Category: Social

Facebook Shareholders Accuse Zuckerberg of Running ‘Corporate Dictatorship’ and Condemn Data Privacy Scandal as ‘Human Rights Violation’

Julia Conley | Common Dreams | Source URL At a tense annual meeting, Facebook shareholders added their voices to the outcry that’s been directed at the social media giant over its recent user privacy scandal and what some suggested has been CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s outsized control over the company. “If […]

Uganda’s unenforceable social media tax is augmented by a biometric requirement for SIM card purchases

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL Uganda’s social media tax may be an unenforceable mess, but that doesn’t make it harmless (it opens the door to selective enforcement and invites programs of censorship and mass surveillance in the name of fighting “tax evasion”) but that’s only half of dictator Yoweri […]

Facebook Replaces User-Generated “Trending News” With “Breaking News” From 80 Undisclosed Publications

Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Source URL Facebook is replacing its user-generated “trending news” feature with a “breaking news” section – comprised of 80 publications which they will feed to users.  In other words, Facebook will have complete control over narratives and topics which go against their internal corporate culture.  Facebook’s Trending […]

Intimate details of 3 MILLION Facebook users were exposed in a new data leak, including the results of personal psychological tests

Joe Pinkstone | The Daily Mail | Source URL Three million Facebook users had their most intimate details exposed, it has emerged, as a new data protection scandal hits the social network. A popular personality app failed to provide adequate protection to the ‘anonymous’ data of participants, the latest of […]

Facebook’s privacy crisis deepens as firm admits it has now suspended 200 apps as part of audit following the Cambridge Analytica scandal

Press Association via Daily Mail | Source URL Facebook has suspended around 200 apps as part of its investigation into misuse of personal data on the social network. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg promised an audit of apps that may have accessed […]

Police Now Threatening to Arrest People Who Make Fun of Their Facebook Posts About Drug Busts

John Vibes | The Free Thought Project | Source URL When stumbling across a police department’s social media page, it easy to see how out of touch law enforcement is with the rest of society. If police understood what people truly cared about, their social media pages would at least […]

West Sacramento Launching Controversial Program Watching Public’s Social Media Posts

CBS13 Sacramento | Source URL WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — West Sacramento is the first city to launch a controversial new program that watches what people post about it online. The pilot project gives city leaders a look at what’s trending in the city, whether it’s good or bad. It’s also creating privacy […]

Facebook Chief Security Officer Leaving After Clashing Over “Spread Of Disinformation”

Tyler Durden | Zero Hedge | Source URL | Blog Archive Update 2: Minutes after Stamos’ tweet statubg he was still “fully engaged” at Facebook, Reuters ‘sources’ reported that he will leave the firm effective in August, and has already has responsibilities for countering government-sponsored disinformation taken away from him. FACEBOOK […]

Soros Calls on EU to Regulate Social Media to Fight Populism

Liam Deacon | Breitbart | Source URL | Blog Archive Billionaire open-borders activist George Soros has demanded the European Union (EU) regulate social media because voters’ minds are being controlled and “manipulated”. He claimed the size of social media firms made them a “public menace” and argued they had led people […]

Sheriff in Florida shooting calls for power to detain over social media

Daniella Silva | NBC News | Source URL | Blog Archive The county sheriff in charge of investigating the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, pleaded with lawmakers on Thursday to give police and doctors more power to involuntarily hospitalize people for psychiatric evaluation over violent and threatening social media […]

New York Federal judge rules that embedding tweets can violate copyright law

Cory Doctorow | Boing Boing | Source URL | Blog Archive | PDF (Goldman vs Breitbart) Katherine Forrest, an Obama-appointed federal judge in New York, has overturned a bedrock principle of internet law, ruling that embedding a copyrighted work can constitute a copyright infringement on the part of the entity doing the […]

Social Media Has Hijacked Our Brains and Threatens Global Democracy

The ‘social media revolution’ gave us Donald Trump and Brexit—and is making politics impossible. The so-called social media revolution isn’t what it’s cracked up to be. Sites like Twitter and Facebook exacerbate emotions like outrage and fear—and don’t help democracy flourish. Nearly a decade ago, particularly from 2009 through about […]

This Ex-NSA Hacker Is Building an AI to Find Hate Symbols on Twitter

In August of this year, a white supremacist plowed through a crowd of protesters gathered in downtown Charlottesville, Virginia. The attack injured around 20 people and killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer. The violent clashes that weekend shocked Americans, among them Emily Crose, who wanted to be there to protest against the white supremacists but […]

FCC Boss Claims Net Neutrality Supporters Were Clearly Wrong Because Twitter Still Works The Day After Repeal

By now you’ve probably noticed that FCC boss Ajit Pai isn’t particularly popular online after he voted last week to kill popular net neutrality protections. A big reason for that unpopularity is Pai’s tendency to simply make things up as he rushes to coddle broadband duopolists, whether we’re talking about […]

Facebook’s Founding President Sean Parker Admits Social Network Manipulates Human Psychology

Aaron Kesel Activist Post (Archive) Facebook’s first president, Sean Parker, accused the social media giant of exploiting human “vulnerability” using psychology, warning “God only knows what it’s doing to our children’s brains,” Axios reported. Speaking to the news publication, the billionaire entrepreneur and current executive talked about what he perceived the dangers of […]

Censorship Upgrade: Facebook Testing Burying Posts From News Outlets And Businesses In 6 Countries Unless They Pay

Aaron Kesel Activist Post Facebook is currently testing a change that would force news publishers to pay to show their posts from their Facebook Pages in the timeline of Facebook users in an effort disguised to fight “fake news.” In the test, pages are now shown in a separate Explore tab, while […]

‘Our minds can be hijacked’: the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention The Guardian Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned himself from Snapchat, which […]