50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach

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    UK Facebook Users to File a Class Action Lawsuit Over Cambridge Analytica Data Misuse Scandal
    By Rafia Shaikh, 4 hours ago
    https://wccftech.com/uk-sue-facebook-cambridge-analytica/

    "Facebook users in the United Kingdom whose data was harvested by Cambridge Analytica are planning to file a class action lawsuit. A group representing the UK residents served a 27-page letter to Facebook accusing it of violating local data privacy regulations.

    The letter demands the company to respond to a list of questions within 14 days or the group will take legal action against Facebook. Wired reports that the letter serves as the first step in the legal process for filing a class action suit in the UK. “Nearly 1.1 million British citizens could be eligible to join such a suit if it goes forward,” the report suggested.

    The announcement comes after the UK Information Commissioner’s Office said earlier in July that it is considering to fine Facebook around $600,000 under the Data Protection Act for the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal. However, many have criticised this “maximum penalty” for being chump change for a company like Facebook.

    “People should realize that data rights are real rights, and we have a mechanism to enforce them,” Irvine Thanvi Natas Solicitors, the law firm representing the affected UK residents, said. The group said that people have a right to get adequate answers about their security and a right to damages if Facebook fails to respond to their questions.

    The results of a constant stream of scandals that have continued to hit Facebook since March have started to reflect in its value. The company lost over $123 billion in value overnight last week after its quarterly earnings report that predicted slowed revenue growth going forward. This is a huge number. For a comparison, consider Bitcoin’s total market capitalization of $141 billion. “It’s like nearly all Bitcoins disappeared overnight,” as TechCrunch put it. “Who would have thought Facebook could be more volatile than Bitcoin?”"
     
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    Facebook shuts down accounts involved in suspicious political behavior
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    Published on Jul 31, 2018
    Facebook said Tuesday that it's deleted 32 Facebook and Instagram pages and accounts involved in "inauthentic behavior" that appeared to be focused on influencing the 2016 midterm elections. CNET executive editor Ian Sherr joins CBSN with details.


    Facebook removes accounts in effort to thwart U.S. midterm election meddling

    CBC News
    Published on Aug 1, 2018
    Facebook said it has uncovered "sophisticated" efforts, possibly linked to Russia, to influence U.S. politics on its platforms. The company said it removed 32 accounts from Facebook and Instagram because they were involved in "co-ordinated" political behaviour and appeared to be fake.
    To read more: http://cbc.ca/1.4768759


    Facebook: Russia possibly behind fake profiles
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    Published on Jul 31, 2018
    Facebook announces it has pulled more suspected Russian pages aimed at meddling in US politics. CNN's Drew Griffin reports.


    Facebook Identifies an Active Political Influence Campaign Using Fake Accounts
    by ANDREW E. FREEDMAN Jul 31, 2018, 1:02 PM - Source: Tom's Hardware US
    https://www.tomsguide.com/us/facebook-us-midterm-election-interference,news-27710.html

    "Updated 4:02 pm ET with new information regarding a potential Russian connection to the accounts and pages Facebook removed.

    Facebook has identified coordinated attempts operating on its social media platform to influence the U.S. midterm elections this November, The New York Times reported today. Facebook wrote on its blog that 32 pages and accounts from Facebook and Instagram have been removed."
     
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    Facebook's security boss is offski. Not to worry, it has 'embedded security' in all divisions
    Alex Stamos's replacement not yet announced
    By John Leyden 2 Aug 2018 at 12:31
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/08/02/stamos_leaves_facebook/

    "Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos is leaving the social network to work on information warfare at Stanford University. The social network has not named any replacement."
     
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    Facebook: Announcing New Election Partnership With the Atlantic Council
    By Katie Harbath, May 17, 2018
    https://newsroom.fb.com/news/2018/05/announcing-new-election-partnership-with-the-atlantic-council/

    "...
    Today, we’re excited to launch a new partnership with the Atlantic Council, which has a stellar reputation looking at innovative solutions to hard problems. Experts from their Digital Forensic Research Lab will work closely with our security, policy and product teams to get Facebook real-time insights and updates on emerging threats and disinformation campaigns from around the world.

    This will help increase the number of “eyes and ears” we have working to spot potential abuse on our service — enabling us to more effectively identify gaps in our systems, preempt obstacles, and ensure that Facebook plays a positive role during elections all around the world.

    Facebook will also use the Atlantic Council’s Digital Research Unit Monitoring Missions during elections and other highly sensitive moments. This will allow us to focus on a particular geographic area — monitoring for misinformation and foreign interference and also working to help educate citizens as well as civil society.

