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Barr's Summary of Russian Cyber Interference in the 2016 Election Is Comically Light on Details

On Sunday, Attorney General William Barr released his summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s inquiry into alleged Russian interference to boost Donald Trump in the 2016 elections—a report that states it took “19 lawyers who were assisted by a team of approximately 40 FBI agents, intelligence analysts, forensic…Read more...
Tags: Robert Mueller, Russian Election Interference, Russia, Cybersecurity, Hackers, Hacking, Internet Research Agency, Facebook, Social Media, Elections, 2016 Election, Technology


Facebook: Cambridge Analytica? Oh, You Mean That Cambridge Analytica

The attorney general for the District of Columbia may have obtained internal company emails showing that Facebook had knowledge of Cambridge Analytica’s data-harvesting efforts months sooner than CEO Mark Zuckerberg let on last year. But the company is now in court arguing to keep the emails under seal, saying the…Read more...
Tags: We Can Do Better, Facebook, Mark Zuckerburg, Cambridge Analytica


Facebook Exec Gets New Title as 'VP of Integrity' for Less Than a Day

Guy Rosen is Facebook’s vice president of Product Management. But when the company published an update about the Christchurch massacre in the middle of the night on Wednesday, Rosen got a shiny new title: VP of Integrity. That is, until a journalist called Facebook out on the switch.Read more...
Tags: Our Garbage Facebook, Vp Of Integrity, Facebook, New Zealand, Christchurch Massacre, New Zealand Shooting, Terrorism, Guy Rosen, Jacinda Ardern, White Supremacy


Instagram Purges Its Platform of Some Popular Anti-Vaccine Hashtags, But Others Are Still Thriving

Following an investigative report by the Atlantic on the prevalence of misinformation on Instagram, the company appears to be scrubbing its platform of some popular anti-vaxxer content.Read more...
Tags: Instagram, Conspiracy Theories, Vaccines, Antivaxxers, Social Media, Facebook


Accountants Hate Him: Man Admits to Tricking Google and Facebook in $100 Million Scam

A Lithuanian man faces up to 30 years in prison after admitting to his role in a scheme that bilked Google and Facebook out of $121 million, .Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Scams, Phishing, Alphabet


Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of Passwords Accessible in Plaintext for Years

Facebook stored hundreds of millions of account passwords in plaintext for years, the company admitted on Thursday following a report by cybersecurity reporter Brian Krebs. The passwords were accessible to over 20,000 Facebook employees, according to Krebs, raising the obvious risk that they could be improperly…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Brian Krebs, Krebs, Privacy And Security, Plaintext


Facebook Says Millions of Passwords Were Visible Internally

During a security review in January, Facebook found that the passwords were stored in a readable format, against its security procedures, but that they were never visible to anyone outside of the company. Most of the accounts affected were using Facebook Lite, a version of the app designed for emerging markets. Facebook disclosed the problem after the security blog KrebsOnSecurity learned about it from an internal source.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Facebook Lite


Why anti-vaxxer mobs go after pro-vaccine doctors online — and what to do about it

In 2017, Kids Plus Pediatrics, an independent medical practice in Pittsburgh, posted a 90-second video on its Facebook page encouraging parents to have their children vaccinated against human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted infection that can cause cancer.  For three weeks, the post garnered positive, higher-than-average interest and engagement from the page's followers. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, the anti-vaccination attacks began. Thousands of comments from vaccine skept...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Youtube, Merck, Cnn, Italy, Donald Trump, Unicef, Pittsburgh, University of Pittsburgh, Vermont Sen Bernie Sanders, Sanofi, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Hermann, Federation University Australia


Enormous, weird fish washes up on an Australian beach. So, what is it?

This is certainly one very fishy encounter.Two fishers stumbled across quite the surprise when they found a sunfish which had washed onto the beach at Coorong National Park in South Australia.SEE ALSO: 'Captain Marvel' is proof EVERY superhero should have a petThe photos, taken by Linette Grzelak, were posted on Facebook by National Parks South Australia on Tuesday, and boy, it's a weird looking fish.Grzelak told CNN they thought the fish was a piece of driftwood when they drove past...
Tags: Facebook, Science, South Australia, Foster, Ralph Foster, National Parks South Australia, Linette Grzelak, Coorong National Park, Grzelak


