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⚜️🇺🇦 Історія про першого Начального Пластуна від пластового історика Andrij Rebryk
Сірий Лев, пластун завдяки якому ми знаємо Пласт таким яким він є
⚜️🇺🇦 The story of the first načalʹnogo plastuna from the plastovogo historian Andrij Rebryk
Grey Lion, plastun thanks to which we know plast the way he is
plast  history  usa  ukraine  1900s  scouting  facebook  video 
4 days ago by rgl7194
The Facebook Container for Firefox - The Official Unofficial Firefox Blog - Medium
Even with the ongoing #deletefacebook movement, not everyone is willing to completely walk away from the connections they’ve made on the social platform. After all, Facebook — and its subsidiary Instagram — is where the mountain biking club organizes rides, people post pet pics, dance moves catch on and life’s moments get shared with friends and family, near and far. Since the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke, Facebook has been greeted with more skepticism as it’s been under a hot spotlight on how it gathers, uses and gives access to our personal data for targeted advertising and manipulation, both on and off Facebook platforms. With recent news about their policy not to block false political ads, this targeting gets ever malicious.
The bad news is that we can’t be sure how much Facebook continues to engage in dodgy data practices. But the good news is that the Facebook Container extension for Firefox can help you put a “fence” between your Facebook profile and what you do on the rest of the web, thereby limiting Facebook’s reach.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Mozilla’s new Firefox add-on stops Facebook tracking your online habits - The Verge
Mozilla is capitalizing on the recent fears over Facebook privacy and data by creating a new Firefox extension that stops Facebook from tracking your online habits. The new “Facebook Container” creates a blue-colored browser tab that isolates your Facebook session from the rest of your web activity. It’s designed to prevent Facebook from collecting what sites you visit, and targeting you with ads and other messages.
If you click a link on Facebook it will simply load in a new tab that’s isolated from the Facebook Container, and if you click Facebook share buttons on any other sites then it will load them within the special blue tab. While Mozilla’s new extension wouldn’t have prevented the Cambridge Analytica scandal, it will stop Facebook from tracking users outside of its own platform as you won’t be logged in to Facebook and seeing its share buttons and trackers on regular websites.
Facebook’s ad tracking technology allows the company to know when you’ve been shopping for items and present ads for those products directly on Facebook. It can be an irritating experience, especially if you’re shopping for a surprise present for a family member and the item keeps getting displayed over and over in your Facebook news feed.
Mozilla already blocks ads and trackers in its Firefox private browsing mode, but this new container simply makes it a lot easier to keep using Facebook and prevent the tracking. It could be a good alternative to entirely deleting your Facebook profile. It’s also worth looking at Facebook’s privacy settings to use the social network without providing all of your personal data.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Firefox's Facebook Containers offers more privacy on the web - CNET
Mozilla releases a tool called Facebook Container to improve privacy during a time when the world is suddenly more aware of how much Facebook has eroded it.
Mozilla has released a Firefox tool called Facebook Container to stop the social network from seeing what you do online beyond Facebook's own site.
Facebook, like Google and other companies, can track you when you visit many websites, such as those that have a Facebook like button. It means Facebook gets more than just personal data it can use to target ads based on your profile.
It's also useful to companies like Cambridge Analytica, which is at the center of a sweeping privacy controversy stemming from its acquisition and use in political elections of data on more than 50 million Facebook users. That's because Facebook grants third-party apps and services some access to your data.
Facebook Container, an extension for Mozilla's Firefox web browser, essentially stops these trackers from working outside of the Facebook website, Mozilla said.
It's a new step in browsers becoming more assertive on behalf of everyone who uses them to protect privacy a little better. That's a notable change after the industry's Do Not Track effort failed to let us tell websites when we don't want to be tracked.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
A new Firefox add-on limits Facebook tracking | Engadget
It's an important tool if you aren't ready to #DeleteFacebook.
It's safe to say that Facebook's treatment of its users' personal data is front and center, with the recent revelations about Cambridge Analytica. Many users are going as far as to stop using the social network altogether. But Mozilla has another option: It's created an add-on called Facebook Container for its Firefox browser that isolates Facebook from the rest of your browsing activity. That way, the social network can't track what you're doing elsewhere on the internet.
It's a great option for people who still want to use Facebook to keep in touch with their friends and loved ones, but also want to maintain some control over their data. "This Add-On offers a solution that doesn't tell users to simply stop using a service that they get value from," the release says. "Instead, it gives users tools that help them protect themselves from the unexpected side effects of their usage."
The add-on works by opening Facebook into a separate container from the rest of you browsing. When you click on an outside link within Facebook, the page will load in your regular browser container. But clicking Facebook Share buttons in your regular browser will open these links within the Facebook container. It's important to note that Facebook comments and Like buttons that are embedded into other websites won't work, so if you regularly visit websites that use these features, this may not be the solution for you. You may also encounter trouble logging into other websites using your Facebook account.
