Thursday’s Falcon 9 explosion prompted headaches for two very powerful people. The first was Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder, whose company’s future is now in question. The second was Mark Zuckerberg. Zuckerberg, you see, had some very important cargo aboard the ill-fated Falcon 9: the Amos 6, an Israeli-built satellite that was supposed to help bring internet connectivity to Africa. It was part of an over-publicized master plan to connect everybody in the world and, more specifically, those in regions where the web isn’t easily accessed. Zuck wants everybody to have internet access—which is another way of saying that the 32-year-old hoodie enthusiast wants everybody on Earth to be on Facebook. Advertisement But yesterday, around 9am, that possibility literally exploded in Zuckerberg’s face. In some ways, it’s difficult not to see the SpaceX explosion that destroyed the Amos 6 as a sign from above that maybe, just maybe, this … [Read more...] about Is Facebook’s Free Internet Plan Totally Doomed?
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(Reuters) - Data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica harvested private information from more than 50 million Facebook users in developing techniques to support President Donald Trump’s 2016 election campaign, the New York Times and London’s Observer reported on Saturday. The Massachusetts attorney general said her office was launching an investigation after the news reports. “Massachusetts residents deserve answers immediately from Facebook and Cambridge Analytica,” Maura Healey said on Twitter in a post that linked to a Times report. The United Kingdom’s Information Commission also announced on Saturday they are conducting an investigation of Cambridge Analytica, which also had clients in the country. “Any criminal and civil enforcement actions arising from the investigation will be pursued vigorously,” said Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner. Facebook on Friday said it was suspending Cambridge Analytica after finding data privacy … [Read more...] about Trump consultants harvested data from 50 million Facebook users: reports
Facebook is making good on its promise to build affordable housing near its headquarters in Menlo Park. The social media giant announced plans on Friday to build new housing in the area to offset concerns about the controversial 1.1 million square-foot expansion of its headquarters. “This is what our neighbors have told us their community needs most urgently,” Facebook said in a statement. The company is spending $20 million in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, California, two areas near the company’s headquarters, to build housing and provide job training programs in partnership with Envision Transform Build-East Palo Alto (ETB) and other community groups. A large majority of the money (about $18.5 million) will be used to build new homes for low- and medium-income families. Advertisement Facebook announced it would be building affordable housing in the area back in July. The social media giant is set to bring in 6,500 new employees into the area after building a … [Read more...] about Facebook Spends $20 Million to Quiet Gentrification Critics Near Its Headquarters
The Oscar-winning screenwriter of The Social Network has accused Mark Zuckerberg of "assaulting truth" by allowing political ads with false information on Facebook.Aaron Sorkin, who adapted the story of the founding years of Facebook with a script based on a 2009 book called The Accidental Billionaires, weighed in on the debate that is raging about the influence of political ads in a letter published in The New York Times on Thursday. The letter comes as the 35-year-old billionaire CEO has been forced to defend his website's choice to not fact-check claims made in political ads.Twitter's sudden decision to scrap political messaging altogether has only fueled criticism of Facebook"Right now, on your website, is an ad claiming that Joe Biden gave the Ukrainian attorney general a billion dollars not to investigate his son," Sorkin wrote, referencing a false ad that surfaced on Facebook earlier this month that was traced to an independent political action committee (Super PAC)."Every … [Read more...] about ‘Social Network’ Writer Says Facebook is ‘Assaulting Truth,’ Blasts Mark Zuckerberg for Not Banning Political Ads
Amid the constant scandals swirling around social media giant Facebook and its questionable handling of user data, at least six state attorneys general have launched their own investigations of the company, Bloomberg reported this week Two distinct groups have formed, according to Bloomberg’s report: Pennsylvania and Illinois have joined Connecticut in an investigation of “existing allegations,” though the report does not mention what those are. Officials in New York, New Jersey, and Massachusetts, “which were already known to be probing Facebook, are seeking to uncover any potential unknown violations,” a source told the news agency. Advertisement Bloomberg reported that a Facebook vice president of public policy, Will Castleberry, spun the news as the attorneys general just wanting to help Facebook out by suggesting new privacy initiatives or something. “We’re having productive conversations with attorneys general on this important … [Read more...] about Report: Attorneys General in Six States Are Now Investigating Facebook’s Data Practices
Federal Trade Commission staff assessing whether social media giant Facebook violated a legally binding user privacy agreement with the agency are considering slapping the company with a “record-setting fine,” the Washington Post reported Friday, citing “three people familiar with the deliberations but not authorized to speak on the record.” At issue is whether Facebook violated a 2011 deal with the FTC, known as a “consent decree,” that required the company to notify and obtain explicit opt-in consent from users before sharing their data beyond their selected privacy settings. It also required Facebook to notify the FTC of cases in which data was misused, as well as prohibited it from “from making misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers’ personal information.” Advertisement In early 2018, it was revealed that Facebook had allowed an app developer working with the (extremely sketchy) Cambridge Analytica … [Read more...] about Report: The FTC May Slam Facebook With ‘Record-Setting’ Fine Over User Privacy