Apple has blocked Facebook’s internal apps from working on employees’ phones, The Verge reports. The move is in response to recent revelations that Facebook was misusing Apple’s enterprise app program, meant for internal use, to run a research app that gathered consumer’s phone activity in exchange for payment. Facebook said it’s shutting down the app, which paid people (including teens) up to $20 a month to install a VPN used to track data and activity. Apple later contradicted Facebook’s statement with one of its own, which said that it had removed Facebook’s security certificate after it found the company had violated its developer policies. The move has big ramifications for Facebook, as employees are reportedly locked out of internal company apps. Some Facebook employees told Cheddar they think the company is being “unfairly targeted” by Apple. Facebook’s thousands of … [Read more...] about Chaos has reportedly erupted inside Facebook as employees find themselves unable to open the company’s apps on their iPhones
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caption Facebook automatically scores all posts in the US and select other countries on a scale from 0 to 1 for risk of imminent harm. source Hollis Johnson/Business Insider Facebook is scanning nearly every post on the platform in an attempt to assess suicide risk. Facebook passes the information along to law enforcement for wellness checks. Privacy experts say Facebook’s failure to get affirmative consent from users for the program presents privacy risks that could lead to exposure or worse. In March 2017, Facebook launched an ambitious project to prevent suicide with artificial intelligence. Following a string of suicides that were live-streamed on the platform, the effort to use an algorithm to detect signs of potential self-harm sought to proactively address a serious problem. But over a year later, following a wave of privacy scandals that brought Facebook’s data-use into question, the idea of Facebook creating and storing actionable mental … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s suicide algorithm: Here’s how the company uses artificial intelligence to predict your mental state from your posts
Jacob Shamsian, provided by Published 12:19 pm PST, Friday, November 9, 2018 Will Haskell for CT/Facebook Democrat Will Haskell, 22, won a Connecticut state Senate seat held by Republicans since 1973. He was a Business Insider intern before that. Haskell believes states can be a bulwark against the Trump presidency, and that's what his voters want. He says the press plays an important role in informing the electorate. On November 2, 22-year-old Will Haskell flipped one of the most entrenched seats in the Connecticut state Senate from red to blue. Connecticut's 26th Senate district has been held by Republicans since Richard Nixon was president. And its incumbent, Toni Boucher, had worked in the legislature since before Haskell was born. But with a nimble digital strategy, a campaign that involved a lot of door-knocking, and a pair of endorsements from former President Barack Obama and Sen. Chris Murphy, Haskell ousted Boucher and helped Democrats tie the state's Senate. … [Read more...] about This 22-year-old was a Business Insider intern 3 years ago. Now he’s a state senator who pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the year.
source Getty Business Insider is hiring a paid fellow to write about tech from its London office. The fellowship starts immediately and will run for six months. The successful candidate will work full-time (40 hours a week). As a fellow, you can expect to be covering the world’s biggest companies (think Apple, Google, and Facebook), the hottest startups, and the latest gadgets. We are looking for someone: With excellent writing skills, who can work quickly and independently Who knows how to create and package stories in an exciting way with an original angle and eye for attention-grabbing images Who has a sound knowledge of the tech industry Who is hungry to go above and beyond to find agenda-setting scoops Who is ready to write a mix of articles, including short posts, photo-based stories, and reported features As a fellow at Business Insider, there is no getting coffee, filing, or making copies. Apply here with a CV and cover letter telling us … [Read more...] about Business Insider is hiring a paid fellow in London to write about tech
At one point this summer, Brian Amerige seemed destined to become the next James Damore. Like Damore, the Google engineer who wrote a manifesto protesting the company’s “ideological echo-chamber” last year, Amerige also authored a controversial memo accusing his employer, Facebook, of being a “political monoculture that’s intolerant of different views.” Like Damore, who argued against gender equality in engineering based on supposed biological differences, Amerige was also a self-styled philosopher who deeply offended his more liberal-minded colleagues when he lobbied for an office mural promoting solidarity with transgender people to be taken down. Like Damore, Amerige’s name was also splashed across the press once the memo he wrote leaked publicly. And of course, like Damore, Amerige was invited to tell his story on Tucker Carlson Tonight. But there’s one key difference between the two provocateurs: While Google fired Damore over the … [Read more...] about Inside Facebook’s Stormy Debate Over ‘Political Diversity’