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

Rupert Murdoch suggests Facebook should pay ‘trusted’ publishers for news content

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/23/facebook-should-pay-for-news-rupert-murdoch/ Facebook has been fighting something of a losing battle against the problem of fake news, but media mogul Rupert Murdoch thinks he has come up with a solution. He … Read more

Facebook to fight ‘sensationalism, misinformation and polarization’ with news trustworthiness surveys for users

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/20/facebook-news-surveys/ Facebook has said time and time again that it will do more to fight the problem of fake news on the social network, and the company’s latest idea is … Read more

Twitter admits that 670,000 people interacted with Russian propaganda bots during US election

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/20/twitter-bots-russian-propaganda/ Twitter has revealed that a total of 677,775 Americans followed accounts or liked tweets associated with Russian propaganda groups during the 2016 US election. The company does not reveal … Read more

Big changes to Facebook’s news feed mean you’ll probably spend less time on the social network

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2018/01/12/facebook-newsfeed-revamp-2018/ Facebook is planning major changes to the way its news feed works, and Mark Zuckerberg says he believes that the amount of time people spend using the social network … Read more

Facebook to use facial recognition to notify users when photos of them are uploaded

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/29/facebook-facial-recognition-alerts/ A new feature touted as a privacy tool sees Facebook automatically identifying users in photographs that are uploaded. It uses the same technology already employed to make image tagging … Read more

Twitter kills anti-Nazi bot Imposter Buster that tried to expose racists

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/29/twitter-bans-anti-racist-imposter-buster-bot/ A Twitter account designed to alter users about racist accounts has been shut down by Twitter. Imposter Buster was a bot created by journalist Yair Rosenberg in an attempt … Read more

Facebook stops flagging fake news because it was making the problem worse

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/22/facebook-drops-fake-news-flags/ Fake news — or disinformation as it used to be called — has become an increasingly serious problem as false information quickly spreads online through social media. Facebook tried … Read more

Privacy: WhatsApp told to stop sharing user data with Facebook

Full Article : BetaNews – https://betanews.com/2017/12/19/privacy-whatsapp-facebookdata-sharing-france/ A French privacy watchdog has ordered WhatsApp to stop sharing user data with Facebook. The CNIL (National Data Protection Commission) issued the Facebook-owned company with formal notice to cease … Read more