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Is Facebook Bad for You? It Is for About 360 Million Users, Company Surveys Suggest

Facebook researchers have found that 1 in 8 of its users report engaging in compulsive use of social media that impacts their sleep, work, parenting or relationships, according to documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.

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Facebook is Changing Its Name To Meta

Facebook said Thursday it's changing its name to Meta. "From now on, we''ll be metaverse first, not Facebook first," CEO Mark Zuckerberg said during the company's Oculus Connect event. "Over time you won't need to use Facebook to use our other services." This should highlight the companies longer-term effort to help build a "metaverse" that will bring physically distant people closer together.

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The Facebook Papers reveal staggering failures in the Global South

When Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen was asked what motivated her to share a trove of internal company documents with 18 news organizations and researchers in India and the Middle East, her response was straightforward. “The reason I wanted to do this project is because I think the Global South is in danger,” she said.

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Researchers Show Facebook's Ad Tools Can Target a Single User

A new research paper written by a team of academics and computer scientists from Spain and Austria has demonstrated that it's possible to use Facebook's targeting tools to deliver an ad exclusively to a single individual if you know enough about the interests Facebook's platform assigns them.

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Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus Have Been Suffering Global Outage

Facebook is back online after a six-hour outage due to DNS routing problems. The outage took down Instagram, Whatsapp, Messenger, and Oculus VR as well.

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Facebook Whistleblower Speaks

An Iowa data scientist with a computer engineering degree and a Harvard MBA has come forward as the whistleblower leaking damaging information about Facebook. They've now also filed at least eight complaints with America's Securities and Exchange Commission, which has broad oversight over financial markets and has the power to bring charges against companies suspected of misleading investors. To buttress the complaints, the whistleblower secretly copied "tens of thousands" of pages of internal Facebook research, which summarizes her ultimate conclusion: "that the company is lying to the public about making significant progress against hate, violence and misinformation.

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Salesforce CEO Argues Facebook 'is the New Cigarettes'

Social media may be bad for our health, argues long-time technology reporter/commentator Kara Swisher in the New York Times.

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WhatsApp fined €225m by Ireland over Privacy

Facebook's WhatsApp was fined a record 225 million euro by the Irish data protection regulator on Thursday after the EU privacy watchdog pressured Ireland to raise the penalty for the company's privacy breaches.

Partly at issue is how WhatsApp share information with parent company Facebook, according to the commission. The decision brings an end to a GDPR inquiry the privacy regulator started in December 2018. WhatsApp said it disagrees with the decision and plans to appeal. "We have worked to ensure the information we provide is transparent and comprehensive and will continue to do so," a WhatsApp spokesperson said via email.

Gigantes das Redes Sociais falham em remover a maior parte das publicações antissemitas

Cinco gigantes das redes sociais não conseguiram remover 84% das publicações antissemitas entre maio e junho - e o Facebook teve o pior desempenho apesar de anunciar novas regras para lidar com essa questão, aponta um novo estudo.

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Social Media Giants Failing To Remove Most Antisemitic Posts

Five social media giants failed to remove 84% of antisemitic posts in May and June -- and Facebook performed the worst despite announcing new rules to tackle the problem, a new report finds.

[Intermediate] Inside Facebook's Data Wars

Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users’ high engagement levels with right-wing media sources.

Por dentro das Guerras de Dados do Facebook

Executivos da rede social entraram em conflito sobre a CrowdTangle, uma ferramenta de dados do Facebook que revelou o alto engagamento dos usuários com fontes de mídia de direita

A Apple roubou o banco da máfia

Uma perspectiva interessante: a Apple invadiu descaradamente o Banco do Facebook em plena luz do dia, roubou seu recurso mais precioso e, camuflada sob a nobre causa de entregar o controle da privacidade aos consumidores, fugiu da cena do crime.

[Simple] Apple robbed the mob's bank

Interesting perspective:

Apple has brazenly, in broad daylight, stormed into the Bank of Facebook, looted its most precious resource, and, camouflaged under the noble cause of giving privacy controls to the consumer, fled the scene.

