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Facebook ads CAN swing an election: Study finds 'micro-targeted' ads in the 2016 Presidential race boosted Republican turnouts by 10% in some areas

  • Facebook ads resulted in a 10 percent increase in voter turnout for Republicans
  • Meanwhile, researchers found that for undecided voters, it increased the probability that they'd vote for Donald Trump by at least five percentage points
  • They didn't observe the same relationship for Democratic or Independent voters
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Hackers Claim Breach Of 120 Million Facebook Accounts; Put Private Messages Up For Sale


by Tyler Durden
Sat, 11/03/2018 - 18:30

Back On September 28, Facebook announced that as many as 90 million users may have had their "access tokens", which keep people logged into their account, stolen by hackers. The number was subsequently reduced to 30 million accounts whose phone numbers and email addresses were accessed in the largest security breach in the company's history.

Of the 30 million exposed, 14 million users had much more data harvested, including; "username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent searches," according to the company.

It now appears that their private messages were also compromised.

According to the BBC, hackers appear to have compromised and published private messages from at least 81,000 Facebook users' accounts. The unknown perpetrators also told the BBC Russian Service that they had details from a total of 120 million accounts, which they were attempting to sell.

Meanwhile, Facebook said its security had not been compromised noting that the data had probably been obtained through malicious browser extensions.

Despite denying it had been breached, Facebook said it had taken steps to prevent further accounts being affected even though just over a month ago it admitted a massive hack had broken through its security tokens.

Meanwhile, the BBC said that while many of the users whose details were compromised are based in Ukraine and Russia, some are from the UK, US, Brazil and elsewhere.

"We have contacted browser-makers to ensure that known malicious extensions are no longer available to download in their stores," said Facebook executive Guy Rosen.​

"We have also contacted law enforcement and have worked with local authorities to remove the website that displayed information from Facebook accounts."​
The breach was first noted in September, when a post from a user nicknamed FBSaler appeared on an English-language internet forum: "We sell personal information of Facebook users. Our database includes 120 million accounts," the hacker wrote.

The claim was examined by cyber-security company Digital Shadows which confirmed that more than 81,000 of the profiles posted online as a sample contained private messages. Data from a further 176,000 accounts was also made available, although some of the information - including email addresses and phone numbers - could have been scraped from members who had not hidden it.

The BBC Russian Service then contacted five Russian Facebook users whose private messages had been uploaded who confirmed the posts were theirs. One example included photographs of a recent holiday, another was a chat about a recent Depeche Mode concert, and a third included complaints about a son-in-law.


A sample of the data posted online

BBC notes that one of the websites where the data had been published appeared to have been set up in St Petersburg. Its IP address according to Cybercrime Tracker appears to have also been used to spread the LokiBot Trojan: it allows attackers to gain access to user passwords.

According to Facebook, the culprit behind the breach was from an extension that had been linked to a user's platform and quietly monitored victims' activity and sent personal details and private conversations back to the hackers.

While Facebook has not named the extensions it believes were involved but says the leak was not its fault. Cyber-experts told the BBC that if rogue extensions were indeed the cause, the browsers' developers might share some responsibility for failing to vet the programs, assuming they were distributed via their marketplaces. But the hack is still bad news for Facebook, which has had a terrible year for data security and questions will be asked about whether it is proactive enough in responding to situations like this that affect large numbers of people.


BBC contacted five people who confirmed the private messages were theirs.

Separately, BBC emailed the address listed alongside the hacked details, posing as a buyer interested in buying two million accounts' details. The advertiser was asked whether the breached accounts were the same as those involved in either the Cambridge Analytica scandal or the subsequent security breach revealed in September.

A reply in English came from someone called John Smith. He said while the information had nothing to do with either data leak, his hacking group could offer data from 120 million users, of whom 2.7 million were Russians. However, Digital Shadows has told the BBC that this claim was doubtful because it was unlikely Facebook would have missed such a large breach.

"John Smith" did not explain why he had not advertised his services more widely. When asked whether the leaks were linked to the Russian state or to the Internet Research Agency - a group of hackers linked to the Kremlin - he replied: "No."

Of course, if indeed 120 million user accounts were breached, and their information soon floods the world, it will be up to Zuckerberg to explain why he has so far failed to address this critical issue.

