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Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

Facebook has been accused (again) of tracking user photos through hidden embedded codes.

As the social media giant finalizes the terms of its record $5 billion fine, continual privacy headlines will not help it move past the allegations of data misuse.

Source: Facebook Embeds ‘Hidden Codes’ To Track Who Sees And Shares Your Photos

The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show

It’s been four months now since Facebook announced its intention to invest more heavily in private groups and messaging, and recently that effort has gotten a major marketing push.

However, private Facebook groups is also place where bad actors come together. While there have always been online forums where awful people congregate, Facebook’s size and recommendation algorithms change that calculation. Its size enables connections between many people who may not otherwise have met.

Full article: The ugly side of Facebook’s pivot to privacy is starting to show – The Verge

Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the FTC. It Faces Many More. 

The social network may have escaped restrictions and financial bruising with the F.T.C.’s settlement, but its pain is just beginning around the world.

Regulators and lawmakers in Washington, Europe and in countries including Canada have already begun multiple investigations and proposing new restrictions against Facebook that will probably embroil it in policy debates and legal wrangling for years to come. And in some of these places, the authorities are increasingly coordinating to form a more united front against the company.

Full article: Facebook Dodged a Bullet From the F.T.C. It Faces Many More. – The New York Times

Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue

The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC’s privacy investigation into the social network.

Fine will settle privacy investigation triggered by Cambridge Analytica scandal.

Source: Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue | Ars Technica

Facebook tries to make ad targeting explanations more useful

Facebook has been adding new tools to provide more transparency about why users are seeing certain ads and content (and what they can do about it), but in a blog post, Product Manager Sreethu Thulasi wrote, “We heard feedback from people that they can still be hard to understand and difficult to navigate.”

To address that, the company said it’s making two changes. First, when you select the “Why am I seeing this ad?” option on an advertisement, you’ll get more info.

Source: Facebook tries to make ad targeting explanations more useful | TechCrunch

Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Facebook holds “the largest facial dataset to date”—powered by DeepFace, Facebook’s deep-learning facial recognition system.

Policymakers and experts are now beginning to weigh how the government’s use of facial recognition should be regulated and constrained. A crackdown on how government agencies can use the technology needs to consider how companies do, too.

Full article: Facebook’s face recognition software should worry us.

Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting complaints

German authorities have fined Facebook 2 million euros for under-reporting complaints about illegal content on its social media platform in breach of the country’s law on internet transparency.

Germany’s Federal Office of Justice said that by tallying only certain categories of complaints, the web giant had created a skewed picture of the extent of violations on its platform.

Source: Germany fines Facebook for under-reporting complaints – Reuters

Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals

Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%.

This month a market research firm, eMarketer, reported a decline in Facebook usage in the US, saying the typical Facebook user spent 38 minutes a day on the site, down from 41 minutes in 2017.

Source: Facebook usage falling after privacy scandals, data suggests | Technology | The Guardian

Facebook fined by Italian DPA €1M over Cambridge Analytica scandal 

Italy’s privacy regulator fined Facebook €1 million Friday for violations connected to the Cambridge Analytica scandal — the largest fine against the social networking giant connected to that case.

The €1 million fine follows a previous £500,000 sanction by the British privacy watchdog, which similarly found that the tech giant had not sufficiently protected people’s online data

Source: Facebook fined €1M over Cambridge Analytica scandal – POLITICO

Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts

Facebook has agreed to hand over the identification data of French users suspected of hate speech on its platform to judges.

The decision by the world’s biggest social media network comes after successive meetings between Zuckerberg and Macron, who wants to take a leading role globally on the regulation of hate speech and the spread of false information online.

Source: Exclusive: In a world first, Facebook to give data on hate speech suspects to French courts – Reuters

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