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Oh Crap! Shocking Amount of Data Facebook & Google Keep on You

Irishman Reveals Shocking Amount of Data Facebook and Google Keep on You

Data Consultant and Web Developer Dylan Curran's exposé on the level of information that both Facebook and Google have on social media users is about to give you a scare.


Irish Central, 5 Apr 2018



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An exquisite breakdown using real-life examples of how@Facebook and @Google exploited your trust to quietly create a decade-long dossier of your most private activities.

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On a mission to spread "technical awareness and improve digital etiquette", Curran has published the results of his extensive research in The Guardian.

In the first revelation that will, to quote Curran, "freak you out", he makes a point that Google knows where you've been.

"Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where you’ve been from the very first day you started using Google on your phone," Waterford native Curran warns.

He points out to readers that they can click on this link to see your own data: google.com/maps/timeline?…

That's not even the scary part. Curran mentions that Google knows everything you've ever searched for even if you've deleted it, it knows all the apps you use, it has all of your YouTube history, and - gulp - Google even has built an ad profile based on your data.

Give this a minute to sink in: the data that Google has thus far stored on you could fill millions of Word Documents.

Curran notes that his own history is 5.5GB big - roughly three million Word Docs. Your own can be accessed here.

Google is not the only culprit, either. Facebook has made headlines recently over questionable use of user's personal data.

"Facebook offers a similar option to download all your information. Mine was roughly 600MB, which is roughly 400,000 Word documents," Curran writes.

And what is this data you might ask? According to Curran, it's "every message you’ve ever sent or been sent, every file you’ve ever sent or been sent, all the contacts in your phone, and all the audio messages you’ve ever sent or been sent."

To read his piece on The Guardian in full, see here.
You can also read Curran's interviews with CBC here and News.com.au here.

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Up to 87 million Facebook users' data went to Cambridge Analytica
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Arrow Right The Death of Facebook: Experts Warn

The Death of Facebook: Experts Warn Privacy and Political Scandals Could Kill off Mark Zuckerberg's Social Network (But Instagram Will Survive)


Mark Zuckerberg's firm has faced seemingly endless troubles over elections meddling, misinformation, privacy lapses, hacking and hate speech

One experts has said the problems could cause advertisers to avoid the site


This 'could lead to collapse, David Kirkpatrick, who wrote a 2010 book on Facebook's early history, said


Daily Mail UK 24 Oct 2018.


When Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion in 2012, it seemed like a big gamble for an unproven little app.

Six years later, that little app - along with Messenger and WhatsApp - are serving as Facebook's safety net for a future that could find its flagship service on the sidelines.
Sure, Facebook reigns in social media today, and this is not likely to change soon.





Mark Zuckerberg concludes his testimony before a combined Senate Judiciary and Commerce committee hearing in the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill April 10, 2018 in Washington, DC. Zuckerberg, 33, was called to testify after it was reported that 87 million Facebook users had their personal information harvested by Cambridge Analytica, a British political consulting firm linked to the Trump campaign.


Still, amid the company's seemingly endless troubles over elections meddling, misinformation, privacy lapses, hacking and hate speech, the idea that Facebook may not always be on top has begun to take hold.

'Facebook could collapse,' said David Kirkpatrick, who wrote a 2010 book on Facebook's early history.
In an interview, he said the elections manipulations issue 'could get so terrifying that advertisers could start to back away.
That's nowhere near happening now, but it could happen.'

That is, as Facebook stops being a virtual watercooler for friendly conversation, but a lair for trolls and misinformation - advertisers might find the service too dangerous to showcase laundry detergent and shoes.
For now, Facebook is a social and advertising powerhouse.

It has 2.23 billion users, a number that's still growing at a healthy pace outside of the U.S. Wall Street analysts project Facebook's 2018 revenue will top $55 billion.

While the company doesn't break out revenue among its apps, eMarketer estimates that Instagram will bring in 16 percent of Facebook's advertising revenue this year and 25 percent by 2020. (The research firm does not have estimates for Messenger ads, which are still new and nascent, and WhatsApp, which doesn't have ads yet.)





David Marcus, Facebook Vice President of Messaging Products, watches a display showing new features of Messenger during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. On Tuesday, Facebook is announcing a redesign of its Messenger app with the stated goal of making it more simple to use.


'It really speaks to the fact that advertisers love Instagram,' eMarketer analyst Debra Aho Williamson said. 'It has the appeal of being a generally positive environment.'

