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PostPosted: Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:27 am 
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K. So, sexual solicitation of minors is a crime. Definitely crack down on that. Prostitution is against the law in most of the 50 states, they have to watch out for that. Use of their service for sexual/human trafficking ... also a problem.

Other than that, it is honestly not against the law to ask another person for sex. It can be annoying, men often find the most idiotic ways to ask for it from women, and in certain environments could be sexual harassment, but it's not if it's two random strangers on Facebook. Oh, and if you're married, your spouse might get upset, and there is this thing called divorce court.

Yes, just as with the Tumblr announcement, I wonder about priorities. Holocaust denying anti-Semites, they are not against your TOS. A page called "Kill George Soros" was never touched. But, we've gotta crack down on people who ask other people on Facebook for sex. :roll:

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K. So, sexual solicitation of minors is a crime. Definitely crack down on that. Prostitution is against the law in most of the 50 states, they have to watch out for that. Use of their service for sexual/human trafficking ... also a problem.

Other than that, it is honestly not against the law to ask another person for sex. It can be annoying, men often find the most idiotic ways to ask for it from women, and in certain environments could be sexual harassment, but it's not if it's two random strangers on Facebook. Oh, and if you're married, your spouse might get upset, and there is this thing called divorce court.

Yes, just as with the Tumblr announcement, I wonder about priorities. Holocaust denying anti-Semites, they are not against your TOS. A page called "Kill George Soros" was never touched. But, we've gotta crack down on people who ask other people on Facebook for sex. :roll:


Or mention being a top or bottom. :problem:

I wonder how this is going to play out practically on nonprofit pages or profiles that deal with public health or any range of gender or sexuality studies. And I wonder how they are going to enforce it.

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'They don't care': Facebook factchecking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties
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Journalists working as factcheckers for Facebook have pushed to end a controversial media partnership with the social network, saying the company has ignored their concerns and failed to use their expertise to combat misinformation.

Current and former Facebook factcheckers told the Guardian that the tech platform’s collaboration with outside reporters has produced minimal results and that they’ve lost trust in Facebook, which has repeatedly refused to release meaningful data about the impacts of their work. Some said Facebook’s hiring of a PR firm that used an antisemitic narrative to discredit critics – fueling the same kind of propaganda factcheckers regularly debunk – should be a deal-breaker.

“They’ve essentially used us for crisis PR,” said Brooke Binkowski, former managing editor of Snopes, a factchecking site that has partnered with Facebook for two years. “They’re not taking anything seriously. They are more interested in making themselves look good and passing the buck … They clearly don’t care.”

Facebook began building its partnerships with news outlets after the 2016 presidential election, during which fake stories and political propaganda reached hundreds of millions of users on the platform. The goal was to rely on journalists to flag false news and limit its spread, but research and anecdotal evidence have repeatedly suggested that the debunking work has struggled to make a difference.

Facebook now has more than 40 media partners across the globe, including the Associated Press, PolitiFact and the Weekly Standard, and has said false news on the platform is “trending downward”.

While some newsroom leaders said the relationship was positive, other partners said the results were unclear and that they had grown increasingly resentful of Facebook, especially following revelations that the company had paid a consulting firm to go after opponents by publicizing their association with billionaire Jewish philanthropist George Soros. The attacks fed into a well-known conspiracy theory about Soros being the hidden hand behind all manner of liberal causes and global events. It was later revealed that Sheryl Sandberg, chief operating officer, had directed her staff to research Soros’s financial interests after he publicly criticized the company.

“Why should we trust Facebook when it’s pushing the same rumors that its own factcheckers are calling fake news?” said a current Facebook factchecker who was not authorized to speak publicly about their news outlet’s partnership. “It’s worth asking how do they treat stories about George Soros on the platform knowing they specifically pay people to try to link political enemies to him?”

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Binkowski, who left Snopes earlier this year and now runs her own factchecking site, which does not partner with Facebook, said the Facebook-Snopes partnership quickly became counterproductive. During early conversations with Facebook, Binkowski said she tried to raise concerns about misuse of the platform abroad, such as the explosion of hate speech and misinformation during the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and other violent propaganda.

“I was bringing up Myanmar over and over and over,” she said. “They were absolutely resistant.”

Binkowski, who previously reported on immigration and refugees, said Facebook largely ignored her: “I strongly believe that they are spreading fake news on behalf of hostile foreign powers and authoritarian governments as part of their business model.”

