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Aug 14, 2019

Facebook paid contractors to transcribe users’ audio chats

Facebook has been paying hundreds of outside contractors to transcribe clips of audio from users of its services, according to people with knowledge of the work. The work has rattled the contract employees, who are not told where the audio was recorded or how it was obtained — only to transcribe it, said the people, […]

Jun 3, 2019

District of Columbia attorney general’s suit against Facebook can proceed, judge rules

Facebook suffered an early defeat in a D.C. court on Friday, after a judge rejected the social-networking giant’s request to quash a case brought by the District of Columbia attorney general challenging the company’s privacy practices. The ruling by D.C. Superior Court Judge Fern Flanagan Saddler paves the way for D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine […]

Dec 6, 2018

Facebook allegedly offered advertisers special access to user data, activities

A trove of emails and internal documents released by a British lawmaker on Wednesday illustrate how Facebook rose to dominance years ago by using people’s data as a bargaining chip, undermining the social media giant’s claim that changes to its business practices were motivated by a desire to protect people’s privacy. The more than 250 […]

Nov 6, 2018

Facebook says it’s investigating ‘coordinated inauthentic behavior,’ by ‘foreign entities,’ deletes 115 accounts

Facebook has blocked more than 100 accounts it believes may be engaging in “coordinated inauthentic behavior” hours before the midterm elections, launching an investigation into whether the accounts are linked to any foreign entities attempting to interfere in the election. In an announcement late Monday, Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, said the social […]

Aug 1, 2018

Facebook uncovers disinformation operation ahead of 2018 midterm elections

Facebook has shut down a sophisticated disinformation operation on its platform that engaged in divisive messaging ahead of the U.S. midterm elections, the company said Tuesday, an escalation of what a top executive described as an “arms race” to manipulate the public using its tools. Facebook said it discovered 32 false pages and profiles that […]

May 30, 2018

NY comptroller: Social media must curb harassment, fake news

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s top financial official is warning Facebook, Google and Twitter that they must do more to protect users from fake news, sexual harassment and abuse on their social media platforms. State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli called on the companies to publicly report on what steps they’re taking to address the problems. […]

Apr 9, 2018

Facebook could face record fines, say former FTC officials

Facebook’s disclosure last week that its search tools were used to collect data on most of its 2.2 billion users could potentially trigger record fines and create new legal vulnerability for not having prevented risks to user data, said three former federal officials. The three former officials, all of whom were at the Federal Trade […]

Apr 5, 2018

Facebook hackers likely hit most users

Facebook said Wednesday that “malicious actors” took advantage of search tools on its platform, making it possible for them to discover the identities and collect information on most of its 2 billion users worldwide. The revelation came amid rising acknowledgment by Facebook about its struggles to control the data it gathers on users. Among the […]

Mar 30, 2018

Cambridge Analytica gave Bolton Facebook data, papers show

A British company at the heart of the Facebook data-privacy scandal agreed to give a political action committee founded by John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s newly appointed national security adviser, data harvested from millions of Facebook users, documents released by Parliament show. The papers were provided by whistle-blower Christopher Wylie, a former employee of both […]

Mar 28, 2018

Facebook sued by housing advocates alleging discrimination

NEW YORK (AP) — Fair housing advocates sued Facebook Tuesday, saying it lets landlords and real estate brokers target advertising to discriminate against women, those with disabilities and families with children. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court alleges investigations by fair housing supporters in New York, Washington, D.C., Miami and San Antonio, Texas, prove Facebook […]

Mar 26, 2018

Facebook faces scrutiny for pulling Android call, text data

On the same day Facebook bought ads in U.S. and British newspapers to apologize for the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the social media site faced new questions about collecting phone numbers and text messages from Android devices. The website Ars Technica reported that users who checked data gathered by Facebook on them found that it had […]

Jan 24, 2018

Russia said to aid effort to release memo on FBI

WASHINGTON – Top Democrats on Tuesday called on Facebook and Twitter to investigate what lawmakers said are Russian efforts to promote the release of a classified Republican memo criticizing the FBI probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 campaign. #ReleaseTheMemo and other hashtags have been trending on Twitter in recent days, and accounts affiliated with […]

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