Emerging Media

Mark Zuckerberg Declines Appearance Before UK Lawmakers, Sends Senior Facebook Execs Instead

Mark Zuckerberg Declines Appearance Before UK Lawmakers, Sends Senior Facebook Execs Instead

It was announced this week that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will not be appearing to answer questions from British lawmakers on the social network’s privacy scandal involving Cambridge Analytica. Facebook will instead be sending Chief Technology Officer Mike Schroepfer or Chief Product Officer Chris Cox to appear before the parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport committee. Facebook’s Head of UK Public Policy told the lawmakers that  the two would be better suited to answer the committee’s questions. However, the committee’s chairman said that they still would want to speak to Zuckerberg in person or via a live video link. Source: […]

US Consumers Now Trust Facebook Less Than Rivals

US Consumers Now Trust Facebook Less Than Rivals

According to a new poll by Reuters and Ipsos, less than half of all US respondents trust Facebook to obey US privacy laws, while a poll by German paper Bild am Sonntag showed that around 60% of Germans believe that Facebook and similar sites may negatively impact democracy. However, eMarketer analyst Debra Williamson said that it is too early to tell if people are ready to withdraw from Facebook which is already thoroughly ingrained in everyday life. She pointed out that customers of banks or other industries do not necessarily quit after losing faith. Data provided by Israeli firm SimilarWeb […]

Tumblr Removes Suspected Russian “Troll” Accounts

Tumblr Removes Suspected Russian “Troll” Accounts

Tumblr announced earlier this week that it had removed 84 accounts used by Russia’s Internet Research Agency for spreading misinformation in 2016. The accounts were discovered through an investigation into IRA’s activities the social media site had conducted with the authorities. 13 Russians connected to the “troll farm” had already been indicted for voter manipulation by the US government last month. Other social media sites such as Twitter, Reddit, and Facebook had already taken steps to address the issue of Russian trolls on their platforms. Tumblr also said that it would let other users know if they had interacted with […]

New US Bill Prompts Craigslist to Drop Dating Ads

New US Bill Prompts Craigslist to Drop Dating Ads

A new bill in the US which could punish websites for “facilitating” prostitution and sex trafficking has prompted classified ads website Craigslist to close its dating ads section in the country. In a statement this week, Craigslist said that it would be too much of a risk for the company to keep the section running, since the new law would expose them to criminal and civil liability when users use their online personals for illegal activity. US congress had already passed the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act” this March which will apply to all states […]

YouTube Bans Gun Mod Videos

YouTube Bans Gun Mod Videos

YouTube has reportedly banned gun manufacturing or modification videos this week, earning the ire of pro gun video bloggers who called the move an erosion of US citizen’s rights. After YouTube had updated its policies to prohibit videos that show how to make, sell or modify firearms, a number of gun enthusiasts turned to PornHub and Facebook instead. Karl Kasarda and Ian McCollum of InRange TV said that they were not after the monetization of their content, but rather just a safe harbor for their viewers. It is said that the policy change came after a video which showed how […]

Australian Ethical Fund Removes Facebook After Privacy Scandal

Australian Ethical Fund Removes Facebook After Privacy Scandal

It was revealed last Friday that BetaShares Global Sustainability Leaders Exchange Traded Fund (ETHI) has removed Facebook from its roster, according to its Responsible Investment Committee. In its official statement, the Australia-based fund manager said that Facebook had been involved in a number of controversies and reputational issues, focusing particularly on the recent privacy issue involving British firm Cambridge Analytica which misused the personal data of around 50 million Facebook users without their consent. ETHI, which manages around $170 in funds, said that Facebook comprised 3.9% of its portfolio. The social network had already lost $50 billion of its value […]

Singapore Plans Against Fake News Raises Concerns from Tech Giants

Singapore Plans Against Fake News Raises Concerns from Tech Giants

Last Tuesday, US tech giants have expressed their worries on Singapore’s plans for new legislation aimed at tackling the problem of fake news. Alvin Tan, Facebook’s head of public policy for Southeast Asia said that the city-state already had a variety of laws and regulations which address hate speech, defamation and the spreading of false news, and a new one will not be the best way to address the issue of misinformation. In a parliamentary hearing attended by executives from Facebook, Twitter and Google, Singapore pointed out that it was particularly vulnerable to the effects of fake news due to […]

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp Co-Founder Starts #DeleteFacebook Twitter Campaign

WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton sent out a terse tweet last Tuesday which called for a boycott of Facebook. In his tweet, Acton simply wrote “It is time.” with the hashtag “#deletefacebook”. It is believed that the remark was in relation to the privacy fiasco involving Cambridge Analytica, a London-based analytics firm which had apparently scraped Facebook for data of around 50 million users, and used it to influence the outcome of the 2016 US elections. Investigations against Facebook and Cambridge Analytica are now being initiated by authorities in Europe and US after the issue was revealed by whistleblower Christopher Wylie. […]

Mark Zuckerberg to Issue Statement on Breach Scandal

Mark Zuckerberg to Issue Statement on Breach Scandal

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is expected to make an official statement on the privacy scandal that has rocked the tech firm and caused its shares to slide during the past few days. Axios revealed that the Facebook CEO will try and say something meaningful, with the aim to rebuild consumer trust. He is also likely to mention plans to make the site more secure to restore user confidence. The tech giant is currently embroiled in a fiasco which involves a data analytics firm, Cambridge Analytica, which was said to have harvested data from the social network and used it to […]

EU to Investigate Misuse of Facebook Data

EU to Investigate Misuse of Facebook Data

Last Monday, the head of the European said that it will be conducting a probe into the alleged misuse of over 50 million Facebook users data. Antonio Tajani blasted the social network on Twitter and said that the allegations were an unacceptable violation of citizens’ privacy rights and the company needed to take more responsibility. A data analytics company linked to President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign, Cambridge Analytica, was found to have collected the private information of users from Facebook and used it without getting prior consent. However, executives of the tech giant are still said to be wrangling over […]

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