Kim LaCapria recently left Snopes as a content manager and factchecker partly due to her frustrations with the Facebook arrangement. She said it quickly seemed clear that Facebook wanted the “appearance of trying to prevent damage without actually doing anything” and that she was particularly upset to learn that Facebook was paying Snopes: “That felt really gross … Facebook has one mission and factchecking websites should have a completely different mission.”

Binkowski said that on at least one occasion, it appeared that Facebook was pushing reporters to prioritize debunking misinformation that affected Facebook advertisers, which she thought crossed a line: “You’re not doing journalism any more. You’re doing propaganda.”

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Other times, Snopes ended up factchecking satirical articles for Facebook, which felt like a waste of time and in certain instances, sparked intense backlash against Snopes, the former staffers said. Once Snopes became an official partner, there was also a noticeable increase in online harassment, death threats and attacks from far-right users and prominent conservatives who accused the factcheckers and Facebook of having a leftwing bias and agenda, Binkowski said.

When reporters got caught in these kinds of firestorms, Facebook let individual journalists shoulder the blame, she said: “They threw us under the bus at every opportunity.”

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You can point out all the problems you might have with 'mainstream' papers like WaPo and NYT. But, letting this corporation increasingly be the world's newspaper, doesn't look like a better alternative to me. :|

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None of this surprises me in the least. Zuckerberg is a shit. He's a world class shit. He forces redefinition of the already elastic limits between shit and crook. Zuckerberg has surrounded himself with Silicon Valley whiz kids who know only data and money, not old-school stuff like laws and standards. This ties directly into right wing politics, always has, so that's who gets a pass in the "fake news" department.

Same old shit. To see how they did it in another generation, watch Citizen Kane. The latest version in circulation is from a restored print, and it's clear that the movie is less of a technical tour de force than a well made precursor of film noir. In the theater, it's also creepy in the extreme.

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Binkowski, who left Snopes earlier this year and now runs her own factchecking site, which does not partner with Facebook, said the Facebook-Snopes partnership quickly became counterproductive. During early conversations with Facebook, Binkowski said she tried to raise concerns about misuse of the platform abroad, such as the explosion of hate speech and misinformation during the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar and other violent propaganda.

“I was bringing up Myanmar over and over and over,” she said. “They were absolutely resistant.”

Binkowski, who previously reported on immigration and refugees, said Facebook largely ignored her: “I strongly believe that they are spreading fake news on behalf of hostile foreign powers and authoritarian governments as part of their business model.”

Kim LaCapria recently left Snopes as a content manager and factchecker partly due to her frustrations with the Facebook arrangement. She said it quickly seemed clear that Facebook wanted the “appearance of trying to prevent damage without actually doing anything” and that she was particularly upset to learn that Facebook was paying Snopes: “That felt really gross … Facebook has one mission and factchecking websites should have a completely different mission.”

Binkowski said that on at least one occasion, it appeared that Facebook was pushing reporters to prioritize debunking misinformation that affected Facebook advertisers, which she thought crossed a line: “You’re not doing journalism any more. You’re doing propaganda.”



Yeah there's that word, again. That's exactly what much of the commercial internet is, including those stupid Taboola and Outbrain sponsored ad grids that are now at the bottom of every other legitimate news site that even still have complete editorial departments and intact copydesks. :problem:

Sales and marketing encroaching on editorial is a longstanding problem, even in print. Sales and flacks will even tell you to your face that articles are really just there to prop up ads, which to both them and marketing = revenue dollar$. :problem:

It's interesting, too, because these two also showed up in a somewhat salacious Wired article about Snopes last year.

Snopes and the Search for Facts in a Post-Fact World

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In 2003 the Mikkelsons incorporated, combining their names to form Bardav Inc. They each took a 50 percent interest in the business, with Barbara doing the bookkeeping while David managed the technical aspects of the site, and both of them researching and writing posts. They were both active in the user forums they had set up too. Kim LaCapria, a frequent poster who later became one of Snopes’ first employees, says she relied on Barbara in those years. “She gave me lots of advice, she was probably one of the most influential adult women on me when I was a young woman.”

The world kept churning out bizarre rumors. Snopes let the world know that sushi did not cause maggots in a man’s brain and, at the height of tensions over the war in Iraq, debunked a claim that a South Carolina restaurant was turning away service members. And in 2008, as Barack Obama campaigned for the presidency and won, Snopes explained that he was not, in fact, the Antichrist and refuted a fake Kenyan birth certificate circulated in 2009, which, among other signals of inauthenticity, was stamped “Republic of Kenya” before such a country existed.

