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Facebook is changing its political-advertising policies on Instagram after Mike Bloomberg's campaign paid for memes on the platform (FB)

Facebook said it will allow US political candidates to sponsor branded content on Instagram, as long as they follow certain guidelines that brands currently have to adhere to. In a statement to Business Insider, Facebook said "there's a place for branded content in political discussion on our platforms," and that it will allow content as long as the influencers who post the sponsored content disclose it through specific tools on the platform. The policy comes after The New York Times reported ...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, US, NFL, Trends, New York Times, Mike Bloomberg, Business Insider Facebook, mikebloomberg Facebook, Mike Yes


Facebook's Twitter account was hijacked by the same group that hacked a bunch of NFL accounts (TWTR, FB)

Facebook's Twitter account was briefly hijacked by the hacking collective OurMine on Friday afternoon. A back-and-forth tussle for control between the hacking collective and Facebook resulted in a series of rapidly posted-then-deleted tweets. OurMine has a history of hacking the social media accounts of high-profile individuals, teams and companies: it hacked the Twitter accounts of 15 NFL teams at the end of January.  Twitter confirmed the hack to Business Insider, and said the accounts were ...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter, NFL, Trends, Facebook Messenger, Jack Dorsey, Business Insider Facebook, Jane Manchun Wong, Facebook s Twitter, Jane Manchung Wong, Sundar Pichai Facebook


An uncritical Teen Vogue story about Facebook caused bewilderment about whether it's sponsored content before the entire article vanished (FB)

Teen Vogue on Wednesday published and then deleted an uncritical story about Facebook that has prompted widespread bewilderment. The story was about Facebook's 2020 election work, and some internet users suspected it was un-labelled sponsored content. Teen Vogue then added a note saying it was sponsored content, before removing it again. A Facebook spokesperson told Business Insider it wasn't sponsored content. The Teen Vogue Twitter account said "literally idk" in response to an inquiry, and ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, US, Trends, Silicon Valley, Signal, Priscilla Chan, Teen Vogue, Watch Google, The Daily Telegraph, Business Insider Facebook, Philip Picardi, Former Teen Vogue, Telegraph Spark, Teen Vogue Twitter, Lisa Stratton


The 11 biggest scandals Mark Zuckerberg faced over the last decade as he became one of the world's most powerful people (FB)

Mark Zuckerberg saw Facebook through a financially successful decade that saw the company's share price rise since its IPO in 2012. He also got married to his longtime girlfriend Priscilla Chan, had two children, and bought several houses and properties. Despite personal and professional successes, the latter half of the decade was marked by scandals and congressional hearings for Zuckerberg that led to increased criticism and scrutiny of the CEO and his social media company. Visit Business In...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Instagram, Congress, China, Ipo, US, Trends, Bloomberg, Rome, Hawaii, New York Times, House Of Representatives, United Nations, Myanmar


Amnesty says Google and Facebook threaten human rights

Amnesty International has attacked the business models of tech giants Google and Facebook, describing them as "surveillance-based." In a damning new report, Amnesty argues that because Facebook and Google scoop huge amounts of detail personal data on their users, their business models effectively depend on constant surveillance. The organization argued the two firms build up detailed profiles of individuals and groups, predict people's interests and behavior, and sell access to advertisers. A ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, US, Trends, Amnesty International, Amnesty, Business Insider Facebook, Specifically Amnesty


Unlicensed medical 'cures' are flourishing in closed Facebook groups, where cancer treatments — and even surgery — are sold beyond the reach of the law

In a closed Facebook group, British woman Amanda Mary Jewell has for years been selling the chemical GcMAF, claiming it is a cure for cancer and autism. She has provided no medical support for this claim.  Jewell also sells expensive, unregulated treatments at her clinic in the tropical nation of Belize. She is not a UK-registered doctor. Both services are advertised on Facebook, in closed groups inaccessible without invitation. Other unproven so-called "cures" — like the bleach known as Mirac...
Tags: Facebook, UK, US, America, Trends, Bbc, Mms, Fda, Honduras, Belize, Business Insider, Kahn, British Medical Association, Mary, Syracuse University, Ministry of Health