[Simple] Facebook v Apple: The ad tracking row heats up

A new feature is being introduced to iPhones and iPads this week which is causing a huge rift between Apple and Facebook: It will allow device users to say no to having their data collected by apps.

Facebook vs. Apple: A contenda sobre rastreamento de anúncios se acirra

Um novo recurso está sendo introduzido em iPhones e iPads esta semana e está causando uma grande divergência entre a Apple e o Facebook: o recurso permitirá aos usuários dos dispositivos impedirem que aplicativos coletem seus dados.

[Simple] 533 million Facebook users' phone numbers and personal data have been leaked online

The exposed data includes the personal information of over 533 million Facebook users from 106 countries, including over 32 million records on users in the US, 11 million on users in the UK, and 6 million on users in India. It includes their phone numbers, Facebook IDs, full names, locations, birthdates, bios, and, in some cases, email addresses.

Números de telefone e dados pessoais de 533 milhões de usuários do Facebook foram vazados online

Os dados expostos incluem dados pessoais de mais de 533 milhões de usuários da rede social em 106 países, incluindo mais de 32 milhões de registros de usuários nos EUA, 11 milhões no Reino Unido e 6 milhões na Índia. Os registros incluem números de telefone, identidades do Facebook, nomes completos, localizações, datas de nascimento, bios e, em alguns casos, endereços de e-mail.

[Simples] Enviado digital francês explica a saída do Facebook e do WhatsApp

Henri Verdier, embaixador da França para assuntos digitais, disse que a decisão foi pessoal e política. Ele decidiu em 1º de fevereiro que deixaria permanentemente a rede social e o aplicativo de mensagens de sua propriedade.

[Simple] French digital envoy explains departure from Facebook and WhatsApp

Henri Verdier, France’s ambassador for digital affairs, said the decision was both personal and political. He decided on February 1 that he would permanently leave the social network and the messaging app it owns.

[Simples] Tim Cook pode ter acabado de encerrar o Facebook

“Se uma empresa se baseia em enganar os usuários sobre a exploração de dados, em escolhas que não são opções, então ela não merece nosso elogio. Ele merece reforma. ”

[Simple] Tim Cook May Have Just Ended Facebook

“If a business is built on misleading users on data exploitation, on choices that are no choices at all, then it does not deserve our praise. It deserves reform.”

[Simple] Tech giants join China as superpowers calling the shots

Australia is presently embroiled in two major showdowns with superpowers. One is with China. The other is with Google and Facebook.

[Simples] Gigantes da tecnologia juntam-se à China como superpotências comandando os tiros

A Austrália está atualmente envolvida em dois grandes confrontos com superpoderes. Um é com a China. A outra é com Google e Facebook.

[Simple] WhatsApp Beaten By Apple’s New iMessage Privacy Update

Apple uses now privacy labels to inform users about some of the data types an app may collect, and whether that data is linked to them or used to track them. And a picture comparing those privacy labels for different messaging apps (Signal, iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messanger) is quite interesting.

[Simples] WhatsApp derrotado pela nova atualização de privacidade do iMessage da Apple

A Apple agora usa rótulos de privacidade para informar os usuários sobre alguns dos tipos de dados que um aplicativo pode coletar e se esses dados estão vinculados a eles ou usados ​​para rastreá-los. E uma imagem comparando esses rótulos de privacidade para diferentes aplicativos de mensagens (Signal, iMessage, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger) é bastante interessante.

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EU investigates Instagram over handling of children's data

Facebook could face a large fine if Instagram is found to have broken European Union privacy laws.

UE investiga Instagram acerca manipulação de dados de crianças

O Facebook pode ter que pagar uma grande multa se o Instagram tiver violado as leis de privacidade da União Europeia.

Facebook testing the boundaries of privacy with Oculus Quest 2

It seems that when you report anything in VR-games, your headset data - including what you see and do - are transmitted to FB and they can do with it and keep it as long as they want. No restrictions.

Facebook testando os limites da privacidade com Oculus Quest 2

Parece que quando você relata qualquer coisa em jogos realidade virtual, e os dados do fone de ouvido - incluindo o que você vê e faz - são transmitidos para o FB. E eles podem fazer o que quiserem com eles e mantê-los por tempo indeterminado. Sem restrições.

