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Facebook can’t seem to get out of its own way when it comes to security. The biggest security issue for the social network was the Cambridge Analytica fiasco that gave the company access to information on 87 million users. In June, Facebook had another security failure when private posts of 14 million users were shared publicly. Today we learn of yet another security breach that resulted in the theft of personal details on 50 million users. Facebook became aware of the breach on the afternoon of Tuesday, September 25 and said that the attack took advantage of the Facebook code for "View As". The feature lets people see their profile as other users would see it, but an exploit that the attackers... Read more...
The law of gravity (or slightly more accurate, Newton's third law of motion) suggests that what goes up must come down. This was never meant to describe the stock market, but it often applies, and sometimes to a larger degree than investors would like. Case in point, Facebook's stock recently experienced the biggest single day plunge in its stock market history, and now the social network is facing a lawsuit over what caused this massive dip. That single day slide equated to a gut wrenching $120 billion loss in Facebook's market capitalization. On Wednesday, shares of Facebook were trading at $217.50, making the company worth around $630 billion. Then Facebook posted its quarterly earnings report,... Read more...
When testifying before Congress, Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was upfront about the fact that Cambridge Analytica was probably not the only company to abuse the social network's policies and improperly obtain data about its users. An investigation would likely yield more incidents, and that's what we are seeing now. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has suspended in the neighborhood of 200 apps that had access to a large amount of user data. That's not likely the final number, either. Those 200 app suspensions are the result of just the first stage of Facebook's review process. There could be many more still to be discovered. On top of that, it's not year clear... Read more...
Most people understand that when sending a text message, through Messenger or pretty much any other messaging service, it stays out there until when and if the recipient decides to delete it. Apparently that is not the case for Mark Zuckerberg, however, who was able to delete some of his outbound communications in Messenger on the recipients' side of things, according to three sources that spoke with TechCrunch. The sources claim that certain messages received from Zuckerberg and other Facebook executives were erased from their Messenger thread, while their own replies remained. TechCrunch says it viewed an email receipt of a Facebook message from 2010 that proves they are telling the truth,... Read more...
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has offered up some choice words of his own after Apple boss Tim Cook sharply criticized the social networking site over its recent privacy flub involving Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm that is reported to have shared information about more than 50 million Facebook users with Donald Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Cook last week said Apple considers privacy "a human right, a civil liberty," and suggested that Facebook's fumbling of so much user data constitutes a need to issue some "well-crafted regulation." His comments added to a growing chorus of criticism against Facebook in the wake of the privacy scandal, including several high... Read more...
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is reportedly planning to testify before Congress in the coming weeks on how it came to be that Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm and consultation agency, could obtain information about tens of millions of Facebook users. It is the latest development in the ongoing saga surrounding the Cambridge Analytica situation, with Zuckerberg having previously apologized for not doing a better job of securing people's data. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," wrote Zuckerberg. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again." Zuckerberg... Read more...
There is a campaign on Twitter to #DeleteFacebook. Even Brian Acton, the WhatsApp co-founder who became a billionaire when Facebook acquired his cross-platform mobile messaging service, is supporting the movement. Facebook is likely to survive the recent turmoil stemming from a scandal involving Cambridge Analytica and the mishandling of private data of millions of Facebook users, but the importance of the moment is not lost on Mark Zuckerberg, who issued an apology for what went down. "I'm really sorry this happened," the Facebook co-founder and CEO told CNN's Larie Segall during a television interview. "We have a basic responsibility to protect people's data, and if we can't do that then we... Read more...
We've heard from a number of different parties involved in the Cambridge Analytica-Facebook scandal that erupted over the past week. However, one key person at the center of it all had yet to publicly comment at length: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg finally broke his silence this afternoon with a lengthy post on his social media platform of choice. "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," wrote Zuckerberg. "I've been working to understand exactly what happened and how to make sure this doesn't happen again." Zuckerberg went on to say that Facebook made some mistakes along the way with regards to handling the mismanagement... Read more...
A former Facebook executive sparked a firestorm yesterday (and prodded some nods of approval) when he decried that he has “tremendous guilt” for being a part of a social media platform that is “ripping society apart” at the seams. The exec, Chamath Palihapitiya, was at Facebook from 2007 to 2011 and said the company manipulates its users and that he won’t even let his own kids use the platform (We guess that means no Messenger Kids in the Palihapitiya household). Well, it stands to reason that Facebook wasn’t going to allow such comments to spread into the blogosphere without releasing an official statement. Today, the company has responded while not specifically... Read more...
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  This is why we can’t have nice things. Did you ever have the feeling that people are talking behind your back, but you can’t quite make out what they’re saying? Imagine for a minute if instead of people, there were artificial intelligence (AI) bots plotting and scheming in the background — and to make matters worse, they’ve been communicating in their own language. That’s exactly the dilemma that Facebook ran into when it found that its AI bots were communicating in a shorthand mutation of English. For example, Facebook provided the passage from two of its bots — Bob and Alice — while communicating with each other: Bob: “I can can I I everything else.” Alice: “Balls have zero to me to... Read more...