It's important to note that Mozilla isn't singling out Facebook here. Many different companies have disturbing practices on tracking your internet use. However, Mozilla notes that their team wanted to "start with a well-defined problem that we can solve quickly." It makes sense; after all, Facebook has been in the headlines nonstop recently for poor privacy practices, and this offers a tangible way for users to regain some control over what data they share with the social network.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Mozilla’s new Firefox extension keeps your Facebook data isolated to the social network itself | TechCrunch
Mozilla this morning launched a Firefox browser add-on for those users not willing to delete their Facebook account, but also wanting some control over how much of their data Facebook can access. The “Facebook Container,” as the new extension is called, isolates your Facebook identity from the rest of the web. That means Facebook will not be able to use your other web activity to send your targeted advertising.
To be clear, this extension wouldn’t have saved users’ data from being compromised as it was in the Cambridge Analytica scandal; and it does nothing to prevent Facebook advertisers from diving into your profile and your activity while on the social network in order to target you with advertisements while browsing Facebook.
However, it is meant to plug at least one of the holes in Facebook’s leaky dam by offering a way for users to prevent Facebook from gaining even more data collected outside its service.
“Containers are a feature built into the Firefox platform that separate user cookies and site data into different cookie jars,” explains Jeff Griffiths, Product Lead for Firefox. “For Facebook Container specifically, this means that a user should only be able to log in in the Facebook Container. Facebook cookies and site data that identify the user are only available to that Container, and only Facebook can be open in that Container,” he says.
When you install the new extension, it deletes your Facebook cookies and logs you out of the social network. The next time you open Facebook, you’ll notice it’s been opened in a blue-colored “container” tab.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Firefox Browser releases 'Facebook Container' for those who like it but don't trust it - 9to5Mac
Firefox Browser is out with a new version and one of the headline features is a tool to keep Facebook from tracking you around the web.
Mozilla detailed the new Facebook Container add-on in the release notes of Firefox Browser version 74.
Facebook Container prevents Facebook from tracking you around the web – Facebook logins, likes, and comments are automatically blocked on non-Facebook sites. But when you need an exception, you can now create one by adding custom sites to the Facebook Container.
Facebook Container also works for Instagram and Facebook Messenger.
Here are the other new features included in the Firefox Browser 74 release:
Your login management has improved with the ability to reverse alpha sort (Name Z-A) in Lockwise, which you can access under Logins and Passwords.
Firefox now makes importing your bookmarks and history from the new Microsoft Edge browser on Windows and Mac simple.
Add-ons installed by external applications can now be removed using the Add-ons Manager (about:addons). Going forward, only users can install add-ons; they cannot be installed by an application.
Firefox now provides better privacy for your web voice and video calls through support for mDNS ICE by cloaking your computer’s IP address with a random ID in certain WebRTC scenarios.
You can update to the latest version and see the full release notes here.
firefox  browser  tracking  facebook  virtualization  plugins  privacy 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Intego Mac Podcast: Medical ID, Apple Updates, Intel Vulnerabilities, and More
Josh and Kirk discuss how to set up a medical ID on an iPhone and Apple Watch, we cover this week's Apple updates, we look at a new Intel CPU bug, and more.
Show Notes:
How to Set Up Medical ID on Your iPhone and Apple Watch
Cybercriminals are preying on coronavirus fears
Safari will now block third-party cookies by default, delete a site's local storage after seven days
How to Manage and Remove Browser Cookies on Mac and iOS
Legacy System Extension Message
Deprecated Kernel Extensions and System Extension Alternatives
Firefox Browser releases 'Facebook Container' for those who like it but don't trust it
Intel CSME bug is worse than previously thought
Apple T2 Security Chip Security Overview
Popular VPN And Ad-Blocking Apps Are Secretly Harvesting User Data
mac  security  podcast  medical  ID  safari  cookies  privacy  firefox  facebook 
10 days ago by rgl7194
Bruno Lé Photography · March 8
Pois é, estamos de volta! As fotos de curso começaram e o primeiro grupo foi de Ciências Farmacêuticas. Aqui fica uma de uma tardada de fotografias! :)
Yeah, we're back! Course Photos started and the first group was pharmaceutical sciences. Here's one of a photo shoot! :)
facebook  coimbra  university  tie  tuna_feminina  uniform  traje  photography 
16 days ago by rgl7194
Soros to Donate $1 Billion for Global University Network - Bloomberg
Will seek to combat authoritarian governments, climate change
Says Facebook executives conspiring with Trump on re-election
Billionaire George Soros said he will commit $1 billion to start a global university to fight authoritarian governments and climate change, calling them twin challenges that threaten the survival of our civilization.
The Open Society University Network will offer an international platform for teaching and research, the 89-year-old said Thursday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. The university will be launched through a partnership of the Soros-backed Central European University and Bard College.
“As a long-term strategy our best hope lies in access to quality education, specifically an education that reinforces the autonomy of the individual by cultivating critical thinking and emphasizing academic freedom,” Soros said.
