Tag Archives: Facebook

Facebook Slapped With UK Fine for Cambridge Analytica Scandal

  Facebook is staring down its first fine for allowing Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data about millions of people, potentially opening the door for governments around the world to slap the social media giant with other tougher penalties and stricter regulation. On Tuesday, UK watchdogs announced a $664,000 (roughly Rs. 4.5 crores) preliminary fine – the maximum amount allowed – after finding Facebook ... Read More »

Facebook Testing Messenger Feature to Spot Suspicious Accounts

Facebook is testing a feature that will identify malicious accounts sending unwanted direct messages to you on its Messenger platform. According to a report in Motherboard on Wednesday, the feature when it goes live will provide additional information about direct messages from unknown contacts. “We are testing a way to provide people with more context on folks they may not have connected with ... Read More »

Twitter, Facebook Launch Tools to Track Advertising

Twitter on Thursday made it easier for users to identify political campaign ads and know who paid for them, as social media platforms faced the threat of US regulation over the lack of disclosure on such spending. The microblogging site launched ‘Ads Transparency Center’ to allow anyone to view ads that have been put on Twitter, with greater transparency about US federal election ... Read More »

Want to quit smoking? Facebook could be your surprise ally

While smoking is associated with a host of health problems, be it lung cancer, heart disease or skin ailments, smokers often struggle to kick the habit as chemical changes deep in the brain drive nicotine addiction. According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), tobacco kills more than 7 million people each year. More than 6 million of those deaths are the result ... Read More »

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 »

How Cambridge Analytica procured Facebook data

Currently, Cambridge Analytica in the UK is facing investigations by Parliament and government regulators into allegations that it performed illegal work on the ‘Brexit’ campaign. Photo: Reuters New Delhi: Data drives all that we do”. That is how Cambridge Analytica, the analytics and marketing firm that worked for the Trump presidential campaign in 2016, describes itself on its website. Ironically, it ... 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, Google, Twitter Express Concern Over Singapore Plan to Fight Fake News

Global tech giants including Facebook and Twitter on Thursday expressed concern about a possible Singapore plan to bring in a new law to tackle the threat of fake news, saying sufficient rules are already in place. Officials of Facebook, Twitter and Google attended a parliamentary hearing on how to counter the threat that Singapore said it was particularly vulnerable to due to its size, its role ... 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 »