fauci, Signal, Christiane Northrup, Fauci, Robert F Kennedy Jr, Rob Price, Brogan, Kevin Roose, Dartmouth Medical School, Moderna


A Wall Street bank says Facebook's big push into online shopping could generate a $30 billion jump in annual revenue (FB)

Deutsche Bank analysts predict Facebook's new push into online shopping could earn the company $30 billion in revenue a year. On Tuesday, Facebook announced Facebook Shops — a way for businesses to create online storefronts. Facebook stands to benefit on two fronts: It will make money off transaction fees, and it will also likely drive up advertising spend. It's the company's boldest push into ecommerce yet, and takes it into direct competition with Amazon, eBay, and Etsy. Facebook's big push...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Etsy, US, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Signal, Facebook Shop, Rob Price, Amazon EBay, Etsy Facebook, Instagram Checkout, Contact Business Insider, Facebook Shops


Facebook is adding 'Shops' to let businesses sell products through the social network (FB)

Facebook and Instagram are adding a big new e-commerce feature: Shops. Businesses will be able to list the goods they have for sale on the social networks. It's part of a major push by Facebook in recent years to move into ecommerce, taking it up against the likes of Amazon and Etsy. Facebook said it accelerated the rollout of the feature to help small businesses affected by COVID-19. Facebook is adding "Shops" to its social network and Instagram in its biggest move into e-commerce yet. The S...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, US, Trends, Deutsche Bank, Silicon Valley, Signal, Qvc, Dan Levy, Rob Price, Amazon EBay, Etsy Facebook, Instagram Shop, COVID


Facebook's $400 million Giphy acquisition is part of an unrelenting startup shopping spree that's practically daring antitrust regulators to try and stop it (FB)

Facebook acquired GIF-hosting startup Giphy on Friday for a reported $400 million. It's the latest in a string of acquisitions by Facebook over the last few months collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The flurry of activity comes despite mounting regulatory and critical scrutiny of Facebook over its acquisitions. Facebook is signalling that it's unconcerned, and is effectively challenging regulators to bring it on. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending' tech newsletter i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Chris Hughes, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc, Giphy, Reliance Jio


Facebook is on an unrelenting startup shopping spree that's practically daring antitrust regulators to try and stop it (FB)

Facebook acquired GIF-hosting startup Giphy on Friday for a reported $400 million. It's the latest in a string of acquisitions by Facebook over the last few months collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars. The flurry of activity comes despite mounting regulatory and critical scrutiny of Facebook over its acquisitions. Facebook is signalling that it's unconcerned, and is effectively challenging regulators to bring it on. Click here to get BI Prime's weekly 'Trending' tech newsletter i...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, UK, Instagram, US, Trends, Eu, Bloomberg, Silicon Valley, Chris Hughes, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department, Signal, Cnbc, Giphy, Reliance Jio


Instagram is making it easier to delete comments and block people to crack down on harassment (FB)

Instagram is adding new features to combat online harassment. The Facebook-owned app is making it easier to block multiple people at once, letting users pin comments on posts, and introducing tools to restrict who can tag users. Instagram has been criticised in the past over its use as a platform for online bullying. The new features were announced alongside the latest version of Facebook's Community Standards Enforcement report. Instagram is making it easier to block people and delete commen...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Atlantic, Signal, Rob Price, Contact Business Insider


Facebook's fight against coronavirus misinformation could boost pressure on the company to get more aggressive in removing other falsehoods spreading across the social network (FB)

Facebook is taking a harder line on misinformation related to coronavirus than it has on other health topics in the past. This decision may increase the pressure on the company to act more decisively against other forms of harmful falsehoods that spread on its social networks. Facebook is banning events that promote flouting lockdown protests, and is removing the conspiracy theory video "Plandemic." But false claims that vaccines are dangerous still proliferate on Facebook — even though they c...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Bill Gates, Donald Trump, Signal, Rob Price, Pizzagate, QAnon, Facebook Far, Contact Business Insider, Oversight Board a Supreme Court