Ireland To Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To US

A European Union privacy regulator has sent Facebook a preliminary order to suspend data transfers to the U.S. about its EU users, WSJ reported Wednesday, citing people familiar with the matter, an operational and legal challenge for the company that could set a precedent for other tech giants.

Irlanda pede que o Facebook pare de enviar dados do usuário para os EUA

Um regulador de privacidade da União Europeia enviou ao Facebook uma ordem preliminar para suspender as transferências de dados para os EUA sobre seus usuários da UE, informou o WSJ na quarta-feira, citando pessoas familiarizadas com o assunto. Um desafio operacional e legal para a empresa que poderia abrir um precedente para outras tecnologias gigantes.

No, Facebook is not telling you everything

Facebook “Download Your Information” feature only gives you part of the picture. Information about advertisers uploading lists with your personal information is limited in time and prevents users from exercising their rights.

Could this plan make Facebook obsolete?

Your digital self is fragmented and wholly owned by third parties – but identity activist Kaliya Young has a plan to help us pull ourselves together, and make tech fairer for all.

Off-Facebook Activity

Off-Facebook activity includes information that businesses and organizations share with us about your interactions with them, such as visiting their apps or websites. Paul-Olivier fought for 4 years to make Facebook implement this feature - read more here.

Facebook’s Privacy Tool Launched Months Ago. Or Did It?

Despite promising access, Facebook’s “clear history” tool is MIA for most of the United States, with no clear release date.

What Would Facebook Regulation Look Like?

The federal government seems increasingly likely to take action on platform giants such as Facebook and Google. Antitrust intervention has emerged as the likely focal point of such efforts.

How I train Facebook to work for me

A data scientist way to control social media instead of been controlled.

Election software used by Boris Johnson and Donald Trump caught in Facebook privacy row

Remember last week when I profiled NationBuilder, the election software used by both Boris Johnson and Donald Trump? Well, it turns out NationBuilder has been buying voters' data from a company accused by Facebook of vioolating its users' privacy.

Facebook: Charting a Way Forward on Privacy and Data Portability

We’re publishing a white paper that sets forth five questions about data portability and privacy that we hope will help advance a global conversation.

Experiment: How private is your personal information?

A coffee shop makes an experiment where they get free coffee by liking their Facebook page. Then, show them how much data they gather within a few minutes just with a like.

Introducing Personal Data Exchanges & the Personal Data Economy

The next big technological shift is to a world where every individual can manage and (optionally) monetise their personal data. Companies like Facebook and Google already make billions because they know everything about us via our online habits. What if we could take a cut? What if we could own and sell our data directly?

MyData 2019 comms and marketing 101 for the community

Anna Ansku Tuomainen has created a folder (linked in the title) to support us in communicating MyData. The 101 doc is currently mostly about the conference but you are encouraged to creatively use the materials also for any comms needs you have. Also important is to remember to tag @mydataorg in your tweets and posts so those can be forwarded in the main channel.

It's not that we've failed to rein in Facebook and Google. We've not even tried!

This is an incredible article by Shoshana Zuboff, the Harvard Professor that wrote 'The Age of Surveillance Capitalism'. I strongly recommend you to read it as what she says also is related to what's being done in MyData. What she says is very much the essence of what we have to tackle.

Perguntas feitas

How to transform terms and conditions into something readable?

Is there any service provider that can transform terms and conditions into something readable for someone who is not a lawyer, or someone who knows about laws. My idea is that if I am going to sign terms and conditions or a privacy policy I would pay happily a service that can translate this into bullet points before I agree.
Various people already provided answers and suggested tools to achieve this.

Challenge from Carole Cadwalladr (Video: 1:10min)

@carolecadwalla from the Guardian wants to find out what acutally happend inside Facebook during Brexit and US elections. And how can we make the underlying data public?

Data Transfer Project

The Data Transfer Project was launched in 2018 to create an open-source, service-to-service data portability platform so that all individuals across the web could easily move their data between online service providers whenever they want.


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Facebook App

The app for an American online social media and social networking service company.