Tech & Science Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection
'You are the product': Apple's co-founder Steve Wozniak is quitting Facebook
Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, told <em>USA Today</em> he's quitting Facebook. Wozniak said he didn't like the way the company collects user data for advertising purposes.Apple's co-founder, Steve Wozniak, said that he plans to quit Facebook because the company doesn't respect user privacy or data.
"Other companies s**k in your data too," explained in many, many words today with a detailing how it gathers information about you from around the web.
Facebook product management director David Baser wrote "Pinterest and LinkedIn all have similar Like and Share buttons to help people share things on their services. has a popular analytics service. And Amazon, Google and Twitter all offer login features. These companies — and many others — also offer advertising services. In fact, most websites and apps send the same information to multiple companies each time you visit them". Describing how Facebook receives cookies, IP address, and browser info about users from other sites, he noted "when you see a YouTube video on a site that’s not YouTube, it tells your browser to request the video from YouTube. YouTube then sends it to you."
Zuckerberg launches Facebook research effort to protect elections
The social network says the initiative will help researchers figure out the effect social media has on democracy.The massive social network on Monday launched a new initiative designed to help scholars research the impact of social media on elections. The move comes a day before Facebook's founder and CEO is set to testify to Congress on data misappropriated and used by Cambridge Analytica during the 2016 US presidential election campaign.
It seems Facebook is tired of being singled-out. The tacked on 'them too!" statements at the end of its descriptions of opaque data collection practices might have been trying to normalize the behavior, but comes off feeling a bit petty.
The blog post also fails to answer one of the biggest lines of questioning from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimonies before congress last week. Zuckerberg was asked by Representative Ben Lujan about whether Facebook constructs "shadow profiles" of ad targeting data about non-users.
Today's blog post merely notes that "When you visit a site or app that uses our services, we receive information even if you’re logged out or don’t have a Facebook account. This is because other apps and sites don’t know who is using Facebook. Many companies offer these types of services and, like Facebook, they also get information from the apps and sites that use them."
Google's phone app will boot spam calls to voicemail automatically
Google is taking spam calls seriously. An upcoming update to the default Phone app on Android One, Nexus and Pixel devices will send potential spam calls directly to voicemail, as spotted by 9to5 Google. The feature works like this: A potential spam call comes in, and automatically goes to voicemail. You won't receive a notification for the missed call, and your phone won't ring. However, calls will still show up in your call history and voicemail. Presumably, Google is using AI to filter these calls, much in the way it does spam messages in Gmail.
Facebook has a lot more questions to answer about this practice, since most of its privacy and data controls are only accessible to users who've signed up.
The data privacy double-standard
Facebook fuels broad privacy debate by tracking non-users
<p>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.</p>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.
That said, other tech companies have gotten off light. Whether it's because Apple and Google aren't CEO'd by their founders any more, or we've grown to see iOS and Android as such underlying platforms that they aren't responsible for what third-party developers do, scrutiny has focused on Zuckerberg and Facebook.
Thescandal emerged from Facebook being unable to enforce its policies that prohibit developers from sharing or selling data they pull from Facebook users. Yet it's unclear whether Apple and Google do a better job at this policing. And while Facebook let users give their friends' names and interests to Dr. Aleksandr Kogan who sold it to Cambridge Analytica, iOS and Android apps routinely ask you to give them your friends' phone numbers, and we don't see mass backlash about that.
At least not yet.
Facebook removes accounts advertising stolen identities .
Facebook Inc has removed a number of accounts and pages that advertised and sold social security numbers, addresses, phone numbers, and alleged credit card numbers of dozens of people, following a report by news website Motherboard. "Posts containing information like social security numbers or credit card information are not allowed on Facebook, and we remove this material when we become aware of it," a Facebook spokesman said on Tuesday.A Google search still pulls up a few public Facebook posts that offer to sell personal details including credit card numbers.
Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection
Facebook points finger at Google and Twitter for data collection “Other companies suck in your data too,” Facebook explained in many, many words today with a blog post detailing how it...
Facebook faces scrutiny for how user data was used to influence elections
British-based research firm Cambridge Analytica has been accused of harvesting data from more than 50 million Facebook users, and misleading the tech giant about it. New undercover video captured...
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