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Facebook to end targeted ads for jobs, housing, loans after bias complaints

WASHINGTON — Facebook on Tuesday agreed to overhaul its lucrative targeted advertising system to settle accusations that landlords, lenders, and employers use the platform to discriminate against African-Americans, women, seniors, people with disabilities, and others.

The far-reaching settlement compels Facebook to withhold a wide array of detailed demographic information — including ZIP codes, gender, and age — from advertisers when they market housing, credit, and job opportunities.

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Facebook to end targeted ads for jobs, housing, loans after bias complaints

WASHINGTON — Facebook on Tuesday agreed to overhaul its lucrative targeted advertising system to settle accusations that landlords, lenders, and employers use the platform to discriminate against African-Americans, women, seniors, people with disabilities, and others.

The far-reaching settlement compels Facebook to withhold a wide array of detailed demographic information — including ZIP codes, gender, and age — from advertisers when they market housing, credit, and job opportunities.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business/20 ... story.html


Finally.

It IS flagrantly illegal, after all. :problem:

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Investigative blog.

Facebook Stored Hundreds of Millions of User Passwords in Plain Text for Years

Hundreds of millions of Facebook users had their account passwords stored in plain text and searchable by thousands of Facebook employees — in some cases going back to 2012, KrebsOnSecurity has learned. Facebook says an ongoing investigation has so far found no indication that employees have abused access to this data.

Facebook is probing a series of security failures in which employees built applications that logged unencrypted password data for Facebook users and stored it in plain text on internal company servers. That’s according to a senior Facebook employee who is familiar with the investigation and who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the press.

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Facebook Unveils New Measures to Ban ‘Praise, Support, and Representation of White Nationalism’ On All Its Platforms

Facebook has decided to come out hard against “praise, support and representation of white nationalism and separatism” on its platforms, announcing a ban that would span Facebook and Instagram.

In a statement released to its own platform Wednesday, the big tech company promised to utilize tools such as machine learning and artificial intelligence to weed out white supremacy from its site. Moreover, Facebook has created an algorithm that redirects searches for words related to white supremacy or white nationalism to a website that aims to combat hate.

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BUSTED: Feds charge Facebook for selling ads that discriminated against people of color

The Trump administration accused Facebook Inc on Thursday of selling targeted advertising that discriminated on the basis of race in violation of the U.S. Fair Housing Act.

Seeking damages and unspecified relief for harm caused, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said here in its civil charge that Facebook also restricted who could see housing-related ads based on national origin, religion, familial status, sex and disability.

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Facebook Charged With Disability-Related Discrimination - Disability Scoop

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According to the charge, Facebook allows advertisers to exclude or include users from seeing ads based on various attributes including interests in “accessibility” or “service animal.”

Furthermore, the charge alleges that Facebook’s system is set up in such a way that it won’t show ads to groups it considers unlikely to engage with them, even if the advertiser has explicitly targeted those groups.

As a result, “ads for housing and housing-related services are shown to large audiences that are severely biased based on characteristics protected by the (Fair Housing) Act,” according to the charge.

The Fair Housing Act bars housing discrimination — including in online ads — based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability or familial status. People with disabilities are one of several groups that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is accusing Facebook of discriminating against.

Last year, the housing agency filed a formal complaint against Facebook over Fair Housing Act concerns and began a fact-finding investigation.

Facebook subsequently said it would remove more than 5,000 categories from the targeting options offered to advertisers and said it would require all advertisers to certify that they comply with the company’s non-discrimination policy.


Long before the Cambridge Analytica story broke, I used to advise my FB friends to take a couple hours and make themselves a dummy page and go through the process of creating a Facebook ad, so they could see just how granular and specific one can get in targeting ads. I don't think anyone ever did it and a couple people chimed in that this is just me being a nerd, geek, dweeb, etc. Those are charges I wear prodly, like a badge. I feel if you're gonna be on FB, might as well take the time to get how it actually works.

But now we're seeing just how this sort of thing plays out there, with FB hosting/serving up discriminatory or racist or antisemitic ads.

When even the Trump Department of Housing and Urban Development can see it to the extent that they're even going through the motions of doing something about it, it's bad.

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Facebook is asking some new users for their email passwords and appears to be harvesting their contacts without consent

Facebook asks some new users to provide the social network with the password to their email accounts, a move that security experts say has concerning security implications — and that could teach people to engage in "risky" behaviour online.

Typically, people are urged by security experts never to share their passwords or enter them into any services other than the one for which they are intended, to avoid the risk of "phishing attacks" where users' passwords and personal information are stolen.

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Facebook is asking some new users for their email passwords and appears to be harvesting their contacts without consent

Facebook asks some new users to provide the social network with the password to their email accounts, a move that security experts say has concerning security implications — and that could teach people to engage in "risky" behaviour online.

