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You might think that an agency such as the Federal Communications Commission would exist for no other reason than to protect consumers, but that hasn't proven to be the case at all when it comes to our online rights. You might be tired of hearing about net neutrality - and we couldn't even blame you - but now more than ever, we can't let down our guard. To reiterate what net neutrality is supposed to do: it's to treat our internet access as a Title II utility, classifying it the same way our phones and power are. That is to say that companies can't charge whatever they want for whatever they want... Read more...
Some of the biggest tech giants in the world have a not-so-stellar reputation when it comes to user privacy. Facebook, the largest social networking site on this or presumably any other planet, is one of them. Facebook is known to track its users' online habits, even when logged out of the social networking site, and then delivering targeted ads when they're signed in. This was the focal point of a five-year lawsuit against Facebook, one in which the company emerged victorious. Plaintiffs in the lawsuit accused Facebook of using the "Like" buttons integrated into third-party websites to track their... Read more...
Picture this: You are wandering through a city, searching for a quiet café to get some work done. You see the perfect indie coffee shop across the street, but have no idea if the place has Wi-Fi. Facebook’s new “Find Wi-Fi” features means that you will never need to bother the harried barista with anything more than your coffee order. The “Find Wi-Fi” feature helps users pinpoint Wi-Fi hotspots near businesses that have shared their information on their Facebook pages. Users will need to simply click and turn-on the “Find Wi-Fi” tab in their Facebook app. This page can be found under the “More”... Read more...
Facebook is a social network behemoth, and the company today announced that its global reach has hit the 2 billion active monthly user threshold. The company’s user base has been growing at a torrid pace since its inception in 2004 — it reached 1 billion active users in 2012 and crossed the 1.5 billion mark in 2015. Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the milestone today via, of course, Facebook, writing, “As of this morning, the Facebook community is now officially 2 billion people! We're making progress connecting the world, and now let's bring the world closer together. It's an honor to... Read more...
Streaming providers such as Netflix and Hulu have both done pretty well with original programming. Each one has their gems—Strangers and Narcos are two that come immediately to mind for the former, while Quick Draw and Difficult People are hits for the latter. Seeing the success that others are having, it now appears that Facebook is interested in getting in on the action.According to a report in The Wall Street Journal, the social networking site is currently in talks with Hollywood studios and agencies about the possibility of producing original television shows that would launch by the end of... Read more...
For the first time in its history, Facebook has overhauled its mission statement, reflecting the social network's major focus on building communities. Originally, Facebook's mission was "to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected", whereas now, it's "to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together". The differences might be subtle, but Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is focused on making sure his social network is the best it can be for communities. It needs to be a place that people can gather with others of similar interests,... Read more...
There have been almost six hundred terrorist attacks in 2017 alone. Facebook just released an outline of its latest methods to combat this threat by increasingly employing artificial intelligence and other high-tech techniques. Monika Bickert, Facebook's Director of Global Policy Management, and Brian Fishman, Counterterrorism Policy Manager, remarked in their latest blog post, “We agree with those who say that social media should not be a place where terrorists have a voice. We want to be very clear how seriously we take this — keeping our community safe on Facebook is critical to our mission.”... Read more...
Every job has its risk, however, very few of us expect to be on a terrorist’s hit list. It was recently revealed that the information of over 1,000 content moderators was leaked thanks to a security flaw. The profiles of six Facebook content moderators in particular were considered “high priority” risks.  Although Facebook uses algorithms to monitor most of its content, the company still employs people to comb over content related to terrorist propaganda, extreme violence, and/or child pornography. Last year, Facebook discovered that “the names of certain people who work for Facebook to enforce... Read more...
Policing the world's largest social playground in which there are nearly 2 billion monthly active users must be a rather daunting task. This is the Internet, after all, where many people feel empowered to say inappropriate things and act in a manner that is completely different than how they might act in real life. Underscoring this challenge is an in-depth company handbook that exists at Facebook, parts of which have been leaked to the web sparking a controversy. Through thousands of slides and pictures, Facebook illustrates to employees what should be done when encountering hate speech, violent... Read more...
Facebook is feeling the burn today thanks to actions taken by the European Union. The company came under fire both at home and abroad when it announced last year WhatsApp would begin sharing user information with its parent (which just so happens to be Facebook). This flew in the face of comments that WhatsApp made when Facebook acquired the company in March 2014. With this in mind, the EU has decided to fine Facebook for its transgressions, which include “providing incorrect or misleading information” during the European Commission’s investigation into the merger. Getting to the nitty gritty,... Read more...
Imagine for a moment if British forces never arrived at Lexington and Concord over 240 years ago. The colonial militia would have accused Paul Revere of spreading fake news after his infamous midnight ride to warn patriots of the advancing redcoats. It did not play out that way, of course, but had he lived in an era of fake news, who knows what might have happened. More than two centuries later, the proliferation of bogus news is fast becoming an epidemic, especially on Facebook, which is taking more steps to combat the problem. Through a new update that was rolled out yesterday, Facebook said... Read more...
Facebook is preparing for election season in the United Kingdom. The social media giant claims to have detected and deleted tens of thousands of “fake news” accounts. Facebook also plans to run advertisements in British newspapers about how to spot fake news sites. Simon Milner, Facebook’s director of policy in the United Kingdom, remarked, “People want to see accurate information on Facebook and so do we. That is why we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of false news. We have developed new ways to identify and remove fake accounts that might be spreading false news so that we get... Read more...
Over the last handful of months, Facebook has been working aggressively to tackle some important issues with the service, some of which are mere annoyances, and others more severe in nature. On one hand, for example, the company aims to eradicate "fake news" from our feeds, and on the other, it's putting into place measures to help detect suicidal users. Another major issue Facebook is going to be focusing more effort on is live video used for malicious or upsetting content. This news follows an incident last month where an elderly gentleman had his life cut short by someone dealing with his own... Read more...
Are you addicted to Words with Friends or Pac-Man? Now you can play the games directly in Facebook Messenger. Facebook just announced that it will be rolling out its “Instant Games” platform for Messenger worldwide. Facebook introduced Instant Games this past November in the United States. The program primarily brought retro games like Galaga to Facebook Messenger. Instant Games is a HTML5-based cross-platform gaming experience, and can be accessed through traditional web browsers, the mobile web, and apps. According to Facebook, Instant Games were played 1.5 billion times in the past 90 days.... Read more...
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