The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

The Senate Is Mad as Hell at Facebook—Again

Thursday’s hearing was prompted by a series in The Wall Street Journal based on a trove of leaked internal research, and one story in particular: “Facebook Knows Instagram Is Toxic for Teen Girls, Company Documents Show.” The hearing was styled as a cross between Watergate—what did Facebook know, and when did it know it?—and the corporate exposés of yesteryear.

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

WhatsApp Fixes Its Biggest Encryption Loophole

It’s a complex solution to a longstanding issue, and one that sets a precedent for companies that don’t want to rely quite so extensively on the security of the world’s handful of dominant cloud providers .“We’ve been working on this problem for many years and to build this, we had to develop an entirely new framework for key storage and cloud storage that can be used across the world’s largest operating systems,” says WhatsApp product manager Calvin Pappas.

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

Facebook’s New Camera Glasses Are Dangerously Easy to Use

(Giaia Rener, Ray-Ban's global brand director, even describes them as "the first smart glasses you're going to want to wear.")If you ignore the fact that they have cameras and wireless connectivity, Ray-Ban Stories are just a pair of Wayfarers.

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

Can the Wisdom of Crowds Help Fix Social Media’s Trust Issue?

And so if the laypeople ratings correlated with the average fact checker score as closely as the individual fact checkers agreed with each other, it would be fair to say that the crowd was performing as well as or better than a professional.

Facebook Quietly Makes a Big Admission

Facebook Quietly Makes a Big Admission

In one sense, this design feature gives social media companies and their apologists a convenient defense against critique: If certain stuff is going big on a platform, that’s because it’s what users like.

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

Social Media Algorithms Are Controlling How I Grieve

She’s talked to more than 80 research participants, sometimes for hours, about how they interact with profiles of the deceased.“What we’re finding is that there are a bunch of really steep misalignments in what people need from this system and how it's actually working,” she says regarding Facebook.

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

New Vaccine Conspiracy Theories Are Going Viral in Arabic

Across dozens of Arabic pages and groups, dangerous conspiracy theories about the pandemic are racking up millions of views and likes.Between January 1 and February 28, ISD researchers found 18 Facebook pages and ten groups sharing pandemic-related misinformation and conspiracy theories in Arabic.

Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak

Oh Look, LinkedIn Also Has a 500M User Data Leak

A week into the revelation that Facebook leaked the data of 500 million users—including phone numbers and other potentially sensitive info—and the company still hasn't given a full account of what happened.Hackers Are Selling Scraped LinkedIn Data of 500 Million UsersRemember that Facebook leak?

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

Facebook Had Years to Fix the Flaw That Leaked 500M Users’ Data

That incident differs from the more recent Facebook controversy, in which attackers were able to "scrape” Facebook by enumerating batches of possible phone numbers from more than 100 countries, submitting them to the contact import tool, and manipulating it to return the names, Facebook IDs, and other data users had posted on their profiles.

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

What Really Caused Facebook's 500M-User Data Leak?

Or was it the 419 million Facebook user records, including hundreds of millions of phone numbers, names, and Facebook IDs, scraped from the social network by bad actors before a 2018 Facebook policy change, that were exposed publicly and reported by TechCrunch in September 2019?

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

5 Years After the Oculus Rift, Where Do VR and AR Go Next?

There were only two keys to the room, and for good reason: That’s where the Oculus team kept the Toybox demo.Yet all that change has made this week in particular a good time to take stock: It just happens to be the five-year anniversary of the Oculus Rift .

Facebook Moves Against ‘Evil Eye’ Hackers Targeting Uyghurs

Facebook Moves Against ‘Evil Eye’ Hackers Targeting Uyghurs

Its cyber espionage investigations team went so far as to trace the Android malware used in the Evil Eye campaigns to two development firms: Beijing Best United Technology Co., Ltd. and Dalian 9Rush Technology Co., Ltd. Facebook says that research from the threat intelligence firm FireEye contributed to its discovery of these connections.

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

A Better Path to Tech Reform? Felony Charges

On March 25, the CEOs of Google, Facebook, and Twitter will once again testify before a committee of the House of Representatives, this time about the spread of disinformation on their platforms.

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

Facebook's ‘Red Team X’ Hunts Bugs Beyond the Social Network's Walls

"Covid for us was really an opportunity to take a step back and evaluate how we’re all working, how things are going, and what might be next for the red team," Ionescu says.

