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Facebook Bans Gun Accessories Ads from Children

Facebook Bans Gun Accessories Ads from Children

Facebook announced last Friday that it will stop showing weapon accessory advertisements to users below 18 years old. While guns and gun modification ads are already prohibited on the social network, Facebook says that accessories like holsters, belt accessories, as well as any products mounted on guns for the purposes of illuminating, magnifying or focusing will only be shown to users 18 and above starting June 21. The move is said to be line with discussions in the US on gun violence and school shootings. Source: Business Insider

Reuters Study Says Younger Users Now Prefer WhatsApp to Facebook

Reuters Study Says Younger Users Now Prefer WhatsApp to Facebook

According to data gathered by the Reuters Institute, younger audiences now prefer messaging apps such as WhatsApp over Facebook to get news. In a survey of 74,000 consumers in 37 markets, Reuters found that Facebook usage by youngsters went down as much as 20 points. Research associate Nic Newman says that usage is now going down after years of continued growth. This may be attributed to preference of consumers for more private and less confrontational spaces to communicate.   The research is said to show the volatility of consumer tastes as traditional media struggles to cope with the impact of […]

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook Users Now Allowed to Review Business Advertisers

Facebook announced this week that users will now be allowed to review businesses that advertise on the social network and possibly ban those that receive the most negative feedback. Facebook’s latest move seeks to crack down on businesses that mislead users into buying low quality goods or services, or those that fail to deliver products in their stated shipping time. Businesses that receive the most negative feedback may be put at risk of getting banned. Advertisers however, will be given a chance to improve before being banned. This might include a reduction in the amount of ads that the business […]

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech Giants Anxiously Await India’s Draft of Data Rules

Tech giants such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are said to be nervously awaiting the new Indian data-privacy laws being drafted by BN Srikrishna, whose recommendations carry considerable weight in one of the world’s biggest silicon-chip economies. The bill, which is will be sent by Mr. Srikrishna’s committee to the government this week, is expected to define “fair use”, whether tech companies will be allowed to do cross-border data transfers, and how to enforce accountability and penalties for violations. It will also establish rules on how users can access and control their own data. Mr. Srikrishna added that India does […]

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

Tech Firm Consortium Laud Progress on Blocking Terrorist Content

The Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT), which is a consortium of leading tech firms and governments, said this week that it was exceeding its targets in preventing terrorist content online. In a meeting last Friday, the group reported that 88,000 “hashes”, which are digital fingerprints used to identify content, of terrorism-related content had been added to the coalition’s shared database. Twitter also revealed that it has developed a database of web addresses that it has blocked on its own network which has been made available to other coalition members. Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Twitter are some of the […]

Megaupload Founder Calls for Facebook, Twitter Replacement

Megaupload Founder Calls for Facebook, Twitter Replacement

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom tweeted this week that he wants to build a social network that would replace Twitter and Facebook. Dotcom also called on whistleblower Edward Snowden, Julian Assange of WikiLeaks, and Germany’s Chaos Computer Club to join him in making an alternative that provides real privacy and zero censorship from a trusted source. Cyber-security expert Alan Woodward meanwhile said that the issue revolved around trust, and Facebook and Twitter may have learned new lessons after their recent privacy problems. He also remarked that users may prefer the devil they know than the devil they don’t. Source: BBC

Washington Sues Google, Facebook for Not Disclosing Political Ad Buyers

Washington Sues Google, Facebook for Not Disclosing Political Ad Buyers

The office of Washington state attorney general Bob Ferguson recently filed complaints against Google and Facebook for allegedly failing to maintain and publicize records on their political ad buyers. While such disclosures are not required for digital ads under federal law, any advertiser must maintain records about political ads open to the public in the state of Washington. The lawsuit alleges that both companies have disregarded the law since 2013 and were not able to produce the information when a local paper requested it. In a press release about the lawsuits, Ferguson stressed that Washington’s political advertising disclosure laws apply […]

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple to Block Facebook’s Web Tracking Tools

Apple’s software head Craig Federighi announced at the WWDC conference this week that it will be implementing measures in the next version of iOS and Mac to block Facebook from tracking web users. Federighi said that the new OS versions will protect users from Facebook likes and share buttons and comment fields that track web activity whether they are clicked or not. He added that the Safari browser  will now ask owners’ permission before allowing the social network to monitor their activity. The move is likely to fuel increasing tensions between the two tech giants which is said to have […]

AT&T to Launch Ad Tracking Network to Rival Facebook’s

AT&T to Launch Ad Tracking Network to Rival Facebook’s

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed last week plans to launch a massive network similar to Facebook’s that will serve ads to customers that it already tracks. Stephenson says he took issue with the government’s interference in their acquisition of Time Warner since it will prevent his company from tapping into Turner’s extensive inventory of advertising. While the plan is expected to have a significant negative impact on consumer privacy, major carriers such as Verizon have already carried out a similar strategy in 2017 when it bought AOL and Yahoo to form Oath. Source: The Verge

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Top Wealth Fund Supports Activist Proposals at Facebook Meeting

Norges Bank Investment Management, considered as the world’s largest sovereign wealth fund, had reportedly backed six activist shareholder proposals at Facebook’s annual meeting at Menlo Park last Thursday. Some of the measures backed by Norges Bank included a mandatory report by Facebook on fake news, addressing gender pay gaps, responsible tax principles, the establishment of a board committee on risk management and two measures requiring Facebook to adopt simple majority voting at shareholder meetings. Facebook said that each of the six measures had been voted down. The Norwegian fund owns 1.4% of Facebook’s globally listed shares and held a 0.71% […]