Facebook just can’t seem to keep themselves out of privacy scandals. In the latest report from Bloomberg, it has been revealed that Facebook has actually been paying third-party contractors to transcribe the audio chats on its users, a move which the company has confirmed and stated that they have since put on pause.
Back in June, Facebook announced their plans for their own cryptocurrency called Libra. However, given the apprehension surrounding cryptocurrency and also Facebook’s recent data and privacy related scandals, there were some who called on Facebook not to proceed with its launch.
There are many secrets of the brain that we have yet to unlock and we imagine that we’ve probably only scratched the surface, although we are making good progress where thanks to the technology, we’re seeing more brain-controlled devices. However, it seems that in the future, we may no longer need to type out our sentences and we only need to think them.
It was first reported last year that Facebook is working on a new Portal-like device which will hook up to a TV and allow you to make video calls using its platform. The reports had also mentioned that this device may enable users to access Facebook Watch on their TV as well. A new report mentions that this device may serve as a set-top box of sorts by enabling users […]
The Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal has ended up costing Facebook $5 billion. The Federal Trade Commission formally announced a $5 billion settlement with Facebook today, ending the years-long investigation into the scandal and other privacy issues. This is the second largest fine ever imposed by the FTC.
One of the features of Facebook’s Messenger for Kids is that it prevents the user from chatting with unapproved contacts. This means that kids who use the app will only get to chat with people that they know and approved by their parents, thus preventing strangers from getting in touch with your kids.
Social media has made it easier to get information out to more people faster than ever before. You could start streaming video to Facebook instantly and people who follow you will be able to see it. No surprise that many government agencies use social media to get their message out. Sometimes, these live streams can have unintended consequences.
How do websites like Facebook, Google, YouTube, Instagram, and Twitter determine topics that are supposedly relevant to you? Presumably, this is based on how you use their websites, where based on your searches, history, browsing habits, and so on, it will surface information that it thinks is most suitable for you.
Back in June, Facebook announced its own cryptocurrency called Libra. When it was announced, the US government immediately expressed their concerns about the technology. Now it seems that some of those concerns could be related to terrorism, at least that’s the perspective that the US Treasury has.
Last year, Facebook was hit with its biggest scandal of all time when it was revealed that an organization called Cambridge Analytica misused data that Facebook had granted them access to. This resulted in a huge breach of privacy for many of Facebook’s users, which ultimately led to calls to break up the company.
There’s no escaping ads on Facebook and the company uses the immense data that it has on users to enable advertisers to reach the maximum number of people. However, in order to be transparent with users about the ads they see, the company introduced tools like “Why am I seeing this ad?” and Ad Preferences over four years ago. Since the answers users got with those tools were normally vague, […]
Splinter Cell and Assassin’s Creed may be coming to Oculus virtual reality headsets. A new report claims that Facebook has inked an exclusive deal for this purpose. Not a lot of details are available at this point in time about this deal but it appears to be part of a larger push by Facebook to bring some exclusive games to the Oculus VR platform.
Facebook launched fan subscriptions early last year. Users can sign up for a monthly subscription payment to their favorite creators, kind of like Patreon, in exchange for exclusive content and a fan badge. Facebook wasn’t taking a cut of the $4.99 subscription through the test period but it was going to happen, inevitably. The company has confirmed that it will start taking a cut of fan subscriptions from next year.
Facebook has taken some considerable steps to prevent fake news from spreading on its platform which happens to be the world’s largest social media network. The company has reportedly also built a tool to track fake news about itself and its products. The program is called Stormchaser and it’s used to catch and debunk misinformation about Facebook.