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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 […]

UN: Facebook Stirs Up Hatred Against Muslims in Myanmar

UN: Facebook Stirs Up Hatred Against Muslims in Myanmar

UN investigators said this week that Facebook has turned into a “beast” in Myanmar by playing a critical role in inciting hate against Rohingya Muslims. UN’s Fact-finding Mission chairman Marzuki Darusman said that hate speech on social media had compounded that spread of acrimony towards Rohingya Muslims amongst the wider public, and Facebook is considered to be the biggest social media network in Myanmar. Around 600 interviews with human rights abuse victims and witnesses in Bangladesh, Malaysia and Thailand served as the basis for the UN’s interim report that was announced last Monday. Source: BBC

ICO Concludes Investigation Into WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

ICO Concludes Investigation Into WhatsApp-Facebook Data Sharing

The UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) revealed this week that it has closed its investigation into Facebook and WhatsApp and found that aside from basic data processing, no data was being shared between the two. WhatsApp was also made to sign an agreement where it committed not to share personal data with Facebook unless it is able to do it in a way that is compliant with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In a blog post, Commissioner Elizabeth Denham explained that the data protection law is not supposed to prohibit companies from sharing personal data, only compel them to follow […]

Germany to Challenge How Google, Facebook Presents News

Germany to Challenge How Google, Facebook Presents News

Germany’s incoming minister, Dorothee Baer, said this last Saturday that she is planning to talk to Google and Facebook on how posts are sequenced on their platforms. Baer added that the algorithms used by the tech giants which sort posts according to relevance and popularity often push up old posts that have little to do with the truth, and that she would like users to have real-time timelines that show information that they need to know, and not only what they want to know. It is said that “social media bubbles” where users are unable to discern what is fake […]

Tim Berners-Lee Warns Anew Against Big Tech

Tim Berners-Lee Warns Anew Against Big Tech

Tim Berners-Lee, recognized as the inventor of the World Wide Web, recently made new comments on the dangers “big tech” pose to competition and society. Berners-Lee said that the few dominant tech companies now effectively have control over which ideas and opinions are seen and shared, and these Silicon Valley companies are able to buy up talent and startups which may stifle innovation in the next 20 years. He also said that he will be using his clout to push for regulation of these platform giants and added that social objectives should be factored in when creating a ruling framework. […]