Finally, with a growing stream of falsehoods to attend to, the site hired LaCapria as its first writer in 2014. The next year, David brought on a freelance journalist named Brooke Binkowski, who quickly became indispensable, and hired even more researchers. Binkowski now serves as the managing editor of the site. These new employees came just in time for the massive challenge to accuracy that was the presidential candidacy of Donald J. Trump. The researchers looked into the ever-­multiplying rumors popping up online: Did Trump fly troops home from the first Gulf War on his own airline? (No.) Were the black supporters in a photograph that Trump retweeted actually Trump fans? (They were not.) The site also confirmed that the Trump campaign had sent food and supplies to hurricane victims, and it debunked fake stories that Mike Pence had called Michelle Obama “vulgar” and that Ivanka Trump had disavowed her father.

Snopes had been hoping to vault itself out of partisanship by sticking to the facts. But the times we are in don’t allow for any such creature. For years—since Snopes started writing about politics—the underbelly of the internet has been vomiting up conspiracies suggesting that Snopes is a liberal front. Mikkelson, for his part, claims to be neither Democrat nor Republican; he says he’s essentially apolitical, with loosely libertarian views. His protests made no headway with Fox News, and sites like The Daily Caller complained that Snopes has hired researchers of a liberal persuasion and insist with regularity that Snopes is “fake news.”

None of the aspersions being cast hurt Snopes as an enterprise. Traffic hit an all-time high of 3.7 million pageviews just after the 2016 election, thanks to controversies large and small. Ad revenue was growing. It should have been a great time for everyone at Snopes. But for the Mikkelsons, things were unraveling.


Dunno, Siva V says Facebook is the problem with Facebook. I would agree with that. But thing is, it's not just Facebook. It's most of the whold damn internet as we know it.

This month's Foreign Affairs has a cover story called "World War Web," which I might just get in print. https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles ... ld-war-web

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History is filled with supposed lost utopias, and there is no greater cliché than to see one’s own era as a lamentable decline from a previous golden age. Sometimes, however, clichés are right. And as we explored the Internet’s future for this issue’s lead package, it became clear this was one of those times. Contemplating where we have come from digitally and where we are heading, it’s hard not to feel increasingly wistful and nostalgic.

The last few decades have witnessed the growth of an American-sponsored Internet open to all, and that has helped tie the world together, bringing wide-ranging benefits to billions. But that was then; conditions have changed.

Other great powers are contesting U.S. digital leadership, pushing their own national priorities. Security threats appear and evolve constantly. Platforms that were supposed to expand and enrich the marketplace of ideas have been hijacked by trolls and bots and flooded with disinformation. And real power is increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few private tech giants, whose self-interested choices have dramatic consequences for the entire world around them.

Whatever emerges from this melee, it will be different from, and in many ways worse than, what we have now.

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Lol FB Newsroom is getting so catty.

Responding to The Guardian: A Fact-Check on Fact-Checking

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Today The Guardian published a story about our third-party fact-checking program. We’d like to provide a response, as the piece presents several inaccuracies, and is based primarily on the account of a single fact-checker who hasn’t been involved with the Facebook fact-checking program for six months. We provided information to The Guardian, but they chose not to include all of it.

We have been committed to fighting misinformation for years now and have strong relationships with our third-party fact-checking partners — we now have 35 partners in 24 countries around the world. We value our ongoing partnerships and the work that these journalists do, and we’re planning to expand the program to even more countries in 2019.

Ensuring Process Integrity and Avoiding Conflicts of Interest

Contrary to a claim in the story, we absolutely do not ask fact-checkers to prioritize debunking content about our advertisers.

In reality, here’s how fact-checking works: the primary way we surface potentially false news to third-party fact-checkers is via machine learning, which relies on a number of signals like feedback from people who use Facebook and the number of comments expressing disbelief (e.g., “No way this is real!”). Fact-checkers then go through a list of this potentially false content and choose for themselves what to fact-check — they are under no obligation to fact-check anything from the list, and if they’d like, they can rate stories that Facebook hasn’t added to the list (which they often do). As soon as something is rated “false,” it is automatically de-prioritized in News Feed, and where it does appear, we’ll show Related Articles including the fact-checker’s article below it. These processes are automated.

