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BREAKING NEWS: Facebook says it has found a NEW attempt to meddle in U.S. elections including anti-Trump memes and a fake protest near the White House - but it doesn't know if they are Russian

  • Social network reveals what it says is a coordinated political influence campaign ahead of November's mid-term U.S. elections
  • A total of 32 accounts were removed: eight Facebook pages, 17 Facebook profiles and seven Instagram accounts
  • It published examples of material produced by accounts it says are fake but which were followed by 290,000 Facebook users
  • Examples include anti-Trump material and racially-loaded pages - although the social network did not say if all the material it had removed was the same
  • But it says it does not know who the ultimate creators are as they took elaborate steps to cover their tracks
  • One post tried to get people to go to a fake anti-right wing event in Washington D.C. and another promoted a protest last year which did happen
  • Facebook and its founder Mark Zuckerberg have had tens of billions wiped off their value since last week after disappointing figures
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Facebook – The Anti-Social Network



by Tyler Durden
Tue, 07/31/2018 - 14:52


Authored by Tom Luongo,
“I thought we were gonna get television. The truth is… television is gonna get us.”
—Dick Goodwin, Quiz Show

When Mark Zuckerberg went to Capitol Hill earlier in the year I knew Facebook was in serious trouble.

Ostensibly, he was there to apologize to us about how Facebook used customer data so cavalierly.

But, really he was there to explain how everything had gone so wrong.

Facebook was designed to be the enforcer of social norms pushed by the political and corporate establishment.

It was built with Wall Street’s decade-long access to cost-free money to invest in the technologies to create a voluntary layer of social control.

The Fed is pulling back the punchbowl and Wall St. already cashed out most if its chips, leaving the retail “muppets” holding the bag.

Facebook, along with Twitter and Google, were outsourced by the real power brokers to erect a web of censorship platforms which circumvent the 1st amendment, because they are ‘private’ companies.

Like Alex Jones or hate him, he brings a lot of traffic to Facebook. Traffic the company doesn’t want, apparently.

It doesn’t need people who like Alex Jones…

But they still want your data.

Just like the payment processors Stripe, PayPal and VISA are all private companies which can kick you off their platform and deny you a business and a livelihood because you’re not ‘woke’ enough.

The blockchain will fix this in the future, but right now things are dicey at best. People like me are very vulnerable to running afoul of these people.

But, like I told my subscribers last fall, the moment of Peak Facebook would arrive soon enough.

Why?

Because it’s all fake interactions by increasingly fake personas we have to erect lest we get shouted at by someone looking for a dragon to slay to bring meaning to their otherwise pointless lives.

And sometimes those people are our very best friends.

Facebook was built on the false premise that we want to be in contact with all of the people we ever met ALL THE TIME. But no, we really don’t. We all, as T.S. Eliot put it, “prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet.”

And once the bloom is off the digital rose, once the social environment becomes toxic, what’s left to do on Facebook?

Cat videos, Huskies arguing with their owners (my personal favorite) and food porn.

So, it came as no shock to me that Facebook finally hit the earnings wall in Q2.

And the shock was immense.

And it gutted the stock 20% to hit short-term support.

But, the big damage was done back in Q1, with the blow to Facebook’s credibility.

Most people don’t want to believe in ‘conspiracy theories.’ Their default position is to put themselves in the shoes of the person or group and project their behavior onto them.

And, that’s why when Zuckerberg spoke to Congress and came off like a stiffer version of Data from Star Trek, millions of people finally figured out what was happening.

You can’t fake body language for very long. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t a psychopath, he’s a just a creepy, stalker kid, way out of his depth with an over-inflated sense of his importance.

In short, he’s a bad liar.



And that’s why Facebook is where it is.

And why, in my mind, the stock will drop further this week as it targets medium-term support near $150.

The pump and dump on Facebook by Wall Street began at the beginning of the year.

They could see the numbers then, the chart spells it out candle by candle.



I’d almost go so far to say that once Cambridge Analytica’s malfeasance got out, Zuckerberg was thrown to the wolves.

So far, he got himself a $3.5 billion golden parachute, selling that much stock after those hearings.

And to give you an idea of how much he cares about his company he had Facebook buy back $3.2 of his stock at now 20% over the market price.