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Insiders told Business Insider that a celebrity-centered religious sect deeply influenced how Adam Neumann ran WeWork before its spectacular collapse. As Adam and Rebekah Neumann built WeWork into a $47 billion coworking giant, the couple relied on the teachings of the Kabbalah Centre, a spiritual organization whose high-pressure donation tactics have drained multiple former members' bank accounts, sources told Business Inside...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, Softbank, Nbc News, US, Trends, Netflix, Canada, David Marcus, Boris Johnson, WeWork, Cma, Wall Street Journal, Libra


Facebook’s cryptocurrency push takes a big hit as PayPal cuts ties with Libra (FB, PYPL)

PayPal is dropping its association with Facebook's Libra cryptocurrency, Bloomberg first reported on Friday. The withdrawal is a huge hit to Facebook's push to establish its own cryptocurrency. The social media giant announced a partnership with more than two dozen other companies to found Libra, but multiple backers are reportedly reconsidering their involvement. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. PayPal announced on Friday that it will no longer be part of Facebook's Libra ...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Bloomberg, Paypal, David Marcus, Tim Cook, Libra, Mastercard, Sarah Frier, Business Insider Facebook, Dante Disparte, Libra Association, Libra FB PYPL, Capital Hill The Facebook, PayPal Nervous, Libra Building


Apple's privacy promises would have been useless against a simple missed call from WhatsApp hackers

The Financial Times reported on Monday that hackers were able to access people's phones by exploiting a vulnerability in WhatsApp. iPhone, Android, and Windows users were vulnerable, and the spyware used by the hackers was developed by an Israeli company called NSO Group. In a separate report, the FT said that NSO has boasted in the past about its ability to hack into iPhones. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Apple has long held itself up as the top smartphone maker for pri...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Saudi Arabia, Trends, Pegasus, Financial Times, NSO, Business Insider Facebook, NSO Group


From suicide prevention to genetic testing, there's a widening disconnect between Silicon Valley health-tech and outside experts who see red flags

As Silicon Valley tech companies increasingly push into the realm of healthcare, outside experts and clinicians are raising red flags. In the cases of suicide prevention, genetic testing, and e-cigarettes, lives may hang in the balance. In the tech universe, much of the motivation for a new technology is wrapped up in its potential to disrupt existing markets. In healthcare, clinicians have to think about what could happen to someone after they use the tool they are given. The risk of harm is ...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Microsoft, US, San Francisco, Trends, Turkey, Harvard, Yale, New York Times, Healthcare, Davis, Silicon Valley, Ross, Stanford University, Munster


Facebook is looking down the barrel of a $2.2 billion fine for harvesting 1.5 million users' email contacts without consent

Europe's default privacy regulator for Facebook will investigate whether Facebook broke the law after the social network hoovered up more than one million user email contacts without their consent. Ireland's data protection watchdog said on Thursday it will open a 'statutory inquiry' into whether Facebook broke Europe's strict privacy laws, the GDPR. Business Insider was first to report the news of the data harvesting in April.   Facebook has said the move was "unintentional" and that it is de...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, US, Trends, Ireland, DPC, Business Insider Facebook, Data Protection Commission DPC


He sold AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in 2017. Now he’s back with a 'self-driving approach' to software development that has Alphabet's backing

Former AppDynamics CEO and founder Jyoti Bansal announced that his latest startup Harness raised $60 million in Series B funding Tuesday. IVP and GV co-led the round, which valued the company at $500 million. Harness is an automated software deployment platform that allows engineering teams to automatically roll back changes that adversely affect site performance. Bansal said in a conversation with Business Insider that the stakes are higher now that every company is a technology company and e...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Trends, Cisco, Netflix, Miami, IVP, Jyoti Bansal, Bansal, Business Insider Facebook, Today Harness


