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My TED talk: how I took on the tech titans in their lair

For more than a year, the Observer writer has been probing a darkness at the heart of Silicon Valley. Last week, at a TED talk that became a global viral sensation, she told the tech billionaires they had broken democracy. What happened next?If Silicon Valley is the beast, then TED is its belly. And on Monday, I entered it. The technology conference that has become a global media phenomenon with its short, punchy TED Talks that promote “Ideas Worth Spreading” is the closest thing that Silicon Va...
Tags: Cambridge Analytica, Facebook, Social networking, TED, Alphabet, Twitter, Google, Internet, Media, Technology


Facebook bans far-right groups including BNP, EDL and Britain First

Number of organisations and individuals permanently banned for being ‘dangerous’Facebook has permanently banned a number of far-right organisations and individuals including the British National party (BNP), the English Defence League (EDL) and Britain First under its “dangerous individuals and organisations” policy.The ban, which came into effect at midday on Thursday, extends beyond the groups and individuals specifically cited as hate organisations: posts and other content that “expresses pra...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News, Britain, The far right, English Defence League, Nick Griffin, Bnp, British National, EDL, BNP EDL


Facebook uploaded email contacts of 1.5m users without consent

Company says it has stopped using password verification feature that collected data Facebook has admitted to “unintentionally” uploading the address books of 1.5 million users without consent, and says it will delete the collected data and notify those affected.The discovery follows criticism of Facebook by security experts for a feature that asked new users for their email password as part of the sign-up process. As well as exposing users to potential security breaches, those who provided passw...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, UK News


Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program

Site co-founded by Fox News host Tucker Carlson has promoted misinformation and is known for pro-Trump contentFacebook’s controversial factchecking program is partnering with the Daily Caller, a rightwing website that has pushed misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content.The social network said Wednesday it had added CheckYourFact.com, which is part of the Daily Caller, as one of its US media partners in an initiative that has faced growing backlash from journalists and internal problems....
Tags: Facebook, Social Networking, US, Social Media, US news, Fox News, US press and publishing, Trump, Tucker Carlson, Trump contentFacebook


Facebook and Twitter face Russian sanctions in data storage row

Critics fear move would allow Kremlin to access information on opposition activistsRussia could block access to Facebook and Twitter if the social media companies fail to fulfil its demand to move data on Russian users to servers located within the country, officials have warned.Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, said the western companies had nine months to bring their operations in line with Russian internet security laws. “They’ve been given time to ...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Russia, World news, Kremlin, Facebook and Twitter, Alexander Zharov, Roskomnadzor Russia


Facebook and Twitter could be blocked in Russia in data storage row

Firms given nine months to comply with law forcing them to store data on Russian serversRussia could block access to Facebook and Twitter if the social media companies fail to fulfil its demand to move data on Russian users to servers located within the country, officials have warned.Alexander Zharov, the head of Roskomnadzor, Russia’s communications watchdog, said the western companies had nine months to bring their operations in line with Russian internet security laws. “They’ve been given tim...
Tags: Facebook, Twitter, Europe, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Russia, World news, Internet Safety, Alexander Zharov, Roskomnadzor Russia


Facebook allowed violent posts by man charged with Ilhan Omar death threat

Site took no action to remove posts by Patrick Carlineo alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials, until Guardian reviewFacebook allowed a man charged with threatening to kill congresswoman Ilhan Omar to post violent and racist content for years, and took no action to remove his posts when he was arrested.Patrick Carlineo, of upstate New York, posted several entries to his Facebook page alluding to violence against Muslims and US officials including former president Barack Obama, a G...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Technology, Social Networking, Religion, US, Barack Obama, US news, Islam, Guardian, US crime, US Congress, Islamophobia, Ilhan Omar, Patrick Carlineo


Facebook urged to disable 'like' feature for child users

Proposed rules for child safety on social media include limits on data collectionFacebook and other social media firms should alert children if their parent or carer is monitoring their online activity, under proposed guidelines to improve child internet safety in the UK.Turning off the “like” function, and limiting data collection and geolocation tools on popular platforms, such as Instagram and Facebook, are among a 16-point list of recommendations for age-appropriate design released by the In...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, Society, UK News, Snapchat, Digital Media, Internet Safety, Information Commissioner 's Office Continue


Facebook restores services after users report outages

Thousands had difficulty accessing social networks including Instagram and messaging service WhatsApp, says tracking siteFacebook has said it has restored services on Sunday after some users were unable to access its social networking site, photo-sharing network Instagram and messaging app WhatsApp. However, Facebook did not specify the cause or scope of the outages. Related: Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Whatsapp, Digital Media


Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 7,700 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook at its peak. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Instagram, Downdetector


Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram users report outages

Thousands having difficulty accessing social networks, says tracking siteFacebook was inaccessible to some users on Sunday, according to Downdetector, a website that monitors outages.The site showed there had been more than 9,000 reports of problems accessing Facebook. Its live outage map showed the issues had mainly cropped up in Europe. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Europe Continue, Downdetector