This is the essence of insider-trading. Publicly selling billions in stock while operating a stock buyback program with company money at prices you know will be lower once earnings come out?

It’s the essence of dishonest. I told you Zuckerberg was a bad liar.

It only makes the case against Facebook that much stronger.

And don’t get me started on what’s wrong with Twitter!

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You can’t fake body language for very long. Mark Zuckerberg isn’t a psychopath, he’s a just a creepy, stalker kid, way out of his depth with an over-inflated sense of his importance.
He should go back to wearing a hoodie all the time.


And don’t get me started on what’s wrong with Twitter!
I wasn't going to post this because it's mostly about twitshit.
...but what the hey.

 

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Facebook cuts off 'hundreds of thousands' of apps in privacy crackdown following Cambridge Analytica scandal

  • Facebook has shut down hundreds of thousands of apps that didn't follow the rules around its new review process, created in the wake of its privacy scandal
  • The firm says the improved process will help to better protect users' information
  • It comes in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica row which affected 87M users
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Facebook is to cash in on £11billion lonely hearts industry by launching dating app that allows users to choose from five different genders

  • The social media giant is internally testing the app with Facebook employees
  • 'Facebook Dating' will apparently offer users a choice between five genders
  • It will allow users to prevent their Facebook friends from seeing their profile
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Facebook Asking Major US Banks To Share User Data


by Tyler Durden
Mon, 08/06/2018 - 10:55


Facebook has asked several large US banks to share detailed financial information about their customers, including checking account balances and card transactions, as part of a new push to offer new services to its users, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Facebook increasingly wants to be a platform where people buy and sell goods and services, besides connecting with friends. The company over the past year asked JPMorgan Chase & Co., Wells Fargo & Co., Citigroup Inc. and U.S. Bancorp to discuss potential offerings it could host for bank customers on Facebook Messenger, said people familiar with the matter. -WSJ

Facebook's new feature would show people their checking account balances, as well as offer fraud alerts, according to the WSJ's sources, while the banks are apparently waffling over data privacy concerns.

The negotiations come as the social media giant has fallen under several investigations over data harvesting, including its ties to political analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, which was able to gain access to the data of as many as 87 million Facebook users without their consent.

One large bank withdrew from talks due to privacy concerns, according to the Journal, however Facebook swears that they're simply trying to enhance the user experience and won't use any banking data for ad-targeting.

Facebook has told banks that the additional customer information could be used to offer services that might entice users to spend more time on Messenger, a person familiar with the discussions said. The company is trying to deepen user engagement: Investors shaved more than $120 billion from its market value in one day last month after it said its growth is starting to slow.​

Facebook said it wouldn’t use the bank data for ad-targeting purposes or share it with third parties. -WSJ

We don’t use purchase data from banks or credit card companies for ads,” said spokeswoman Elisabeth Diana. “We also don’t have special relationships, partnerships, or contracts with banks or credit card companies to use their customers’ purchase data for ads.”

While banks have been under increasing pressure to build relationships with large online platforms and their billions of product-consuming users, they have struggled to gain traction in mobile payments while trying to reach more customers online. That said, they have been hesitant to hand over too much information to third-party platforms such as Facebook - preferring instead to keep customers on their own apps and websites.

As part of the proposed deals, Facebook asked banks for information about where its users are shopping with their debit and credit cards outside of purchases they make using Facebook Messenger, the people said. Messenger has some 1.3 billion monthly active users, Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg said on the company’s second-quarter earnings call last month. -WSJ​

Both Google and Amazon have also asked banks to join their online platforms with data-sharing agreements that would provide basic banking services on applications such as Alexa and Google Assistant, according to people familiar with the conversations.

“Like many online companies, we routinely talk to financial institutions about how we can improve people’s commerce experiences, like enabling better customer service,” said Diana. “An essential part of these efforts is keeping people’s information safe and secure.”

Facebook has beefed up privacy measures since the data harvesting scandal broke - rolling out new features such as "clear history," allowing users to prevent the platform from collecting their browsing details off-Facebook. It's also making greater efforts to alert users to their privacy settings.

That said, bank executives are still concerned over the scope of information being sought by Facebook - and are willing to maintain their distance over privacy issues even if it means not being included on certain platforms that their customers use.