Efficacy of Fact-Checking

Fact-checking is highly effective in fighting misinformation: when something is rated “false” by a fact-checker, we’re able to reduce future impressions of that content by an average of 80%. We also leverage these ratings to take action on Pages and websites that repeatedly share misinformation. We de-prioritize all content from actors who repeatedly get “false” ratings on content they share, and we remove their advertising and monetization rights.

Three new separate pieces of research have all found that the overall volume of false news on Facebook is decreasing since we put our third-party fact-checking program and other anti-misinformation measures in place. We’re also providing independent researchers at Social Science One with a privacy-protected data set that will help them study the effects of misinformation on social media and elections. This research may help us better measure volumes of false news — and our progress against it — over time.


Anybody remember this thread? Facebook censored ThinkProgress because the Weekly Standard

Now the fun starts. Well, marindem has already caught this but the Weekly Standard is folding viewtopic.php?f=2&t=25065&p=436103

Weekly Standard is also the rightwing nutjob presence on FB's ostensible US factchecking partners list. https://www.facebook.com/help/publisher/182222309230722

I don't think the commercial internet is the singularity, but it has really run out of control. It needs an UNDO.

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Facebook's latest privacy scandal: The private photos of millions of users were accidentally shared with 1,500 apps - Business Insider

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  • Facebook found a bug that gave 1,500 third-party apps access to the unposted Facebook photos of 6.8 million users.

  • Unposted Facebook photos affected include pictures uploaded to Facebook Stories, Facebook Marketplace, and uploaded photos that were never shared.

  • "We're sorry this happened," Facebook said in a statement.



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Snopes is not, per se, a political fact-checking site. That, I find, is the biggest irony in calling it "anything wing," whether right or left. It is not per se like Politifact.

It was not founded to do political fact checking. The main purpose of the site is for the debunking of urban legends, rumors, misinformation, and Internet scams. Now, for sure, a lot of Internet fake news and rumors have to do with politics, esp. since 2016, but that has never been the site's main goals.

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NYT: Facebook offered big tech firms more user data than previously revealed - CNN

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New York (CNN Business)Facebook offered more of its users' data to companies including Microsoft and Amazon than it has admitted, according to a new report by The New York Times.

The Times reported late Tuesday that it obtained internal Facebook (FB) documents that show how the social media giant arranged to share data with more than 150 companies. The deals helped Facebook gain more users, according to the report, and its partners were able to add new features to their products while effectively avoiding Facebook's usual privacy rules.

Many of the partnerships ended years ago, but the details reported by the Times are striking.

Amazon (AMZN) got access to Facebook users' names and contact information through their friends on the social network, according to the report, while Microsoft's (MSFT) search engine Bing was allowed to "see the names of virtually all Facebook users' friends without consent." Streaming services Netflix (NFLX) and Spotify (SPOT) had the "ability to read Facebook users' private messages," it said.

CNN has not independently viewed the internal documents obtained by the Times.

Despite assurances from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that people "have complete control" over who sees their content, The Times said the internal documents and interviews with 50 former Facebook employees indicated that the company still gave other firms access to user data.

The company's partnerships with Amazon and Apple (AAPL) are still continuing today.

The revelations come at a trying time for Facebook, which has faced a litany of criticism over how it handles user data. The social network said in April that data firm Cambridge Analytica may have harvested information on as many as 87 million users without their knowledge. In October, Facebook revealed that hackers gained access to the phone numbers and email addresses of almost 30 million of its users.

Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Apple and Spotify respond CYA and Throw FB Under the Damn Bus

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How many times have I said before that white conservatism is a public saftey hazard and national security risk?

Looks like the head of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund has been reading my posts.

It’s time to face the facts: Racism is a national security issue - Bezos Post

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Two newly released reports from the Senate Intelligence Committee about Russian interference in the 2016 election have been nothing short of revelatory. Both studies — one produced by researchers at Oxford University, the other by the cybersecurity firm New Knowledge — describe in granular detail how the Russian government tried to sow discord and confusion among American voters. And both conclude that Russia’s campaign included a massive effort to deceive and co-opt African Americans. We now have unassailable confirmation that a foreign power sought to exploit racial tensions in the United States for its own gain.

Ever since U.S. intelligence agencies reported that the Russian government worked to sway the 2016 election, foreign election meddling has been one of our nation’s top national security concerns. But our discussions about Russian interference rarely touch on the other major threat to our elections: the resurgence of state-sponsored voter suppression in the United States. In light of these disturbing new reports, it is clear we can no longer think of foreign election meddling as a phenomenon separate from attempts to disenfranchise Americans of color. Racial injustice remains a real vulnerability in our democracy, one that foreign powers are only too willing to attack.