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...n-facebook-accounts-put-private-messages-sale
 

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Facebook vulnerability let hackers see information about users and their friends, including 'likes' and interests, researchers warn

  • Security researchers from Imperva discovered a flaw in Facebook's Search tool
  • The vulnerability let attackers view users' likes, interests and Facebook friends
  • Facebook became aware of the issue in May and has since fixed the vulnerability

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'Facebook is behaving like it's a special snowflake': Investors call on Mark Zuckerberg to resign as chairman following damaging report that social media giant employed PR firm to smear its critics

  • Investor Jonas Kron has called for Zuckerberg to step down as board chairman
  • It follows report Facebook used consulting firm which acted as a 'fake news' operation to help Facebook deal with a public relations crisis
  • Firm allegedly sought to link Facebook critics to liberal financier George Soros
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Controversial Facebook patent would use family photos to work out who you live with to sell ads

  • An algorithm would study who's in your photo, how often you're tagged in photos with them and cross-reference it with data shared on your profile
  • In turn, it would be able to deduce family relationships and household info
  • This data would be provided to brands who can then serve up targeted ads
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/science...-use-family-photos-figure-live-serve-ads.html
 

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Congratulations, sir. That is admirable.
my first ban for making fun of a politician in public I successfully argued that my "Jaime Fox" tactic of debate wasn't racist

What sent them over the edge this time was

The Communist Party would like to thank all of the wives, mothers, daughters and sisters for keeping their feet in the stirrups and showing those evil bad 'publicans
Too much?
 

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my first ban for making fun of a politician in public I successfully argued that my "Jaime Fox" tactic of debate wasn't racist

What sent them over the edge this time was



Too much?
It seems the most trivial of comments sets the commies into a banning mood. I would argue that equally trivial things would set them off on a executionary mood, if they only had the power.
 

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Facebook and Instagram have CRASHED around the world less than a day after Messenger went down

  • Users around the world are having issues accessing both platforms
  • Hundreds of people have complained they are unable to access their accounts
  • The issue is affecting users in the US, UK, Europe and parts of Australia
  • Facebook users reported yesterday they were unable to access Messenger
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6410061/Facebook-Instagram-CRASHED.html
 

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Facebook and Instagram have CRASHED around the world less than a day after Messenger went down

  • Users around the world are having issues accessing both platforms
  • Hundreds of people have complained they are unable to access their accounts
  • The issue is affecting users in the US, UK, Europe and parts of Australia
  • Facebook users reported yesterday they were unable to access Messenger
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-6410061/Facebook-Instagram-CRASHED.html
Hey, some good news for a change!

My only question is, have they figgered out a way to blame Trump for it yet?
 

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Facebook is forced to disable its 'inappropriate' generic auto-replies on live posts of shootings and sexual assault videos after backlash

  • Social media giant under fire for suggesting responses to tragic events
  • The tech firm have since turned the feature off after outcry from users
  • After the Chicago hospital shooting, they prompted comments like 'so sad'
  • A spokesperson for Facebook said that feature 'wasn't implemented properly'
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Facebook Struck Secret Deals To Sell Preferential User Data; Undermined Rivals Per Leaked Emails


by Tyler Durden
Wed, 12/05/2018 - 11:35


A top UK lawmaker said on Wednesday that Facebook maintained secretive "whitelisting agreements" with select companies that would give them preferential access to vast amounts of user data, after the parliamentary committee released documents which had been sealed by a California court, reports Bloomberg.



The documents - obtained in a sealed California lawsuit and leaked to the UK lawmaker during a London business trip, include internal emails involving CEO Mark Zuckerberg - and led committee chair Damian Collins to conclude that Facebook gave select companies preferential access to valuable user data for their apps, while shutting off access to data used by competing apps. Facebook also allegedly conducted global surveys of mobile app usage by customers - likely without their knowledge, and that "a change to Facebook's Android app policy resulted in call and message data being recorded was deliberately made difficult for users to know about," according to Bloomberg.

In one email, dated Feb. 4, 2015, a Facebook engineer said a feature of the Android Facebook app that would “continually upload” a user’s call and SMS history would be a “high-risk thing to do from a PR perspective.” A subsequent email suggests users wouldn’t need to be prompted to give permission for this feature to be activated. -Bloomberg
The emails also reveal that Zuckerberg personally approved limiting hobbling Twitter's Vine video-sharing tool by preventing users from finding their friends on Facebook.

In one email, dated Jan. 23 2013, a Facebook engineer contacted Zuckerberg to say that rival Twitter Inc. had launched its Vine video-sharing tool, which users could connect to Facebook to find their friends there. The engineer suggested shutting down Vine’s access to the friends feature, to which Zuckerberg replied, “Yup, go for it.”​

"We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents," said Collins in a Twitter post accompanying the published emails. -Bloomberg
We don’t feel we have had straight answers from Facebook on these important issues, which is why we are releasing the documents.
— Damian Collins (@DamianCollins) December 5, 2018

Thousands of digital documents were passed to Collins on a London business trip by Ted Kramer, founder of app developer Six4Three, who obtained them during legal discovery in a lawsuit against Facebook. Kramer developed Pikinis, an app which allowed people to find photos of Facebook users wearing Bikinis. The app used Facebook's data which was accessed through a feed known as an application programming interface (API) - allowing Six4Three to freely search for bikini photos of Facebook friends of Pikini's users.

Facebook denied the charges, telling Bloomberg in an emailed statement: "Like any business, we had many of internal conversations about the various ways we could build a sustainable business model for our platform," adding "We’ve never sold people’s data."

