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Facebook to Clearly Label Political Advertising in Britain, CTO Says

HIGHLIGHTS Facebook will introduce the new measures by June this year The social network will require political ads to be clearly labelled Political advertisers will have to complete an authorisation process Facebook will introduce new measures to improve transparency around adverts in Britain by June this year and require political ads to be clearly labelled, the firm’s Chief Technology Officer told ... Read More »

Facebook, Amazon reveal gender pay gap of their UK workforces

Among Facebook’s top quartile, or highest paid staff, about 30% are women. This decreases to just 19% in the second quartile, according to data published by the company. Photo: AFP London: Facebook Inc. pays female staff in Britain just 0.8% less on average than male employees, but womens’ bonuses are almost 40% lower. The mean average disparity in pay at Facebook ... Read More »

Facebook Mishandled Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal, Say Crisis Experts

The crisis-management playbook is pretty simple: Get ahead of the story, update authorities and the public regularly, accept responsibility and take decisive action. Crisis-management experts say that until Wednesday, Facebook was 0-for-4. Facebook’s two top executives, CEO Mark Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, went radio silent after news broke last Friday that political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica may have used data improperly ... Read More »

Facebook ‘Knew of Loopholes in 2011’, Says Privacy Campaigner Max Schrems

Facebook was warned in 2011 of the loopholes exploited by UK data firm Cambridge Analytica (CA) but said it saw no need to change its policies, an Austrian privacy campaigner said on Wednesday. Max Schrems, an activist who has brought several cases before European courts to strengthen data protection online, said that the controversial data harvesting methods at the centre of the current ... Read More »

Facebook, Twitter Not Fully Complying With Consumer Rules: EU

The European Commission said Thursday that certain social media companies need to do more to fully comply with EU consumer rules, singling out in particular Facebook and Twitter. “While Google’s latest proposals appear to be in line with the requests made by consumer authorities, Facebook and, more significantly, Twitter, have only partially addressed important issues about their liability and about how users are ... Read More »

Facebook and Instagram services restored after major global disruption

Facebook, which acquired Instagram for $1bn in 2012, has not provided an official reason for the outage. Photograph: Tom Dymond/Rex Features Facebook and Instagram were offline to many users on Wednesday afternoon in what appeared to be a global connection problem. The website Down Detector suggested users of both social media sites began reporting problems at about 4pm, with Europe and North America seemingly ... Read More »

Facebook Messenger Plagued With Malicious Links Spreading Malware: Kaspersky

HIGHLIGHTS This malicious links are sent by unknown cybercriminals They are sent from your friends account, making them look genuine This link leads you to fake websites and tracking your browser activity The latest social chat service to become a victim of malicious malware and adware links is Facebook Messenger. According to Kaspersky Labs, cybercriminals are sending malicious links to Facebook ... Read More »

How Facebook prioritizes privacy when you die

Should your parents be able to read your Facebook messages if you die? Facebook explained why it won’t let them in a post in its Hard Questions series today about social networking after death. Facebook admits it doesn’t have all the answers, but it has come up with some decent solutions to some issues with what it calls Memorialized Profiles and a “Legacy ... Read More »

Facebook flush with advertising money

Facebook revenues and profits soared in the most recent quarter, as advertising dollars poured into the social media company and users continued to flock to the site. More than two billion people – more than a quarter of the world’s population – log into the site every month, a powerful draw for advertisers. The firm said revenues hit $9.3bn (£7.09bn) ... Read More »

Facebook Camera Gets Its Own Animated GIF Image Creator

HIGHLIGHTS The new feature has been spotted on Facebook for iOS Users will be able to create short GIFs that can be shared Facebook last month introduced the GIF option in the comments section When it comes to communication on social media platforms, animated GIF images are perhaps as important as emojis. These two have in a way managed to ... Read More »