In his speech and a follow-up question and answer session, Soros covered a wide-range of issues, including the “overheated” U.S. economy, the dominance of Facebook Inc. and the autocratic rule of Xi Jinping, Narendra Modi, Jair Bolsonaro and Donald Trump, who he called a “con man and the ultimate narcissist.”
gov2.0  politics  soros  trump  money  charity  climate_change  facebook 
24 days ago by rgl7194
Kirkville - How to view and edit your Off-Facebook Activity
One of the most pernicious activities that Facebook does is to track you when you’re not on their website, and even if you’re not logged into Facebook or don’t have a Facebook account. They often do this using cookies that websites deliver to your browser. Facebook has recently provided a way to view and edit “off-Facebook activity,” which the company defines as “activity that businesses and organizations share with us about your interactions, such as visiting their apps or websites.”
The word “apps” above is important. Facebook gets data not just from websites you visit, but also from apps you use, and you have no way to turn that feature off. Facebook then uses this data to serve you ads based on your activity. You can use content blockers or tracker blockers in your web browser to prevent this tracking, but they have no effect on apps.
You can “disconnect” this activity, but this won’t change the number of ads you see; ads will just not be “personalized” as before.
Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to view and edit your Off-Facebook Activity | The Mac Security Blog
One of the most pernicious activities that Facebook does is to track you when you’re not on their website, and even if you’re not logged into Facebook or don’t have a Facebook account. They often do this using cookies that websites deliver to your browser. Facebook has recently provided a way to view and edit “off-Facebook activity,” which the company defines as “activity that businesses and organizations share with us about your interactions, such as visiting their apps or websites.”
The word “apps” above is important. Facebook gets data not just from websites you visit, but also from apps you use, and you have no way to turn that feature off. Facebook then uses this data to serve you ads based on your activity. You can use content blockers or tracker blockers in your web browser to prevent this tracking, but they have no effect on apps.
You can “disconnect” this activity, but this won’t change the number of ads you see; ads will just not be “personalized” as before.
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
New “Off-Facebook Activity” portal lets you know where you’re being followed | Ars Technica
It's helpful to know which businesses track you, but you can't do much about it.
After years of promising increased transparency, Facebook is getting granular and showing you how it picks up and mashes together data about you from other companies. Facebook's new tool is indeed illuminating when it comes to getting a glimpse at who tracks you (spoiler: everyone). Its promises to give you a measure of control over the process, however, fall short.
Facebook this week launched an Off-Facebook Activity portal to give users a different and more detailed perspective on the data it hoovers up from other firms. Off-Facebook Activity is exactly what it sounds like: interactions you have with other entities, such as an app on your phone or a retailer you shop at, that Facebook receives data about. Facebook attaches that data to the rest of the information it has about you and uses it for marketing purposes.
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity  EFF 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Off-Facebook Activity is a Welcome but Incomplete Move | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Today Facebook announced the roll-out of its Off-Facebook Activity tool (initially introduced as “Clear History” nearly two years ago). The tools shows you a list of apps, websites, and businesses that Facebook knows you have visited through its business tools (including Facebook Login, Facebook’s tracking Pixel, social widgets such as Like and Share buttons, and other less visible features for developers). It also gives you options to “clear” or “disconnect” the identifiable information they have linked to your account. For more on how to use the setting, see our tutorial post.
This is a good step for Facebook to take, and we hope it pushes other companies who talk a big game about transparency to follow suit. If even Facebook can give people this level of transparency and control around a particular data stream, other adtech players should be able to get their act together.
That said, it's an incomplete measure, not least because we know that most users are unlikely to dig into and change their settings. In the U.S., for example, three-quarters of adults don’t even know that Facebook’s “ad preferences” page exists.
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity  EFF 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
How to Change Your Off-Facebook Activity Settings | Electronic Frontier Foundation
Facebook's long-awaited Off-Facebook Activity tool started rolling out today. While it's not a perfect measure, and we still need stronger data privacy laws, this tool is a good step toward greater transparency and user control regarding third-party tracking. We hope other companies follow suit, and we encourage users to take advantage of it.
This tutorial will guide you through the steps to not only “clear” the off-Facebook activity already linked with your account, but also to prevent future activity from being associated with your account going forward. Note that this won’t stop third parties from sending Facebook information about you—it will only stop Facebook from associating that information with your account.
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity  EFF 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Use This Privacy Tool to View and Clear Your 'Off-Facebook Activity' Data
Well, here we have great news for Facebook users, which is otherwise terrible for marketers and publishers whose businesses rely on Facebook advertisement for re-targeted conversations.
Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook has taken several privacy measures in the past one year with an aim to give its users more control over their data and transparency about how the social media giant and other apps on its platform use that data.
Now in its new effort, Facebook has launched a new privacy feature that allows its users to control data that the social media platform receives from other apps and websites about their online activity.
Dubbed "Off-Facebook Activity," the feature was initially announced by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg last year as "Clear History," allowing users to clear the data that third-party websites and apps share with Facebook.
"Off-Facebook Activity lets you see a summary of the apps and websites that send us information about your activity, and clear this information from your account if you want to," Facebook says in a post published today.
