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Facebook ‘failed to protect’ health data in private groups

Image copyright Reuters Image caption A complaint has been lodged with the American regulators about health data The way Facebook interacts with users is “unfair, deceptive and misleading”, according to a complaint lodged with US regulators. The Federal Trade Commission was told the company had failed to protect the privacy of those in patient health and other groups. Some users may have been exposed to “life-threatening privacy violations”, the complaint says. Facebook told BBC News it was “not an anonymous platform”. The privacy of Facebook groups was brought into question…

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Samsung announces Galaxy Fold phone with apps from Facebook, Google

FILE PHOTO : The logo of Samsung Electronics is seen at its office building in Seoul, South Korea January 7, 2019. REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Wednesday said it will release a pricey folding smart phone in April, with specially adapted applications from Facebook Inc and Alphabet Inc designed for the new device. The Galaxy Fold will cost $1,980 and go on sale on April 26, Samsung officials said at an event in San Francisco. The device will have a 4.6-inch display while…

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EU’s Vestager says not precluding Facebook case in future

FILE PHOTO: The entrance sign to Facebook headquarters is seen in Menlo Park, California, on Wednesday, October 10, 2018. REUTERS/Elijah Nouvelage/File Photo BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Facebook is not currently in EU regulators’ crosshairs but it may well be in future because of the crucial role played by data, Europe’s antitrust chief said on Tuesday. European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager’s comments came two weeks after the German cartel office ruled that the world’s largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent. Vestager said she…

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Facebook broke rules, should be regulated: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook intentionally breached data privacy and competition law and should, along with other big tech companies, be subject to a new regulator to protect democracy and citizens’ rights, British lawmakers said on Monday. In a damning report that singled out Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the British parliament’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee said tech firms had proved ineffective in stopping harmful content on their platforms. This included disinformation, attempts by foreign countries to influence…

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Facebook security app used to ‘spy’ on competitors

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Facebook has been criticised for its the way it handles user data A report by a Commons committee has detailed Facebook’s use of an application to “spy” on users. The cross-party group said that Facebook used its Onavo virtual private network (VPN) app to gather information on competitors. The MPs claim Facebook “intentionally and knowingly violated both data privacy and anti-competition laws”. The report, which is more than 100 pages long, also details the influence of fake news on the site in elections. Monitoring…

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Facebook says it is ‘open to meaningful regulation’

FILE PHOTO: Silhouettes of mobile users are seen next to a screen projection of Facebook logo in this picture illustration taken March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook is “open to meaningful regulation”, it said on Monday after British lawmakers said that big technology companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news and abuse of users’ data. “We are open to meaningful regulation and support the committee’s recommendation for electoral law reform,” said Facebook’s public policy manager, Karim Palant.…

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News Daily: Facebook report, Huawei risks and veteran Labour MP’s death

If you want to get this briefing by email, sign-up here Image copyright Getty Images Facebook needs more regulation, say MPs MPs have criticised Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg for failing to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over the issue of fake news. The Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s report also said there was a threat to the UK’s democracy from the spreading of untrue stories. It called for a “radical shift” in the balance of power between social media platforms and users, including a compulsory code of ethics for…

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Facebook needs independent ethical oversight: UK lawmakers

LONDON (Reuters) – Facebook and other big tech companies should be subject to a compulsory code of ethics to tackle the spread of fake news, the abuse of users’ data and the bullying of smaller firms, British lawmakers said on Monday. FILE PHOTO: A woman looks at the Facebook logo on an iPad in this photo illustration taken June 3, 2018. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau/Illustration/File Photo In a damning report that singled out Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg for what it said was a failure of leadership and personal responsibility, the UK…

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Facebook needs regulation as Zuckerberg ‘fails’ – UK MPs

Image copyright Getty Images/Facebook Facebook needs far stricter regulation, with tough and urgent action necessary to end the spread of disinformation on its platform, MPs have said. A Commons committee has concluded that the firm’s founder Mark Zuckerberg failed to show “leadership or personal responsibility” over fake news. Untrue stories from foreign powers were risking the UK’s democracy, they said. Facebook welcomed the digital select committee’s report and said it would be open to “meaningful regulation”. MPs said that what was needed to deal with the proliferation of disinformation online…

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Bloodsports videos taken down from Facebook and YouTube

Image copyright YouTube Image caption YouTube said it had removed content that broke its policy guidelines but the BBC found some footage remains on the site Facebook and YouTube have taken down content promoting illegal animal bloodsports following an investigation by the BBC’s Countryfile programme. But both websites still host users who feature graphic videos and photos showing banned cockfighting and hare coursing taking place in the UK. Facebook did remove one user and said content “must respect local laws”. YouTube said it had removed all material highlighted by the…

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