Tag: Facebook

EU GDPR Rollout: Complaints Against Google, Facebook Under New Privacy Law

A group that campaigns for data protection rights in Europe says it’s filed legal complaints against Google, Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp over the way they obtain users’ consent under new EU privacy rules – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Starting Friday, companies that collect or process the personal information of EU residents must comply with new rules that protect the privacy of […]

Facebook Unveils 3-Pronged Strategy to Fight Fake News

To stop false news from spreading on its platform, Facebook has said it put in place a three-pronged strategy that constitutes removing accounts and content that violate its policies, reducing distribution of inauthentic content and informing people by giving them more context on the posts they see. Another part of its strategy in some countries is partnering […]

Facebook Expands Its Controversial Pilot to Combat Revenge Porn to More Countries

Facebook is expanding its pilot programme to combat revenge porn on its platforms. First started in Australia last November, the pilot programme is now expanding to Canada, the UK, and the US. To recall, the programme required users to upload nude photos they thought are in danger of being shared. The photos, once hashed and logged, would […]

Facebook’s Two-Factor Authentication Feature Updated, Streamlines Setup and Adds App Support

Facebook is improving its two-factor authentication feature by introducing two new functionalities. The two-factor authentication tool essentially facilitates additional layers of security for online accounts. In its regular incarnation, it connects accounts to a mobile device and sends time-based one-time passwords (TOTP) for additional authentication. With the new 2FA feature update, Facebook has made it easier to enable […]

Facebook Director to Start After Annual Meeting, Avoid Shareholder Vote

Facebook named a new director this month and timed his appointment to avoid a shareholder vote, raising concern among some investors who want to see more accountability from the social media company. The decision by Facebook’s board comes as the company is under scrutiny from regulators and shareholders about its internal controls and oversight after it […]

Facebook Partners Digital Forensic Research Lab to Fight Election Interference Globally

In a bid to prevent its platform from being abused during elections, Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with Washington-based Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab that will independently monitor disinformation and other vulnerabilities in elections globally, including in India. Experts from the research lab will work closely with Facebook’s security, policy and product teams to get […]

Facebook Reportedly Lets Advertisers Target Sensitive User Interests

Just a few days ahead of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect, a Guardian investigation has found that Facebook lets advertisers to target users it thinks are interested in sensitive subjects such as homosexuality, Islam or liberalism. Religion, sexuality and political beliefs are explicitly marked out as sensitive information under new data protection laws, […]

Facebook Details Policing for Sex, Terror, Hate Content

Facebook axed 583 million fake accounts in the first three months of 2018, the social media giant said Tuesday, detailing how it enforces “community standards” against sexual or violent images, terrorist propaganda or hate speech. Responding to calls for transparency after the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Facebook said those closures came on top of […]