"We expect this could have some impact on our business, but we believe giving people control over their data is more important."
facebook  privacy  data  sharing  off_facebook_activity 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
For a healthy democracy, Facebook must halt micro-targeted political ads – World Wide Web Foundation
This post was written Emily Sharpe, Web Foundation Director of Policy.
Social media platforms have a profound impact on democracy and elections. Narrowly targeted online advertising is now perhaps the most powerful tool that campaigns have to persuade voters and win elections.
To uphold the integrity of democratic elections, all social media platforms must ensure their tools are designed to support free and fair political processes.
As the world’s biggest social network, Facebook has an outsized influence in election campaigns and voter decisions. And so we’re deeply concerned that the company’s updated political advertising policy falls short of the standards required from Facebook to help ensure the upcoming US presidential election and other elections around the world are free and fair.
gov2.0  politics  advertising  facebook  democracy  targeting 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Much ado about micro-targeted political ads 🗳
Healthy democracy & micro-targeted political ads: you can't have one with the other
The web has transformed political campaigning. Gone are the days when direct mail or the 30-second TV spot were the most powerful tool in a candidate’s box — we’ve entered the age of online advertising. 
Social media platforms have become the chief arena in which campaigns are fought and narrowly targeted advertising is perhaps the most powerful tool campaigns have to win elections, giving candidates the power to tailor their message to voters based hundreds of demographic, personality-based and behavioural factors.
This has a profound impact on democracy. Elections the world over — from Kenya to Italy to the US and beyond — have already seen the negative consequences of micro-targeted political ads.
As candidates move on from traditional campaigning and embrace digital politics, we must face up to the danger of narrowly targeted ads and safeguard our elections.
That’s why we called on Facebook to suspend micro-targeted political ads globally.
Here we untangle online micro-targeted advertising and why democracy is healthier without it.
gov2.0  politics  advertising  facebook  democracy  targeting 
8 weeks ago by rgl7194
Saving Your Uncle's Data: How To Back Up a Social Media Profile
Over the holidays, I was doing what every 20-something does with their family over break… teaching them the ins and outs of Facebook! “How do I comment on a post?” or, “Where do I share my status?” are the usual questions, but this time my uncle asked me something that I didn’t have a clear answer for: “How do I download the photos I’ve posted on Facebook?”
A little backstory: My uncle has spent every family reunion taking tons of pictures of our extended relations and then sharing everything on Facebook. As we were talking, I realized—with a little horror—that Facebook was the only place he kept copies of his photos. Forget backups, he didn’t even have the originals on his home computer. He just wanted copies saved on his personal device so that he could share the photos with the non-Facebook-using members of our family, but I wanted to ensure that our cherished history wasn’t locked up on Facebook or lost forever.
It’s increasingly common to realize that you’re missing photos that you know are only on Facebook or Instagram or Twitter. But it seems like most of us—myself included, until just recently—are unsure of how to retrieve and save these images without spending days copying each picture to our camera roll. So to help my uncle, and my family, (and hopefully you!), I went on a search for an easier answer to downloading albums from Facebook.
What I found was a very easy way to not only extract photos but also to download all of your personal data from Facebook. So whether you are doing this because you wish to leave the social media world behind but don’t want to lose your memories, or you would just like to keep a copy of everything you post, here’s a guide for how you can extract your data from Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter—and a little encouragement to ensure it’s all backed up once you’re done.
backup  data  social_media  facebook  twitter  instagram  howto 
10 weeks ago by rgl7194
Orfeon Académico de Coimbra - Facebook
O Orfeon Académico de Coimbra deseja a todos um Feliz Natal, cheio de música e alegria!
coimbra  chorus  traje  uniform  music  concert  christmas  bowtie  university  video  facebook 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Coro Sinfónico Inês de Castro - Photos
Glória à Vida - Concerto de Natal 8 dez 2019AlbumsGlória à Vida - Concerto de Natal 8 dez 2019
55 Photos · Updated 21 days ago
Fotografias de Sandra Fonseca e Catarina Gralheiro
Christmas concert "Glory to life"
Organization: University of coimbra and symphony choir inês de Castro
Participating Choirs: Inês De Castro's symphony choir, coimbra academic orfeon, mixed choir of the university of coimbra, choir of the chapel of the university
Soloists: Leonor Barbosa De Melo, Joana Valente, Leonor Blackthorn, André Lacerda, João Henriques
Inês De Castro Orchestra
Direction: Maestro Artur Pine Maria
music  portugal  traje  uniform  university  bowtie  chorus  concert  photography  facebook  coimbra 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
10,000 Breaches Later: Three Major Data Breaches Consumers Should Know About
and two that changed how we should perceive our data…
Since 1999, the Identity Theft Resource Center has been hard at work empowering identity theft victims with the resources and tools to resolve their cases, as well as helping people proactively reduce their risk of becoming a victim of identity theft. One of the most common ways consumers have their information misappropriated is through data breaches. Since 2005, we have recorded over 10,000 publicly notified breaches. Let’s look at the top three major data breaches with the biggest impact to consumers based on our new risk assessment tool, Breach Clarity, developed in partnership with Futurion and its creator Jim Van Dyke.