Typically, people are urged by security experts never to share their passwords or enter them into any services other than the one for which they are intended, to avoid the risk of "phishing attacks" where users' passwords and personal information are stolen.

https://www.aol.com/article/finance/201 ... /23705569/


Lol this, from the same company that puts paswords in plain etxt then loses them?

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Facebook says it 'unintentionally uploaded' 1.5 million people's email contacts without their consent

Facebook harvested the email contacts of 1.5 million users without their knowledge or consent when they opened their accounts.

Business Insider has learned that since May 2016, the social-networking company has collected the contact lists of 1.5 million users new to the social network. The Silicon Valley company said the contacts were "unintentionally uploaded to Facebook," and it is now deleting them. You can read Facebook's full statement below.

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Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program

Facebook’s controversial factchecking program is partnering with the Daily Caller, a rightwing website that has pushed misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content.

The social network said Wednesday it had added CheckYourFact.com, which is part of the Daily Caller, as one of its US media partners in an initiative that has faced growing backlash from journalists and internal problems. The collaboration was first reported by Axios.

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Facebook teams with rightwing Daily Caller in factchecking program

Facebook’s controversial factchecking program is partnering with the Daily Caller, a rightwing website that has pushed misinformation and is known for pro-Trump content.

The social network said Wednesday it had added CheckYourFact.com, which is part of the Daily Caller, as one of its US media partners in an initiative that has faced growing backlash from journalists and internal problems. The collaboration was first reported by Axios.

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This is probably pennies to FB, but...

Facebook Expects to Be Fined Up to $5 Billion by F.T.C. Over Privacy Issues - NYT

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SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook said on Wednesday that it expected to be fined up to $5 billion by the Federal Trade Commission for privacy violations. The penalty would be a record by the agency against a technology company and a sign that the United States was willing to punish big tech companies.

The social network disclosed the amount in its quarterly financial results, saying it estimated a one-time charge of $3 billion to $5 billion in connection with an “ongoing inquiry” by the F.T.C. Facebook added that “the matter remains unresolved, and there can be no assurance as to the timing or the terms of any final outcome.”

Facebook has been in negotiations with the regulator for months over a financial penalty for claims that the company violated a 2011 privacy consent decree. That year, the social network promised a series of measures to protect its users’ privacy after an investigation found that its handling of data had harmed consumers.

The F.T.C. opened a new investigation last year after Facebook came under fire again. This time, the company was accused of not protecting its users’ data from being harvested without their consent by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm that was building voter profiles for the Trump campaign. Facebook also suffered a data breach that exposed the personal information of nearly 50 million users.

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Irish regulator investigates Facebook over exposed passwords - ABC News

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Ireland's privacy regulator says it's investigating Facebook over the social media giant's recent revelation that it had left hundreds of millions of user passwords exposed.

The Irish Data Protection Commission said Thursday that it opened a statutory inquiry this week into Facebook after the company notified it about the security lapse.

The company said last month that it had inadvertently stored passwords for users of Facebook, Facebook Lite and Instagram in plain text, making it possible for employees to search them.

Facebook said it is working with the commission on the inquiry.

"There is no evidence that these internally stored passwords were abused or improperly accessed," the company said in a statement.

Facebook has said it fixed the problem and planned to notify millions of Facebook and Instagram users and "hundreds of millions" of users of Facebook Lite, which is primarily used in developing countries.

It's the latest regulatory headache for Facebook and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who has promised to turn the company into a "privacy focused platform."


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Arizona governor won't remove Easter Facebook greeting

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey is rejecting demands to take down a social media post sending Easter greetings and citing a Bible verse.

The Republican who is a practicing Catholic on Thursday posted on Twitter and Facebook his response to a Secular Communities for Arizona request to remove the Easter post from his official Facebook page.

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How the German Right Wing Dominates Social Media - Spiegel

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When Trevor Davis looks at his screen, he is unsettled. An American political activist who is also a research professor at George Washington University, Davis has been analyzing political campaigns on social networks for years. But he has never seen a phenomenon like the right-wing populist party Alternative for Germany (AfD). "This is huge and really quite concerning," Davis says.

The analyst has conducted an extensive study focusing on how active German political parties are on Facebook. And the AfD dominates in a way that Davis finds rather surprising. While political surveys indicate that support for the party is currently between 11 and 15 percent, fully 85 percent of all shared posts originating from German political parties stem from the AfD. The remaining 15 percent of these "shares" are split among the center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the pro-environment Greens, the Left Party, the pro-business FDP and the conservatives. The countries big-tent parties -- the SPD and the conservative combination of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and its Bavarian sister party, the Christian Social Union (CSU) -- were only responsible for 2 to 3 percent of shares each.