He sold AppDynamics for $3.7 billion in 2016. Now he’s back with a 'self-driving approach' to software development that has Alphabet's backing

Former AppDynamics CEO and founder Jyoti Bansal announced that his latest startup Harness raised $60 million in Series B funding Tuesday. IVP and GV co-led the round, which valued the company at $500 million. Harness is an automated software deployment platform that allows engineering teams to automatically roll back changes that adversely affect site performance. Bansal said in a conversation with Business Insider that the stakes are higher now that every company is a technology company and e...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Cisco, Netflix, Miami, IVP, Jyoti Bansal, Bansal, Business Insider Facebook, Today Harness


Tech firms are scrambling to keep dozens of copies of videos showing the New Zealand mosque shootings off their platforms

Facebook, Google and Twitter are playing whack-a-mole with distressing footage that appears to show Friday's mass shooting at two mosques in New Zealand. The original video is thought to have been posted to Facebook by a man identifying himself as Brenton Tarrant. The footage was deleted by the social network. That hasn't stopped other users ripping the video and uploading it both to Facebook and other sites such as Twitter and YouTube. Business Insider found the video on Facebook and YouTube ...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Youtube, Trends, New Zealand, Huffington Post, Christchurch, Facebook Google, Facebook Google Twitter, Tarrant, Christchurch New Zealand, Business Insider Facebook, Facebook Accounts, New Zealand Police, Brenton Tarrant, Mia Garlick


Facebook’s content moderators are paid incredibly low wages, and reportedly turn to pot and office sex to cope with what they see (FB)

Facebook's content moderators at a location in Arizona are smoking weed on the job and having sex in the office to cope with the pressure, according to an investigation from The Verge. The social network employs legions of moderators through third-party firms to try and keep its platform clear of everything from racism to images of child abuse. "This job is inhumane with extremely low wages," one source told Business Insider. Facebook's treatment of its legions of content moderators is under ...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, America, Trends, Arizona, Xiaomi, Signal, Newton, Austin Texas, Casey Newton, Business Insider Facebook, Justin Osofsky


Unilever is finally getting Facebook, Google and Twitter to bend on ad measurement — but it won't have much impact unless other brands get on board

Unilever is creating a cross-measurement initiative with tech and measurement companies to help it understand how its ads perform across platforms. CMO Keith Weed told Business Insider he hopes Unilever's involvement with the World Federation of Advertisers will get other marketers to join the effort. Unilever's efforts may have limited impact unless other brands follow its lead, though. Unilever says that it's making headway on getting the "walled gardens" to work together. For the past year...
Tags: Beyonce, Weed, Trends, Unilever, Nielsen, Como, Google Facebook, Lipton, Procter Gamble, Smallwood, Luis, Facebook Google, Kantar Media, WFA, Brad Smallwood, Business Insider Facebook


Facebook defends paying people to monitor them through its controversial app in a leaked memo to employees (FB, AAPL)

Facebook is continuing to defend its controversial app that spied on users in exchange for cash to employees. Business Insider has obtained an internal memo in which the company tries to spin the controversy that led to its employee apps being temporarily blocked by Apple. Exec Pedro Canahuati wrote that Facebook wasn't reading participants' messages. "A few dozen" of Facebook's internal company apps were affected by the block. Facebook is continuing to defend its controversial user data harv...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Usa, China, India, Trends, New York Times, Silicon Valley, Signal, Business Insider, Terms Of Service, Mark, Facebook Facebook, Facebook research, Business Insider Facebook, Internally Facebook


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Apple said it revoked Facebook's enterprise certificates thanks to the social network paying people to sideload the Facebook Research app onto their iPhones. Apple says it took the dramatic step of revoking multiple enterprise certificates from Facebook, compromising not just programs like Facebook Research but also other iOS apps in development internally at Facebook. Apple caused work inside Facebook to grind to a halt by re...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, Microsoft, Trends, Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Wilmington Delaware, Facebook Apple, Amazon Alexa, Deepak Ahuja, Facebook research, Business Insider Facebook, Dave Wehner


Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company's apps on their iPhones

Apple has blocked Facebook's internal apps from working on employees' phones, The Verge reports. The move is in response to recent revelations that Facebook was misusing Apple's enterprise app program, meant for internal use, to run a research app that gathered consumer's phone activity in exchange for payment. Facebook said it's shutting down the app, which paid people (including teens) up to $20 a month to install a VPN used to track data and activity. Apple later contradicted Facebook's sta...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Trends, Facebook Facebook, Josh Constine, Apple Facebook, Facebook research, Business Insider Facebook, TechCrunch Since Apple


Mysterious, non-existent artists racked up thousands of listens on hijacked Spotify playlists

Some Spotify accounts were hijacked to play bogus music from fake bands, presumably to generate revenue in royalties. BBC journalist Jonathan Griffin found reports of seemingly non-existent bands showing up unexpectedly on people's Spotify playlists. One theory in the report is that hackers were able to gain access through the massive Facebook security breach in September. Spotify denied this in a statement to Business Insider, but offered no explanation of where the mystery artists came from....
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Spotify, Instagram, Trends, Bbc, Xiaomi, Reddit, Griffin, Business Insider, Business Insider Facebook, Jonathan Griffin, Spotify Griffin, Bergenulo Five


Internal docs show Facebook let minors unwittingly rack up thousands of dollars in charges through 'friendly fraud'

Internal Facebook documents going back to 2011 show that the company knowingly allowed minors to accidentally rack up thousands of dollars' worth of charges on their parents' credit cards. The company referred to the practice as "friendly fraud" in the documents, 135 of which were unsealed as part of a class action against Facebook. In a statement to Business Insider, Facebook said it amended its policies on refunds for purchases made by minors in 2016. The Center for Investigative Reporting ...
Tags: Facebook, Trends, Silicon Valley, Center for Investigative Reporting, Business Insider Facebook, Internal Facebook


Leaked memo spells out Facebook's new 'ground rules' restricting employee discussions about politics and religion (FB)

Facebook is bringing in new rules about how employees can discuss politics and religion internally. In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, chief technology officer Mike Schroepfer said the company has drawn up fresh guidelines for internal discussions. Much of the rules apply to Workplace, Facebook's internal communication app, which the company is investing in stronger moderation tools for. The changes come amid falling employee morale and some employee criticism of Facebook's poli...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Cnbc, Anthony Harrison, Don, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Workplace Facebook, Brian Amerige


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. 1. Huawei's CEO and founder Ren Zhengfei broke a years-long silence to deny that his company spies for the Chinese government, and to say he misses his daughter, arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou, 'very much.' Ren hasn't spoken to the international press for three years. 2. Ren Zhengfei tried to dispel the narrative that Huawei is a victim of the US-China trade war, calling President Donald Trump a great president. Ren called f...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Ipo, US, Trends, Netflix, Tencent, SEC, Airbnb, Donald Trump, Huawei, Costco, Pewdiepie, Alexa, Cto, Deliveroo


Facebook is introducing new rules for employees about discussing politics and religion (FB)

Facebook is bring in new rules about how employees can discuss politics and religion internally. In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, CTO Mike Schroepfer said the company had drawn up new guidelines for internal discussions. Much of the rules apply to Workplace, Facebook's internal communication app, and the company is investing in stronger moderation tools for it. The changes comes amid falling employee morale and some employee criticism of Facebook's political culture. You can r...
Tags: Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Jeff Bezos, Signal, Cnbc, Anthony Harrison, Don, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Workplace Facebook, Brian Amerige


Leaked memo spells out Facebook’s new ‘ground rules’ restricting employee discussions about politics and religion (FB)

