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Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook will exempt ads from eligible news outlets from its political ad archive in the UK, a policy it plans to extend to the US and Brazil pending UK tests   —  Social network to act against ‘dark adverts’ with compulsory disclaimers saying who paid  —  Every political advert on Facebook …
Nov 29, 2018, 9:25 AMIn context
The Guardian:
Facebook says it will not make political ad disclosure rules mandatory in UK on Nov. 7, says it wants to ensure the accuracy of disclaimers under the ads first   —  Exclusive: social network says it is improving process to stop abuse of disclaimer system  —  Facebook is delaying its plans …
Nov 7, 2018, 9:40 AMIn context
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Oct 16, 2018, 3:30 PMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook bans Infowars and 3 other pages run by Alex Jones for “repeated violations of Community Standards”; Spotify removes all episodes of The Alex Jones Show   —  Crackdown on US conspiracy theorist for promoting violence and hate speech  —  All but one of the major content platforms …
Aug 6, 2018, 7:50 AMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Facebook ad tools labeled 65,000 Russians as interested in treason, putting them at risk from the repressive state; Facebook removed the category after reports   —  Firm removes category, which affected 65,000 people, from ad tools, following safety fears  —  Facebook's advertising tools …
Jul 11, 2018, 4:20 PMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
As companies flood EU residents' inboxes ahead of GDPR rollout, experts say many of those consent emails are unnecessary and some may be even illegal   —  Many firms have the required consent already; others don't have consent to send a request  —  The vast majority of emails flooding inboxes across Europe …
May 21, 2018, 7:40 PMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
With GDPR imminent, investigation finds Facebook lacks privacy controls for information inferred about users, including sensitive details used in ad targeting   —  Social network categorises users based on inferred interests such as Islam or homosexuality  —  Facebook allows advertisers …
May 16, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
The Guardian:
Facebook releases first content moderation report: 583M fake accounts closed in Q1 2018, action taken on almost 1.5B accounts and 2.5M instances of hate speech   —  Firm's first quarterly moderation report also shows scale of spam, hate speech and violence  —  Facebook took moderation action …
May 15, 2018, 10:23 AMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Christopher Wylie describes in detail how Cambridge Analytica used ML and Facebook data to micro target US voters, creating 253 predictions per profiled record   —  Whistleblower Christopher Wylie explains the science behind Cambridge Analytica's mission to transform surveys and Facebook data into a political messaging weapon
May 6, 2018, 7:56 PMIn context
Alex Hern / The Guardian:
Ex-Cambridge Analytica employee tells UK Parliament that Kogan/GSR's Facebook datasets/questionnaires were not the only ones CA used, cites two other FB quizzes   —  Far more than 87 million people may have had their Facebook data harvested by Cambridge Analytica, according to evidence from former employee Brittany Kaiser.
Apr 17, 2018, 12:49 PMIn context

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