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Facebook and the murky world of digital advertising

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was called in front of the US legislators on Capitol Hill this week after it was discovered that millions of users' data was improperly obtained by a UK-based political consultancy group, Cambridge Analytica. They allegedly used that information to help target ads to … Read More

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Facebook’s real fake-news problem: It’s the memes, stupid

The omission is glaring because memes, which are often associated with jokes — like the American Chopper guys yelling or a distracted boyfriend — are also a significant driver of misinformation on Facebook. They're designed to go viral, giving them a far better chance of reaching your newsfeed thanks … Read …

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Facebook shuts down white supremacist Richard Spencer’s pages

The two pages on the social media site belonged to Spencer's National Policy Institute and his website altright.com – both of which are listed on the far-right leader's Twitter bio. Links to both pages – which had less than 15,000 followers in total – now show error messages. Facebook told …

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Not on Facebook? Facebook still tracking you

Concern about Facebook Inc's respect for data privacy is widening to include the information it collects about non-users, after Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said the world's largest social network tracks people whether they have accounts or not. Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it … Read More

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The Facebook data debacle may not change internet behavior

If you're not paying, you're the product, so the saying goes. For years, Facebook users have known that they — or, more specifically, their data — make up the bulk of the goods being sold by the social media company to advertisers and other third parties. Then came news that …

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Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users

Privacy concerns have swamped Facebook since it acknowledged last month that information about millions of users wrongly ended up in the hands of political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, a firm that has counted U.S. President Donald Trump's 2016 electoral campaign among its clients. Read More

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If Facebook isn’t spying on us, why did I get ads for obscure things I had just chatted about?

I talked about something with somebody and later got adverts for those two things. At first, I thought I was just being paranoid. But the products are so utterly obscure that I'm struggling to explain how I could possibly have got those ads other than through the method Facebook categorically …

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Poll: Would you fork out for a paid version of Facebook?

In an interview with NBC, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg said allowing Facebook users to opt out of sharing their information with advertisers would require a paid model. However, she didn't say that any such change was forthcoming. So in today's poll we're asking, would you pay for a paid version …

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5 ways Congress could regulate Facebook

Over the course of two days and 10 hours of testimony, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was grilled by members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives this week. While questions about the Cambridge Analytica scandal and misuse of the personal data of tens of millions of U.S. citizens were … …

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Facebook says its ‘voter button’ is good for turnout. But should the tech giant be nudging us at all?

Some had seen it while scrolling through their Facebook newsfeeds; for others it appeared at the top. Meanwhile, responses to Heiðdís's post appeared to show that users given the button option were not randomly selected either. Minors and non-citizens were not shown it: only those in the voting … Read More