EU Renews Calls to Facebook, Twitter to Fight Fake News

The European Commission requires “more systematic information” from platforms to check the placement of advertisements and “to better understand the effectiveness of the actions taken against bots and fake accounts,” it said in a statement on Wednesday. “We encourage online platforms to work with researchers and fact-checkers on access to live information on public pages, streams and other services, as well as on data on inauthentic accounts they have identified and removed,” EU Commissioners J...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Eu, European Commission, Alphabet Inc, Andrus Ansip, Vera Jourova Mariya Gabriel


After Its Utter Failure to Stop Discriminatory Ads, Facebook Praises 'Historic' End to the Mess It Created

Why did it take a lawsuit, multiple investigations, and three years of promises for Facebook to change its ways?
Tags: Facebook, Science, Housing, Discrimination, Ads Run The World


Facebook Pledges to Block Discriminatory Advertising

“Getting this right is deeply important to me and all of us at Facebook,” Sheryl Sandberg, the company’s chief operating officer, said in a blog post to be published Tuesday. The social media platform called the settlement “historic” and expressed gratitude to the National Fair Housing Alliance and the American Civil Liberties Union, two of the groups that sued it in the first place.
Tags: Facebook, Science, Sheryl Sandberg, American Civil Liberties Union, National Fair Housing Alliance


18-Year-Old Arrested in New Zealand For Sharing Terrorist's Facebook Video 

An 18-year-old man who shared a video of Friday’s terrorist attack in Christchurch, New Zealand has been charged with distributing the video and inciting violence. The man allegedly posted a photo of one of the mosques targeted in Friday’s attacks with the words “target acquired.” He faces up to 28 years in prison,…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Science, Guns, Youtube, Russia, India, Social Media, Egypt, Terrorism, New Zealand, Donald Trump, Facebook Video, Christchurch New Zealand, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


New Zealand's Prime Minister Says Social Media Can't Be 'All Profit, No Responsibility'

New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, gave a powerful speech in that country’s parliament today expressing solidarity with the victims of Friday’s terrorist attack that left 50 dead and dozens injured. Ardern also had strong words for the social media companies that enabled the shooter to broadcast his…Read more...
Tags: Scribd, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, Social Media, Terrorism, New Zealand, Fox News, Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson, New Zealand Parliament, Section 230, Kellyanne Conway, President Trump, Jacinda Ardern


Facebook Told to Face Up to Extremism After New Zealand Attack

Australia’s prime minister has urged the Group of 20 nations to use a meeting in June to discuss a crack down, while New Zealand media reported the nation’s biggest banks have pulled their advertising from Facebook and Google. “We cannot simply sit back and accept that these platforms just exist and what is said is not the responsibility of the place where they are published,” New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern told parliament on Tuesday.
Tags: Google, Facebook, Science, Australia, New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern, Facebook Told


Facebook Move to Private Communication Stokes Analyst Dismay

Shares of Facebook fell 3.2 percent, marking a third straight decline totaling as much as 7.3 percent. The privacy issue was just one of the factors driving Needham’s downgrade to hold from buy. The firm also cited the “growing risks” of government regulation and the recent massacre in New Zealand, which was live-streamed on Facebook.
Tags: Facebook, Science, New Zealand, Needham, Facebook Move


Facebook Cut at Needham on Privacy Shift; BofAML Also Cautious

Shares of Facebook fell 1.2 percent in pre-market trading. The privacy issue was just one of the factors driving Needham’s downgrade. The firm also cited the “growing risks” of government regulation and the recent massacre in New Zealand, which was live-streamed on Facebook.
Tags: Facebook, Science, New Zealand, Needham, Facebook Cut


College Bribery, DoorDash Pay, and Captain Marvel: Best Gizmodo Stories of the Week

The tech world found itself embroiled in another appalling controversy when a white supremacist gunman entered two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand on March 15 and opened fire, killing at least 50 people and wounding scores of others in an attack apparently calculated for maximum effect on social media and …Read more...
Tags: Iphone, Health, Google, Meat, Food, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Comics, Science, Technology, Movies, Medicine, Labor, Climate Change, College, Disney


Facebook Says It Removed 1.5 Million Videos of Christchurch Massacre Within 24 Hours

Facebook said on Saturday night that within 24 hours of a horrific attack on Muslims in Christchurch, New Zealand that killed at least 50 people and wounded dozens of others on March 15, it had blocked 1.5 million attempts to share a video of the attack live-streamed on Facebook by the shooter. Over 1.2 million of…Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Technology, Youtube, Social Media, Cybersecurity, Terrorism, Propaganda, Islamophobia, Christchurch, Christchurch New Zealand, Right Wing Extremism, Million Videos of Christchurch Massacre Within


