Emerging Media

Facebook to Give Academic Researchers Access to Proprietary Data

Facebook to Give Academic Researchers Access to Proprietary Data

Facebook announced last Monday that it will be allowing a team of independent academic researchers access to its proprietary user data in order to assess the impact of social media in elections. The social network will be forming an outside commission of academic scholars that will study anonymized, privacy-protected data for the sole purpose of understanding and improving social media’s impact on society. Backed by a number of prominent funders, Facebook executives said that it is seeking to understand its impact on upcoming elections in countries like Brazil, India, Mexico and the US midterms to better inform its future product […]

Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Appearance to be Aired Live

Mark Zuckerberg’s Congressional Appearance to be Aired Live

This week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will be facing the a joint hearing of the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees, and the House Energy and Commerce Committee to give his testimony on the social network’s handling of its user data in the Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal. Zuckerberg’s first opportunity to face Congress will be streamed online on CBSN, with the Senate testimony airing on April 10, 2:15 pm EST, while the House testimony will be on April 11, 10 am EST. Zuckerberg has already given an opening statement before his appearance where he took full responsibility for the recent privacy […]

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook Admits Zuckerberg Had Ability to Unsend Messages

Facebook last week admitted to that CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other executives had special privileges including the ability to delete sent private messages. The Messenger retention feature allowed special users to send messages that expire after 90 days. A spokesperson further told the media that they were already planning to introduce the feature where senders can set a timer on their messages, but may take time before it gets rolled out. Facebook further apologized and said that they will be suspending their executives privileges to unsend messages while the feature is not yet available to the public.     Source: […]

Charter CEO Pushes for Privacy Law for All Internet Companies

Charter CEO Pushes for Privacy Law for All Internet Companies

Earlier this week, Charter Communications CEO Tom Rutledge called on the US Congress to pass stronger privacy laws that will cover all internet firms including Facebook and his own ISP company. Rutledge pointed out that inconsistent privacy rules had been undermining consumer confidence online and is now pushing for laws that promote transparency in information collection and sharing. He also said that companies must obtain opt-in consent when collecting and sharing customer data for purposes other than the ones they provide.   Charter is the second largest ISP in the US, while Rutledge is said to be the first major […]

1.2 Million Twitter Accounts Closed for Posting Terrorist Content

1.2 Million Twitter Accounts Closed for Posting Terrorist Content

Twitter recently announced in its latest transparency report that from August 2015 to December 2017, it had taken down 1.2 million accounts linked with terrorism. The company said that internal, proprietary tools were used to suspend 93% of said accounts, with 74% suspended even before posting their first tweet. Only around 0.2% of the figure were suspended as a result of governments filing reports with the company. Twitter also revealed that the number of accounts suspended for terrorist content had gone down by as much as 8% at the last count in September.   Source: ZDNet

Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

Zuckerberg Admits Failure in Emotional Q&A Interview

In a recent hour-long interview with TechCrunch, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg answered a number of critical questions on his company’s privacy scandal involving analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Zuckerberg admitted to TechCrunch that Facebook had failed to anticipate worst-case scenarios which led to a number of issues now hounding the company. He also said that it was a mistake to have been too dismissive of the impact of fake news, and clarified that the number of accounts affected the privacy fiasco may be closer to 87 million, instead of 50 million which was first quoted by the media. Zuckerberg also addressed […]

Kremlin Blasts Facebook Removal of Russian Media Accounts

Kremlin Blasts Facebook Removal of Russian Media Accounts

Last Thursday, the Kremlin criticized Facebook for its removal of accounts associated with Russian media organizations, calling it a hostile censorship move. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that they were following the events closely and agreed with a questioner from one of the affected media outlets that it was a hostile step.     Facebook earlier this week said that has taken down hundreds of accounts and pages linked to the Internet Research Agency, an Russian organization suspected of running a “troll factory” which spreads fake news on social media.   Source: Reuters

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

Zuckerberg to Testify Before US House Panel Next Week

It was announced last Wednesday that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to appear before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee on April 11 over the misuse of Facebook user data by a political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica. Facebook said that it had already shut down the accounts of Cambridge Analytica and its parent company and is investigating whether the firm still has the data. However, governments are still pressuring the social network to do more to protect user privacy and misinformation on its platform. It is said that Zuckerberg is also being invited to appear by two other […]

Facebook Removes Posts by Russian “Troll Factory”

Facebook Removes Posts by Russian “Troll Factory”

Facebook said last Tuesday that it had deleted hundreds of accounts and pages linked to a Russian “troll factory” which, according to the US government, is responsible for fake post intended to sway public opinion during the 2016 US election. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg revealed that they have removed articles and pages associated with the Russia-based Federal News Agency (FAN) which was found to be technologically and structurally intertwined with the Internet Research Agency.    The social network said that IRA had made numerous posts and pages that were pro-Trump, pro-border security, anti-police violence against minorities, and similar topics. Source: […]

Singapore Issues First-ever Fine for AirBnb Hosts

Singapore Issues First-ever Fine for AirBnb Hosts

Singapore’s Urban Redevelopment Authority reportedly handed a fine of $45,800 to two AirBnb hosts for violating the country’s rules on apartment rentals. Said to be the first such incident in the country, two men were penalized for breaking a law that prevents the rental of houses less than six months old, or three months in the case of private housing, without the explicit permission of the URA. Singapore’s URA is said to be in the process of developing a proposed regulatory framework for short-term leasing platforms, which may include plans for a public consultation component that would allow homeowners and […]

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