Based on ITRC’s database of data breach notifications and Breach Clarity’s proprietary processing, Van Dyke says consumers can be better educated on the significance of which breaches rank as the all-time riskiest to the individual consumer in terms of both size and scope. The new tool includes the potential impact on the affected individual identity-holder, what types of identity theft could occur based on the records exposed and what steps that person needs to take to minimize his/her risk. Here is a look at the top five major data breaches that impacted individuals in the United States...
security  privacy  data  breach  identity_theft  gov2.0  facebook  yahoo  2010s 
11 weeks ago by rgl7194
Misleading political ads are the user’s problem to avoid, Facebook says | Ars Technica
Rather than ban lies or microtargeting, the company's putting the onus on users.
Following months of criticism for its decision to allow candidates for political office to tell outright lies in advertising, Facebook is trying to correct course not by changing advertiser behavior but by telling users to opt out of being shown certain ads.
Facebook today announced a change to its political ad system that will "expand transparency." Sometime during 2020, users in all countries where political ads feature "paid for by..." disclaimers, including the United States, will gain an account control for seeing "fewer political and social issue ads" on both Facebook and Instagram. US users are expected to get the feature sometime this summer—well into the depths of the 2020 US presidential campaign season.
facebook  politics  advertising  transparency  factcheck 
12 weeks ago by rgl7194
Explained: like-farming | Malwarebytes Labs
Like-farming, aka like-harvesting, is a method used by commercial parties and scammers alike to raise the popularity of a site or domain. The ultimate dream of every like-farmer is for his post to go viral by accumulating as many likes and shares as possible from all over the world.
Like-farmers rely on near-instinctual reactions from users by exploiting hot-button topics such as child rearing or animal welfare in their posts. From commercial parties such as web stores, you can expect giveaways and lotteries.
The difference between legitimate like-farmers and scammers? Scammers will often transform those popular posts into completely different sites that trick users into giving away their personal information, forking over money or credit card details, or clearing out their crypto wallets.
Like-farming is performed mostly on Facebook, but it often expands to other social media platforms, such as Instagram and Twitter.
social_media  sharing  like  scam  facebook  security 
january 2020 by rgl7194
Facebook really doesn't seem to understand privacy or security - CNET
Facebook is having a bad security day. How bad? Tens of millions of Instagram passwords have been exposed.
Facebook's reputation for privacy protection, already much maligned, just took two more critical hits.
On Thursday, the social network said it found that millions of Instagram passwords had been stored in plain text, an insecure format that would allow the tech giant's employees to read them if they wanted to. The new figure is orders of magnitude greater than an initial estimate of tens of thousands of unsecured passwords that was revealed in March.
The news, which was overshadowed but not obscured by the release of the Mueller report, followed an article saying that Facebook, Instagram's parent company, had "unintentionally" harvested the email contacts of about 1.5 million of its users over the past three years. The activity was discovered when a security researcher noticed Facebook asking users to enter their email passwords to verify their identities when signing up for accounts, according to Business Insider, which previously reported on the practice. Those who entered their passwords saw a pop-up message saying Facebook was "importing" their contacts, even though the service hadn't asked permission, according to BI.
The incidents mark just the latest in a raft of bad news for the social media giant, which is struggling to fight the perception that it can't grasph the concept of protecting your information. Facebook has made a pitch to lean more into privacy and messaging, but continues to be plagued by one screw-up after another.
Facebook acknowledged both lapses.
facebook  instagram  passwords  security  privacy  data  breach  email 
january 2020 by rgl7194
Perspective is important. Think back to March of... - Alexandra Chalupa
Perspective is important. Think back to March of this year, only nine months ago, and the awakening we’ve experienced since as a nation.
Last March, the newly confirmed Attorney General William Barr dropped a four-page letter that had one line every single American should have zeroed in on and that spoke volumes: “The president of the United States could not be exonerated.”
Watching the live reporting as his letter became public, that’s what I tweeted at that very moment and understood to mean how serious Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings were. But that’s not how the majority of the country reacted and certainly not most Democrats or the media.
Instead, Barr’s letter had the impact of gaslighting the nation, exactly as it was designed. The White House and it’s cohorts were emboldened while many loyal Americans felt defeated and prepared to move onto 2020. Those of us who were on the frontlines of standing up to the rise of fascism in America were already being retaliated against at the time by Trump and Giuliani who made clear they were also gearing up for 2020 but by strong-arming Ukraine. Russian funded propaganda outlet Sputnik was the first to alert me to their plan when blaming me and a Ukrainian journalist/anti-corruption champion for making Paul Manafort a “political prisoner.” The Russian Federation was laying the foundation for Manafort’s pardon while Trump’s personal lawyer Giuliani was coordinating with Manafort from prison on how to execute it using Ukraine.
gov2.0  politics  trump  impeachment  congress  chalupa  facebook  ukraine 
december 2019 by rgl7194
Lead Stories - Media Bias/Fact Check
These sources have minimal bias and use very few loaded words (wording that attempts to influence an audience by using appeal to emotion or stereotypes). The reporting is factual and usually sourced. These are the most credible media sources. See all Least Biased Sources.
