Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg touts "reducing permanence" as a principle for his company's privacy-focused future, but it's hard to make things disappear from the internet.
The Antitrust Case Against Facebook: a turning point in the debate over Big Tech and monopoly
Scandals. Backstabbing. Resignations. Record profits. Time Bombs. In early 2018, Mark Zuckerberg set out to fix Facebook. Here's how that turned out.
Algorithmic features have sent suggestions to wish happy birthday to those who’ve died
New Zealand’s top privacy official on Monday called Facebook “morally bankrupt,” remarks that come in the wake of last month's mass shooting at two Christchurch mosques that were livestreamed on the social media platform,
Once again, Facebook is in the news for bad security practices, dark design patterns, and secretly reappropriating sensitive data meant for “authentication” to its own ends. Incredibly, this time, the company managed to accomplish all three in one fell swoop.What happened?Last weekend, news broke...
Site says recently live streams are prioritised for review only when flagged for suicide
There is nothing more important to us than protecting people’s information
Mark Zuckerberg announced on Wednesday that Facebook would be ‘pivoting to privacy’. That’s an empty pledge
My focus for the last couple of years has been understanding and addressing the biggest challenges facing Facebook. This means taking positions on importan
Facebook’s promise to build a “privacy-focused platform” is little more than a hollow reaction to recent PR disasters.
Wie niet luisteren wil, moet maar voelen
This year I'm hosting a series of discussions on the future of technology and society. Here's the first one with Harvard Law Professor Jonathan Zittrain.
I joined his seminar and we covered topics...
News site says it wants to ensure its efforts are a ‘net positive’ for community, as some journalists doubt program’s effectiveness
Fifteen years ago, the social network site was set up to connect people. But now, with lives increasingly played out online, have we forgotten how to be alone?
All of Facebook's internal employee apps aren't working because of Apple. Employees aren't happy about it.
Facebook cancels its all-spying, secret "research" program, Apple cancels Facebook's developer account
Desperate for data on its competitors, Facebook has been secretly paying people to install a “Facebook Research” VPN that lets the company suck in all of a user’s phone and web activity, similar to Facebook’s Onavo Protect app that Apple banned in June and that was removed i…
Mark Zuckerberg’s op-ed in the Wall Street Journal today (paywalled, but summarized here) relies on all-too-familiar refrains to explain the dubious principles and so-called “facts” behind Facebook’s business model. It’s the same old song we’ve heard before. And, as usual, it wildly misses users’...
Staff discussed what to do with high-spending children before deciding to refuse refunds
Last year he focused on ‘fixing’ Facebook. Now Mark Zuckerberg plans to host talks about technology’s future in society
We welcome debate about how to help keep Facebook a safe place where people can express their ideas. But that debate should be based on facts, not mischaracterizations.
The New York Times report on Facebook's ongoing data sharing relationships is quite something. The gist is that even while it claimed that its data
No combination of settings can stop location data being used by advertisers, says report
EFF and more than 100 civil society organizations across the globe wrote directly to Mark Zuckerberg recently demanding greater transparency and accountability for Facebook content moderation practices. A key step, we told Facebook, is implementation of a robust appeals process giving all users the...
Calculating Facebook's value by figuring out how much you'd have to pay users to quit
Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.
Facebook is scrambling to reassure civil rights groups after reports prepared for Congress detailed how a Russian troll farm used its platform to try and suppress black voter turnout in the 2016 election.
A letter from 29 groups demanded a restructuring of the company’s board to improve accountability in wake of recent scandals
The social media giant’s troubles have led to lawsuits, House of Commons hearings and several apologies
Another week, another set of reminders that, while Facebook likes to paint itself as an “optimistic” company that’s simply out to help users and connect the world, the reality is very different. This week, those reminders include a collection of newuly released documents suggesting that the...
70 of the world's leading human rights groups ask Mark Zuckerberg to create due process for censored content
By Alex Warofka, Product Policy Manager We want Facebook to be a place where people can express themselves freely and safely around the world. As part of that commitment, we commissioned an independent human rights impact assessment on the role of our services in Myanmar and today we are publishing the findings. The assessment was […]
Alex Stamos on the risks of giving his former employer and other giant platforms the power to determine what people can—and can’t—say online.
Virtual reality has always been destined to be less important than augmented reality, and Facebook taking a stake has never made much sense.
When you take the Zuckerberg shilling, you’re leaving your principles behind you
The surprising resignation of Kevin Systrom and Mike Krieger should not, in fact, be surprising: this became inevitable the moment they sold Instagram to Facebook.
Contractors ‘irreparably traumatized’ by having to witness child abuse, rape, torture, suicide and murder, says former employee
A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.
Facebook has a problem: an infestation of undercover cops. Despite the social platform’s explicit rules that the use of fake profiles by anyone—police included—is a violation of terms of service, the issue proliferates. While the scope is difficult to measure, EFF has identified scores of agencies...
De Amerikaanse burgerrechtenorganisatie ACLU heeft een klacht tegen Facebook ingediend voor het faciliteren van genderdiscriminatie. Aanleiding is de mogelijkheid voor werkgevers om met Facebook-advertenties vacatures alleen zichtbaar te maken voor mannen of vrouwen.
The most famous entrepreneur of his generation is facing a public reckoning with the power of Big Tech.
At Facebook, where men outnumber women almost two to one, the future of news is female.
Facebook offered a jumble of explanations for why Telesur's English-language page was suddenly taken down and then reinstated two days later.
We want the time people spend on Facebook and Instagram to be intentional, positive and inspiring.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Saturday pushed back against Facebook for banning conspiracy theorist and InfoWars founder Alex Jones, suggesting the platform was infringing on the First Amendment.
Content review at this size has never been done before. We recognize the enormity of this challenge and the responsibility we have to get it right.
Investors desert Facebook after it missed revenue targets as the cost of the Cambridge Analytica scandal bites