JPMorgan isn’t “sharing our customers’ off-platform transaction data with these platforms, and have had to say no to some things as a result,” said spokeswoman Trish Wexler.​

Banks view mobile commerce as one of their biggest opportunities, but are still running behind technology firms like PayPal Holdings Inc. and Square Inc. Customers have moved slowly too; many Americans still prefer using their cards, along with cash and checks. -WSJ
In order to crack into the world of online payments and compete with PayPal's Venmo, several large banks have connected their smartphone apps for quick money-transfers through the Zelle network. While usage has risen, many banks still aren't on the platform. Meanwhile, Facebook has been trying to turn their Messenger app into a hub for customer service and commerce - "in keeping with a broader trend among mobile messaging services," reports the Journal.

American Express already lets Facebook users contact their customer service department, while PayPal struck a deal with the social media giant to allow users to send money through Messenger. Furthermore, Mastercard cardholders can buy products from certain merchants via Messenger using the card company's Masterpass digital wallet - while the company says Facebook can't see card information.

The initial reaction is positive in Facebook shares - up over 2.5% - but in context of the earnings collapse, Zuck has a long way to go.

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Blowback: UniCredit Becomes First Major Corporation To Sever Ties With Facebook Over Ethics


by Tyler Durden
Tue, 08/07/2018 - 10:56


Facebook has lost a major advertiser, UniCredit SpA, which has severed all ties alleging that the social media giant hasn't acted ethically, reports Bloomberg - which notes that "other large companies" may follow suit.



CEO Jean Pierre Mustier says the bank maintains that Facebook hasn't acted properly, and the Italian financial group will no longer have any type of business relationship with the Menlo Park, CA company.

Mustier was referring to business activities including advertising and marketing campaigns, a spokesman for UniCredit said. The bank currently has a swath of Facebook accounts -- which are regularly updated. -Bloomberg
Facebook has come under intense scrutiny for failing to safeguard user data amid the Cambridge Analytica data harvesting scandal, revealed in March by The Guardian and The New York Times. The data from up to 87 million users, and possibly more, was found to have been "harvested" via the psychological profiling app "Thisisyourdigitallife" - which was created by two psychologists (one of whom currently works for Facebook), and was specially designed to collect and share information.

Despite Facebook's attempts at damage control, UniCredit says they're done with the social media giant - and there have been others. Unilever UV and Sonos Inc. have also threatened to pull ads.

In late July, Facebook’s shares fell over 20 percent after second-quarter revenue showed the first signs of user disenchantment in the midst of public scandals over privacy and content. The company has been under fire following revelations that personal information on as many as 87 million users ended up in the hands of Cambridge Analytica, a political consulting firm that worked on Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Mozilla Corp., which develops the Firefox web browser, said in March it would pause its ads from appearing on Facebook as a result. -Bloomberg

Was UniCredit's decision really based on Facebook's ethics? Or was the data harvesting scandal perhaps a convenient excuse to disengage from an advertising model that wasn't worth the expense?

In late 2016, Proctor & Gamble cut $200 million in digital ad spending - including scaling back targeted ads from Facebook. In March, the company contended that too much digital ad spending is "a waste."

Once armed with more measurement data, P&G discovered that the average view time for a mobile ad appearing in a news feed, on platforms such as Facebook , was only 1.7 seconds. The Cincinnati-based company also realized some people were seeing P&G ads far too many times. -WSJ

"Once we got transparency, it illuminated what reality was," said P&G's chief brand officer, Marc Pritchard. Ad fraud was another concern.

About a year ago, Mr. Pritchard publicly issued an ultimatum for tech companies to clean up the digital ad ecosystem or it would cut spending. He called on the industry to fix the rampant digital ad fraud and asked tech giants such as Alphabet Inc.’s Google and Facebook Inc. to implement safeguards to prevent ads from appearing around controversial content and to allow independent verification of their ad measurements. -WSJ
Whatever the case, Facebook has now lost a major corporate advertiser - will others follow suit?