Overall, we rate Lead Stories Least Biased based on presenting evidence based information with little editorializing and Very High for factual reporting based on excellent sourcing of information.
Detailed Report
Factual Reporting: VERY HIGH
Country: USA
World Press Freedom Rank: USA 48/180
Founded in 2015, Lead Stories is a fact checker and hoax/rumor debunker that uses the International Fact-Checking Network fact-checkers’ code of principles as a guide for all fact checking. According to their about page “Lead Stories is mainly written by Maarten Schenk and Alan Duke. Maarten is based in Europe (Belgium) while Alan is in the United States of America (California). Administrative and legal affairs are handled by Perry R. Sanders of Sanders Law Firm in Colorado Springs.”
More from the about page: “Since February 2019 we are actively part of Facebook’s partnership with third party fact checkers. Under the terms of this partnership we get access to listings of content that has been flagged as potentially false by Facebook’s systems or its users and we can decide independently if we want to fact check it or not. In addition to this we can enter our fact checks into a tool provided by Facebook and Facebook then uses our data to help slow down the spread of false information on its platform. Facebook pays us to perform this service for them but they have no say or influence over what we fact check or what our conclusions are, nor do they want to.”
Funded by / Ownership
According to their about page Lead Stories LLC is a Colorado company formed by Maarten Schenk (Belgium), Alan Duke (California), Perry R. Sanders (Colorado) and John C. Goede (Florida). The company is self-funded with no outside investors and relies on advertising revenue and license fees for the use of the Trendolizer™ engine and is also funded with revenue derived from Facebook’s third party fact checking partnership.
Analysis / Bias
In review, Lead Stories is similar to Snopes in the stories they fact check, however they place a stronger emphasis on tracking political fake news and misleading satire. What separates them is the use of a specific engine called the Trendolizer, which tracks story trends that allows Lead Stories to quickly debunk fake news before it becomes viral. Lead Stories does not use loaded language and factually sources all fact checks with credible information. All fact checks reviewed were accurate.
Lead Stories is an IFCN fact checker that we use as a credible fact checker for our source reviews and daily fact checks.
Overall, we rate Lead Stories Least Biased based on presenting evidence based information with little editorializing and Very High for factual reporting based on excellent sourcing of information. (D. Van Zandt 2/6/2018) Updated (10/14/2019)
news  bias  factcheck  usa  media  MBFC  facebook 
december 2019 by rgl7194
“Link In Bio” is a slow knife
We don’t even notice it anymore — “link in bio”. It’s a pithy phrase, usually found on Instagram, which directs an audience to be aware that a pertinent web link can be found on that user’s profile. Its presence is so subtle, and so pervasive, that we barely even noticed it was an attempt to kill the web.
Links on the web are incredibly powerful. There are decades of theory behind the role of hyperlinks in hypertext — did you know in most early versions, links were originally designed to be two-way?  You'd be able to see every page on the web that links to this one. But even in the very simple form that we've ended up with on the World Wide Web for the last 30 years, links are incredibly powerful, opening up valuable connections between unexpected things.
For a closed system, those kinds of open connections are deeply dangerous. If anyone on Instagram can just link to any old store on the web, how can Instagram — meaning Facebook, Instagram’s increasingly-overbearing owner — tightly control commerce on its platform? If Instagram users could post links willy-nilly, they might even be able to connect directly to their users, getting their email addresses or finding other ways to communicate with them. Links represent a threat to closed systems.
web  hyperlink  instagram  facebook  open 
december 2019 by rgl7194
A Facebook rumor about white vans is creating fear across America - CNN
New York (CNN)Terrifying rumors initially propelled by Facebook's algorithms have sparked fears that men driving white vans are kidnapping women all across the United States for sex trafficking and to sell their body parts. While there is no evidence to suggest this is happening, much less on a national, coordinated scale, a series of viral Facebook (FB) posts created a domino effect that led to the mayor of a major American city issuing a warning based on the unsubstantiated claims.
The latest online-induced panic shows how viral Facebook posts can stoke paranoia and make people believe that spotting something as common as a white van, can be deemed suspicious and connected to a nationwide cabal.
"Don't park near a white van," Baltimore Mayor Bernard "Jack" Young said in a TV interview on Monday. "Make sure you keep your cellphone in case somebody tries to abduct you."
The mayor said he had not been told of the apparent threat by Baltimore Police but said it was "all over Facebook."
Matthew Jablow, a spokesperson for the Baltimore Police Department, told CNN Business on Tuesday that while the department is aware of posts on social media it had not received "any reports of actual incidents."
