Facebook’s success threatens each of us individually and the nation as a whole

Facebook has become Americans’ primary online connection to friends, families, clubs, schools, businesses, and even politicians. Facebook’’s reach is staggering: 70 percent of all American adults, and 90 percent of young adults, are on Facebook. Seventy five percent of us are daily visitors, dwelling on Facebook for an average of 40 minutes. Unlike Twitter, Facebook [...]

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Russia Threatens to Shut Facebook Over Local Data Storage Laws

Facebook Inc. will by shut down in Russia next year if it fails to comply with requirements to store user data locally, according to the head of Russia’s state communications watchdog. "The law is mandatory for everyone," Alexander Zharov told reporters Tuesday. Roskomnadzor will be forcing foreign internet companies to comply or shut down in [...]

Facebook free to track every aspect of your online lives – judge says so

A US district judge in San Jose, California, has thrown out a lawsuit that sought to hold Facebook accountable for tracking users after they had logged out of Facebook. Judge Edward Davila said that the individuals suing Facebook had failed to show a reasonable expectation of privacy and any meaningful economic damage from Facebook’s actions [...]

Facebook: Too Big to Delete

On Wednesday, one day after Facebook announced that 2 billion people use its service every month, ProPublica released a bombshell investigation into the company's hate-speech censorship guidelines. The report included documents revealing that Facebook's rules often end up protecting the rights of those in power over those who are powerless. These two revelations are inextricably [...]

Facebook’s Secret Censorship Rules Protect White Men from Hate Speech But Not Black Children

In the wake of a terrorist attack in London earlier this month, a U.S. congressman wrote a Facebook post in which he called for the slaughter of “radicalized” Muslims. “Hunt them, identify them, and kill them,” declared U.S. Rep. Clay Higgins, a Louisiana Republican. “Kill them all. For the sake of all that is good [...]

Facebook has mapped populations in 23 countries

Facebook doesn't only know what its 2 billion users "Like." It now knows where millions of humans live, everywhere on Earth, to within 15 feet. Facebook used satellite-based data and government census information to map the Earth's entire human population. The data set has a resolution of five meters and knows where man-made structures are [...]

Facebook blocks Pulitzer-winning reporter over Malta government exposé

Facebook has censored a Pulitzer prize-winning journalist for publishing a series of posts alleging corruption by the prime minister of Malta and his associates. Matthew Caruana Galizia, a member of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists’ award-winning Panama Papers team, was temporarily locked out of his Facebook account over four posts, which were deleted for [...]

In Europe political attitudes to Facebook are changing

Facebook’s €110m fine by the European commission for providing misleading information about data-sharing between Facebook and WhatsApp is just one of a growing number of regulatory battles the US social media giant is fighting. Facebook counts a quarter of the world’s population – 1.94bn accounts – as monthly active users, with 354m in Europe. WhatsApp [...]