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Of course, Hefner's work-at-home windfall wouldn't be possible without Facebook. "I sell exclusively online through my VIP Facebook page and through parties [arranged online], in which a hostess invites her family and friends to an online or in-person event that I run," Hefner explained. The hostess ... Yoga
Facebook finally released a tool last week allowing users to check if their personal data was compromised by Cambridge Analytica, the shady British firm that used such data to "psychologically profile" potential voters. I took a deep breath, clicked, and was greeted with good news: "Based on our ...

Facebook researchers are creating a device that could allow users to interpret messages through vibrations, MIT Technology Review reported. Researchers from the social media company built a prototype of a cast-like device that vibrates in patterns to match up with specific sound. Inspired by Braille ...
Four Americans were living thousands of miles apart and were strangers to each other, having only crossed paths at international peace conferences. But, in March 2015, a desperate message on Facebook had them joining forces online--through Facebook, Skype, WhatsApp and Twitter--to save a ... War
If U.S. regulators crack down on Facebook's advertising business in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Mark Zuckerberg might take more of his direction from 19th-century newspapermen. Those young men went West, but in the case of the Facebook founder and CEO, it's East, or at ... market

Facebook is introducing new privacy controls to each of its 2 billion users as part of compliance with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that will come into effect on May 25th. Facebook will ask every user, regardless of where they live, to review their privacy choices, from the ... European
Facebook tracks us, and not just the things we've shared with our friends. If we use Facebook's Messenger service, we may have allowed it to access all our contacts, including the names and phone numbers of our doctors, children, favorite pizza delivery services, clients, and more. It tracks all of the ... government
Microsoft, Facebook and Cloudflare are among a group of technology firms that have signed a joint pledge committing publicly not to assist offensive government cyberattacks. The pledge also commits them to work together to enhance security awareness and the resilience of the global tech ecosystem.
Facebook is trying to demystify the ways in which it tracks people when they aren't directly using the website or app. The company on Monday published a blog post that outlined its data collection practices less than a week after Mark Zuckerberg testified about his company in front of Congress. The CEO ...
You'll soon be able to draw on the world around you and shoot back-and-forth Instagram Boomerang GIFs with the Facebook Camera. Bringing additional creative tools to the Facebook Camera could make it a more popular place to shoot content and help the company compete with Snapchat. “We wanted ...
Facebook and Zuckerberg's testimony loomed large in conversations at dinner parties. Venture capitalists rolled their eyes at Congress's inability to land many solid blows against the executive. Some expressed surprise or frustration that Facebook is being so aggressively scapegoated; others added their ...
Facebook, Google and Comcast each have contributed $200,000 since February to the Committee to Protect California Jobs, a campaign to defeat the California Consumer Privacy Act. The ballot initiative would require companies to disclose the type of personal data they gather and give people the right to ...
A lot of investors are staying away from Facebook and General Electric these days, but not Oakmark's Bill Nygren. In an interview with CNBC's "Halftime Report," Nygren said he likes the embattled social media company and the mired industrial giant. He said Facebook's recent decline makes its valuation ...
Facebook recently teamed up with Google, Comcast, AT&T, and Verizon in order to kill a privacy law that's being considered in California. The five companies each donated $200,000 to create a $1 million fund to oppose the California Consumer Privacy Act, a ballot question that could be voted on in the ...
The rules mean Silicon Valley has to change some of its business practices. Facebook (FB), for example, has tens of million users in the European Union. So does Google (GOOGL). Under the new law, companies will have to obtain an individual's consent in order to store and process personal data.
The crush of photographers clamoring for a shot of the Facebook CEO was a reminder that Congressmen would frame their inquiry into the social media platform's use and abuse of its users' data around the man himself. We have been hurt, goddam it! We must find the villain and make an example of him.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle grilled the Facebook chief executive over the company's handling of user data, with a focus on privacy settings. “While Facebook has certainly grown, I worry it has not matured,” Representative Greg Walden said. “I think it is time to ask whether Facebook may have ...
Facebook said Wednesday that it believes most of its users who had a specific search function enabled have had their profile data scraped by third parties. "We've seen some scraping," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a call with reporters. "I would assume if you had that setting turned on that someone at ...
Conversely, you can also "deactivate" your account if you want to step away for a temporary amount of time and still have access to all of your history when you come back. If you've been worried about some of the deep knowledge Facebook has on you, however, then this is the best way to get everything ...
Facebook raised its estimate of how many people's data was improperly used by Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm tied to President Trump. The new number? As many as 87 million. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, above, will testify before Congress next week on its handling of sensitive ...
Morgan Stanley cut its price target on Facebook shares to $200 from $230 on Wednesday, citing concerns about the social media company's ad sales because of its data scandal. "Following FB's recent data/privacy issues and its announcement that it will end partnerships with third party data providers, we ...
Today, Facebook made a series of changes to the kinds of data third-party apps can collect from the social network. The adjustments are designed to limit the information apps can gather from users following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which Facebook now says affected 87 million users, up from the ...
Mark Zuckerberg refuted a Reuters story yesterday that said Facebook would not bring Europe's General Data Protection Regulation privacy safeguards around the world. “Overall I think regulations like this are very positive” Zuckerberg said on a conference call with reporters today. “We intend to make all ...
Specific to Cambridge Analytica, Facebook announced that they believe the data from 87 million profiles may have been exfiltrated by the company, mostly in the United States. That's a large increase from the 50-million-profile number that's been at the center of the discussion, and represents a substantial ...