Indeed, while there is no hard evidence of any such phenomenon in Baltimore, unconfirmed reports of suspicious white vans in Baltimore and other cities across the US have been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook in recent weeks and have been seen by potentially millions of Facebook users. At least one person who drives a white van has reported being harassed for it as a result of the rumors.
facebook  rumor  sex  crime  fake_news 
december 2019 by rgl7194
New Facebook Tool Let Users Transfer Their Photos and Videos to Google
Facebook has finally started implementing the open source data portability framework as the first phase of 'Data Transfer Project,' an initiative the company launched last year in collaboration with Google, Apple, Microsoft, and Twitter.
Facebook today announced a new feature that will allow its users to transfer their Facebook photos and videos to their Google Photos accounts—directly and securely without needing to download and reupload it.
The feature is only available to Facebook users in Ireland for now, as a test, and expected to be available to the rest of the world in early 2020.
This new Facebook feature is built using the Data Transfer Project (DTP), a universal data import/export protocol that aims to give users more control over their data and let them quickly move it between online services or apps whenever they want.
"If a user wants to switch to another product or service because they think it is better, they should be able to do so as easily as possible," the project website says.
"Practical tools that let users backup or archive important information, organize information within multiple accounts, recover from account hijacking, and retrieve data from deprecated services all work to improve user security."
facebook  tools  google_photos  photo 
december 2019 by rgl7194
New Facebook Tool Lets You Transfer All Your Pictures to Google Photos
Facebook has released a new tool that’ll allows you to bulk-export all of your photos and videos to another service or social network in just a couple of clicks, starting with Google Photos.
The tool was announced on Facebook’s About website by Director of Privacy and Public Policy Steve Satterfield, and it’s part of the social media giant’s participation in something called the Data Transfer Project. The DTP is an “open-source, service-to-service data portability platform” that wants to make it easy to carry your personal data from one service to another.
Facebook, Google, Twitter, Apple, and Microsoft are all participants, and this tool is Facebook’s way of getting out of the gate first.
Once a user has access, the tool will appear in Facebook settings under the Your Facebook Information tab. The company didn’t reveal too much more about how the tool will work, but based on the included GIF, you’ll simply select the data you want to transfer (photos and/or videos), the service you want to transfer it to (starting with Google Photos), and click Start Transfer.
To ensure security, you’ll need to enter your password one more time before the transfer is initiated, and all data will be encrypted when it’s copied and transferred out.
The so-called “photo transfer tool” begins rolling out today, but it’ll only be available to users in Ireland at first. A world-wide rollout will follow in “first half of 2020” after Facebook has done a little “refining” based on user feedback.
(via Engadget)
facebook  tools  google_photos  photo 
december 2019 by rgl7194
“Sounds Like a Bug” — MacSparky
There is a story developing today around the Facebook iOS Application. Web Designer Joshua Maddox reports reports via Twitter discovering the Facebook app was turning on the camera with no indication to the user. Maddox reports duplicating the bug on multiple devices. Third parties are now reporting the ability to at least partially replicate the bug.
Facebook’s VP of integrity replied to Maddox, “sounds like a bug.” No shit. I’m sure I have a bit of a chip on my shoulder about Facebook, but how do they continue to under-react to privacy problems with their platform? Also, if this bug does exist, how does it exist? What were they trying to do that could possibly trigger turning on the camera?
Hopefully this, whatever it is, gets fixed soon. In the meantime, if you have Facebook installed on your iPhone, go to Settings > Privacy > Camera and turn off Facebook access for your camera. While you are at it, consider whether you even want the Facebook app on your phone. I know several people that use Facebook exclusively in the browser to avoid problems like this.
facebook  ios  camera  bug  privacy 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Powered by AI: Instagram’s Explore recommender system
Over half of the Instagram community visits Instagram Explore every month to discover new photos, videos, and Stories relevant to their interests. Recommending the most relevant content out of billions of options in real time at scale introduces multiple machine learning (ML) challenges that require novel engineering solutions.
We tackled these challenges by creating a series of custom query languages, lightweight modeling techniques, and tools enabling high-velocity experimentation. These systems support the scale of Explore while boosting developer efficiency. Collectively, these solutions represent an AI system based on a highly efficient 3-part ranking funnel that extracts 65 billion features and makes 90 million model predictions every second.
In this blog post, we’re sharing the first detailed overview of the key elements that make Explore work, and how we provide personalized content for people on Instagram.
facebook  instagram  AI/ML  algorithm 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook Reveals How Its AI Decides what to Recommend on Instagram
In a technical article published earlier today, Facebook has reveled some of the Machine Learning (AKA ‘AI’) technology that decides what photos show up on Instagram’s “Explore” tab—the main way IG users discover new accounts and content.
Getting your photography on the Explore tab can have a huge impact on your follower count, but there’s no department head at Facebook that you can schmooze to get your work included. As with so many things in the world of social media, your exposure (or lack thereof) is dependent on an algorithm.
But while most of most of these algorithms are shrouded in mystery, Facebook decided to share some details about how its Explore algorithm works.
facebook  instagram  AI/ML  algorithm 
november 2019 by rgl7194
A Year Later, Cybercrime Groups Still Rampant on Facebook — Krebs on Security
Almost exactly one year ago, KrebsOnSecurity reported that a mere two hours of searching revealed more than 100 Facebook groups with some 300,000 members openly advertising services to support all types of cybercrime, including spam, credit card fraud and identity theft. Facebook responded by deleting those groups. Last week, a similar analysis led to the takedown of 74 cybercrime groups operating openly on Facebook with more than 385,000 members.
