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Bits: The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism

Supported by Bits The Week in Tech: How Google and Facebook Spawned Surveillance Capitalism ImageShoshana Zuboff, author of “The Age of Surveillance Capitalism,” says digital services like Google and Facebook claim private human behavior “as something to be bought and sold in the marketplace.”CreditCreditMark Lennihan/Associated Press By Natasha Singer Jan. 18, 2019 Each week, technology […]

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Facebook is working on a new platform specifically for meme-obsessed teens that's already being described as 'cringey'

Three of this year’s best memes.baby tracy/Twitter; Antonio Guillem/Shutterstock; Complex/YouTube Facebook is quietly building a platform for discovering memes, TechCrunch reports. The platform is called LOL, and will consist of “funny videos and GIF-like clips” that users can vote on and share. However, LOL was described as “cringey” to TechCrunch, and the platform is said […]

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Facebook reportedly stopped a project to encourage healthier political discussions after a key exec thought it might offend conservatives

Chesnot/Getty ImagesJoel Kaplan and Mark Zuckerberg Facebook shelved a project called “Common Ground” that would aim to encourage healthier political discourse on the platform, reports the Wall Street Journal. Part of the reason why: Joel Kaplan, the company’s policy chief, thought it would spark fears of anti-conservative bias – something Facebook has sought to avoid. […]

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Facebook endured a staggering number of scandals and controversies in 2018 – here they all are

Christophe Morin/IP3/Getty Images2018 has not been kind to Mark Zuckerberg. Facebook has had a truly tumultous 2018. The company lurched from scandal to crisis, from spreading genocide-fuelling hate speech in Myanmar to the Cambridge Analytica debacle. Business Insider has rounded up the Silicon Valley tech giant’s dozens of scandals over the last 12 months. Mark […]

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Washington sues Facebook over data breach

(Reuters) — Facebook shares sank on Wednesday as concerns about its ability to safeguard user data sparked a government lawsuit, criticism in the U.S. Congress and a New York Times report on how it had shared data with other companies. The stock of the world’s largest social media company fell 7.25 percent, its biggest intraday […]

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Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica

Supported by Facebook Sued by District of Columbia Over Cambridge Analytica ImageDistrict of Columbia Attorney General Karl RacineCreditCreditAndrew Harnik/Associated Press By Sheera Frenkel Dec. 19, 2018 SAN FRANCISCO — The attorney general of the District of Columbia, Karl Racine, sued Facebook on Wednesday for allowing the political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica to harvest the private […]

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After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan

Supported by After Yellow Vests Come Off, Activists in France Use Facebook to Protest and Plan Image“Without Facebook there wouldn’t be such a movement, but the online activity is fueled by the energy in the streets,” said Thomas Mirallès, a real-estate agent in France who moderates a Facebook group for “Yellow Vest” protesters.CreditCreditPaolo de Grenet […]