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Advertisers pulling ads or thinking about pulling ads off of Facebook

Advertisers pulling ads or thinking about pulling ads off of Facebook

Source: Mozilla pulled its Facebook ads and others may follow Update: The British group, ISBA, represents over 3000 brands, including those from Unilever and Proctor and Gamble. ISBA members are considering abandoning Facebook advertising over Facebook’s lack of data privacy. FYI Mozilla Firefox provides a way to surf the net without Google logging every web site visit. Plus, by adding plug ins such as Ghostery, Cookie AutoDelete, Privacy Badger and AdBlock Plus, you can greatly reduce the data that is…

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Why did I not see the Trump ads on Facebook?

Why did I not see the Trump ads on Facebook?

We may never know why I only saw left wing propaganda on Facebook in 2016, since Facebook is so secretive about what they do with our data. But I now have a working hypothesis as to what happened. In the 2nd half of 2016 and especially in the fall of 2016 prior to the election, my Facebook news feed was filled with political propaganda, essentially all of it “left wing” propaganda, especially propaganda posters from fake news services such as…

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Zuckerberg admits that Artificial Intelligence is not a magic bullet

Zuckerberg admits that Artificial Intelligence is not a magic bullet

It still requires human intervention: “There’s certainly a lot that A.I. can do, we can train classifiers to identify content, but most of what we do is identify things that people should look at.” Source: Facebook’s Zuckerberg Speaks On Cambridge Analytica Scandal | Time As pointed out on this blog, the capabilities of AI/machine learning have been significantly over stated. Adding more software is not going to solve these problems. Many problems need new business procedures, not software to automate…

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NAS, NAE, NAM seek to counter "misinformation" on the Internet

NAS, NAE, NAM seek to counter "misinformation" on the Internet

March 20, 2018 Statement by NAS, NAE, and NAM Presidents on Effort to Counter Online Misinformation We are pleased to announce that the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are exploring ways to mobilize our expertise to counter misinformation on the web related to science, engineering, and health. Part of the mission of the National Academies has always been to help ensure that public discourse is informed by the best available evidence. To that end, we are convening Academy…

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"Facebook and Zuckerberg still don't know the right thing to do – CNET"

"Facebook and Zuckerberg still don't know the right thing to do – CNET"

Agree. Zuckerberg has shown zero leadership skills. He has shown littel understanding of the problem and how to fix it; instead, he’s acting like the puppet of his public relations team. He tried to stick to the script given him by his PR and legal handlers, even making his first remarks almost identical to the statement he’d published earlier on Facebook.He tried to make his company out to be some sort of victim. Source: Facebook and Zuckerberg still don’t know…

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CNBC editorial labels Facebook "dangerous"

CNBC editorial labels Facebook "dangerous"

The Facebook Cambridge Analytica data scandal makes it clear that we must regulate social media platforms. We can regulate Facebook and other social media without impinging on the First Amendment. We can use the banking industry as road map for regulating Facebook. Source: Facebook must be regulated without ‘endangering the First Amendment’

Instagram screws up your Instagram "feed" just like Facebook does

Instagram screws up your Instagram "feed" just like Facebook does

Because Zuckerberg knows best what you want to see: Instagram isn’t quite bringing back the chronological feed, but it will show more new posts and stop suddenly bumping you to the top of the feed while you’re scrolling. Source: Instagram will show more recent posts due to algorithm backlash | TechCrunch

Watch Mark Zuckerberg lie in the 2009 BBC TV Interview

Watch Mark Zuckerberg lie in the 2009 BBC TV Interview

Watch the short clip here. He says Facebook will never sell your user information. “No, of course not,” he answers. “They [users] want to share it with, um, with only a few people.” The BBC interview reiterates the questions and Zuckerberg again lies with a straight face. You are not going to restore trust in Facebook when the CEO is a liar.

Until 2015, Facebook allowed app developers to access your private messages

Until 2015, Facebook allowed app developers to access your private messages

The social media giant sells not only demographic data, but also information about how you behave Source: Facebook: Your personal info for sale – CBS News As I have previously noted, this article confirms: When you download your FB data, it does NOT include the advertising “purchase behaviors” that advertisers get to see, which includes things you buy outside of Facebook, your derived “interests” and so on. Think about that for ten seconds. The FB app also tracks your location…

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Facebook ends ad targeting by sex/gender

Facebook ends ad targeting by sex/gender

The move has left organizations offering services to the LGBT community unable to directly target their audiences. Source: Facebook Has Blocked Ad Targeting By Sexual Orientation Facebook still supports age discrimination in employment advertising, however.

Facebook is all PR speak now

Facebook is all PR speak now

This entire PR statement from Zuckerberg appears to have been written by the PR team, may be even the same one Oscar Munoz uses at United Airlines because the wording so similar! Zuckerberg signed off with a message of aspiration: “I want to thank all of you who continue to believe in our mission and work to build this community together. I know it takes longer to fix all these issues than we’d like, but I promise you we’ll work…

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Bingo: "If Facebook wants to protect user data, it needs to disclose what it has and let people opt out"

Bingo: "If Facebook wants to protect user data, it needs to disclose what it has and let people opt out"

The company says it’s ‘outraged’ over Cambridge Analytica’s actions, but it doesn’t want to stop selling access to your information In fact, all Zuckerberg said was “sorry”, made “mistakes”, and we take it “seriously”. Not a single action item indicates he has a clue. Indeed, FB is spending $1 million to fight a California initiative that would require European like data transparency from tech companies. Source: If Facebook wants to protect user data, it needs to disclose what it has…

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No, next question? "Is your data safe on Facebook? Not really"

No, next question? "Is your data safe on Facebook? Not really"

On Facebook, you are the product. Advertisers are the customer. Source: Is your data safe on Facebook? Not really – Mar. 19, 2018 Is Facebook turning over our private data to advertisers? Yes, probably. What happens to it when it gets in their hands? Who sees it? Who interprets it? Who uses it? Who destroys it – if ever? How is it erased securely (if erased at all)?