    Finally, we know that tackling these problems effectively also requires the right policies and regulatory structures so that governments and companies can help prevent abuse while also ensuring people have a voice during elections.

    The Atlantic Council’s network of leaders is uniquely situated to help all of us think through the challenges we will face in the near and long-term.
    ..."

    Facebook Taps Militarist Think Tank Atlantic Council to Police its Content (Pt 1/2)

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    Published on Aug 11, 2018
    From Alex Jones to alleged Russian trolls, major internet companies are increasingly policing content on their platforms. Max Blumenthal of the Grayzone Project says the partnership between Facebook and the Atlantic Council highlights "the merger of the national security state and Silicon Valley."


    Russiagate Frenzy Targets Leftist Sites (Pt 2/2)
    TheRealNews
    Published on Aug 11, 2018
    Russiagate has deepened the partnership between Washington and Silicon Valley, and leftist websites are among the first casualties. After falsely accusing an anti-white supremacist rally event page of being a fake, Facebook shut down the page of VenezuelaAnalysis.com for several hours without explanation. We speak to VA founder and TRNN host Greg Wilpert, as well as the Grayzone Project's Max Blumenthal


    Hysteria over Newly Revealed Facebook “Influence Campaign” Doesn’t Fit the Facts
    Perhaps the most jarring aspect of Facebook’s report on the “influence campaign” is the fact that the alleged “bad actor” pages were not even necessarily identified by Facebook itself, as Facebook notes that it had ample help from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.
    by Whitney Webb, August 02nd, 2018
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/hype-...fluence-campaign-doesnt-fit-the-facts/246887/
     
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    Yeah, Facebook was built on a base of deceptions and hidden agenda's, when that comes to light it's not easy - or even possible - to turn it around.

    Why Facebook is powerless to stop its own descent: People are engaging far less on the world's largest social network, and trust in the company has plummeted.
    https://old.reddit.com/r/technology...acebook_is_powerless_to_stop_its_own_descent/

    claytonsprinkles 160 points 13 hours ago
    "I “Unfollowed” everyone I don’t personally know and every non-person. My feed is just ads now. It was ads before but it wasn’t so obvious when I followed those businesses. Facebook is a cesspool."

    baby_punks 8 points 12 hours ago
    "Just unfollowed everyone I don’t know personally on Instagram. It’s a ghost town."

    IrrelevantLeprechaun 5 points 11 hours ago
    "...I unfollowed all the **** I didn’t care about on FB and Instagram, and only kept what I wanted to see.

    I actual enjoy scrolling my feed because I curated it to show me what I wanted."

    ShinyRacoon 75 points 13 hours ago
    "Social media let us reconnect to distant relatives, high school friends and many other people. It also made us realize many of those people became irrelevant in our lives."

    hayden_evans 266 points 17 hours ago
    "Turns out trust is important. Facebook forgot why people were drawn to it initially and started whoring out the platform to the highest bidders. Nothing on Facebook feels genuine because Facebook is not genuine. It’s about selling crap and getting clicks to **** articles for a quick buck. That’s it. Facebook has become the banner ad (poster child) of the internet."
     
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    Facebook will pull its data-collecting VPN app from the App Store over privacy concerns
    Onavo Protect, a VPN service Facebook acquired in 2013, will no longer receive updates on iOS
    By Nick Statt@nickstatt Aug 22, 2018, 6:46pm EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/8/22/...otect-apple-app-store-pulled-privacy-concerns

    Apple removes Facebook's Onavo security app from the App Store

    Facebook acquired Israeli security app developer Onavo in 2013 and has used it to offer consumers access to a virtual private network. Apple confirmed that Onavo will no longer be available in the App store.
    Ari Levy | @levynews, Published 7:02 PM ET Wed, 22 Aug 2018 Updated 11:15 AM ET Thu, 23 Aug 2018
    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/22/apple-removes-facebook-onavo-app-from-app-store.html

    "Apple has removed Facebook's Onavo security app from the App Store because it does not comply with its privacy rules.

    "We work hard to protect user privacy and data security throughout the Apple ecosystem," an Apple spokesperson said in an email to CNBC on Wednesday. "With the latest update to our guidelines, we made it explicitly clear that apps should not collect information about which other apps are installed on a user's device for the purposes of analytics or advertising/marketing and must make it clear what user data will be collected and how it will be used."

    According to a Wall Street Journal story on Wednesday, citing a person familiar with the matter, Apple officials told Facebook last week that Onavo violated the company's rules on data collection by developers, and suggested last Thursday that Facebook voluntarily remove the app.