Zuckerberg's Bad Week Gets Worse With Live-Streamed Shooting

The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies. Facebook’s technical glitch was resolved just in time for it to post the departure of two key executives, including the one closely linked with the company’s mos...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Elizabeth Warren, Zuckerberg


Facebook’s Vulnerabilities Highlighted During a Terrible Week

The week of bad news actually started March 8 with a proposal from U.S. senator and presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren to break up the company. Then there was the longest-ever outage of Facebook’s social network and services, which almost overshadowed news of a criminal investigation into its data-agreements with other companies. Facebook’s technical glitch was resolved just in time for it to post the departure of two key executives, including the one closely linked with the company’s mos...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Elizabeth Warren


Big Tech's Favorite Excuse for Letting Hate Go Viral Is a Great Argument Against Big Tech

Every horrifying moment amplified by social media follows the same basic script, and Friday’s livestreamed deadly terrorist attack in New Zealand, which left at least 49 people dead and dozens injured, hits all the usual plot points of hate going viral online.Read more...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Youtube, New Zealand, Reddit, Content Moderation, You Did This To Yourselves On Purpose


Facebook Says It Will Use AI to Police Revenge Porn, but It Won't Fully Explain How (Updated)

In the absence of proactive tools to prevent dirtbags from nonconsensually uploading intimate photos to the internet, victims of revenge porn have little surefire recourse to ensure the photos stop circulating online. It’s an exhausting and devastating game of whack-a-mole, and even when images are effectively…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Revenge Porn


Facebook's Live Streaming Is Criticized After Mosque Shooting

While platforms including Twitter Inc. and YouTube said they moved fast to scrub any content related to the incident from their sites, people reported it was still widely available hours after being first uploaded to the alleged shooter’s Facebook account. Footage was still up on Google’s YouTube almost 12 hours later. Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has acknowledged the difficulty of policing content from the 2.7 billion users that power Facebook’s wildly profitable advertisi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Youtube, Twitter Inc


49 Dead and Dozens Wounded in New Zealand Terror Attacks That Were Livestreamed on Facebook

At least 49 people are dead and dozens more have been seriously wounded during multiple terror attacks today in Christchurch, New Zealand. The attacker used several long guns to target Muslims in the country and had what police described as explosive devices. One series of attacks was livestreamed on Facebook for 17…Read more...
Tags: Scribd, Facebook, Twitter, Science, Instagram, Guns, Australia, Youtube, Terrorism, New Zealand, Reddit, Mosque, Donald Trump, Terrorists, Gun Violence, Christchurch


Facebook, YouTube Blindsided by Mosque Shooter’s Live Video

While platforms including Twitter and YouTube said they moved fast to remove the content, users reported it was still widely available hours after being first uploaded to the alleged shooter’s Facebook account. The video, which shows a first-person view of the killings in Christchurch, New Zealand, was readily accessible during and after the attack — as was the suspect’s hate-filled manifesto. Facebook, YouTube and other social-media platforms are struggling to scrub offensive content from sit...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Youtube, Facebook YouTube, Christchurch New Zealand


Facebook Says Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to Leave

Cox is leaving following Facebook’s decision to shift the direction of its future products to focus more on encryption. Cox was a critical executive at Facebook, working there for more than a decade, helping design and run the news feed and then rising in the ranks to oversee all product at Facebook. "For a few years, Chris has been discussing with me his desire to do something else," Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg wrote in a blog.
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Chris, Cox, Chris Cox


Facebook's C-Suite Continues to Melt Down Amid Zuckerberg's Plan to Bundle Products

Chris Cox, one of the first handful of engineers hired to Facebook, a close personal friend of Mark Zuckerberg’s and, until very recently, Chief Product Officer of the entire suite of the company’s products, is departing the company.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Science, Instagram, Whatsapp, Zuckerberg, Chris Cox, Chris Daniels, Exits


Facebook Blames Protracted Outage on a 'Server Configuration Change'

After the better part of a day, Facebook’s “family of apps” are being restored to normalcy.Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Turn Off The Website Mark


As Massive Outage Plagues Facebook, Telegram Welcomes Millions of New Users

Slowly but surely, it appears that Facebook is getting its “family of apps” back online. The consequences of the longest outage in the company’s history, however, remain to be seen. On Thursday, one of Facebook’s underrecognized competitors, Telegram, said that it added three million new users in the last 24 hours.…Read more...
Tags: Facebook, Science, Instagram, Whatsapp, Telegram, Cursed, Massive Outage Plagues Facebook Telegram



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