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018...r-corporation-sever-ties-facebook-over-ethics
 

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Unfriended! Democrat drives to man's house and shoots him after heated political disagreement on Facebook

  • Brian Sebring, 44, of Tampa, Florida, was arrested for shooting Alex Stephens, 46, also of Tampa, in the thigh and buttocks after their online disagreement
  • Police say the row was sparked by a political disagreement on Facebook
  • Stephens reportedly began sending Sebring 'explicit messages and threats'
  • Sebring then armed himself with an AR-15 and Glock, drove round to Stephens' house just two miles away from his own home, and opened fire
  • He fled the scene but later turned himself in and was arrested on charges of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and carrying a concealed firearm
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'He knew the game was up': Grieving sister who tracked down her brother's killer on Facebook says murderer's death denied her family justice

  • Penny Farmer was just a teenager when her brother and his girlfriend died
  • Now 57, Penny, of Oxfordshire, says her family was denied justice
  • Their murderer Silas Duane Boston, died in prison shortly after being charged

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New terms of censorship: Facebook bans news outlets critical of US establishment
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Facebook is rating the trustworthiness of every user to crack down on 'bad actors' (but it won't tell you how you score)

  • Facebook will soon rank users based on their 'trustworthiness' to stop fake news
  • The system will score users from zero to one and use other behavioral metrics
  • It's unclear who will get a score or what other metrics will be factored into scores
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Facebook Removes 652 Accounts Linked To "Inauthentic Behavior" Originating In Iran And Russia


by Tyler Durden
Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:31


Facebook said late on Tuesday that it had removed multiple pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its site and on Instagram. The company said in a long blog post that it removed 652 pages, groups and accounts from activities that originated in Iran and "targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US." Facebook noted that the activity appears to reflect increasing attempts by the Iranian regime to push its geopolitical agenda through online subterfuge.

Facebook said that they were acting based on a tip from a cybersecurity firm FireEye, known for its work in exposing "Russian hackers" and funding the controversial Center for European Policy Analysis. Some of the Iranian accounts and pages were created as far back as 2011, Facebook said.

Separately, Facebook also took down an unspecified number of accounts and pages that it said originated in Russia. While much of Russia’s alleged activity on Facebook in the past has centered on U.S. social issues, the bad actors identified in the latest purge were focused on politics in Syria and Ukraine.

"Finally, we’ve removed Pages, groups and accounts that can be linked to sources the US government has previously identified as Russian military intelligence services,” the social media giant wrote in bold text. It provided no number of removed accounts, when exactly they were blocked, or any details of their alleged wrongdoings. The company only said that some of these accounts are believed to be "associated with Inside Syria Media Center," which, according to the Atlantic Council aka the academic wing of NATO, is “covertly spreading pro-Russian and pro-Assad content.”

Facebook said it found no evidence the campaigns by Russia and Iran were connected.

"We’ve been investigating some of these campaigns for months now, which highlights the tension we face in every investigation between removing bad actors quickly and improving our defenses over time,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said during a hastily scheduled conference call with reporters late Tuesday. “Because if we remove them too early, it’s harder to understand their playbook and the extent of their network. It can also make it harder for law enforcement."

Zuckerberg said the action announced Tuesday reflected the firm’s "newfound approach" to finding and stamping out fake activity. "The shift we made from reactive to proactive detection is a big change, and it’s going to make Facebook safer for everyone over time,” the CEO told reporters.

Facebook’s allegation that the offenders were tied to Russia and Iran marks a departure from July when it announced a purge of 32 pages and was reluctant to assign responsibility for the content it pulled from the platform. On Tuesday, executives reiterated they couldn’t attribute last month’s campaign to any actor.

“We’re still investigating and there’s a lot that we don’t know yet,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “As a company, we don’t have all the investigative tools and intelligence that governments have, which makes it hard to always attribute a particular abuse to particular countries or groups.”

Facebook’s account closures came one day after Microsoft said Russian hackers linked to the 2016 election cyberattacks on the Democratic Party are broadening their efforts to target U.S. politics ahead of the midterms to include well-connected conservative groups.

Facebook refused to speculate on the motive of the Iranian or Russian campaigns during the press call with reporters. Lee Foster, a researcher with FireEye who worked on the Iran investigation, said the pages sought to promote Tehran’s interests, including "anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian themes."

There was no mention of any accounts deleted for promoting pro-Saudi, pro-Israeli and anti-Palestinian themes.

Nearly simultaneously, in a tweet posted to a corporate account, Twitter announced that it was "working with our industry peers today, we have suspended 284 accounts from Twitter for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran."

