Tag: Facebook

Facebook Wins Court Battle Over Law Enforcement Access to Encrypted Phone Calls

A federal judge in California ruled this month that the government cannot force Facebook to break the encryption on its popular Messenger voice app in a criminal case in which agents wanted to intercept a suspect’s conversations, according to several individuals familiar with the case. The decision, which remains under seal, dealt a setback

Facebook Admits Phone Numbers May Be Used to Target Ads

Facebook on Thursday confirmed that advertisers were privy to phone numbers given by members of the social network for enhanced security. A study by two US universities, first reported by news website Gizmodo, found that phone numbers given to Facebook for two-factor authentication were also used to target advertising. Two-factor authentication is

Facebook Gives Advertisers Access to Your ‘Shadow’ Contact Information: Report

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica scandal game to light, Facebook has been in the spotlight for its invasive data mining practices. The Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed how Facebook allowed a company to harvest profile information from millions of accounts via a fake “personality quiz” app and then use it for political purposes. This can be referred

Facebook Names Hotstar CEO Ajit Mohan as Managing Director of India Operations

Facebook on Monday announced it has appointed Ajit Mohan, former CEO of video streaming platform Hotstar, as Managing Director and Vice-President of Facebook India. Set to join Facebook from early next year, Mohan will be responsible for driving Facebook’s overall strategy and continued investment in India, reporting directly to the Menlo Park-based headquarter

Facebook Dating Service Testing Begins, in Colombia

Aiming to take on mobile dating apps such as Tinderand Bumble, social networking giant Facebook on Thursday started testing its new dating product in Colombia. “At first glance, ‘Facebook Dating’ closely resembles its competitor Hinge. Both depart from the swiping model popularised by Tinder in favour of asking users to answer question prompts and

Facebook ‘Better Prepared’ for Election Meddling, Zuckerberg Says

Facebook is better prepared to defend against efforts to manipulate the platform to influence elections and has recently thwarted foreign influence campaigns targeting several countries, chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday. Zuckerberg, posting on his Facebook page, outlined a series of steps the leading social network has taken to protect against misinformation and manipulation

Can Facebook Really Drive Violence?

Facebook representatives have been hauled before Congress three times in the past year—including testimony this week from Sheryl Sandberg—to answer uncomfortable questions about technology’s role in the spread of misinformation and its threat to U.S. democracy. But those questions aren’t the extent of the company’s public-relations problems. Facebook has also been accused

Facebook Researcher Tied to Cambridge Analytica Quits

After becoming infamous for helping the controversial British political consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica harvest tens of millions of Facebook users’ profiles, a psychology researcher with the social networking giant has left the company, the media reported. A Facebook spokesperson declined to explain when or why the researcher, Joseph Chancellor, had left the