How should we respond? First, we have to make it easier, not harder, for Americans to vote. In the wake of the Supreme Court’s 2013 Shelby County decision, which severely weakened the Voting Rights Act, we’ve seen a resurgence of voter-suppression efforts across the nation. Congress has the power to fix the Voting Rights Act, but so far it has declined to do so. The revelations of Russia’s racial targeting should serve as a wake-up call that domestic voter suppression, in addition to being unconstitutional, effectively aids foreign attacks on our democracy. Indeed, we should take seriously the danger that domestic and foreign groups may coordinate to suppress turnout in future elections, a possibility we can begin to forestall, first and foremost, by protecting the franchise here at home. Rep. Terri A. Sewell (D-Ala.) has already introduced a comprehensive new voting rights bill, and Congress should swiftly act upon it in the new year.


Second, these revelations only deepen the urgency of demanding more accountability from technology companies. The New Knowledge report criticizes social media companies such as Facebook for misleading Congress about the nature of Russian interference, noting that one even denied that specific groups were targeted. This is just more evidence that Silicon Valley has yet to come to grips with the enormous influence it wields in our democracy, and the ways that foreign powers can use that influence to manipulate Americans. Congress should require greater transparency and responsibility from these corporations before the 2020 elections.


Ms. Ifill is too nice. FB sat up there and lied to Congress and the rest of these co's not wanting to be implemented said nothing as well. MZ is an easy target as the head of the company, but this company has 25K people and IDK how many engineers making this happen.

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Today, we need a similar understanding that our failure to ensure equal justice for all has grave implications for U.S. national security. The upcoming House oversight committee hearings on Russian interference and voter suppression will be critical opportunities to educate the public on the threats to our democracy, and they deserve our close attention.


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Kara Swisher at NYT Opinions

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Washington is taking direct aim at the tech platforms for their lack of cooperation, so we will probably see more regulatory oversight and a push for changes to make them less susceptible to such flagrant abuse.

But in the end, such changes may prove impossible, given how the United States thinks about free speech. As the report noted: “We have conversations about whether or not bots have the right to free speech, we respect the privacy of fake people, and we hold congressional hearings to debate whether YouTube personalities have been unfairly downranked. It is precisely our commitment to democratic principles that puts us at an asymmetric disadvantage against an adversary who enthusiastically engages in censorship, manipulation, and suppression internally.”

In short: These systems are so easily taken advantage of precisely because they represent our values.

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Amazon and Facebook Reportedly Had a Secret Data-Sharing Agreement, and It Explains So Much - Gizmodo

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If Amazon was sucking up data from Facebook about who knew whom, it may explain why Santiago’s review was blocked. Because Santiago had followed the author on Facebook, Amazon or its algorithms would see her name and contact information as being connected to the author there, according to the Times. Facebook reportedly didn’t let users know this data-sharing was happening nor get their consent, so Santiago, as well as the author presumably, wouldn’t have known this had happened.

Amazon declined to tell the New York Times about its data-sharing deal with Facebook but “said it used the information appropriately.” I asked Amazon how it was using the data obtained from Facebook, and whether it used it to make connections like the one described by Santiago. The answer was underwhelming.

“Amazon uses APIs provided by Facebook in order to enable Facebook experiences for our products,” said an Amazon spokesperson in a statement that didn’t quite answer the question. “For example, giving customers the option to sync Facebook contacts on an Amazon Tablet. We use information only in accordance with our privacy policy.


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FACEBOOK LET COMPANIES READ AND DELETE YOUR PRIVATE MESSAGES - Vice

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Facebook signed a consent agreement with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in 2011, barring the social network from sharing user data without explicit permission. The company says its data deals did not breach that agreement because they viewed their partners as extensions of the company, experts disagree.


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None of this surprises me in the least. Zuckerberg is a shit. He's a world class shit.


Zuckerberg was a vicious prick right out of the gate. He's a successful Donald Trump.

To be honest...he's the sort of malicious arrogant narcissist who fascinates me. It's easy to see what happened with Trump's family history. No so much with Zuckerberg.

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Facebook Fights Multibillion-Dollar Privacy Class Action - Courthouse News

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A federal judge on Friday rejected Facebook’s argument that it cannot be sued for letting third parties, such as Cambridge Analytica, access users’ private data because no “real world” harm has resulted from the conduct.