It “appears many of these accounts originated from Iran,” the Twitter message states as Iran has now clearly become the media's new bogeyman.

Facebook said it had shared its findings with both the U.S. and British governments on the Iranian activity and the U.S. treasury and state departments about Iran’s activity.

According to the WSJ, Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee that has been investigating online influence operations, said Facebook’s disclosure further reflected that foreign actors wanted to use social media to sow political discord and that “Russia is not the only hostile foreign actor developing this capability.”

Mr. Burr said he intended to discuss the foreign operations with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, when she testified before his panel in early September.

In other words, if the midterm elections produce an outcome that is the opposite of what the media broadly expects, this time it will be Iran's fault.

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Facebook apologizes after it sparked outrage when Anne Frank Center's post promoting Holocaust education was removed for 'violating community standards'

  • The New York-based non-profit organization had shared an article on August 21
  • The post shared results from a survey about American views of the Holocaust
  • The group said Facebook took it down for 'violating community standards'
  • Facebook said it had removed the post because it had nude images of children

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  • The group said Facebook took it down for 'violating community standards'
  • Facebook said it had removed the post because it had nude images of children
Yeah, yeah, That's the ticket "violated standards yeah"
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Diner owner's son stages drive-by shooting of woman's house after she left a bad Facebook review because her disabled mother was turned away on her birthday in Florida

  • Ex-US soldier Norman Auvil shot up the family home in Orange County, Orlando
  • He did it on behalf of the diner owner's son Michael Johnson who drove the SUV
  • Was retaliating to negative restaurant review left on Facebook by Monica Walley
  • Her disabled mother Diana Walley was denied service at The Daybreak Diner
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Facebook to build $1 bn Singapore data centre, first in...
Facebook spends $1 billion on a new data centre in Singapore powered entirely by solar energy and cooled by water as part of its mission to go 100% renewable by 2020

  • Firm will use solar energy to provide 100% of the power to the 11 storey building
  • Its liquid cooling system is designed to minimise water and power consumption
  • The building's facade is made of a perforated material made to increase airflow
  • Operations are expected to start in 2022, with further expansions planned
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'Tell people of that color to quit acting like animals': Louisiana teacher loses her job after posting a racist Facebook comment about Nike's Colin Kaepernick campaign

  • Slidell High School teacher Valerie Scogin posted the comment on September 5
  • It came two days after Nike revealed its 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' campaign
  • The central advert features the words: 'Stand for something, even if it means sacrificing everything' over Kaepernick's face
  • Screenshots sparked outrage among students and parents in Slidell, Lousiana
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Now Facebook will fact-check PHOTOS for fake news: Social media giant will use AI to probe images and video in its fight to cull the spread of misinformation

  • Social network is using AI and human reviewers to hunt down fake news links
  • It is expanding this system to include images and videos posted to the site
  • Russia-affiliated accounts seeking to influence democratic elections have repeatedly used photographs and video for fake news campaigns

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Now Facebook will fact-check PHOTOS for fake news: Social media giant will use AI to probe images and video in its fight to cull the spread of misinformation

  • Social network is using AI and human reviewers to hunt down fake news links
  • It is expanding this system to include images and videos posted to the site
  • Russia-affiliated accounts seeking to influence democratic elections have repeatedly used photographs and video for fake news campaigns

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'Tell people of that color to quit acting like animals': Louisiana teacher loses her job after posting a racist Facebook comment about Nike's Colin Kaepernick campaign

  • Slidell High School teacher Valerie Scogin posted the comment on September 5
  • It came two days after Nike revealed its 30th anniversary 'Just Do It' campaign
  • The central advert features the words: 'Stand for something, even if it means sacrificing everything' over Kaepernick's face
  • Screenshots sparked outrage among students and parents in Slidell, Lousiana
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/ar...-comment-Nikes-Colin-Kaepernick-campaign.html
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Facebook Removes 652 Accounts Linked To "Inauthentic Behavior" Originating In Iran And Russia


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Wed, 08/22/2018 - 07:31


Facebook said late on Tuesday that it had removed multiple pages, groups and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior" on its site and on Instagram. The company said in a long blog post that it removed 652 pages, groups and accounts from activities that originated in Iran and "targeted people across multiple internet services in the Middle East, Latin America, UK and US." Facebook noted that the activity appears to reflect increasing attempts by the Iranian regime to push its geopolitical agenda through online subterfuge.