Facebook is bringing in new rules about how employees can discuss politics and religion internally. In an internal memo obtained by Business Insider, CTO Mike Schroepfer said the company had drawn up new guidelines for internal discussions. Much of the rules apply to Workplace, Facebook's internal communication app, and the company is investing in stronger moderation tools for it. The changes comes amid falling employee morale and some employee criticism of Facebook's political culture. You ca...
Tags: Apple, Facebook, Workplace, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Signal, Cnbc, Anthony Harrison, Don, Schroepfer, Mike Schroepfer, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Workplace Facebook, Brian Amerige


Internal Facebook emails reveal execs discussed charging and cutting deals with companies for access to user data

Facebook emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show executives discussing charging and cutting deals with companies to allow them access to Facebook user data. The emails offer insight into Facebook's efforts to monetize its vast trove of user data, highlighting how Facebook executives talked about pushing advertisers to spend more in return for access to user information. Facebook, in response to the report, said it had "never sold anyone's data." The emails are part of a cache of docume...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, California, Trends, Damian Collins, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Match Group, British Parliament, Clive Efford, Richard Allan, Business Insider Facebook, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee, Internal Facebook, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis Facebook


Internal Facebook emails reportedly reveal execs discussed charging and cutting deals with companies for access to user data

Facebook emails reviewed by The Wall Street Journal show executives discussing charging and cutting deals with companies to allow them access to Facebook user data. The emails offer insight into Facebook's efforts to monetize its vast trove of user data, highlighting how Facebook executives talked about pushing advertisers to spend more in return for access to user information. Facebook, in response to the report, said it has "never sold anyone's data." The emails are one part of a cache of Fa...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, UK, California, Trends, Damian Collins, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Match Group, British Parliament, Clive Efford, Richard Allan, Business Insider Facebook, Digital Culture Media and Sport Committee, Internal Facebook, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis Facebook


Facebook is fighting a fine it got for the catastrophic Cambridge Analytica data breach

Facebook is appealing a £500,000 ($640,000) fine from Britain's privacy watchdog over the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Facebook said the ICO found no evidence that data from UK users, harvested by Dr Aleksandr Kogan, was passed to Cambridge Analytica. It is appealing on principle because the ICO's ruling "challenges some of the basic principles of how people should be allowed to share information online." Facebook is going to fight the fine it received from Britain's privacy watchdog over the...
Tags: Facebook, UK, US, Samsung, Trends, Britain, Cambridge University, Ico, EMEA, GSR, Facebook She, Kogan, Cambridge Analytica, Aleksandr Kogan, Business Insider Facebook, Information Commissioner s Office ICO Facebook


Employee morale at Facebook has reportedly plummeted following all the company's scandals, according to internal company survey (FB)

Morale at Facebook has plummeted.  According to a new report, Facebook employee's attitudes have dropped massively over the last year, after months of scandals for the Silicon Valley giant. "It has been a difficult period, but every day we see people pulling together to learn the lessons of the past year and build a stronger company. Everyone at Facebook has a stake in our future and we are heads down shipping great products and protecting the people who use them," a Facebook spokesperson told...
Tags: Facebook, Wall Street, Trends, Myanmar, Silicon Valley, Wall Street Journal, Signal, Google Pixel, Cambridge Analytica, Business Insider Facebook, Business Insider Everyone at Facebook


What you need to know in advertising today

The summer of 2018 produced blockbuster activity for media M&A. AT&T won an antitrust trial to secure its acquisition of Time Warner, and followed the victory up closely with the purchase of ad platform AppNexus. Nearly $90 billion and an ad business — newly named Xandr — later, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson boldly declared his ad ambitions at the company's multi-day Relevance conference, and to an auditorium full of investors at Goldman Sach's annual Communacopia conference. Comcast CEO Brian Rob...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Time Warner, New York City, Trends, Comcast, Sky, Jpmorgan, BuzzFeed News, AT T, Google Amazon, Maybelline, Brian Roberts, L Oreal, Fenty