    Facebook acquired Israel-based Onavo in 2013, snapping up the free security app that lets users access a virtual private network, or VPN, to browse the web and download apps with a greater degree of privacy. Facebook in the past has offered that service to users without clearly disclosing that it owns the app, and has collected data about what other types of apps those customers use.

    In June, Facebook told Congress that it does not use Onavo data "for Facebook product uses" or to collect information about individuals, but it has admitted to using Onavo to gather broad information about which apps are popular and how people are using them, which it uses to improve its own products.

    Facebook said in a statement that it's transparent with Onavo users.

    "We've always been clear when people download Onavo about the information that is collected and how it is used," the company said. "As a developer on Apple's platform we follow the rules they've put in place."

    The Onavo controversy is yet another setback for Facebook, which is dealing with an onslaught of criticism for how the platform was exploited by foreign actors ahead of the 2016 presidential election.

    On Tuesday, the company held a call with reporters to discuss its latest removal of hundreds of pages and content originating in Iran and Russia for "coordinated inauthentic behavior."
    ...(Video's on site)"
     
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    Facebook: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)
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    Published on Sep 23, 2018
    Facebook’s global expansion has been linked to political turmoil overseas, so maybe their ads should focus less on how they “connect the world” and more on why connecting people isn’t always the best idea.
     
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    How to delete Facebook
    It may be time to leave the world’s biggest social network
    By Micah Singleton@MicahSingleton Updated Sep 28, 2018, 2:29pm EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/3/20/17142806/how-to-delete-facebook-page-account-data-privacy

    "If you’ve finally given up on the world’s most popular social media network — be it from the Cambridge Analytica scandal or today’s news that unknown hackers stole access to 50 million accounts — it’s not too complicated to remove yourself from the service. But before you delete all of those pictures, posts, and Likes, you should download your personal information from Facebook first.

    Your Facebook archives contain just about all of the pertinent information related to your account, including your photos, active sessions, chat history, IP addresses, facial recognition data, and which ads you clicked, just to name a few. That’s a ton of personal information that you should probably maintain access to. To download your archive, go to “Settings” and click “Download a copy of your Facebook data” at the bottom of General Account Settings, and then click “Start My Archive.”

    After you’ve finished downloading your archive, you can now delete your account.

    Beware: once you delete your account, it cannot be recovered.

    If you are ready to delete your account, you can click this link, which will take you to the account deletion page. (Facebook doesn’t have the delete account option in its settings, for some reason.) Once you click “Delete My Account,” your account will be marked for termination, and inaccessible to others using Facebook.
    ...
    If you’re really serious about quitting Facebook, remember that the company owns several other popular services as well, like Instagram and WhatsApp, so you should delete your accounts there as well."

    Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack
    By Nick Statt@nickstatt Sep 28, 2018, 6:06pm EDT
    https://www.theverge.com/2018/9/28/...-lawsuit-login-info-50-million-users-affected

    "Federal Trade Commissioner Rohit Chopra had a terse public reaction, releasing a simple three-line tweet reading, “I want answers.” In addition to Underwood and Chopra, Sen. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) released a statement describing the hack is “deeply concerning” and calling for a full investigation.

    Today’s disclosure is a reminder about the dangers posed when a small number of companies like Facebook or the credit bureau Equifax are able to accumulate so much personal data about individual Americans without adequate security measures,” reads the statement from Warner, who is the vice chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence and the co-chair of the Senate Cybersecurity Caucus. “This is another sobering indicator that Congress needs to step up and take action to protect the privacy and security of social media users. As I’ve said before — the era of the Wild West in social media is over.”"
     
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    Level1 News October 2 2018: Post Traumatic Meme Disorder
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    Published on Oct 1, 2018
    Source Links => https://www.one-tab.com/page/IO8TsqhjThG6KRk2EdMQqQ
    2:11 - Facebook faces class-action lawsuit over massive new hack
    3:45 - Facebook hack gets worse as company admits Instagram and other apps were exposed too
    5:45 - Facebook caught automatically blocking AP and Guardian stories about the their massive data breach
    7:05 - Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information
    9:19 - Facebook logins being sold on dark web for £2 each
    10:47 - Facebook’s plan to let companies it buys live independently is over
    13:15 - Class-action lawsuit against Facebook alleges moderator's job gave her PTSD
    http://forum.notebookreview.com/thr...r-2-2018-post-traumatic-meme-disorder.823446/
     
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