Facebook said that they were acting based on a tip from a cybersecurity firm FireEye, known for its work in exposing "Russian hackers" and funding the controversial Center for European Policy Analysis. Some of the Iranian accounts and pages were created as far back as 2011, Facebook said.

Separately, Facebook also took down an unspecified number of accounts and pages that it said originated in Russia. While much of Russia’s alleged activity on Facebook in the past has centered on U.S. social issues, the bad actors identified in the latest purge were focused on politics in Syria and Ukraine.

"Finally, we’ve removed Pages, groups and accounts that can be linked to sources the US government has previously identified as Russian military intelligence services,” the social media giant wrote in bold text. It provided no number of removed accounts, when exactly they were blocked, or any details of their alleged wrongdoings. The company only said that some of these accounts are believed to be "associated with Inside Syria Media Center," which, according to the Atlantic Council aka the academic wing of NATO, is “covertly spreading pro-Russian and pro-Assad content.”

Facebook said it found no evidence the campaigns by Russia and Iran were connected.

"We’ve been investigating some of these campaigns for months now, which highlights the tension we face in every investigation between removing bad actors quickly and improving our defenses over time,” Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said during a hastily scheduled conference call with reporters late Tuesday. “Because if we remove them too early, it’s harder to understand their playbook and the extent of their network. It can also make it harder for law enforcement."

Zuckerberg said the action announced Tuesday reflected the firm’s "newfound approach" to finding and stamping out fake activity. "The shift we made from reactive to proactive detection is a big change, and it’s going to make Facebook safer for everyone over time,” the CEO told reporters.

Facebook’s allegation that the offenders were tied to Russia and Iran marks a departure from July when it announced a purge of 32 pages and was reluctant to assign responsibility for the content it pulled from the platform. On Tuesday, executives reiterated they couldn’t attribute last month’s campaign to any actor.

“We’re still investigating and there’s a lot that we don’t know yet,” Mr. Zuckerberg said. “As a company, we don’t have all the investigative tools and intelligence that governments have, which makes it hard to always attribute a particular abuse to particular countries or groups.”

Facebook’s account closures came one day after Microsoft said Russian hackers linked to the 2016 election cyberattacks on the Democratic Party are broadening their efforts to target U.S. politics ahead of the midterms to include well-connected conservative groups.

Facebook refused to speculate on the motive of the Iranian or Russian campaigns during the press call with reporters. Lee Foster, a researcher with FireEye who worked on the Iran investigation, said the pages sought to promote Tehran’s interests, including "anti-Saudi, anti-Israeli and pro-Palestinian themes."

There was no mention of any accounts deleted for promoting pro-Saudi, pro-Israeli and anti-Palestinian themes.

Nearly simultaneously, in a tweet posted to a corporate account, Twitter announced that it was "working with our industry peers today, we have suspended 284 accounts from Twitter for engaging in coordinated manipulation. Based on our existing analysis, it appears many of these accounts originated from Iran."

It “appears many of these accounts originated from Iran,” the Twitter message states as Iran has now clearly become the media's new bogeyman.

Facebook said it had shared its findings with both the U.S. and British governments on the Iranian activity and the U.S. treasury and state departments about Iran’s activity.

According to the WSJ, Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.), who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee that has been investigating online influence operations, said Facebook’s disclosure further reflected that foreign actors wanted to use social media to sow political discord and that “Russia is not the only hostile foreign actor developing this capability.”

Mr. Burr said he intended to discuss the foreign operations with Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, when she testified before his panel in early September.

In other words, if the midterm elections produce an outcome that is the opposite of what the media broadly expects, this time it will be Iran's fault.