Facebook suffers outage in Europe

Thousands are reporting issues accessing the social media network, says tracking siteFacebook is inaccessible to some users across the world, according to Downdetector, a website which monitors outages.The outage-tracking website showed that there are more than 9,000 incidents of people reporting issues with Facebook. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Technology, Media, Instagram, Social Networking, Social Media, Whatsapp, Digital Media, Facebook Continue


Judge orders Ukip to reveal Brexit referendum data use

Party must show how it spent £300,000 on data services in run-up to 2016 vote and 2015 electionUkip has been ordered to fully reveal details of how it used nearly £300,000 of political data services in the run-up to the Brexit vote and the 2015 general election after the party lost a two-year legal battle to block disclosure.An appeals tribunal found the political party, led at the time by Nigel Farage, failed to properly answer the information commissioner’s questions. It is now legally obliged...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Social Networking, European Union, UK News, Nigel Farage, Michael Gove, Boris Johnson, Information commissioner, Brexit, Cambridge Analytica, UK Independence party (Ukip


Facebook spent $22.6m to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe last year

Security costs for the tech billionaire and his family more than doubled last year, as an outcry over Facebook’s practices grewFacebook more than doubled the money it spent on top executive Mark Zuckerberg’s security in 2018 to $22.6m, a regulatory filing has showed.Zuckerberg drew a base salary of $1 for the past three years, and his “other” compensation was listed at $22.6m, most of which was for his personal security. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Zuckerberg


British woman held in Dubai for Facebook 'horse' insult returns to UK

Laleh Shahravesh, detained under cybercrime laws, says experience was very traumaticA British woman held in Dubai over a Facebook post describing her ex-husband’s wife as a horse has returned to the UK after being freed from what she said was “the most horrendous” ordeal.Laleh Shahravesh, from Richmond in London, landed at Heathrow on Friday morning, according to the Detained in Dubai campaign group, which helped her. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, UK, London, Social Networking, Internet, UK News, World news, Heathrow, Dubai, Richmond, Laleh Shahravesh


Toyota distances itself from Liberal ads falsely claiming Labor wants to tax cars

The ads use Facebook functionality to target users with an interest in particular car brands, including Toyota Hilux utes Toyota has said that it was not consulted on a Liberal party campaign that uses targeted Facebook ads to falsely claim Bill Shorten wants to tax popular car brands including the Toyota Hilux and other utility vehicles.“Toyota Australia were not consulted on the use of the HiLux in government materials.”
Tags: Facebook, Social Networking, Labor, Climate Change, Environment, Advertising, Tax, Australia news, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Tony Abbott, Australian politics, Bill Shorten, Toyota, Labor party, Liberal party, Scott Morrison


Facebook to use AI to stop telling users to say hi to dead friends

Algorithmic features have sent suggestions to wish happy birthday to those who’ve diedFacebook has promised to use artificial intelligence to stop suggesting users invite their dead friends to parties.The site’s freshly emotionally intelligent AI is part of a rash of changes to how Facebook handles “memorialised” accounts – pages whose owner has been reported deceased, but that are kept on the social network in their memory. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Internet, Social Media, World news, Digital Media, Computing, Sheryl Sandberg, Artificial intelligence (AI


Facebook are 'morally bankrupt liars' says New Zealand's privacy commissioner

John Edwards calls out social media giant after Christchurch attack for refusing to accept responsibility for harm New Zealand’s privacy commissioner has lashed out at social media giant Facebook in the wake of the Christchurch attacks, calling the company “morally bankrupt pathological liars”.The commissioner used his personal Twitter page to lambast the social network, which has also drawn the ire of prime minister Jacinda Ardern for hosting a livestream of the attacks that left 50 dead, which...
Tags: Facebook, Media, Social Networking, World news, New Zealand, Christchurch, John Edwards, Jacinda Ardern, Christchurch shooting


Plan to crack down on social media firms is 'massive step', say MPs

White paper proposes making executives liable for harmful content on their platformsMPs have welcomed news that the government is considering personally fining social media executives deemed to have failed to meet their duty of care to users, with one calling the decision a “massive step forward in making companies actually liable” for activity on their platforms.The Guardian revealed on Thursday that the online harms white paper, due to be published on Monday, will call for the creation of a re...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, UK News, Digital Media


Social media bosses could be liable for harmful content, leaked UK plan reveals

Exclusive: Long-awaited government white paper proposes regulator to enforce duty of care and fine offendersSocial media executives could be held personally liable for harmful content distributed on their platforms, leaked plans for a long-awaited government crackdown obtained by the Guardian reveal.There has been growing concern about the role of the internet in the distribution of material relating to terrorism, child abuse, self-harm and suicide, and ministers have been under pressure to act....
Tags: Health, Google, Facebook, Politics, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Children, Social Media, UK News, Mental Health, Digital Media, UK security and counter-terrorism, Counter-terrorism policy, Online Abuse


Online harms white paper: could regulation kill innovation?