Facebook is hosting a virtual graduation on May 15 for the Class of 2020 featuring Oprah, Lil Nas X, and Simone Biles (FB)

Facebook is hosting a virtual graduation event for the Class of 2020 on May 15. The unprecedented livestream will feature Oprah, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X, Simone Biles, and other special guests. The company is stepping up after graduation ceremonies across the US were cancelled due to the pandemic. Oprah Winfrey will be the commencement speaker and Awkwafina, Jennifer Garner, Lil Nas X and Simone Biles will offer words of wisdom to the Class of 2020 in an unprecedented multi-hour graduation...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, US, Trends, Miley Cyrus, Oprah Winfrey, Signal, Simone Biles, Instagram Facebook, Marne Levine, Rob Price, Facebook Watch, Houseparty, Facebook Zoom, Contact Business Insider


Facebook is adding 50-person video chatrooms to battle Zoom's popularity and help people interact during lockdown (FB)

Facebook is adding 50-person video chatrooms called Messenger Rooms. The new feature reflects how people have turned to video-calling to stay in contact amid the pandemic. And it's an attempt to counter the rise of Zoom, the once-business-focused video-conferencing app that has exploded during lockdown. Dozens of people can join the Rooms, even if they don't have a Facebook account, and use virtual backgrounds and augmented reality filters. Facebook is adding 50-person video chatrooms to its ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Snapchat, Signal, Rob Price, Rooms, Facebook Dating, Contact Business Insider, Messenger Rooms


Social Bluebook was hacked, exposing 217,000 influencers’ accounts

A social media platform used to match advertisers with thousands of influencers has been hacked. Social Bluebook, a Los Angeles-based company, allows advertisers to pay social media “influencers” for posts that promote their products and services. The company claims it has some 300,000 influencers on its books. But in October 2019, the company’s entire backend database was stolen in a data breach. TechCrunch obtained the database, which contains some 217,000 user accounts — including influenc...
Tags: Startups, Instagram, California, Los Angeles, Signal, Social Bluebook, Sam Michie


Charli D'Amelio has taken over as TikTok's biggest star. These are the 40 most popular creators on the viral video app

TikTok is one of the most popular social platforms, particularly among Gen Z, where users can watch short-form video clips and create something that could go viral. Some of the most popular creators have millions of followers who watch them lip-sync, dance, and produce comedy skits as they grow into high-profile influencers. These are the 40 most popular TikTok stars, who found fame on the platform and racked millions of followers. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. The most ...
Tags: Instagram, Youtube, India, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Spain, Atlantic, Britain, Katy Perry, Connecticut, Vine, Starbucks, Houston, Khan, Oklahoma


Facebook's ads business is being hurt by coronavirus — even though the lockdown has caused unprecedented usage

Usage of Facebook has skyrocketed due to coronavirus lockdowns. But its ad business isn't getting boosted, as much of the activity is on unmonetized services, while advertisers are pulling back due to the pandemic. On Tuesday, the company published a blog post detailing how the coronavirus outbreak is affecting the business. Messaging and group video-chats are seeing particular spikes in usage. Usage of Facebook is booming. But its ads business isn't seeing the benefit. The Silicon Valley-bas...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Instagram, Trends, Italy, Silicon Valley, Signal, Jay Parikh, Alex Schultz


Facebook bans employees from bringing friends and family to office and is limiting on-site interviews due to COVID-19 fears (FB)

Facebook is blocking employees from bringing social guests to work over coronavirus concerns. The company is also switching job interviews to video-conferencing where possible. COVID-19 is causing mounting disruption to businesses around the globe. Facebook previously cancelled its F8 conference due to the viral outbreak. Facebook is stopping employees from bringing social guests to work and cutting down on its on-site job interviews as fears mount about the spread of the coronavirus. On Mond...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Trends, Signal, Anthony Harrison, Wuhan China, COVID



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