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'I'd pay for yours, but whatever': Furious bride-to-be threatens to DELETE her Facebook friends if they don't cough up $3,000 for her destination wedding

  • A bride-to-be has issued a fuming rant to her friends on Facebook
  • She posted it after friends refused to cough up $3k for her destination wedding
  • The bridezilla threatened to delete her friends from Facebook if they didn't pay

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Facebook is building a 'fake news war room' inside its California headquarters to co-ordinate its battle against the spread of misinformation during the upcoming US and Brazilian elections

  • The 'war room' will be based at the company's headquarters in Menlo Park
  • It will be used throughout the upcoming American and Brazilian elections
  • Facebook has yet to confirm when the war room will become fully operational

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EU warns Facebook it is 'losing patience' waiting for the social network to comply with demands to tell its 380 million European users how it uses their data to make money

  • EU wants Facebook to give users more information about how their data is used
  • It said it has not seen significant progress during 'almost two years' of talks
  • The bloc has been pressing the US tech company to look at what changes it needs to make to better protect users

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Facebook investigating 'worst ever' security breach affecting 50 MILLION users that could have let hackers take over user accounts - including Mark Zuckerberg's

  • Facebook on Friday admitted to a security breach that affected 50 million users
  • The social media giant said attackers exploited Facebook's 'View As' feature, which lets people view what their profiles look like to other people
  • This could have potentially exposed private messages, photos and posts
  • The firm is working with the FBI to conduct further investigations into the attack
  • The attackers took advantage of a feature in the code, called 'Access Tokens'
  • Access Tokens don't include a user's password, but they let you log in without it
  • Mark Zuckerberg said passwords and credit card details were not accessed
  • 90 million users have been logged out of their account as a security measure
  • Some Twitter users reported that Facebook prevented them from sharing coverage of the breach from the Associated Press and the Guardian
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'Could have been worse': Facebook sued over major security breach affecting 50mn accounts
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Facebook has apologized for a “security issue,” after discovering that hackers used a vulnerability in the platform’s code to steal other users’ ‘access tokens’ and log into their accounts. 50 million accounts were affected.
 

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You Gave Facebook Your Number For Security. They Used It For Ads


by Tyler Durden
Sat, 09/29/2018 - 09:01

By Gennie Gebhart, Associate Director of Research, Electronic Frontier Foundation



Add “a phone number I never gave Facebook for targeted advertising” to the list of deceptive and invasive ways Facebook makes money off your personal information. Contrary to user expectations and Facebook representatives’ own previous statements, the company has been using contact information that users explicitly provided for security purposes—or that users never provided at all—for targeted advertising.

A group of academic researchers from Northeastern University and Princeton University, along with Gizmodo reporters, have used real-world tests to demonstrate how Facebook’s latest deceptive practice works. They found that Facebook harvests user phone numbers for targeted advertising in two disturbing ways: two-factor authentication (2FA) phone numbers, and “shadow” contact information.

Two-Factor Authentication Is Not The Problem
First, when a user gives Facebook their number for security purposes—to set up 2FA, or to receive alerts about new logins to their account—that phone number can become fair game for advertisers within weeks. (This is not the first time Facebook has misused 2FA phone numbers.)

But the important message for users is: this is not a reason to turn off or avoid 2FA. The problem is not with two-factor authentication. It’s not even a problem with the inherent weaknesses of SMS-based 2FA in particular. Instead, this is a problem with how Facebook has handled users’ information and violated their reasonable security and privacy expectations.

There are many types of 2FA. SMS-based 2FA requires a phone number, so you can receive a text with a “second factor” code when you log in. Other types of 2FA—like authenticator apps and hardware tokens—do not require a phone number to work. However, until just four months ago, Facebook required users to enter a phone number to turn on any type of 2FA, even though it offers its authenticator as a more secure alternative. Other companies—Google notable among them—also still follow that outdated practice.

Even with the welcome move to no longer require phone numbers for 2FA, Facebook still has work to do here. This finding has not only validated users who are suspicious of Facebook's repeated claims that we have “complete control” over our own information, but has also seriously damaged users’ trust in a foundational security practice.

Until Facebook and other companies do better, users who need privacy and security most—especially those for whom using an authenticator app or hardware key is not feasible—will be forced into a corner.

Shadow Contact Information
Second, Facebook is also grabbing your contact information from your friends. Kash Hill of Gizmodo provides an example:

...if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later.​

This means that, even if you never directly handed a particular phone number over to Facebook, advertisers may nevertheless be able to associate it with your account based on your friends’ phone books.