Government wants UK to be safest place to go online and also best place to grow a digital businessIt’s rare to describe a government white paper as “trendy”, but among the small community of people who think deeply about how to rein in the the power of big tech, that’s exactly how these proposals will be seen.The online harms white paper attempts a neat magic trick that tries to offer regulation that won’t scare away the titans of technology, while still providing enough teeth to ease the tabloi...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Internet, Society, Cybercrime, Cyberbullying


Australian election: Facebook restricts foreign 'political' ads but resists further transparency

Facebook will not be rolling out transparency features it introduced in the UK, US, EU, India, Israel and UkraineFacebook has announced it will restrict “political” ads from being bought by non-Australians during the election campaign, but will not be rolling out other key political ad transparency features used in other countries until after the election.In a blog post published on Friday, Mia Garlick, director of policy for Facebook Australia, detailed the company’s plans to combat misinformat...
Tags: Facebook, UK, Technology, Social Networking, Australia news, Australian media, Facebook Australia, EU India Israel, Mia Garlick, UkraineFacebook


Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed on public servers – report

Material discovered on Amazon cloud servers in latest example of Facebook letting third parties extract user dataMore than 540m Facebook records were left exposed on public internet servers, cybersecurity researchers said Wednesday, in just the latest security black eye for the company.Researchers for the firm UpGuard discovered two separate sets of Facebook user data on public Amazon cloud servers, the company detailed in a blogpost. Continue reading...
Tags: Amazon, Facebook, Technology, Media, Privacy, Social Networking, Social Media, US news, UpGuard


Why am I seeing this?: New Facebook tool to demystify news feed

Facebook aims to assure users it’s not spying on them via their phone’s mic for better adsFacebook is attempting to demystify how its news feed works with a new feature that explains to users how it picks the posts and adverts to show them.The company hopes the tool could put an end to the widespread conspiracy theory that it targets users by spying on them with their phone’s microphones, by explaining in plain English the most important factors that determine whether and when they see content o...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Media, Social Networking


Facebook considering hiring editors to pick quality news for users

Mark Zuckerberg also said he is weighing up paying publishers for use of their journalismFacebook could start employing editors to select “high-quality news” to show to users, in the social network’s latest attempt to lose its reputation as a source for disinformation.Mark Zuckerberg said he is considering the introduction of a dedicated news section on the social network, which could use either humans or algorithms to chose stories from outlets that are “broadly trusted” by society. Continue re...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Newspapers & magazines


Mark Zuckerberg calls for stronger regulation of internet

Facebook founder speaks out amid fears over election advertising and rise of far rightThe Facebook boss, Mark Zuckerberg, has set out how he believes the social network and the internet should be regulated.The firm’s founder and chief executive said there was a need for governments and regulators to have “a more active role”. Continue reading...
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Social Media, World news, Privacy & the media


Facebook finally responds to New Zealand on Christchurch attack

After two weeks of criticism, Sheryl Sandberg published a letter saying the company is exploring live stream video restrictionsTwo weeks after a terrorist used Facebook to broadcast live video while he massacred 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, the company has broken its silence in the country by publishing a letter from Sheryl Sandberg in the New Zealand Herald.Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said the company is “exploring” placing restrictions on who can live stream video on...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, US news, New Zealand, Christchurch, Sheryl Sandberg, Christchurch shooting, New Zealand Herald Sandberg Facebook


Facebook tightens up rules for political advertisers

Verifiable contact details will be required to run campaigns on site ahead of EU electionsAdvertisers will be required to provide verifiable public contact details before they can run political campaigns on Facebook, the company has announced, in the latest attempt by the social network to increase accountability for so-called dark adverts.The move is part of a raft of changes in the buildup to the European elections in May, when citizens from across the EU will vote in new MEPs. Continue readi...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Politics, Technology, Media, Social Networking, Advertising, Eu, European Union, World news, European elections


How to Create High-Value Promotional Content for Hotels Without Turning Customers Off

Confused about Social Selling? You have been told that you really should not use Social Media to sell online. Social Selling sounds more like Social (without Selling). It doesn’t sound very sexy being the General Manager, Director of Marketing or Director of Sales that have to tell the Hotel Owners that strategies now focus on relationships and engagements. The Hotel Owners turn their heads looking at you like you are crazy. And you continue to tell that Social Selling is about first connecting...
Tags: Facebook, Social Networking, Hotels, Social Media, Seo, Customer Experience, Social Media Marketing, Hotel, Social Selling, Social Media Management, Social Media Community, Hotel Social Media, Morch, Hotel Owners, Social Media Hotels, Hotels Social Media


Facebook to ban white nationalism and separatism content

Company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned ‘white supremacists’Facebook is extending its ban on hate speech to prohibit the promotion and support of white nationalism and white separatism.The company previously allowed such material even though it has long banned “white supremacists”. The social network says it hadn’t applied its ban to expressions of white nationalism because it previously linked such expressions with broader concepts of nationalism and separatism s...
Tags: Facebook, Technology, Social Networking, US news, The far right