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

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    The Facebook Dilemma, Part One (full film) | FRONTLINE
    FRONTLINE PBS | Official
    Premiered Oct 29, 2018
    A major investigation of Facebook’s impact on privacy and democracy around the world.
    Facebook’s promise was to create a more open and connected world. FRONTLINE finds that multiple warnings about the platform’s negative impact on privacy and democracy were eclipsed by Facebook’s relentless pursuit of growth.


    The Facebook Dilemma, Part Two (full film) | FRONTLINE
    FRONTLINE PBS | Official
    Published on Oct 31, 2018
    FRONTLINE investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as it grew into a global empire.
    A series of mounting crises at Facebook, from the company’s failure to protect users’ data, to the proliferation of “fake news” and disinformation, have raised the question: How has Facebook’s historic success brought about real-world harm?
    The Facebook Dilemma
    FRONTLINE PBS | Official
    https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/frontline/interview-collection/facebook-dilemma/

    "We filmed four dozen original interviews while making The Facebook Dilemma. Our reporting team conducted in-depth interviews with current and former Facebook executives, internet activists, government and intelligence officials in the United States and around the world, the digital chief of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and leading journalists and scholars.

    Explore many of these interviews — and see how we used them in the film — in this interactive version of The Facebook Dilemma, part of FRONTLINE’s Transparency Project."

    Here are a few posted on youtube, from The Facebook Dilemma Playlist (19 videos)

    The Facebook Dilemma: Nathaniel Gleicher
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    Published on Dec 4, 2018
    Watch Facebook executive Nathaniel Gleicher's candid, full interview on Facebook and its impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world – part of FRONTLINE’s media transparency project for our investigation, “The Facebook Dilemma.”
    The Facebook Dilemma: Andrew Anker
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    Published on Dec 4, 2018
    Watch former Facebook executive Andrew Anker's candid, full interview on Facebook and its impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world – part of FRONTLINE’s media transparency project for our investigation, “The Facebook Dilemma.”
    The Facebook Dilemma: Soleio Cuervo
    FRONTLINE PBS | Official
    Published on Dec 4, 2018
    Watch former Facebook executive Soleio Cuervo's candid, full interview on Facebook and its impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world – part of FRONTLINE’s media transparency project for our investigation, “The Facebook Dilemma.”
     
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    A "gold standard" study finds deleting Facebook is great for your mental health
    A unique study praised for its rigor finds numerous upsides to deactivating your Facebook account
    NICOLE KARLIS, JANUARY 31, 2019 12:30AM (UTC)
    https://www.salon.com/2019/01/30/a-...ing-facebook-is-great-for-your-mental-health/

    "...Researchers at Stanford University and New York University who led the study — which was posted on an open access site called the Social Science Research Network — recruited 2,844 Facebook users via Facebook ads. Those users were initially asked to fill out extensive questionnaires about their overall well-being, political views, and daily routine.

    Half of the users were then randomly assigned to deactivate their Facebook account for four weeks in exchange for payment. Researchers regularly checked the Facebook accounts during the month to make sure they weren’t reactivated, and regularly received text messages to asses these users' moods, creating a real-time evaluation.

    Overall, researchers concluded that not using Facebook reduced online activity, including other social media use, and increased offline activity such as watching television and socializing with friends and family more.

    Those who deactivated also observed a decrease in political polarization and news knowledge, and an increase in subjective well-being. The one-month cleanse also led to a reduction in time spent on Facebook for several weeks after the experiment.

    “Deactivation caused small but significant improvements in well-being, and in particular on self-reported happiness, life satisfaction, depression, and anxiety,” the authors wrote. “Effects on subjective well-being as measured by responses to brief daily text messages are positive but not significant.”

    As the authors of the study explain, “there may be no technology since television that has so dramatically reshaped the way people communicate, get information, and spend their time.” The social media behemoth has nearly 2.3 billion monthly users. According to data from 2016, the average users spends 50 minutes per day on Facebook and its sister platforms Instagram and Facebook Messenger.

    This is not the first time researchers have looked at the effect of Facebook and other social media platforms on human health. However, researchers of this study say their findings debunk previous research suggesting Facebook is good for its users.

    As the researchers state: “We find little evidence to support the hypothesis suggested by prior work that Facebook might be more beneficial for ‘active’ users—for example, users who regularly comment on pictures and posts from friends and family instead of just scrolling through their news feeds.”

    The authors do advise that there are caveats.

    “First, effects could differ with the duration or scale of deactivation,” the researchers state. “A longer period without Facebook might have less impact on news knowledge as people find alternative news sources, and either more or less impact on subjective well-being. Furthermore, a larger-scale experiment in which a greater share of the population deactivated could have a different impact due to network effects and equilibrium adjustments.”

