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Facebook Board Overhaul Called for by Civil Rights Groups

Dozens of civil rights groups on Tuesday called on Facebook to purge Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg from its board for blunders including “weaponising anti-Semitism.” Advocacy and rights group took direct aim at Zuckerberg and Sandberg for Facebook enlisting Definers Public Affairs to conduct research on company critics. “You retained the services of Definers Public Affairs to investigate, undermine and attack […]

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Facebook’s Location Tracking for Ads Can’t Be Switched Off: Report

ou can try but you can’t hide seems to be the mantra of Facebook’s advertising system that utilises users’ location to target ads. One American researcher recently discovered that there is virtually no way to stop Facebook from trying to determine your location even if you have turned off Facebook’s access to your location every way […]

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Facebook Let Some Companies Access Your Private Messages, Friends Lists: Report

Another day and another set of startling revelations about Facebook’s lax attitude towards user privacy. The social giant reportedly gave major tech companies more access than advertised to the personal user data. According to a report, the company effectively exempted the tech giants like Yahoo, Microsoft, Amazon, Netflix and Spotify from privacy restrictions that are […]

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Google, Facebook Need a Regulator, Says Australian Watchdog

Australia’s competition watchdog on Monday recommended tougher scrutiny and a new regulatory body to check the dominance of tech giants Facebook and Alphabet’s Google in the country’s online advertising and news markets. The recommendation, in a preliminary report on the US firms’ market power, is being closely watched around the world as lawmakers wrestle with the powerful […]

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2019 Elections: Facebook to Check Indian Political Ads in Build-Up to Vote

Indian advertisers wanting to run political ads on Facebook will have to confirm their identity and location to help prevent abuse of the system in the build-up to national elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook – under increasing scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica scandal – said it would start verifying ads from Thursday and, from next year, […]

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Facebook’s Menlo Park Headquarters Evacuated After Bomb Threat

A bomb threat prompted authorities on Tuesday to evacuate a building at the Silicon Valley headquarters of Facebook near San Francisco, police said, but hours after a sweep of the structure began there was no word of explosives found. The New York Police Department received an anonymous tip about a bomb threat regarding Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, […]

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Quora Says 100 Million Users Hit by Security Breach

About 100 million users of Quora were affected by unauthorized access to one of its systems by a “malicious third party,” the knowledge-sharing website said on Monday. Account information, including name, email address, encrypted password, and data imported from linked networks when authorized by users may have been compromised, it said. The company said it is […]

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With an Eye on Past Problems, Facebook Expands Local Feature

Facebook is cautiously expanding a feature that shows people local news and information, including missing-person alerts, road closures, crime reports and school announcements. Called “Today In,” the service shows people information from their towns and cities from such sources as news outlets, government entities and community groups. Facebook launched the service in January with six cities and […]

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Facebook Plans to Train 5 Million Indians in Digital Skills by 2021

To help small businesses in India reach the global economy, Facebook is planning to train five million people with digital skills in three years, a top company executive said here on Saturday. With ten ongoing programmes, Facebook has already trained one million people across 150 cities and 48,000 villages with support from 50 partners, the social networking […]

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Facebook Referred to Key EU Regulator Over Targeting Techniques

Britain’s Information Commissioner has referred Facebook to Ireland’s data watchdog, the lead authority for the social network under Europe’s strict data law, over issues regarding the way it targeted and monitored its users. Britain’s Information Commissioner has been investigating how Facebook handled personal data after a consultancy Cambridge Analytica was accused of improperly harvesting information from around 87 million […]