Social Media

Facebook: Users Must Agree to Targeted Ads to Use the Service

Facebook: Users Must Agree to Targeted Ads to Use the Service

Facebook clarified last Tuesday that users will have to agree to receive targeted ads if they want to continue using the service. It was noted that this would ensure that the social network’s business model holds after the EU’s new privacy laws take effect. Under the GDPR, companies that collect or use the personal information of a European without their consent will be penalized. Facebook Deputy Chief Privacy Officer Rob Sherman announced that they will be seeking Europeans’ permission this week for a variety of ways Facebook uses their data. However, he clarified that opting out of targeted marketing altogether […]

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Facebook Apologizes to Indonesian MPs in 5-Hour Grilling Session

Last Tuesday, Facebook’s head of public policy in Indonesia Ruben Hattari issued an apology to members of the Indonesian Parliament in a five-hour session where he and other Facebook officials were questioned on issues such as personal data misuse and oversight of content by the US tech giant. Indonesia is one of the countries with the most number of Facebook users. In the session, Facebook said that 1,096,666 users in Indonesia may have had their data scraped by Cambridge Analytica, which is 1.26% of the global total. However, the MPs still threw hard questions, with PDIP MP Evita Nursanty asking […]

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Philippine Government Challenges Facebook’s Choice of Fact Checkers

Last Monday, the Duterte Administration blasted Facebook’s choice of official third-party “fact checkers” VERA Files and Rappler IQ, saying that the online news platforms were biased against the Philippine president. Loraine Badoy, Assistant secretary at the Presidential Communications Operations Office, said that they will be protesting Facebook’s move as soon as they get to sit down with the social media company. Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque meanwhile said that they are welcoming Facebook’s decision to counter misinformation on their platform, but warned that “the chosen police of the truth are sometimes partisan themselves”. Rappler, which has a reputation for its hard […]

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Duterte Denies Working with Cambridge Analytica in 2016 Campaign

Speaking in Davao City last Friday, President Rodrigo Duterte said that his campaign team did not work with Cambridge Analytica and added that he would have lost if he did team up with them. Duterte won in a landslide victory with 6.6 million more votes than his closest rival, Mar Roxas. However, a photo from 2015 recently surfaced, showing his campaign team sharing a meal with Cambridge Analytica Chief Executive Officer Alexander Nix. The Philippines is one of the top countries hit by the Facebook breach involving Cambridge Analytica, and it is estimated that 1.2 million Filipino users had their […]

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

Facebook Ordered Not to Block User & Comment by German Court

A Berlin court has issued a temporary injunction, ordering Facebook to unblock a particular user and reinstate his comment even though it was in violation of the site’s community standards. In what is said to be the first ever injunction of its kind in Germany, the court has instructed Facebook to lift the suspension of Gabor B and undelete his comment which said that “The Germans are becoming ever more stupid. “No wonder, since they are every day littered with fake news from the left-wing Systemmedien about ‘skilled workers’, declining unemployment rates or Trump.” Facebook reportedly unblocked his account, but […]

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Myanmar Activists Support Zuckerberg’s Commitment to 24-hour Takedown of Hate Speech

Mark Zuckerberg’s commitment to the removal of hate speech within a 24-hour period was met with positive feedback from civil society groups in Myanmar who called it a “historic” move. Facebook, which has become the main social network in Myanmar, had been criticized by human rights advocates of not doing enough to address the problem of hate messages. However, Yangon-based social media analyst Victoire Rio said that while it may still be unclear how the company intends to achieve the target, they laud the Zuckerberg’s promise as they had been clamoring for it for some time. Facebook had also been […]

Reddit Removes 944 Russian Troll Accounts

Reddit Removes 944 Russian Troll Accounts

Popular social news aggregator Reddit announced this week that it has banned around 1000 accounts linked to Russia’s Internet Research Agency (IRA) which is considered to be a “troll factory” dedicated to spreading propaganda and misinformation. Social media sites such as Facebook and Reddit recently ramped up efforts to address content violations on their platforms due to pressure from various governments. It was noted however, that Reddit had been more effective in tackling the problem of trolls and similar offenders, with CEO Steve Huffman saying that were able to take down 944 IRA-linked accounts, as well as subreddits that glorify, […]

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 […]

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: […]

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