Democracy Dies in Darkness Sections Home Try 1 month for $1 Username Sign In Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Subscribe Account Profile Newsletters & Alerts Gift Subscriptions Contact Us Help Desk Accessibility for screenreader The Switch by Tony Romm May 24 at 2:00 PM Email the author Graphics of Facebook pages created by a Russian troll factory are displayed during a congressional hearing. (SHAWN THEW/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock) Facebook and Twitter forged ahead Thursday with new efforts to disclose more information about the political advertisements that appear on their sites, part of a broad campaign to help users better understand why they see the content they do and who’s behind it. For both tech companies, the stakes are high ahead of the 2018 midterm election, two years after Russian agents spread propaganda – through ads and … [Read more...] about Who’s behind those political ads on Facebook? Now, you can find out.
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For at least a year, the biggest page on Facebook purporting to be part of the Black Lives Matter movement was a scam with ties to a middle-aged white man in Australia, a review of the page and associated accounts and websites conducted by CNN shows. The page, titled simply "Black Lives Matter," had almost 700,000 followers on Facebook, more than twice as many as the official Black Lives Matter page. It was tied to online fundraisers that brought in at least $100,000 that supposedly went to Black Lives Matter causes in the U.S. At least some of the money, however, was transferred to Australian bank accounts, CNN has learned. Fundraising campaigns associated with the Facebook page were suspended by PayPal, Donorbox, Classy, and Patreon after CNN contacted each of the companies for comment. The discovery raises new questions about the integrity of Facebook's platform and the content hosted there. In the run-up to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's testimony before Congress this week, … [Read more...] about The biggest Black Lives Matter page on Facebook is fake
Supported by U.S. By MATTHEW ROSENBERG and GABRIEL J.X. DANCEAPRIL 8, 2018 Continue reading the main story Share This Page Continue reading the main story Christopher Deason stumbled upon the psychological questionnaire on June 9, 2014. He was taking a lot of online surveys back then, each one earning him a few dollars to help pay the bills. Nothing about this one, which he saw on an online job platform, struck him as “creepy or weird,” he said later.So at 6:37 that evening, Mr. Deason completed the first step of the survey: He granted access to his Facebook account.Less than a second later, a Facebook app had harvested not only Mr. Deason’s profile data, but also data from the profiles of 205 of his Facebook friends. Their names, birth dates and location data, as well as lists of every Facebook page they had ever liked, were downloaded — without their knowledge or express consent — before Mr. Deason could even begin reading the first survey … [Read more...] about ‘You Are the Product’: Targeted by Cambridge Analytica on Facebook
March 9, 2018 - Written By Alexander Maxham The MLB announced today that the league will be streaming 25 games on Facebook this upcoming season. And unlike with previous deals in other sports leagues, Facebook has an exclusive here. So even those that subscribe to MLB TV won’t be able to stream these 25 games. Now Facebook did not win the coveted primetime games, that typically run on Sunday and Monday night with marquee matchups. Instead, the majority of these games are going to be in the afternoon on Wednesdays. The MLB likely decided to award Facebook with those games as they don’t typically get a lot of viewers in the afternoon in the middle of the week. But with them streaming on Facebook’s website, there is a chance it could pick up more viewers.These games are going to be part of the Facebook Watch service that the company launched earlier this year. Facebook Watch is its new video platform that already has a slew of partners streaming content exclusively on … [Read more...] about MLB Will Stream 25 Games Exclusively on Facebook This Season
Humans generate more data on Facebook in a single day than exists in all the books ever written combined. That’s not even counting Google Search trends, Amazon and Alibaba’s shopping insights, and Microsoft’s gleanings from having Windows installed on a gazillion devices. Data, unlike gold and oil, is a nearly unlimited resource. So why aren’t we getting paid for creating it? In return for this data — which provides the primary source of income for social networks like Facebook — we’ve developed new addictions, watched national elections fall under the influence of foreign entities, and unwittingly participated in the training of autonomous technology that’ll likely disrupt the vast majority of industries humans currently work in. But we haven’t gotten paid. Facebook, on the other hand, has: it’s worth nearly half a trillion dollars. Does this mean we’re all a bunch of cows giving the milk away for free? If our personal … [Read more...] about We should be getting paid to use Facebook and Google