    The paper is being praised for its rigor by other academics.

    “This is impressive work, and they do a good job sorting out causality,” Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Initiative on the Digital Economy, told the New York Times. “This is the way to answer these kinds of questions; it’s the gold standard for how to do science. A lot of what we’ve heard before about social media’s effects was based on surveys.”"
     
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    And, it's baaack..."Facebook Inc. user data is still showing up in places it shouldn’t."...
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    It's time to reset the 'Days without a Facebook data loss' sign after 500 million records left exposed on AWS

    App devs fail to lock down their databases, yet again
    By Shaun Nichols in San Francisco 3 Apr 2019 at 22:06
    https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/04/03/upguard_facebook_details_exposed/

    Millions of Facebook Records Found on Amazon Cloud Servers

    By Sarah Frier , Matt Day , and Josh Eidelson
    April 3, 2019, 10:23 AM PDT, Updated on April 3, 2019, 12:25 PM PDT
    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/arti...acebook-records-found-on-amazon-cloud-servers

    "...Facebook shared this kind of information freely with third-party developers for years, before cracking down more recently. The problem of accidental public storage could be more extensive than those two instances.

    UpGuard found 100,000 open Amazon-hosted databases for various types of data, some of which it expects aren’t supposed to be public.

    “The public doesn’t realize yet that these high-level systems administrators and developers, the people that are custodians of this data, they are being either risky or lazy or cutting corners,” said Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard. "Not enough care is being put into the security side of big data."..."

    Hundreds of millions of Facebook records exposed [again] on Amazon cloud servers

    By Seth Fiegerman and Donie O'Sullivan
    https://www.cnn.com/2019/04/03/tech/facebook-records-exposed-amazon/index.html

    "New York (CNN Business) A vast collection of data on Facebook users was exposed to the public until recently on Amazon's cloud computing servers, researchers have found.

    Two third-party Facebook app developers were found to have stored user data on Amazon's servers in a way that allowed it to be downloaded by the public, according to a report from UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm.

    One of the companies stored 146 gigabytes of data containing more than 540 million records, including comments, likes, reactions and account names, on the Amazon servers, according to UpGuard. The number of users whose data was included is not yet clear.

    Another app is said to have stored unprotected Facebook passwords for 22,000 users.

    Chris Vickery, the director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, told CNN Business that the find "highlights a problem that is intrinsic with mass data collection."

    Vickery said that the data appeared to have been gathered through a Facebook integration. Facebook allows third party developers to integrate apps and websites with its platform to allow for functionality like signing into a service using Facebook.

    Facebook has "no way of guaranteeing the safe storage of the data of their end users if they are going to allow app developers to harvest it in mass," Vickery said.

    In a statement provided to CNN Business, a Facebook spokesperson said, "Facebook's policies prohibit storing Facebook information in a public database. Once alerted to the issue, we worked with Amazon to take down the databases. We are committed to working with the developers on our platform to protect people's data."

    Representatives for Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Bloomberg was first to report the news."

    Hundreds of millions of Facebook user records were exposed on Amazon cloud server
    BY JASON SILVERSTEIN, UPDATED ON: APRIL 4, 2019 / 11:35 AM / CBS NEWS
    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/millions-facebook-user-records-exposed-amazon-cloud-server/

    Finding Facebook Data on Amazon Cloud Servers Wasn't Hard, UpGuard's Vickery Says

    Bloomberg Technology
    Published on Apr 3, 2019
    Apr.03 -- Chris Vickery, director of cyber risk research at UpGuard, discusses his firm's discovery of publicly posted Facebook Inc. user data on Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing servers. He speaks with Bloomberg's Tom Giles and Emily Chang on "Bloomberg Technology."


    Facebook User Data Records Found on Amazon Cloud
    Bloomberg Technology
    Published on Apr 3, 2019
    Apr.03 -- Researchers at UpGuard, a cybersecurity firm, found troves of user information hiding in plain sight, inadvertently posted publicly on Amazon.com Inc.’s cloud computing servers. Bloomberg's Matt Day reports on "Bloomberg Markets."


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    Zuckerberg's Regulation Call Violates First Amendment, FCC's Carr Says
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    Published on Apr 5, 2019
    Apr.05 -- FCC Commissioner Brendan Carr explains his opposition to Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg's call for global regulation of the internet. He speaks with Bloomberg's Caroline Hyde on "Bloomberg Technology."


    Zuckerberg's Internet Regulation Plan Is 'Silly,' Open Markets Institute's Hubbard Says
    Bloomberg Technology
    Published on Apr 1, 2019
    Apr.01 -- Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has called for new global regulations governing the internet. Sally Hubbard, director for enforcement policy at the Open Markets Institute, and Bloomberg's Selina Wang discuss on "Bloomberg Technology."
     
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