A share on Facebook occurs when a user shares a post, like a photo, with his or her friends. And shares are considered hard currency in the world of social networks, because they imply that the user doesn't merely like the post, but also that he or she identifies with it and stands behind it by spreading it further. As a result, standard AfD doctrine finds its way into a lot of timelines: "Syrians are being allowed to bring their second wives!" or "Terror cell discovered -- Islam is peaceful and open borders are great. We will no longer tolerate these lies."

Davis' data, which DER SPIEGEL has examined, provide a novel overview of thousands of Facebook accounts run by political parties in Germany. The parties don't merely run one page on the social networks, but hundreds -- including those of the federal party, the state associations and local and regional groups. Then there are also the personal accounts of individual politicians. Davis has combined all of them and stored them in a database. Here too, the AfD has a slight lead: The party has about 1,500 accounts on Facebook, compared to the SPD's 1,400 and 1,000 for the CDU/CSU.

Davis believes that opinion polls currently being conducted ahead of May European Parliament elections could be dramatically underestimating the AfD's strength, partly because voter turnout is traditionally quite low for EU elections. Social media expert Martin Fuchs, who has been researching the AfD's internet strategy for years, doesn't share this concern: "In my view, the party's online reach is stable and doesn't necessarily translate to electoral success."

Nevertheless, Fuchs says that Davis is fundamentally correct in his analysis. He calls the AfD "the country's first Facebook party," and argues that it has built up its overall structure with the help of the social network. "The way the AfD works is focused on Facebook. That makes it fundamentally different from other political actors."

But what is the secret to the AfD's success on Facebook? Some factors are easily identified: Emotional issues of the kind favored by the AfD -- such as migration or crime -- generate significantly more reactions than posts about financial or cultural policy. Plus, the AfD tends to react to political events much more swiftly than other parties. And it encourages greater engagement from its followers by asking more questions, or by prompting people to comment or share.

Davis' data analysis, though, offers an additional explanation for the AfD's success: The party posts an enormous number of photos on its accounts. Since October of last year, for example, it has posted an average of over 4,000 photos per week. By comparison, other opposition parties like the Left Party or the FDP, have generally only managed a few hundred photo posts per week, only rarely exceeding 1,000. But 4,000? "That's the level of the final phase of a U.S. presidential campaign," says Davis.


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Facebook co-founder calls for the company to be broken up and says Zuckerberg has 'unilateral control over speech'

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes issued a forceful call for regulators to break up the company he helped build in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday.

Hughes, who left Facebook to work for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, said that from his own experience building and working inside the company, Facebook now has more power than a private sector entity is due. While emphasizing his belief that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has good intentions overall, he said the executive has far too much unchecked power, aided by his majority voting stake in the company.

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Facebook co-founder calls for the company to be broken up and says Zuckerberg has 'unilateral control over speech'

Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes issued a forceful call for regulators to break up the company he helped build in a New York Times op-ed published Thursday.

Hughes, who left Facebook to work for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign, said that from his own experience building and working inside the company, Facebook now has more power than a private sector entity is due. While emphasizing his belief that CEO Mark Zuckerberg has good intentions overall, he said the executive has far too much unchecked power, aided by his majority voting stake in the company.

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/05/09/faceboo ... en-up.html


He has founder's syndrome on steroids. Thing is, the integration of FB and IG has already started with changes being rolled out what seems to be weekly.

What's App, I'm not sure about because I don't use it.

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Facebook auto-generates videos celebrating extremist images - AP

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The animated video begins with a photo of the black flags of jihad. Seconds later, it flashes highlights of a year of social media posts: plaques of anti-Semitic verses, talk of retribution and a photo of two men carrying more jihadi flags while they burn the stars and stripes.

It wasn’t produced by extremists; it was created by Facebook. In a clever bit of self-promotion, the social media giant takes a year of a user’s content and auto-generates a celebratory video. In this case, the user called himself “Abdel-Rahim Moussa, the Caliphate.”

“Thanks for being here, from Facebook,” the video concludes in a cartoon bubble before flashing the company’s famous “thumbs up.”

Facebook likes to give the impression it’s staying ahead of extremists by taking down their posts, often before users even see them. But a confidential whistleblower’s complaint to the Securities and Exchange Commission obtained by The Associated Press alleges the social media company has exaggerated its success. Even worse, it shows that the company is inadvertently making use of propaganda by militant groups to auto-generate videos and pages that could be used for networking by extremists.

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The complaint is landing as Facebook tries to stay ahead of a growing array of criticism over its privacy practices and its ability to keep hate speech, live-streamed murders and suicides off its service. In the face of criticism, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has spoken of his pride in the company’s ability to weed out violent posts automatically through artificial intelligence. During an earnings call last month, for instance, he repeated a carefully worded formulation that Facebook has been employing.

