The problem with deleting information is that nothing is ever really gone from the internet. Vasily Pindyurin/Getty Images It's a perennial joke: "If I die, delete my browser history." Everyone gets it because no matter how unquestionable your internet activity might be, we all have weird Google searches people might not understand when taken out of context. And we've all visited someone's Facebook page one too many times. But even though the internet has advanced in leaps and bounds, our understanding of our right to privacy on the internet has been slower to catch up. That's why the guys at Stuff They Don't Want You To Know teamed up with Will Pearson and Mango Hattikudur at Part-Time Genius for a special two-part episode on internet privacy. First, Matt Frederick, Ben Bowlin and Noel Brown tackle the tough question: Can you really delete your internet history? The answer might surprise you. Since the late 1990s, the internet has become an integral part of life all over the … [Read more...] about Can You Really Delete Your Internet History?
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Consultants working for Donald Trump's presidential campaign exploited the personal Facebook data of millions. Last month, The New York Times and the UK's Guardian and Observer newspapers broke news the social networking giant was duped by researchers, who reportedly gained access to the data of millions of Facebook users and then may have misused it for political ads during the 2016 US presidential election. Facebook said it was investigating the reports, which involved data consultancy Cambridge Analytica. Over the past three-plus weeks, the situation has snowballed. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was in Washington this week to testify before Congress. Meanwhile, the number of accounts affected has risen to 87 million from initial reports of 50 million. Separately, Facebook said it was purging pages linked to a Russian troll farm that's known for creating fake online identities and posting on both sides of politically divisive issues.Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Facebook, Cambridge Analytica and data mining: What you need to know
Facebook can't seem to get through a week without another scandal popping up.On Tuesday night, the tech giant's woes continued to grow after The New York Times reported that Facebook gave companies such as Netflix, Spotify and Microsoft greater access to users' personal data than the social network had previously disclosed. Among the details: Some companies reportedly could "read, write and delete users' private messages," the Times reported.The deals with Facebook made the services sold by partner companies more attractive. For Facebook, the deals were designed to help fuel its user growth and advertising revenue. By 2013, Facebook had entered into so many partnerships that its employees had trouble tracking them, according to the Times. So the company built a tool that tracked which partners were granted access to data and could turn that access on or off, according to the report. The report reinforces how valuable user data is to Facebook, which makes billions of dollars from … [Read more...] about Facebook’s terrible year just got worse: What you need to know
It’s been quite a year for Mark Zuckerberg and his friends at Facebook. You might even say that 2018 has been the single worst year in the company’s history. But you wouldn’t know it by reading “Facebook’s 2018 Year in Review.” The annual blog post leaves one with the impression that Facebook’s involvement in global events was nothing short of heart-warming. In truth, it was not. Facebook left a few things out its year in review—a lot. The social network’s list includes events like the Royal Wedding, the World Cup, the Super Bowl, and International Women’s Day, but seems to omit more Facebook’s involvement with things like genocide, election interference, privacy violations, data breaches, executive malfeasance, and conspiracy theories. Basically, Facebook wants you to know that positive global events did happen this year, and people talked about them on Facebook. America’s midterm elections are mentioned in … [Read more...] about A Few Things Facebook Forgot to Include in Its Year in Review
Back in 2015, Facebook had a pickle of a problem. It was time to update the Android version of the Facebook app, and two different groups within Facebook were at odds over what the data grab should be. The business team wanted to get Bluetooth permissions so it could push ads to people’s phones when they walked into a store. Meanwhile, the growth team, which is responsible for getting more and more people to join Facebook, wanted to get “Read Call Log Permission” so that Facebook could track everyone whom an Android user called or texted with in order to make better friend recommendations to them. (Yes, that’s how Facebook may have historically figured out with whom you went on one bad Tinder date and then plopped them into “People You May Know.”) According to internal emails recently seized by the UK Parliament, Facebook’s business team recognized that what the growth team wanted to do was incredibly creepy and was worried it was going to … [Read more...] about Facebook Was Fully Aware That Tracking Who People Call and Text Is Creepy But Did It Anyway