Facebook has scrambled to win back trust after the Cambridge Analytica scandal and the leaked 'ugly truth' memo. The company has made it easier for users to delete their data, dump third-party apps in bulk and started rolling out news verification tools. Now Facebook just wants to know what you think of, ...
In what it presumably hopes will be seen as swift and stern action to inform and protect its users, Facebook announced new terms of service and a new data policy on Wednesday. Don't worry, though, it's not like the company has gone soft in his war on privacy. It's just more explicitly copping to the stuff ...
Facebook has begun letting partners fact check photos and videos beyond news articles, and proactively review stories before Facebook asks them. Facebook is also now preemptively blocking the creation of millions of fake accounts per day. Facebook revealed this news on a conference call with ...
Facebook has started fact-checking photos and videos, as a part of a larger plan to prevent foreign agents from using the platform to spread propaganda and influence elections. Executives on Thursday explained Facebook's plans in a blog post and on a conference call with journalists. Some of the plans ...
Portions of the Cambridge Analytica data on as many as 50 million Facebook users may still be out in the wild, according to a report yesterday from the UK's Channel 4 News. The news organization says it has seen a cache of data dating back to the 2014 survey results Cambridge University researcher ...
A leaked memo from a Facebook executive has described the consequences of the company's growth-at-all-costs mentality. BuzzFeed on Thursday published a June 2016 memo by Andrew “Boz” Bosworth, who currently leads the company's hardware division, in which Bosworth says he wants “to talk ...
The "long knives" have been drawn for Facebook after a slew of criticism over its data privacy practices, CNBC's Jim Cramer said Thursday. Cramer was particularly surprised by Apple CEO Tim Cook's recent comments about Facebook's data leak. Cook criticized the social media company during an ...
Facebook has a four-part plan to protect its platform from malicious attacks during the 2018 US midterm elections, company executives said today. In a conference call with reporters, representatives from Facebook's security, product, and advertising teams laid out their strategy for preventing the kinds of ...
British investor Jim Mellon is taking aim at tech giants like Google and Facebook. Speaking with CNBC's "Squawk Box," Mellon said the days of rapid growth for the companies are behind them as increased government regulation looks more likely. "These fatted calves are now ripe for the plucking by ...
Facebook is shutting down a feature that allowed “data brokers” such as Experian and Oracle to use their own reams of consumer information to target social network users, the company has announced. The feature, known as “Partner Categories”, will be “winding down over the next six months”, Facebook ...
Add another item to Facebook's growing list of headaches: Conservative publishers are complaining that the social media network has unfairly targeted their traffic. In January, Facebook announced that it would be changing the algorithm for its newsfeed, reducing the overall amount of posts users see from ...
Facebook also stores what it thinks you might be interested in based off the things you've liked and what you and your friends talk about. Somewhat pointlessly, they also store all the stickers you've ever sent on Facebook. They also store every time you log into Facebook, where you logged in from, what ...
Shares of third-party data provider Acxiom fall by a third after Facebook announced it was ending that arm of its business. Acxiom lowered its guidance by $25 million as a result. Facebook's announcement was part of an effort to clean up its data collection practices after news that millions of user profiles ...
Mark Zuckerberg's terrible, horrible, no-good, very bad 2018 keeps getting worse. As people have begun downloading their Facebook data, they've found something unsettling: videos they recorded, but never published on the site. Recently, a Select/All writer's sister was sifting through her data and found ...
Playboy issued a press release late Tuesday night to announce its withdrawal from Facebook. It has deactivated the Playboy accounts that Playboy Enterprises manages, directly affecting some 25 million fans, according to the company. Playboy becomes the latest company to join the call to ...
Facebook is rolling out a series of changes to give people better control of their privacy settings and data. The company's redesigned security settings let people control what personal information the social network and third-party apps keeps. Facebook used to display security tools and settings across 20 ...
Facebook Inc. officially entered bear-market territory on Monday, as selling in the social-media giant persisted amid the scandal surrounding how it has handled user data. The stock FB, +0.42% fell 4% and was the biggest percentage decliner on the S&P 500, which was otherwise on track for one of its best ...
Myspace co-founder Tom Anderson, or "Myspace Tom" as he is best known, is taking full advantage of his early retirement. Anderson enjoys travel, photography, burning man — and trolling Facebook. Anderson bashed Facebook on Monday by re-tweeting a cartoon by the online digital publication ...
The Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Trade Commission and attorneys general from 37 states and territories were among the parties advancing or confirming probes into Facebook on Monday. They all want more information on the company's knowledge and handling of Trump-linked data firm ...
Short seller Andrew Left jabs Shopify's business, saying it's based on the exchange of personal information collected by Facebook and sold to Shopify "entrepreneurs." "Rocked to the core of its business model, Facebook has no choice but to take away Shopify's punchbowl," Left wrote in a note. Despite ...
Suddenly lots of people are waking up and asking themselves questions about Facebook. How much data am I sharing with the social media giant? Did I really give permission for it to be collected and stored? And, even more seriously, have I handed over my friends' data to be stored on some Californian ...
On privacy abuse: "[Facebook's misuse of data] is so dire and has become so large that probably some well-crafted regulation is necessary." • On data harvesting: "The ability of anyone to know what you've been browsing about for years, who your contacts are, who their contacts are, things you like and ...
Ars Technica said Android users may have "inadvertently" given permission for Facebook access to call and message logs in older versions of Facebook's mobile app. New Zealand man Dylan McKay, who tweeted about finding his call history with his "partner's mum" when he downloaded an archive of ...
Facebook stock fell as much as 6.5 percent after the Federal Trade Commission confirmed it was investigating the company's privacy practices. • Remington, the U.S. firearm company founded in 1816, filed for bankruptcy amid mounting debt and slow sales. • Alibaba and Ford unveiled an unstaffed car ...
Facebook has been scraping years worth of call and text data from Android phone users. The company clarified Sunday that it only collects that data on users who opt-in to the feature when installing Messenger or Facebook Lite. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal, more Facebook users ...


 

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