In fact, Instagram is becoming the top social media service for many brands to interact with consumers, said Yuval Ben-Itzhak, CEO of the social media marketing firm Socialbakers.

So even though these companies are reaching a smaller audience than Facebook, these people are 'engaging,' or interacting, a lot more with the advertisers, he said.





WhatsApp and Facebook app icons on a smartphone in New York. Instagram along with Messenger and WhatsApp are serving as the social media giant's insurance policy for a future that might not be dominated by its flagship service.


Facebook is working hard to ensure that Messenger and later, WhatsApp, become viable businesses as well.

On Tuesday, Facebook announced plans to make its Messenger app simpler and easier to use. But the redesign also makes it clear that messages from businesses - and ads - are becoming increasingly important.

Such messages are now front and center alongside messages with friends and other individuals.

The new Messenger features a 'dark mode' that lets people switch to white text on a black background. It has fewer 'tabs' - or words and icons to tap to get to different sections in the app. The previous version had nine, including 'messages,' ''active' to show ongoing conversations, 'groups,' ''games' and a 'discover' icon to find bots to chat with for everything from the weather to horoscopes to shopping. The new version has just three: 'chats,' ''people' and 'discover' to connect with businesses, follow the news or play games.

Stan Chudnovsky, head of product for messaging at Facebook, said the primary intent wasn't to elevate messaging with businesses. But he said that 'when people spend more and more time communicating with each other on a platform, inevitably that is where businesses need to be. It's almost like print happened and then businesses needed to be on print.'

Facebook, of course, is working hard to nudge people and businesses in this direction, convincing them that chatting on Messenger is more efficient than, say, emailing, calling - or tweeting at - an airline, a clothing store or even your bank.





FILE- In this April 12, 2016, file photo, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg talks about the company's 10-year roadmap during the keynote address at the F8 Facebook Developer Conference in San Francisco. Instagram along with Messenger and WhatsApp are serving as the social media giant's insurance policy for a future that might not be dominated by its flagship service. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)


One thing Facebook has always understood is the importance of human connections and interaction. Chudnovsky considers one-on-one communications a 'basic human need.' Considering that people use Messenger, and not the main Facebook service, for such interactions, does this mean Messenger is more important than Facebook?

'We don't take a position on what is more important,' Chudnovsky said.

Still, considering that people no longer need a Facebook account to use Messenger, maybe some day it will be. After all, people (especially younger ones) are using Facebook less frequently, even as they flock to Instagram and its messaging services.

A Pew Research Center study recently found that just over half of teens use Facebook, while 72 percent use Instagram.

'The idea has always been not to replace Facebook, but to add to it,' said Nate Elliott, head of the market research firm Nineteen Insights. 'But now that Facebook's reputation has taken a beating, I'm sure that they see it as a very nice insurance policy.'





In this June 20, 2013 file photo, a journalist makes a video of the Instagram logo using the new video feature at Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif. Facebook bought Instagram for $1 billion back in 2012. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)
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Hacker Facebook Security Lapse Affects Millions More Users Than First Stated

Facebook Security Lapse Affects Millions More Instagram Users Than First Stated

News that the company had insecurely stored passwords came on the same day as the release of Robert Mueller’s long-awaited report

The Guardian UK, 19 APR 2019.


Facebook chose one of the busiest news days in American politics this year to admit that millions more Instagram users were affected by a security lapse than it had previously disclosed.

At 10 am ET on Thursday, as the attorney general, William Barr, wrapped up his news conference on the release of the report of the special counsel, Robert Mueller, Facebook updated a 21 March blogpost, which revealed it had mistakenly stored the passwords of hundreds of millions of users unencrypted, to include a sentence admitting that millions more Instagram accounts had been affected.

The 21 March post initially said “hundreds of millions of Facebook Lite users, tens of millions of other Facebook users, and tens of thousands of Instagram users” had data stored in an insecure way.

In the update, the company said it had discovered additional logs of Instagram passwords being stored in a readable format. “We now estimate that this issue impacted millions of Instagram users,” it noted.

The clear implication of the timing of its admission is that Facebook is trying to bury this privacy oversight in the midst of its larger scandals of the week, said Evan Greer, deputy director at Fight for the Future, a privacy advocacy non-profit.

“Exactly zero people are surprised that Facebook would try to bury this damning story by releasing their response today,” she said. “It fits their MO of deflecting, downplaying and apologizing without addressing the fundamental problem: that their current business model is incompatible with user privacy and human rights.”

