Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield

Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies.…

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With trust destroyed, Facebook is haunted by old data deals

As Facebook colonized the rest of the web with its functionality in hopes of fueling user growth, it built aggressive integrations with partners that are coming under newfound scrutiny through a deeply reported New York Times investigation.  The most glaring allegation Facebook hasn’t adequately responded to yet is that it…

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UK lawmakers just released a trove of Facebook emails

There's trouble for Facebook across the pond.Image: European Parliament / Handout/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Just like our own Facebook profiles, Facebook’s past activities keep coming back to haunt them. The UK has released a 250 page document containing private emails from Facebook, including communiques from Mark Zuckerberg himself.  SEE ALSO: Embarrassing…

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Europe dials up pressure on tech giants over election security

The European Union has announced a package of measures intended to step up efforts and pressure on tech giants to combat democracy-denting disinformation ahead of the EU parliament elections next May. The European Commission Action Plan, which was presented at a press briefing earlier today, has four areas of focus: 1)…

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How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good

A ruling in late October against a little-known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy watchers in Europe who believe it signals the beginning of the end for creepy online ads. The excitement…

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The highest-flying consumer tech stocks have lost $1 trillion

Another day, another stock market setback for once high-flying technology companies, which have lost roughly $1 trillion in the latest stock market slide. Shares of the core group of consumer technology companies, including Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Alphabet and Netflix, are falling again — contributing to the big indexes like the Dow…

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What does it actually take to hack an election? Technically Speaking

If you're a Facebook user, your data may be compromised.Image: Hero Images/Gettyimages Your private messages on Facebook may be up for sale.  A hacker group has allegedly obtained private messages from 81,000 Facebook accounts — possibly many more — and at one point sold access to the database for 10…

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Facebook launches Portal auto-zooming video chat screens for $199/$349

Facebook’s first hardware product combines Alexa (and eventually Google Assistant) with a countertop video chat screen that zooms to always keep you in frame. Yet the fancy gadget’s success depends not on functionality, but whether people are willing to put a Facebook camera and microphone in their home even with…

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Someone Found 1,000 Human Teeth Inside A Wall And Its Right Out Of A Horror Movie

Facebook / Gregory L. Williams Jr. Construction workers uncovered a terrifying secret on Tuesday when they began tearing down a wall in Valdosta, Georgia and found it filled with human teeth. And not just a teeth, but over one thousand. One worker managed to snap a pic of the situation, which…

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Europe is drawing fresh battle lines around the ethics of big data

It’s been just over four months since Europe’s tough new privacy framework came into force. You might believe that little of substance has changed for big tech’s data-hungry smooth operators since then — beyond firing out a wave of privacy policy update spam, and putting up a fresh cluster of…

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Instagram prototypes handing your location history to Facebook

This is sure to exacerbate fears that Facebook will further exploit Instagram now that its founders have resigned. Instagram has been spotted prototyping a new privacy setting that would allow it to share your location history with Facebook. That means your exact GPS coordinates collected by Instagram, even when you’re…

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