Study shows that, at least in theory, a company, government or other actor can accurately profile a person -- think political party, favorite products, religious commitments -- from their friends, even if they've never been on social media or delete their account. When you sign up for Facebook or another social media platform, you think you're giving up your information, but you're giving up your friends' information too.
As individuals, we can control our behaviors and our use of new technologies, even dropping out of sight of surveillance capitalists. But at what price?
Facebook has been accused of abusing a security feature in order to weaken user privacy, after the social network was found using phone numbers initially handed over for account safety for other purposes.
Most Facebook users have no idea that the ad biz compiles data profiles of their online activities and interests, according to research conducted by the non-profit Pew Research Center. That's not altogether surprising given that Facebook appeals to people disinclined to concern themselves with the minutiae of digital technology, which is to say most people. It's worth recalling that a decade ago, Google representatives stopped people on the street in New York City to ask "What's a web browser?" and almost no one could answer correctly.
Facebook’s plan to merge WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook Messenger could raise significant data protection concerns, according to the Irish commission that regulates the social network in the EU.
Text reportedly shows Facebook staff discussing how to use access to user data to extract higher advertising spend from major clients
Digital technology is separating the citizens in all societies into two groups: the watchers (invisible, unknown and unaccountable) and the watched. Nearly every product or service that begins with the word “smart” or “personalised”, every internet-enabled device, every “digital assistant”, is simply a supply-chain interface for the unobstructed flow of behavioural data on its way to predicting our futures in a surveillance economy.
Social media sites often present users with social exclusion information that may actually inhibit intelligent thought. The short-term effects of these posts create negative emotions in the users who read them, and may affect thought processes in ways that make users more susceptible to advertising messages.
Few propel realise that 20% of the content they consume on Instagram (or Facebook) is sponsored. While more than 30% of the US population uses Instagram today, the majority of American adults don’t even know that Facebook owns it.
Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that existed since July 2017. The interaction of three distinct bugs allowed the attackers to steal Facebook access tokens.
Facebook has filed a patent application that would identify elements of photographs to make it easier to target families with ads, by analyzing the photos they post.
Study is the first to demonstrate the effects of Facebook use on a physiological measure associated with health outcomes.
Facebook used its apps to gather information about users and their friends, including some who had not signed up to the social network, reading their text messages, tracking their locations and accessing photos on their phones, a court case in California alleges.
Facebook has been using a secret tool to delete messages sent by its executives from the inboxes of their recipients, without disclosing the deletions to the recipients or even recording there was ever a message in the first place.
Document describes Facebook’s ability to use its vast amount of personal data to identify individual users who are “at risk” of changing to competitors’ products, and then target them with advertising at the moment they would be about to switch.
Facebook’s product management director, David Baser, wrote that the company tracked users and non-users across websites and apps.
Just like enterprises and other large organizations set up honeypots and decoys to misdirect hackers' attention, browsers and similar software should lure website operators into tar pits of useless and false personal information.
Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation is forcing big changes at tech’s biggest firms – even if the US isn’t likely to follow suit.
It is the same game over and over again: Facebook gives people the appearance of choice and then carefully directs users to making the right ones.
Facebook employees are calling for a crackdown on suspected leakers and questioning whether “spies” have infiltrated the corporation, according to leaked internal posts that suggest the social media giant’s workforce is becoming defensive in the face of critical public scrutiny.