WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

WhatsApp Has Shared Your Data With Facebook for Years, Actually

As part of that privacy policy refresh, WhatsApp also removed a passage about opting out of sharing certain data with Facebook: "If you are an existing user, you can choose not to have your WhatsApp account information shared with Facebook to improve your Facebook ads and products experiences.".

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

The Race to Preserve the DC Mob's Digital Traces

Other livestreams from participants have been removed by the platforms themselves, part of a scrambling effort by social media giants to scrub their feeds of footage like Evans’ stream.

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

Platforms Must Pay for Their Role in the Insurrection

President Trump and his enablers in government and right-wing media will shoulder the blame for Wednesday’s insurrection at the US Capitol, but internet platforms—Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and Twitter, in particular—have played a fomenting and facilitating role that no one should overlook.

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

Even Mark Zuckerberg Has Had Enough of Trump

As of Thursday morning, following a day in which a mob of the president’s supporters violently invaded the US Capitol, the president’s Twitter account was temporarily frozen; YouTube had taken down his latest video; and, most remarkably, Mark Zuckerberg had announced that Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts were suspended indefinitely.

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020

The Most Dangerous People on the Internet in 2020

Hacking groups within Russia's GRU military intelligence agency like Fancy Bear and Sandworm didn't cause the sort of mayhem this year that they did in the last decade—or the electoral sabotage that the security community feared as November approached.

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Better Than Nothing: A Look at Content Moderation in 2020

Then came 2020.Under pressure from politicians, activists, and media, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube all made policy changes and enforcement decisions this year that they had long resisted—from labeling false information from prominent accounts to attempting to thwart viral spread to taking down posts by the president of the United States.

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Nice Try, Facebook. iOS Changes Aren’t Bad for Small Businesses

Late last week, Facebook bought full-page ads in the leading national dailies contending that Apple’s new policy, which will require apps running on iOS to allow users to opt out of tracking beginning early next year, will hurt small businesses.

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Texas Accuses Google and Facebook of an Illegal Conspiracy

Facebook, the complaint says, agreed to “curtail its header bidding initiatives” and send the millions of advertisers in its Facebook Audience Network to bid on Google’s platform.

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

Mark Zuckerberg’s Blue Christmas

After the Instagram and WhatsApp founders left, Zuckerberg didn’t allow their successors to call themselves CEOs of those properties, a limitation that symbolized their bounded status.

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The Smoking Gun in the Facebook Antitrust Case

The bipartisan coalition, led by New York State Attorney General Letitia James, alleges that Facebook achieved its dominance through a years-long strategy of anticompetitive tactics, including its acquisitions of budding rivals like Instagram and WhatsApp. As it built up that dominant position, the suit argues, it began offering users a worse and worse privacy experience.

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Six-Word Sci-Fi: Stories Written By You

Submissions and any other materials, including your name or social media handle, may be published, illustrated, edited, or otherwise used in any medium.Illustration: VIOLET REEDYOUR GENES ARE MY GENES NOW.A Story Set in a World Without Paper.

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

A Facebook Messenger Flaw Could Have Let Hackers Listen In

Discovered by Natalie Silvanovich of Google's Project Zero bug hunting team , the vulnerability, which is now patched, could have been exploited on Messenger for Android if an attacker simultaneously called a target and sent them a specially crafted, invisible message to trigger the attack.

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

The Senate's Section 230 Discourse Somehow Keeps Getting Dumber

At the risk of imposing more coherence than there really was, the main line of attack on Section 230 from Senate Republicans today was that Twitter and Facebook are no longer mere neutral platforms, but rather act as publishers, making editorial decisions about what content to allow and when to add their own content.

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

‘One Person’s Apocalypse Is Another Person’s Day-to-Day’

Xiaowei Wang: The subjects and places throughout the book have a mood that I like to term “modernity gone off the rails.” For example, Dinglou village was a boomtown—it had developed really fast, from farmland to a bustling center.

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

A Ransomware Gang Bought Facebook Ads to Troll Its Victim

Russian and North Korean Hackers Hit Covid-19 Vaccine FirmsAuthorities have warned for months that public health organizations and vaccine developers would be high-value targets for state-sponsored hacking groups .

