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Facebook’s Ad VP: Russian Ads Did Not Aim to Sway Election  

Facebook’s Ad VP: Russian Ads Did Not Aim to Sway Election  

Facebook’s vice president of advertisement recently received heavy criticism for his opinion on the issue of Russian-bought ads and the previous US election. Rob Goldman tweeted last week that swaying was not the main goal of the said ads since majority of Russian ad spend had happened after the election. Goldman however, made an apology to Facebook staff after and said that the tweet was his own view and he should have probably had it reviewed internally before tweeting. Goldman’s tweet was in direct contradiction with special counselor Robert Mueller’s recent indictments where 13 Russians had been charged with election […]

Facebook to Verify election Ad Buyers Via US Mail

Facebook to Verify election Ad Buyers Via US Mail

A Facebook senior account executive revealed last Saturday that the company will be verifying the identities of election ad buyers later this year using postcards sent via the US mail service. The verification measure is in response to criticisms on the failure of Facebook to prevent Russian interference in the 2016 US elections. U.S. law prohibits foreigners from donating or contributing anything of value, or making any expenditure in connection with any federal, state or local election in the United States. According to Facebook’s global director of policy programs Katie Harbath, users who mention  a candidate in their ads will […]

EU Justice Tells Tech Giants to Do More for Users

EU Justice Tells Tech Giants to Do More for Users

Earlier this week, European Commissioner Vera Jourova remarked that Facebook, Google, and Twitter should increase their efforts in bringing their user terms in line with EU law. The justice commissioner said that as advertising and commercial platforms, the tech giants are subject to the same laws as offline providers and will face sanctions for non-compliance. She also complained that the companies were taking their time in making their platforms safer for users. However, a spokesperson for Facebook responded that they already put measures to inform users about content removals even before, which they will be expanding later this year. Meanwhile, […]

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook Pushes Security App on Users, Does Not Disclose Ownership

Facebook recently urged users to use the Onavo Protect app to protect their security, especially when using unsecured networks. However, the social networking giant did not reveal that prior that it owns the app, and that the information collected by the app is shared with the company. According to the app’s privacy policies, it shares with Facebook and others user data such as apps on the device, usage statistics, websites visited, and the amount used, and Facebook can use this data to track users even if they are not using the service. It was noted that a user would have […]

Landmark German Verdict Deems Facebook’s Use of Personal Data Illegal

Landmark German Verdict Deems Facebook’s Use of Personal Data Illegal

A Berlin regional court recently handed down a verdict saying that Facebook’s use of personal data was illegal and that the company did not adequately obtain the consent of users. Litigation policy officer at the Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzvb) Heiko Duenkel said that Facebook does not sufficiently inform users upon registration, and that it even hides non-privacy default settings in its privacy center. The consumer rights group further pointed out that a service that reveals a user’s location to the person they are chatting to is pre-activated in Facebook’s mobile app. Source: Reuters

Facebook May Roll Out “Downvotes”

Facebook May Roll Out “Downvotes”

Tech website TechCrunch recently confirmed that Facebook is testing a new downvoting system that will allow users to hide comments and give feedback on them. The company announced a number of other planned improvements to the platform, but denied that they were rolling out a dislike button which had been previously requested by users. The new measure is currently available only to a small test group in the US. The users are given the option to flag a post as “offensive”, “misleading” or “off-topic”. Source: BBC

Cambodian Opposition Leader Files Suit Against Facebook

Cambodian Opposition Leader Files Suit Against Facebook

It was recently reported that former Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy had filed a case against Facebook to obtain information regarding activities on Prime Minister Hun Sen’s account. It is said that Rainsy is seeking the information to confirm allegations regarding fake likes on Sen’s account, his use of the platform for death threats, and the use of government funds for ads. According to Rainsy’s attorney, Richard J. Rogers of rights group Global Diligence LLP, the case raises  questions Facebook’s stance on human rights abusers who manipulate elections, Hun Sen had been a target of criticism from Western countries for […]

Facebook to Ban All Cryptocurrency Ads

Facebook to Ban All Cryptocurrency Ads

Facebook’s Rob Leathern recently announced in a blogpost that the company will be rolling out a new policy which will ban the advertising of ICOs, cryptocurrencies, and binary options. Facebook says that the change, which is seen as a broad brush approach by some in the cryptocurrency sphere, is only intended to protect users from bad actors and scams often associated with the unregulated nature of such financial products and services.   Facebook adds that they are working to improve detection of deceptive and misleading ad practices, and will be enforcing the policy across other platforms including Audience Network and […]

Child Health Experts Urge Facebook to Withdraw Messenger Kids

Child Health Experts Urge Facebook to Withdraw Messenger Kids

In an open letter published last Tuesday, more than 100 child health experts called on Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to discontinue the company’s Messenger Kids app, which according to them, is an “irresponsible” attempt to entice younger children into using the popular social media platform. The letter, signed by child welfare groups including the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood and Parents Across America, said that a growing body of research has already established that excessive use of social media and digital devices pose developmental risks to children’s development since they are not yet mature enough to comprehend the complexities of […]

Facebook to Show More Local News to US Users

Facebook to Show More Local News to US Users

Last Monday, Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg said that the platform will be delivering more local news to US users in its efforts against misinformation. Zuckerberg said that local news help build the community online and offline, and the company wishes to ensure that the time users spend on the platform is valuable. He adds that a lot of people had told him during his travel across the nation that they would prefer to see more concrete local issues, rather than heated and divisive national ones. Facebook says that it may roll out the same update in other countries later this […]