Two of the most influential people in technology are Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk One created the world's largest social networking site and the other is spearheading the movement into autonomous vehicles. Where these two diverge is when it comes to artificial intelligence, a part of technology that is crucial to both of their respective interests. However, AI is also turning into a point of contention between Musk and Zuckerberg, and that contention has now spilled over into Twitter. Let's back up a moment. Just a few short years ago, Musk equated AI to some dark hellish ritual in which there is the potential for things to turn bad. Very bad. Image Source: Flickr (Brian Solis) "With artificial... Read more...
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Grumpy old men are not the only ones yelling at others to stay off their lawns, so is Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire co-founder of Facebook. You see, when you're saddled with extreme wealth and fame, sometimes you just want to get away (hashtag-OnePercenterProbs). In Zuckerberg's case, he purchased a 700-acre property in Hawaii, but those dang neighbors own plots that are only accessible by stepping foot on his soil. What's a billionaire to do? Sue the neighbors to force them to sell their properties. That is a bit of an oversimplification and it makes Zuckerberg sound super evil. Maybe that is the case in this instance and maybe it is not—feel free to add your two cents to our comments section,... Read more...
One of the perks of being the billionaire co-founder of Facebook is being able to show up at work in t-shirt. Of course, there are times when Mark Zuckerberg chooses to dress up. Such was the case when he took the stand in a federal courtroom earlier this week to defend against allegations that Oculus stole technical information that went into the creation of the Rift headset. "We are highly confident that Oculus products are built on Oculus technology. The idea that Oculus products are based on someone else’s technology is just wrong," Zuckerberg said according to The New York Times, which noted that he wore a suit and tie when testifying rather than his typical attire of a t-shirt and jeans.Mark... Read more...
The grim reaper made a surprise visit to Facebook heading into the weekend and collected a bunch of souls, including that of Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder and CEO of the world's largest social network turned graveyard due to a glitch. Many users logged into Facebook only to find that the site was reporting them as deceased, turning their once lively profile into an online memorial. Creepy, right? Rest assured, Zuckerberg and many others are still alive and kicking despite their bugged out profiles suggesting the contrary. I'm guessing Zuckerberg isn't dead either... pic.twitter.com/9M9uaVsvjR — Peter Stringer (@peterstringer) November 11, 2016 "Remembering Mark Zuckerberg," the whiz kid's profile... Read more...
Facebook as a real problem with the way it vets news articles and posts them to people's Feeds. The social network has taken steps to remove human bias from the equation, but in doing so, false stories have begun to litter the landscape. Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is well aware of the issue, though he insists that fake news stories did not impact the results of the recent presidential election in the U.S. Given the number of eyeballs that Facebook attracts on a daily basis, it is understandable to think that news content can sway users in how they perceive a candidate running for office. That puts the social network in a sticky situation, one that isn't so easy to solve. Back before... Read more...
Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan announced an ambitious initiative to cure, prevent, or manage all diseases within our children's lifetime. It's a lofty goal of epic proportion, and to kick start things, they've pledged to invest $3 billion over the next decade to help scientists cure diseases as part of what they're calling the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. While there's no doubt this is the most ambitious undertaking Zuckerberg and Chan have ever taken on, it's not an impossible task, not as far as they're concerned. "Medicine has only been a modern science for about a century, and we've made incredible progress so far. Life expectancy has increased by 1/4 of a year per year since... Read more...
It doesn't matter who you are or how much money you make, if you don't practice good security habits on the web you're likely to get hacked. Case in point, Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire whiz kid and co-founder of Facebook, the most popular social media site on the planet, had his Twitter and Pinterest accounts hacked into over the weekend. To be fair, Zuckerberg is a bigger target than most people, but that wasn't the real reason his social media accounts outside of Facebook were compromised. It's because he was lazy with security, both with the password he chose and in reusing the same one for multiple websites and services. That's a major no-no if you care at all about staying in control... Read more...
ISIS is apparently pretty peeved with the deletion of social media accounts belonging to members of the terrorist organization. As a result, ISIS has issued a threat to Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, saying that for account they delete, ISIS will hack 10 others.The threat was part of a 25-minute video created by ISIS and posted to Telegram, a social media messaging app with a claimed 100 million monthly active users. It was discovered and viewed by Vocativ, which reports that the video contained pictures of Zuckerberg and Dorsey strewn with bullet holes. "You announce daily that you suspend many of our accounts, and to you we say: Is that all you can do?... Read more...
When you're swimming in money like Mark Zuckerberg, you have to invent ways to entertain yourself -- I imagine it eventually gets old simply buying anything and everything you want. To keep himself grounded and in a constant state of growth, the Facebook co-founder tackles a personal challenge every year. Last year it was to read a new book every other week, and the year before that, he set out to learn Mandarin. What's in store for 2016? Zuckerberg's upping the ante by committing to build an AI assistant to help around the home. You have to give the guy credit -- most people in his situation would probably hire someone to help with any chores around the house while he and his wife focus on their... Read more...
It's true that Mark Zuckerberg is a new father, with his wife Priscilla Chan having recently given birth to a baby girl. And yes, Mark and Priscilla plan on donating 99 percent of their Facebook shares currently work in the neighborhood of $45 billion to charitable causes during their lifetime. But no, you don't have a shot at collecting millions of dollars from the giveaway by re-posting a silly message on Facebook. You've probably seen the latest hoax floating around Facebook, the one that claims the site's co-founder is handing out $4.5 million each to 1,000 randomly selected people who post a specific message and tag at least five of their friends. If there was ever a post that supports the... Read more...
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