Even worse, none of this is accessible or transparent to users. You can’t find such “shadow” contact information in the “contact and basic info” section of your profile; users in Europe can’t even get their hands on it despite explicit requirements under the GDPR that a company give users a “right to know” what information it has on them.

As Facebook attempts to salvage its reputation among users in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it needs to put its money where its mouth is. Wiping 2FA numbers and “shadow” contact data from non-essential use would be a good start.

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Child sex trafficking victim sues 'morally bankrupt' Facebook for ‘aiding’ her abusers by providing an unrestricted platform to criminals after she was groomed online by a pimp

  • The woman was just 16 when a 'friend of a Facebook friend' contacted her online
  • She was groomed by the pimp who said he would help with her modeling career
  • When they met in Texas she was beaten up, raped and sold to strangers for sex
  • The civil lawsuit seeking $10,000 says Facebook should be held accountable
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Facebook says it has found no evidence 'so far' that hackers broke into third-party apps like Tinder and Spotify and is building a tool to help log out affected users

  • The firm revealed that hackers may have been able to access other services
  • It is believed Facebook-owned photo app Instagram may have been affected
  • Last week Facebook discovered a security breach affecting 50 million users
  • Facebook says it has found no evidence 'so far' that hackers broke into third-party apps
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Could YOU get a payout from Facebook following 'worst ever' hack? EU regulators begin investigation under tough new GDPR rules that could see firm hit with $1.63bn fine as users across the globe launch lawsuits

  • EU GDPR rules can result in fines of up to 4% of global revenue or 20 million euro
  • Some experts have claimed EU users could sue the firm for 'thousands' each
  • US users have already filed the first class action lawsuits
  • FTC today warned users to be on the alert for 'imposter scams'
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Facebook says 'only' 30 million people had their names, emails and phone numbers stolen in network's biggest ever data breach - here's how to check if you were one of them

  • Facebook said about 30 million users' accounts were accessed by attackers
  • That's revised lower from the firm's initial estimate of 50 million users last month
  • In September, Facebook said attackers took advantage of its 'View As' feature
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REALIST NEWS - Facebook Purges Over 800 Accounts With Millions Of Followers
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Eighth-grader is 'no longer a student' after posting photo to Facebook pointing a GUN in school bathroom

  • Photo showing three middle school students in uniform was posted on Thursday
  • Officials say it was taken a month ago and boy with gun is 'no longer a student'
  • Police have taken the boy into custody and are interviewing the two others
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'Kiss his f**king feet': Three teens are arrested after extremely disturbing Facebook video shows them threatening a boy with a GUN and then punching him

  • Independence, Missouri police say filmed incident took place on Saturday
  • One of the teens sought for questioning, Alexander Schader, 17, was arrested
  • Video posted on social media shows disturbing instance of bullying
  • Boy was forced to get down on bent knees and threatened at gunpoint
  • Teen is seen threatening boy and ordering him to 'kiss his feet'
  • Another teen then enters the frame and holds a pistol against bullied boy's head
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Mom's 'gut feeling' to report racist Facebook message ends up foiling Kentucky school shooting plot by leading police to suspect's home

  • New Jersey mom Koeberle Bull received threatening message last Wednesday
  • It was allegedly sent by Kentucky man Dylan Jarrel and led cops to his home
  • Jarrell was arrested in his driveway with car full of ammo and a Kevlar vest
  • The 20-year-old was charged with terroristic threatening, according to police
  • Evidence suggested he may have been headed to a school when he was stopped
  • He admitted to making threats and consented to police examination of his phone
  • Kentucky residents express outpouring of gratitude for New Jersey mom's tip
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The death of Facebook: Experts warn privacy and political scandals could kill off Mark Zuckerberg's social network (but Instagram will survive)

  • Mark Zuckerberg's firm has faced seemingly endless troubles over elections meddling, misinformation, privacy lapses, hacking and hate speech
  • One experts has said the problems could cause advertisers to avoid the site
  • The 'could lead to collapse, David Kirkpatrick, who wrote a 2010 book on Facebook's early history, said
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Facebook is fined £500,000 over Cambridge Analytica scandal which saw user data harvested from tens of millions of people

  • Britain's Information Commissioner gave the platform the highest fine possible
  • Facebook processed user details to app developers without informed consent
  • Consultants Cambridge Analytica used data to boost Trump electoral campaign
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