A small number of documents already became public last week, including descriptions of emails suggesting that Facebook executives had discussed giving access to their valuable user data to some companies that bought advertising when it was struggling to launch its mobile-ad business. The alleged practice started around seven years ago but has become more relevant this year because the practices in question — allowing outside developers to gather data on not only app users but their friends — are at the heart of Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal.​

Facebook said last week that the picture offered by those documents was misleadingly crafted by Six4Three’s attorneys. -WaPo

"The documents Six4Three gathered for this baseless case are only part of the story and are presented in a way that is very misleading without additional context," said Facebook's director of developer platforms and programs, Konstantinos Papamiltiadis, who added: "We stand by the platform changes we made in 2015 to stop a person from sharing their friends' data with developers. Any short-term extensions granted during this platform transition were to prevent the changes from breaking user experience."

Kramer was ordered by a California state court judge on Friday to surrender his laptop to a forensic expert after he admitted giving the UK committee the documents. The order stopped just short of holding the company in contempt as Facebook had requested, however after a hearing, California Superior Court Judge V. Raymond Swope told Kramer that he may issue sanctions and a contempt order at a later date.

"What has happened here is unconscionable," said Swope. "Your conduct is not well-taken by this court. It’s one thing to serve other needs that are outside the scope of this lawsuit. But you don’t serve those needs, or satisfy those curiosities, when there’s a court order preventing you to do so."

Trouble in paradise?
As Facebook is now faced with yet another data harvesting related scandal, Buzzfeed reports that internal tensions within the company are boiling over - claiming that "after more than a year of bad press, internal tensions are reaching a boiling point and are now spilling out into public view."

Throughout the crises, Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who maintains majority shareholder control, has proven remarkably immune to outside pressure and criticism — from politicians, investors, and the press — leaving his employees as perhaps his most important stakeholders. Now, as its stock price declines and the company’s mission of connecting the world is challenged, the voices inside are growing louder and public comments, as well as private conversations shared with BuzzFeed News, suggest newfound uncertainty about Facebook’s future direction.​

Internally, the conflict seems to have divided Facebook into three camps: those loyal to Zuckerberg and chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg; those who see the current scandals as proof of a larger corporate meltdown; and a group who see the entire narrative — including the portrayal of the company’s hiring of communications consulting firm Definers Public Affairs — as examples of biased media attacks. -Buzzfeed

"It’s otherwise rational, sane people who’re in Mark’s orbit spouting full-blown anti-media rhetoric, saying that the press is ganging up on Facebook," said a former senior employee. "It’s the bunker mentality. These people have been under siege for 600 days now. They’re getting tired, getting cranky — the only survival strategy is to quit or fully buy in."

A Facebook spokesperson admitted to BuzzFeed that this is "a challenging time."

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...ll-preferential-user-data-actively-undermined
 

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'It's not you, it's me': Cops and a wanted man have a hilarious week-long mock-romantic Facebook exchange after they put out an appeal to find him - which ends when he posts a picture of himself OUTSIDE the station ahead of their 'date'

  • Richland Police Department in Washington state shared an appeal for information on 38-year-old Anthony Akers on Facebook on November 28
  • But Akers himself responded to their request and promised to turn himself in
  • After he failed to turn up police issued another 'wanted' post asking 'Is it us?'
  • Akers apologized for 'standing them up' and the faux-romantic exchanges kept Facebook users entertained all week

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Y'know what's f'ed up? The fact that so many people are ok with losing virtually all privacy and have all their online data sold to the highest bidder just to save $18.


A year.


That's what it saves people by giving up their online privacy. A measly $18/year.
 

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With all the negative publicity of late about facebook and their abysmal record on privacy, F'erberg would be smart to offer a premium version of facebook that allows the paid user to truly own his own data. As in, you pay to maintain privacy and to not be tracked, or marketed to, or have your data sold, etc etc.

Because IMHO, they'll eventually lose people over this stuff because it really is kinda creepy what they're doing. If you did stuff like they do, but did it to people in real life, you'd get arrested for most of it.
 

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Because IMHO, they'll eventually lose people over this stuff because it really is kinda creepy what they're doing
Some people may leave but most won't. I go out and see people with their faces buried in their phones on facebook. Their addicted. If fb closed I honestly think some would go off the deep end.
 

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Facebook 'secretly allowed Netflix and Spotify to read users' private messages and shared YOUR personal data with Silicon Valley giants Amazon and Microsoft as recently as last summer', as the social media giant is hit with yet ANOTHER scandal

  • NY Times expose revealed Facebook granted access to hundreds of millions of users' data to 150 companies
  • Netflix, Spotify, Royal Bank of Canada could read, write, and delete Facebook users' private messages
  • Sony, Microsoft, and Amazon could all obtain users' email addresses through their friends as recently as last year
  • Facebook gave companies this access even if its users had disabled all data sharing on their profile
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-Amazon-access-users-private-information.html