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Facebook isn't looking out for your privacy. It wants your data for itself | Technology... - 0 views

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    "If Facebook cared about unfair profiling and privacy abuse, for instance, it would probably not have started grouping its users together based on their "Ethnic Affinity". It wouldn't then allow that ethnic affinity to be used as a basis for excluding users from advertisements, and it certainly wouldn't allows that ethnic affinity to be used as a basis for potentially illegal discrimination in real estate advertising."
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Facebook deletes Norwegian PM's post as 'napalm girl' row escalates | Technology | The ... - 0 views

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    In her intervention on Friday, the Norwegian prime minister wrote that the photograph, entitled The Terror of War and featuring the naked nine-year-old Kim Phúc running away from a napalm attack, had "shaped world history".

    Solberg added: "I appreciate the work Facebook and other media do to stop content and pictures showing abuse and violence ... But Facebook is wrong when they censor such images."
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Facebook fires trending team, and algorithm without humans goes crazy | Technology | Th... - 0 views

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    "Facebook announced late Friday that it had eliminated jobs in its trending module, the part of its news division where staff curated popular news for Facebook users. Over the weekend, the fully automated Facebook trending module pushed out a false story about Fox News host Megyn Kelly, a controversial piece about a comedian's four-letter word attack on rightwing pundit Ann Coulter"
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Vietnam 'blocks' Facebook over the weekend due to protests over dead fish - 0 views

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    "So over the weekend, when protesters were expected to rally for the third time, Facebook was inaccessible to locals, who had been using the platform to organise.

    People also had problems accessing Facebook's Instagram service.

    Israeli VPN service Hola posted a statement saying it saw a surge of about 200,000 users from Vietnam on its system over the weekend, using it to access Facebook."
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Facebook news selection is in hands of editors not algorithms, documents show | Technol... - 0 views

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    "But the documents show that the company relies heavily on the intervention of a small editorial team to determine what makes its "trending module" headlines - the list of news topics that shows up on the side of the browser window on Facebook's desktop version. The company backed away from a pure-algorithm approach in 2014 after criticism that it had not included enough coverage of unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, in users' feeds."
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First Cambodian gets jailed over anti-government Facebook post - 0 views

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    "A 24-year-old university student, Kong Raya, was sentenced to 18 months in jail on Tuesday, after being found guilty of inciting crimes with an anti-government post he made on Facebook, a Phnom Penh court said."
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Thai man arrested for Facebook 'like' of doctored royal photo | World news | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "A Thai man has been arrested for "liking" a doctored photo of the king and sharing an infographic on Facebook about a growing corruption scandal, as prosecutions burgeon under draconian royal defamation laws."
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Facebook 'dislike' button is not scary (Opinion) - CNN.com - 0 views

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    "Facebook has announced it will create a "dislike button.""
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Why your Facebook friends could scupper a student loan | Education | The Guardian - 0 views

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    "Graduated top of your class in Ghana and managed to land a place on an MBA at Oxford? Then you're heading for a salary high enough to make repaying your student loan a cinch - especially if half your Facebook followers are from McKinsey. At least, this is the kind of calculation being made by private funders stepping into the increasingly complex and competitive student loans market."
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Facebook to prompt all UK users to register to vote in general election | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "Facebook is to prompt every adult user in the UK to register to vote ahead of the general election in May, in the company's first intervention into British electoral politics."
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Lee Rigby murder: Facebook could have picked up killer's message - report | UK news | T... - 0 views

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    "Facebook had not spotted Adebowale's message containing "graphic" threats, so the security services were not told. The report by the parliamentary intelligence and security committee (ISC) said if the message had been passed to MI5 it could have prevented the murder of the soldier."
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Facebook considers adding profile photos to facial recognition database | Technology | ... - 0 views

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    "Facebook is considering incorporating most of its 1 billion-plus members' profile photos into its growing facial recognition database, expanding the scope of the social network's controversial technology.

    The possible move, which Facebook revealed in an update to its data use policy on Thursday, is intended to improve the performance of its "tag suggest" feature. The feature uses facial recognition technology to speed up the process of labelling or "tagging" friends and acquaintances who appear in photos posted on the network"
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Facebook report: governments asked for data on 38,000 users this year | Technology | th... - 0 views

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    "Government agencies around the world demanded access to the information of over 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, and more than half the orders came from the United States, the company said on Tuesday."
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How low-paid workers at 'click farms' create appearance of online popularity | Technolo... - 0 views

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    "There's just one problem: the liking was fake, done by a team of low-paid workers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, whose boss demanded just $15 per thousand "likes" at his "click farm". Workers punching the keys might be on a three-shift system, and be paid as little as $120 a year."
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