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Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
Facebook document shows it courts carriers and phone makers, ~100 companies, with “aggregated and anonymized” personal data about its users and their histories   —  Among the mega-corporations that surveil you, your cellphone carrier has always been one of the keenest monitors …
May 20, 2019, 1:35 PMIn context
Reuters:
Facebook supports 111 languages, but translates content rules to just 41, and its moderation staff speaks ~50; deficit leaves it struggling to monitor content   —  NAIROBI/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Facebook Inc's struggles with hate speech and other types of problematic content are being hampered …
Apr 24, 2019, 10:25 AMIn context
Alissa Greenberg / Pacific Standard:
A profile of PC4R, a crowdfunded charity that is helping refugees request funds for their pay-as-you-go mobile accounts via a Facebook group with 60K+ members   —  A Facebook-based refugee charity can be borderless and international in a way that other charities can't.  —  Musap Yhia was only 10 when he left Darfur.
Mar 23, 2019, 1:05 PMIn context
Zack Whittaker / TechCrunch:
Facebook has urged users to enable phone number-based 2FA, but the numbers are used in a user lookup feature with no opt out and to target ads, sparking outcry   —  Users are complaining that the phone number Facebook hassled them to use to secure their account with two-factor authentication …
Mar 3, 2019, 11:00 PMIn context
The Guardian:
Uganda says the number of subscriptions to ~60 apps like Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter, declined by 2.5M in the three months after social media tax was introduced   —  Economic fears raised as online subscriptions plummet in months following launch of levy created to curb ‘gossip’
Mar 2, 2019, 2:05 AMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Feb 6, 2019, 7:05 PMIn context
Sean Illing / Vox:
15 influencers, including Jonah Peretti, Ro Khanna, Brooke Binkowski, Malcolm Gladwell, Mark Warner, and Kara Swisher, weigh in on Facebook on its 15th birthday   —  15 influencers weigh in on the company's 15th birthday.  —  When Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returned to Harvard in 2017 …
Feb 4, 2019, 3:45 PMIn context
Shannon Palus / Slate:
Some Reddit users who installed the Facebook Research VPN say they knew of its extensive data collection, but had little expectation of privacy to begin with   —  What the going rate for the hyper-invasive program tells us about the evolving understanding of our personal data's value.
Jan 31, 2019, 10:50 PMIn context
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Apple says it revoked Facebook's Enterprise Certificate yesterday used to distribute the Research app outside of App Store, before Facebook could shut it down   —  In the wake of TechCrunch's investigation yesterday, Apple blocked Facebook's Research VPN app before the social network could voluntarily shut it down.
Jan 30, 2019, 11:05 AMIn context
Casey Newton / The Verge:
Facebook says it will shut down its controversial market research app on iOS, but it will apparently continue to be available for Android users   —  Facebook Research paid users $20 gift cards for near total access to data on their phones  —  Facebook will end a controversial market research program …
Jan 30, 2019, 2:33 AMIn context

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