“The injury is the disclosure of private information,” U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria declared during a marathon four-and-a-half-hour motion-to-dismiss hearing Friday.

Facebook urged Chhabria to toss out a 267-page consolidated complaint filed in a multidistrict case seeking billions of dollars in damages for Facebook’s alleged violations of 50 state and federal laws.

Facebook attorney Orin Snyder, of Gibson Dunn and Crutcher in New York, insisted that his client did nothing unlawful because Facebook users volunteered to let third parties harvest their personal data through their privacy controls.

“Facebook respects the privacy of its users by honoring scrupulously the choices they make through their privacy settings,” Snyder told the judge.

But Chhabria found the wording Facebook used to alert users that their data would be shared with third parties unclear and conspicuous.

“Those disclosures are quite vague,” the judge said.

The claims against Facebook stem from a series of data privacy scandals that have rocked the social media giant over the last year. Those scandals include revelations that Cambridge Analytica obtained 87 million users’ private data through a quiz app, that Facebook-associated apps can obtain the personal data of a user’s friends without their express permission and that Facebook also shared user data with device makers and business partners without making the arrangement obvious to users.


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Russia is backing a viral video company aimed at American millennials - CNN

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Three online video channels designed to appeal to millennials have collected tens of millions of views on Facebook since September. But the pages pushing the videos do not disclose that they are backed by the Russian government.

The pages are run by Maffick Media, a company whose majority stakeholder is Ruptly, a subsidiary of RT, which is funded by the Russian government. Although Maffick Media has hired contractors and freelancers in Los Angeles in recent months, the company is not registered in the US, it is registered in Germany.

Facebook suspended the pages on Friday, saying it would reach out to the people running them to ask that they disclose where the pages are run from and their affiliation with their parent company in order to get back on the platform.

The move was an unusual one for Facebook. The company does not require users to provide information about parent companies, but it is rolling out ways to try to increase transparency about who runs popular Facebook pages, and it has been taking aggressive steps to tackle covert government-backed information operations on its service. In 2016, a Kremlin-linked troll group ran a network of pages designed to look like they were operated by real American activists.

The Maffick Media pages appear to have fallen into a gray area for Facebook. The pages do not include information about their links to the Russian government, but they were not previously required to.

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Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser - Guardian

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A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks at the launch of the Leave.EU campaign, has been subpoenaed by the US investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

He added that she was assisting other US congressional and legal investigations into the company’s activities and had voluntarily turned over documents and data.

Kaiser, who gave evidence to the UK parliament last April in which she claimed Cambridge Analytica had carried out in-depth work for Leave.EU, is the second individual connected to the firm subpoenaed by the special counsel. The Electoral Commission has said its investigation into Leave.EU found no evidence that the campaign “received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica …beyond initial scoping work”.

Damian Collins, chairman of parliament’s inquiry into fake news, said it was “no surprise” that Kaiser was under scrutiny by Mueller because “her work connected her to WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica and [its parent company] SCL, the Trump campaign, Leave.EU and Arron Banks”.


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Facebook broke rules, should be regulated: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) - Facebook intentionally breached data privacy and competition law and should, along with other big tech companies, be subject to a new regulator to protect democracy and citizens’ rights, British lawmakers said on Monday.

In a damning report that singled out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said tech firms had proved ineffective in stopping harmful content on their platforms.

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Facebook is now under criminal investigation for its shady sharing of users’ data: report

A New York grand jury has subpoenaed evidence from cell phone manufacturers as part of a federal criminal investigation of Facebook’s data-sharing deals with other tech companies, according to a new report from the New York Times.

The Times had previously reported on its finding that Facebook had partnered with companies, including smartphone makers, and allowed them to access the private data of hundreds of millions of its users without their permission — and even in ways that appear to have intentionally avoided asking for permission.

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Facebook is now under criminal investigation for its shady sharing of users’ data: report

A New York grand jury has subpoenaed evidence from cell phone manufacturers as part of a federal criminal investigation of Facebook’s data-sharing deals with other tech companies, according to a new report from the New York Times.

The Times had previously reported on its finding that Facebook had partnered with companies, including smartphone makers, and allowed them to access the private data of hundreds of millions of its users without their permission — and even in ways that appear to have intentionally avoided asking for permission.

https://www.alternet.org/2019/03/facebo ... ifications

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