“In areas like terrorism, for al-Qaida and ISIS-related content, now 99 percent of the content that we take down in the category our systems flag proactively before anyone sees it,” he said. Then he added: “That’s what really good looks like.”

Zuckerberg did not offer an estimate of how much of total prohibited material is being removed.

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WhatsApp voice calls used to inject Israeli spyware on phones - FT

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A vulnerability in the messaging app WhatsApp has allowed attackers to inject commercial Israeli spyware on to phones, the company and a spyware technology dealer said.

WhatsApp, which is used by 1.5bn people worldwide, discovered in early May that attackers were able to install surveillance software on to both iPhones and Android phones by ringing up targets using the app’s phone call function. 

The malicious code, developed by the secretive Israeli company NSO Group, could be transmitted even if users did not answer their phones, and the calls often disappeared from call logs, said the spyware dealer, who was recently briefed on the WhatsApp hack.

WhatsApp is too early into its own investigations of the vulnerability to estimate how many phones were targeted using this method, a person familiar with the issue said.

As late as Sunday, as WhatsApp engineers raced to close the loophole, a UK-based human rights lawyer’s phone was targeted using the same method. 


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Facebook hands hundreds of contractors in India access to its users' private messages and private Instagram posts in order to help train an AI - Boing Boing

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Facebook gave "as many as" 260 contractors at Wipro, Ltd in Hyderabad, India access to users' private messages and private Instagram posts so that the contractors could label them prior to their inclusion in an AI training-data set.

The posts are randomly selected and shown to two or three contractors who are asked to label the contents, intent and occasion depicted in the post (posts are shown initially to two different contractors for labeling; if their labels contradict each other, a third contractor breaks the tie). The posts are drawn from both public updates to Facebook and Instagram and private messages whose creators took an affirmative step to prevent them from being seen by people they hadn't personally vetted.

Facebook is hoping to use the labeling data to train a machine learning system that can identify potentially offensive posts so that it does not place ads alongside of them.

The privacy flag on Facebook and Instagram's interfaces is designed to assure users that they have control over who can see the content of the messages when it is used.

Reuters learned of the labeling project thanks to Wipro whistleblowers who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Facebook's provision of this private data to an outside contractor is radioactively illegal under Europe's GDPR.

In March, Facebook made a big announcement committing the company to a new era of respect for user privacy. In December, Facebook admitted that it had provided access to users' private messages to Spotify and Netflix. More than a year ago, Facebook promised to deliver a "clear history" feature to let users have more control over their data.

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Facebook Is Taking a Tougher Stance on Live-Streaming Rules

It’s one strike and you’re out for Facebook members who violate its live-streaming rules.

The company late Tuesday said it would immediately ban from Facebook Live those who break its “most serious policies,” for an unspecified period of time, beginning on Wednesday. The restrictions come two months after a mass shooting in New Zealand was live-streamed.

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Facebook Is Taking a Tougher Stance on Live-Streaming Rules

It’s one strike and you’re out for Facebook members who violate its live-streaming rules.

The company late Tuesday said it would immediately ban from Facebook Live those who break its “most serious policies,” for an unspecified period of time, beginning on Wednesday. The restrictions come two months after a mass shooting in New Zealand was live-streamed.

https://www.barrons.com/articles/facebo ... 1557933702


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Trump Administration Balks at Global Pact to Crack Down on Online Extremism - NYT

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PARIS — The Trump administration said on Wednesday that it would not sign an international accord intended to pressure the largest internet platforms to eradicate violent and extremist content, highlighting a broader divide between the United States and other countries over government’s role in determining what content is acceptable online.

Citing free speech protections, the administration said in a statement that “the United States is not currently in a position to join the endorsement.” It added that “the best tool to defeat terrorist speech is productive speech.”

The statement coincided with President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand meeting in Paris to sign what they have labeled the Christchurch Call. The agreement was crafted after a terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March that left 51 Muslim worshipers dead. The massacre was live streamed on Facebook, and spread virally over the internet.

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Ms. Ardern has used the Christchurch killings to rally support for increased vigilance toward keeping violent and extremist content off the world’s largest internet platforms. Facebook, Twitter, Google, Microsoft and Amazon have vowed to monitor their services more aggressively for material that encourages and facilitates violence.

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No sooner did the Cheeto Administration do that, then...

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The White House just launched a tool for people to report if they feel they were censored by social platforms.
“No matter your views, if you suspect political bias caused such an action to be taken against you, share your story with President Trump.”

Tech Bias Story Sharing Tool
Social media should advance freedom of speech in America, not suppress it.
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1:58 PM · May 15, 2019 from Colorado, USA · Twitter for iPhone

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