Emerging Media

Trump Administration to Meet Tech Giants for Consumer Data Privacy Efforts

Trump Administration to Meet Tech Giants for Consumer Data Privacy Efforts

Commerce Department’s David Redl, who oversees the National Telecommunications and Information Administration, revealed last week that it will be meeting with tech giants and other stakeholders including Facebook, Comcast, and Alphabet to identify common ground and formulate core, high-level principles on data privacy. White House spokeswoman Lindsay Walters added that the Trump administration, through the White House National Economic Council is looking to craft a consumer privacy protection policy that achieves the appropriate balance between privacy and prosperity. Source: JPost

Facebook’s $100 Billion Loss Biggest in Stock Market History

Facebook’s $100 Billion Loss Biggest in Stock Market History

Facebook last Thursday was seen to had posted what is considered to be biggest one-day loss in market value by any company in the history of the US stock market after releasing its quarterly report which was described as “disastrous”. The social network’s market capitalization plunged from $630 down to $510 billion, with stock prices falling down 19%. Records show that Facebook is the only company in US stock market history to lose more than $100 billion in a day. Prior to this, the biggest single-day loss was posted by Intel in September of 2000, which amounted to around $90 […]

Facebook Launches Political Ads Transparency Features in Brazil

Facebook Launches Political Ads Transparency Features in Brazil

Facebook recently launched its transparency tools for political ads in Brazil in preparation for the country’s general elections in October. Brazil will be the second country after the US where the changes will be introduced. Brazilian Facebook users will now see a “paid for by” label showing who or which group purchased the ad. They will also be able to see more details like campaign budgets associated with the ad, users who viewed it and their demographic information, as well as an archive of all the campaigns run by the politician or party when they click on the label. Advertisers […]

China Retracts Approval for Facebook Venture

China Retracts Approval for Facebook Venture

China had reportedly pulled this week its approval for a Facebook’s planned venture in the eastern province of Zhejiang. A source familiar with the matter said that the government had initially approved Facebook’s request to open a subsidiary, but the registration has been removed. The US tech giant had planned to put up an “innovation hub” to support local startups and developers in Zhejiang, whose capital, Hangzhou, is home to a number of China’s top software and internet companies such as Alibaba Group Holding. Source: Reuters

Videos of Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Deleted from YouTube

Videos of Conspiracy Theorist Alex Jones Deleted from YouTube

YouTube said this week that it has removed four of Alex Jones’s video from the platform after he used his channel to denounce the creators of a transgender cartoon and Muslim immigrants to Europe. Jones, a known conspiracy theorist, said that YouTube removed his videos because they were critical of liberalism. However, one of Jones’ videos show a man pushing a child to the ground. YouTube responded by saying that the company have long standing policies against child endangerment and hate speech and they will apply those policies consistently according to the content in the videos, regardless of the speaker […]

Facebook Vows to End Discriminatory Ad Targeting

Facebook Vows to End Discriminatory Ad Targeting

The Washington State Attorney General said earlier this week that Facebook had signed an agreement with the state to end the exclusion of protected groups from viewing ads of third-party advertisers. Facebook added that the move was part of its year-and-a-half effort to ensure that tools used to target ads on the platform are safe, civil, and fair. A spokesperson said that they removed thousands of categories related to potentially sensitive personal attributes such as race, ethnicity, sexual orientation and religion from their exclusion targeting tools. The agreement requires Facebook to make the changes to its ad platform within 90 […]

Facebook Promises Tougher Security for US Elections

Facebook Promises Tougher Security for US Elections

Facebook said last Tuesday that it will be employing a range of techniques, including artificial intelligence, to prevent foreign operatives from using deceptive tactics and false information to manipulate public opinion. The social network has repeatedly been criticized for failing to handle political propaganda and misinformation in the 2016 US election. However, the company stood by its initial position on false postings, saying that they will not be immediately taken down without review if sincerely voiced. It is said that the announcement came shortly before the publication of an internal message by Facebook’s outgoing chief security officer that criticized a […]

Twitter Restricts Developer Access to API, Removes Hundreds or Thousands of Apps

Twitter Restricts Developer Access to API, Removes Hundreds or Thousands of Apps

Twitter had reportedly removed more than 143,000 apps for violating its policies in between April and June 2018. In addition to rolling out more developer updates, the microblogging platform is also introducing stricter and more thorough application process for developers seeking access to its API. The company says that apps with high volumes of engagement will also have increased accountability. Meanwhile, users will now find it easier to report apps that violate Twitters rules using the new “Report a bad app” option in its Help Center. Source: ZDNet

Facebook Sets Up Subsidiary in China

Facebook Sets Up Subsidiary in China

Facebook is reportedly trying to increase its presence in China by setting up a subsidiary in the restrictive market, according to official business registration seen this week by Reuters. The subsidiary, which has a registered capital of $30 million, was registered in Hangzhou. A Facebook representative said that the company is interested in setting up an innovation hub in Zhejiang to provide training and workshops to Chinese developers, innovators and start-ups. Despite this, Facebook’s main website still remains blocked in China, along with Twitter and Google. Source: Reuters

Facebook Aims to Launch Internet Satellite by 2019

Facebook Aims to Launch Internet Satellite by 2019

Facebook recently confirmed to the media that it plans to launch a low orbit internet satellite named Athena in 2019 to offer broadband to unserved and underserved areas around the world. However, it is said that the move might just be something of an experiment as the company has yet to complete its own high-altitude hardware and has already stopped work on its internet drone. It was also pointed out that low Earth orbit satellite internet would require a large cloud of satellites to provide significant coverage, similar to SpaceX’s planned Starlink network. Source: MSN

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