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Inside Parler, the Right's Favorite 'Free Speech' App

Right-wing luminaries who still have profiles on “lamestream” social media have made posts encouraging their followers to get off Facebook and Twitter and join them on Parler instead.

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

It's Hard to Escape Facebook's Vortex of Polarization

While there’s little evidence to support that Facebook is biased against conservative users, University of Virginia professors Brent Kitchens and Steven Johnson found that, by maximizing for engagement and attention, Facebook’s algorithms actively push conservatives toward more radical content than liberal users.

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

On the Week of the Election, Social Media Must Go Dark

Platforms could either collect such information through the mainstream press or set up a hotline allowing users to report election problems to the social media companies themselves, which would then verify the authenticity of tips before alerting users.

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

I Didn’t Want to Love Zooming on My Facebook Portal—but I Do

There’s now a booming industry of gadgets for turning a computer into a home video studio: webcams, laptop stands, speakers, lights.But I have a solution that will be cheaper, easier, and probably work better: Just Zoom on a Facebook Portal.

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

The DOJ Is Fighting Google on a Shifting Battlefield

Marissa Mayer, Google’s 20th employee who later went on to lead Yahoo!, once told me that for many years, Google would do a test: It would show a certain percentage of users a version of search with no ads, to see if people preferred a commercially pristine experience.

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

Put Trump's Tweets on a Time Delay

We applaud these changes, and believe that if Twitter is serious about its stated goal of “protecting the integrity of the election conversation,” there's another thing the platform should consider: putting a time delay on the tweets of Donald Trump and other political elites.

Facebook Shut Down Malware That Hijacked Accounts to Run Ads

Facebook Shut Down Malware That Hijacked Accounts to Run Ads

Today at the digital Virus Bulletin security conference, Facebook researchers presented a detailed picture of how the malware, dubbed SilentFade, actually works and some of its novel methods, including proactively blocking a user's notifications so the victim wouldn't be aware that anything was amiss.

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook Busts Russian Disinfo Networks as US Election Looms

Facebook attributed one of the disinformation distribution networks to "actors associated with election interference in the US in the past, including those involved in 'DC leaks' in 2016.The network tied to IRA-linked individuals included accounts and groups collectively posing as a Turkey-based think tank.

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Go Ahead, Try to Sneak Bad Words Past AI Filters—for Research

Facebook’s project comes as more AI researchers, including the social network’s VP of artificial intelligence , say the field needs to broaden its horizons if computers are to become capable of handling complex, real world situations.

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

Covid-19 Support Groups Are a Potential Research Gold Mine

However, according to John Naslund, who studies digital mental health at Harvard Medical School, the Covid-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented surge in online activity.It’s interesting that they’re not considered essential.” In his research into online groups dedicated to mental health issues, he’s found such communities to be incredibly helpful for some people’s wellbeing.

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

What Even Is ‘Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior’ on Platforms?

Like so many of the revelations about content that violates platform policies, the TPA posts were revealed not through the platforms’ own moderators, but through the intrepid reporting of journalists.

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Platforms' Election 'Fixes' Are Rooted in Flawed Philosophy

Three and a half years ago, as the country came to understand the outsize role of social media manipulation in electing Donald Trump, you might have imagined that by the next time around the major platforms would have profoundly changed the way politics is conducted online and come to grips with essential design flaws.

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 Is a Government License to Build Rage Machines

Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act protects “interactive computer services” like Facebook and Google from legal liability for the posts of their users.We could start by limiting Section 230 and making the platforms responsible, like any other publisher, for content they decide to promote and amplify.

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

How to Boost WhatsApp’s Privacy and Better Protect Your Data

However, it’s worth stressing that the content of the messages you send isn’t shared, as Facebook doesn’t have access to them due to WhatsApp’s end-to-end encryption .WhatsApp collects more information about you than it shares with Facebook.

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

Facebook's Zuckerberg Says He's Got Election Stuff Under Control

In a blog post, Mark Zuckerberg laid out Facebook’s latest election-related policies, including its plan to deal with the possibility that a winner won’t be officially declared on Election Day. The company plans to use its new Voting Information Center “to prepare people for the possibility that it may take a while to get official results.” On Election Day, the information center will include authoritative information from Reuters and the National Election Pool.