Facebook suspends Trump campaign’s data analytics team, Cambridge Analytica, for harvesting private information of 50 million users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/17/facebook-suspends-cambridge-analytica/ Facebook has suffered what has been described as the social networks “biggest ever data breach” after Cambridge Analytica and its parent group Strategic Communication Laboratories (SCL) harvested data from … Read more

Facebook algorithms went mad and threw up some weird — and sexual — search suggestions

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/16/facebook-nsfw-search-suggestions/ Facebook has issued an apology after its search algorithms apparently went haywire and started to suggest a range of strange, and often NSFW, videos to users. Throughout Thursday night … Read more

Tim Berners-Lee: social media is too powerful and the web needs regulation to avoid weaponization

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/12/weaponized-world-wide-web/ Today marks the 29th anniversary of the world wide web, and as has become traditional, its inventor has penned a letter for the occasion. In it, Sir Tim Berners-Lee … Read more

Twitter suspends multiple ‘tweetdecking’ accounts for stealing tweets and spamming content into forced virality

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/11/twitter-suspends-tweetdecking-accounts/ In the latest attempts to clean up its platform, Twitter has suspended a number of accounts for trying to game the system. A number of well-known accounts were hit … Read more

GIPHY removed from Snapchat and Instagram after racist GIF appears

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/03/10/giphy-racist-gif-snapchat-instagram/ Snapchat and Instagram have both temporarily removed GIPHY integration from their products following the appearance of a racist GIF. A statement put out by Snapchat says: “We have removed … Read more

If you’re concerned about privacy, you might want to skip Facebook’s VPN — Onavo Protect

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/15/facebook-vpn-onavo-protect/ Facebook and privacy are not words that really belong in the same sentence, so the idea that the social network is offering a VPN tool might well raise your … Read more

The UK government reveals AI software that automatically blocks extremist content online

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/13/uk-government-block-extremist-content/ Continuing its drive to take control of the internet, the UK government has unveiled a new tool that it says can block extremist content “on any platform” with astonishing … Read more

German court says Facebook’s privacy settings and use of personal data are illegal

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/02/12/facebook-privacy-ruling-germany/ Facebook is no stranger to privacy-related controversy, and now a German court has ruled that the social networks’ use of personal data is illegal. The court in Berlin also … Read more

Facebook bans ads for cryptocurrencies and ICOs

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/31/facebook-bans-cryptocurrency-ico-ads/ Facebook has announced new advertising policies which ban ads for cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin. The ban also applies to ICOs because they are “frequently associated with misleading or deceptive … Read more

Ahead of GDPR laws, Facebook publishes privacy principles and promises to educate users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/29/fcebook-privacy-principles-gdpr/ Facebook has published its privacy principles for the first time, ahead of the European Union’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) which comes into force on May 25 — although … Read more

Trump was almost ten times more popular with Russian Twitter bots than Clinton

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/28/russian-twitter-bots-donald-trump/ In the run-up to the 2016 US election, Russian bots shared Donald Trump’s tweets 470,000 times — nearly ten times those of Hillary Clinton. The figures come courtesy of … Read more

UK government to monitor social networks and fight fake news with National Security Communications Unit

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/24/uk-government-fights-fake-news/ In a bid to tackle the ongoing problem of fake news, the UK government is settings up the National Security Communications Unit. The NSCU is tasked with “combating disinformation … Read more

Facebook to roll out new privacy tools ahead of European GDPR laws

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/23/facebook-privacy-controls-gdpr/ Facebook has faced numerous complaints and accusations when it comes to privacy, and nowhere has this been more obvious than in Europe. In response to European Union plans to … Read more