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Facebook Looking to Acquire Cybersecurity Firm

Facebook Looking to Acquire Cybersecurity Firm

The Information revealed this week that Facebook is reportedly looking to acquire a cybersecurity firm to bolster its efforts to protect its social network. Sources have said that the tech giant is scouting several unidentified companies and the deal could be announced as early as the end of the year. The move is seen as an effort to improve Facebook’s image and reinforce the idea to its users that the company is highly concerned about protecting their data and privacy. Source: CNET

Ex Deputy PM Hired by Facebook for Lobbying Efforts

Ex Deputy PM Hired by Facebook for Lobbying Efforts

Former deputy prime minister Nick Clegg officially confirmed last week his decision to work as Facebook’s global lobbying and communications executive. The move is said to be in preparation for a showdown with governments over new legislations proposed to address concerns over fake news and the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Meanwhile, Clegg said in a recent interview that his role in the company would be to tackle “very thorny issues” affecting big tech companies such as balancing free speech and censorship, the power of artificial intelligence, and conflict between global internet and national jurisdiction. Source: The Guardian

Facebook Fact-Checking Partners Seeing Less Work Than Expected

Facebook Fact-Checking Partners Seeing Less Work Than Expected

FactCheck.org, one of the fact checking organizations contracted by Facebook, recently revealed that they were able to review less than one post per day on the average. In 2016, Facebook announced its fact checking partners which included FactCheck.org, Snopes, Politifact and ABC News. It has since added the Associated Press and The Weekly Standard Fact Check among its U.S.-based reviewers. However, FactCheck.org says that the two staffers it assigned to Facebook are getting almost no work, and it is said that other organizations are experiencing the same. Facebook responded and said that while fact checking is one of its strategies […]

Loophole Found in Facebook’s Political Ad Transparency Scheme

Loophole Found in Facebook’s Political Ad Transparency Scheme

The Daily Beast recently said that it had identified a digital media startup that was able to find a loophole in Facebook’s new political ad rules by disguising the source of the money used to pay for the ad. The startup reportedly created a limited liability company to buy between $1.2 million and $4.6 million worth of political ad over the course of five months. However, the name of the startup was not revealed in the ad since it was the LLC that paid for it. Meanwhile, a Virginia congressional candidate had reportedly been targeted by a series of nasty […]

Brazil Still Poring Over Internet Impact 11 Days Before Elections

Brazil Still Poring Over Internet Impact 11 Days Before Elections

Brazil’s Supreme Electoral Court is reportedly still deep in discussions on the role of social media in spreading misinformation, despite the final round of the country’s presidential elections now only 2 weeks away. It is said that a TSE council focusing on the impact of the internet on the elections realized only now that the dissemination of fake news was much more prolific than anticipated, and that WhatsApp has become the most popular way to spread such content. It was revealed that the council is still debating whether WhatsApp should be subjected to rules on the restriction of information flows […]

Facebook Misreported and Delayed Revelation of Ad Data, Lawsuit Says

Facebook Misreported and Delayed Revelation of Ad Data, Lawsuit Says

An updated lawsuit filed last Tuesday revealed that Facebook knew that it provided inaccurate data on its ad viewership in 2015, but delayed its disclosure for more than a year. While Facebook said that it had overestimated ad viewing time averages by 60 to 80 percent, the complaint says that the actual miscalculation went up to 150 to 900 percent. However, instead of immediately correcting the metrics and informing advertisers in January 2015, Facebook saw that a 40% drop will be too significant and might hurt user trust. The firm says that it only learned about the issue in August […]

Russian-Iran Troll Farm Tweets Made Public on Twitter

Russian-Iran Troll Farm Tweets Made Public on Twitter

Around 10 million tweets posted by suspected “troll farms” in Russia and Iran had been shared online this week by Twitter. The messages, which were posted in between 2013 to 2018, were said to include references to the US presidential election and the UK’s EU referendum. Twitter also published approximately 360GB of material to aid studies into how its platform has been used to try to sway public opinion. 4,750 accounts in total were reportedly involved. It was said that the efforts of the two troll farms had the most pick-up within the US, but had much less influence on […]

Public Funds Push to Oust Zuckerberg as Facebook Head

Public Funds Push to Oust Zuckerberg as Facebook Head

Four major US public funds that hold shares in Facebook have reportedly filed a proposal this week to remove CEO Mark Zuckerberg from his post. The proposal was filed by Trillium Asset Management, along with state treasurers from Illinois, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania, and New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer. Rhode Island State Treasurer Seth Magaziner said that the move should draw attention to Facebook’s problems and generate ideas on how to solve them. Facebook meanwhile declined to comment. Source: Reuters

YouTube Experiences Widespread Outage

Users around the world reported last Tuesday that Google’s video streaming site, YouTube, had gone down for almost two hours. YouTube immediately responded that it looked into reports about access issues with YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Music and said that it had already resolved the issue. It however, did not specify the reason for the outage. Source: Reuters

Twitter Explains Strange Notification Bug

Twitter Explains Strange Notification Bug

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey gave an explanation yesterday for the bizarre message alert containing random strings of numbers and letters that some users may have received this week. Dorsey said that the strange message is code that the platform uses to communicate with the user’s mobile devices. It briefly became visible due to a bug but the Twitter team assured that the issue had already been fixed. Twitter added that it was a harmless bug and there was no need for concern, since some users may still be on edge due to the news of Facebook’s recent breach. Source: CNBC