Facebook Finally Explains Its Mysterious Wrist Wearable

Facebook Finally Explains Its Mysterious Wrist Wearable

Bosworth, who leads Facebook’s augmented and virtual reality research labs, had just shared a blog post outlining the company’s 10-year vision for the future of human-computer interaction.So Facebook has been using this EMG wearable in its virtual reality lab to see if such a device might enable more precise hand-computer interactions.

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

Biden Is Assembling a Big Tech Antitrust All-Star Team

On Tuesday morning, Politico reported that Biden plans to nominate the legal academic Lina Khan to an open seat on the Federal Trade Commission, one of the agencies with the most power to enforce antitrust laws.

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

Facebook’s New AI Teaches Itself to See With Less Human Help

The Facebook algorithm, called Seer (for SElf-supERvised), fed on more than a billion images scraped from Instagram , deciding for itself which objects look alike.LeCun says self-supervised learning could have many useful applications, for instance learning to read medical images without the need for labeling so many scans and x-rays.

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Australia Is Fighting a Platform War on the Wrong Battlefield

Though the law doesn’t seem terribly specific about the issue, Australian lawmakers seem to have accepted the long-voiced Murdochian claim that Google and Facebook are stealing news content by linking to articles, sometimes even providing snippets.

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

If Work Is Going Remote, Why Is Big Tech Still Building?

The company continues to expand its presence in other Bay Area cities, and Zuckerberg told employees that Facebook still saw a use for all of its current and planned space.

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

A Billion-Dollar Dark Web Crime Lord Calls It Quits

This week it disclosed that ransomware was recently added to its list of woes, as a hacker group claimed to have stolen internal documents as well as source code for its most popular games.

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Optimizely’s Founder Wants to Augment Your Memories

Siroker says that he’s very privacy-conscious, and all of those digitally stored memories will go into “your own personal vault.” He’s also thinking a lot about how to make sure the people you interact with don’t feel you’re stealing their words.Siroker says he does not want people to alter records in a way that supports nefarious uses like deepfakes.

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

Covid-19 Vaccine Scams Spread Under Facebook and Telegram's Watch

The offers ranged from Facebook page operators willing to ship Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine—which is not authorized for use in the United States—from China, to apparent scammers on Telegram claiming to have access to Moderna, Pfizer, and AstraZeneca’s vaccines.

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

What the Arab Spring Can Teach Us About GameStop

Instead, I thought of the democracy protests in Tahrir Square in Cairo, which began almost exactly 10 years to the date before the GameStop hijinks, January 25, 2011.These protests, part of a regional movement to overthrow autocratic governments known as the Arab Spring, were a high-water mark for the idea that the internet would free the world.

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Facebook and Apple Are Beefing Over the Future of the Internet

Speaking as part of a conference convened for International Data Privacy Day, Cook excoriated the social media business model, which is based on monitoring people’s behavior in order to target ads to them.“The fact is that an interconnected ecosystem of companies and data brokers, of purveyors of fake news and peddlers of division, of trackers and hucksters just looking to make a quick buck, is more present in our lives than it has ever been,” he said.

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

Facebook Ad Services Let Anyone Target US Military Personnel

But independent security researcher Andrea Downing says the stakes are much higher should active duty members of the US military—many of whom would likely get caught up in broader Facebook targeting of this sort—face misinformation online that could impact their understanding of world events or expose them to scams.

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

Facebook’s Oversight Board Has Spoken. But It Hasn’t Solved Much

In a statement Thursday, Monika Bickert, Facebook’s vice president for content policy, said the company would follow the board’s decisions to restore four items, including the Instagram post from Brazil.

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Fleeing WhatsApp for Better Privacy? Don't Turn to Telegram

Mimoun, the founder of the digital security nonprofit Horizontal, asked the participants to list messaging platforms that they'd heard of or used, and they quickly rattled off Facebook Messenger , WhatsApp , Signal , and Telegram .

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

They Claimed the Covid Vaccine Made Them Sick—and Went Viral

This story originally appeared on WIRED UK.The videos all made the same claims: both Skelton and Desselle had been vaccinated for Covid-19 shortly before developing their tremors, and the vaccine, they alleged, was to blame.

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Facebook’s Oversight Board to Decide on Trump Ban

Cases generally will come to the board by user appeals of Facebook’s content decisions, but the bylaws allow Facebook itself to present cases for the board’s consideration.

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.".