Facebook stored millions of passwords without encryption for years, a story from security reporter Brian Krebs initially reported. It is standard practice in the industry to store passwords with encryption so that even if they are hacked, stolen passwords cannot be read or used. In this case if passwords were taken they could have more easily been used.

A Facebook spokesman told the Guardian there is no evidence of abuse or misuse of the passwords.

“This is an issue that has already been widely reported, but we want to be clear that we simply learned there were more passwords stored in this way. There is no evidence of abuse or misuse of these passwords.”

The Mueller report released on Thursday mentioned Facebook more than 80 times in relation to potential efforts to affect results of the 2016 elections. It found the Internet Research Agency, an election interference group affiliated with the Russian government, paid more than $100,000 to Facebook for more than 3,500 advertisements.

Fake accounts and advertisements sponsored by the agency reached as many as 126 million Americans, the report found. The IRA also promoted and organized political rallies using Facebook events. Announcing additional security problems in the midst of scrutiny over 2016 election activity was no accident, said Ed Zitron, a tech industry public relations veteran and CEO of EZPR.

The timing of the announcement was the equivalent of Facebook “mumbling it under your breath while someone is playing loud music and hoping no one will hear,” he said. “The crazy thing is that they think they can still do this … They are acting like they’re still a cute startup, but they’re not.”
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Movies Working for Facebook

The Reality of Working for Facebook

Facebook is a company that has grown from nothing to be worth half a trillion dollars in just 15 years.

Today nearly a third of all humans are using it, and yet we rarely get to see the people actually in charge of the biggest social network in the world.


BBC...1 SEP 2019


The company has suffered a series of deepening scandals and intense media scrutiny. In 2018, their mission - to connect everyone on the planet - seemed to be going dramatically wrong.

Data leaks, fake news and hacks on user security were threatening to destroy everything Mark Zuckerberg had built.

Yet throughout this difficult time, the company allowed the BBC’s flagship science strand Horizon to follow key members of the team trying to fix the problems and secure the platform.

This film goes behind the scenes and follows the teams inside Facebook.

It tackles difficult questions, like how our data is used and what content should and shouldn’t be on the site, but also shows how Facebook works, what the teams are doing to secure it, and reveals a hidden technological playground...

Where some of the smartest engineers in the world are being hired to build systems and technology no one has built before.





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Movies Facebook Investing in Mind Reading Wristbands

Why Facebook is Investing in Mind Reading Wristbands

ABC News (Australia) 27 Sep 2019


Facebook has paid somewhere between $US500 million and $US1 billion for CTRL-Labs, a company that's created a neural interface wristband — a device that makes it possible to transmit electrical signals from the brain to a computer.

So how close are we to the dream of telekinesis?



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Pirate Facebook Blocks Users From Pirate Bay Links

Facebook Blocks Users From Sharing Pirate Bay Links

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Ten years ago Facebook reached out to The Pirate Bay, asking the torrent site to remove the ‘share’ button from its site.

At the time, the torrent site was at the center of a high profile copyright infringement lawsuit, something the social media network didn’t want to be associated with.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, The Pirate Bay wasn’t very cooperative. The request remained unanswered which left Facebook with no other option than to block Pirate Bay URLs at its end.

“The Pirate Bay has not responded and so we have blocked their torrents from being shared on Facebook,” the company told us at the time.

Today, more than a decade later, the “share” button on The Pirate Bay is long gone. Somewhere during this period, Facebook’s ban was also lifted. When the social media site started blocking several other torrent sites a few weeks ago, we noticed that TPB was not among them.

However, this changed recently. When we reviewed Facebook’s blocking efforts a few days ago we noticed that The Pirate Bay is now blocked as well. Similar to the other pirate sites, it apparently violates the platform’s “community standards.”

People who want to use Facebook to post a link to The Pirate Bay will see the following error message instead; “You can’t share this link. Your post couldn’t be shared, because this link goes against our Community Standards.”

Similarly, all Pirate Bay links are blocked in Facebook’s Messenger chats as well, returning a similar notification.

Facebook’s Community Standards and its Terms of Service allow the platform to take action against potential intellectual property infringements, which is likely what triggered this action.

While The Pirate Bay is now blocked again by Facebook, the current ban is substantially different from the previous one. Ten years ago the site only prevented people from linking to actual torrent pages, while all URLs, including the homepage, are banned today.

It is apparent that Facebook is gradually expanding its ‘piracy’ blocking efforts. In addition to adding The Pirate Bay, 1337x.to was recently added as well, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if more URLs will follow.
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