Researchers at Cisco Talos discovered the groups using the same sophisticated methods I employed last year — running a search on for terms unambiguously tied to fraud, such as “spam” and “phishing.” Talos said most of the groups were less than a year old, and that Facebook deleted the groups after being notified by Cisco.
Talos also re-confirmed my findings that Facebook still generally ignores individual abuse reports about groups that supposedly violate its ‘community standards,’ which specifically forbid the types of activity espoused by the groups that Talos flagged.
“Talos initially attempted to take down these groups individually through Facebook’s abuse reporting functionality,” the researchers found. “While some groups were removed immediately, other groups only had specific posts removed.”
But Facebook deleted all offending groups after researchers told Facebook’s security team they were going to publish their findings.  This is precisely what I experienced a year ago.
Not long after Facebook deleted most of the 120 cybercrime groups I reported to it back in April 2018, many of the groups began reemerging elsewhere on the social network under similar names with the same members.
facebook  cybercrime  security  privacy  krebs  forum 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Zuck Testified Before the House Financial Services Committee and It Did Not Go Well for Him — Pixel Envy
I struggle with this policy shift. I’ve previously argued that this clearly benefits bad faith arguments and politicians that have a most tenuous relationship with facts. I think it’s especially worrying that advertisements on Facebook can be highly targeted, so lies can be broadcast to much smaller groups of individuals and, therefore, being easier to evade detection. In the recent Canadian election, both the Liberal Party and Conservative Party targeted ads containing lies at Chinese-language Facebook users. That’s obviously appalling, as are the threats towards Rep. Tlaib that she says result from ads containing falsehoods.
There is no easy segue here, but I do wish to point out two things. First, I struggle to believe that Facebook would be an effective moderator of the truth. Also, Facebook’s policy shift brings the website in alignment with longstanding policy that generally exempts politicians from false advertising standards — this is also true for Canadian ads. Legally, politicians can lie in ads all they want about their own record or their opponents’ as long as they play dumb when asked about it, but overestimating the lifespan of lightbulbs is verboten. Oh, and you can claim that your drink comprising over 99% apple and grape juice is a pomegranate blueberry blend — that’s fine, too.
Facebook struggles with content moderation at a base level; expecting them to fact check politicians’ advertisements around the world seems like an implausible stretch. That’s not to say that Facebook should do nothing: I think it would be helpful to remove the ability to target political advertising by anything other than country and language. I also see the need for greater action against advertising falsehoods, because lying to consumers is a form of fraud in myriad contexts, and I don’t know why that standard ought to be different for politicians.
More importantly, I think these are all manifestations of an increasingly untrustworthy and untruthful climate. Coca-Cola should not be using the most careful reading of the law to label its apple and grape juice with other fruits — that shouldn’t even be a question. Nor should politicians feel like they should be able to spread outright lies in their promotional materials. This sounds incredibly naïve, I realize, but the current level of cynicism is not supportive of a functional democracy. We should not have such low expectations.
I remain perplexed, dismayed, and frustrated that “fine print” is something that exists at all, and that there is an expectation that public officials will knowingly lie to voters.
gov2.0  politics  facebook  zuck  congress  transcript  advertising  disinformation 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Facebook Allows Prominent Right-Wing Website to Break the Rules
Judd Legum, writing for Popular Info:
The Daily Wire, the right-wing website founded by pundit Ben Shapiro, is a cesspool of misogyny, bigotry, and misinformation. Its toxic content is also fantastically successful on Facebook, with each story reaching more people than any other major media outlet. A Popular Information investigation reveals some of this success is attributable to a clandestine network of 14 large Facebook pages that purport to be independent but exclusively promote content from The Daily Wire in a coordinated fashion.
This kind of “inauthentic coordinated behavior” violates Facebook’s rules. Facebook has taken down smaller and less coordinated networks that promoted liberal content. But Facebook told Popular Information that it will continue to allow this network to operate and amplify The Daily Wire’s content.
As a complete sidenote to the main point of this — that Facebook is a right-wing company — notice how nice and clean and fast the Popular Info website is. The best websites these days aren’t from web publishers — they’re from mailing list publishers with websites.
facebook  politics  conservative  daring_fireball 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Twitter to Stop Accepting Political Ads Globally
Jack Dorsey, in a tweet thread:
For instance, it‘s not credible for us to say: “We’re working hard to stop people from gaming our systems to spread misleading info, buuut if someone pays us to target and force people to see their political ad… well… they can say whatever they want!” […]
This isn’t about free expression. This is about paying for reach. And paying to increase the reach of political speech has significant ramifications that today’s democratic infrastructure may not be prepared to handle. It’s worth stepping back in order to address.
Political advertising is a drop in the bucket of Twitter’s overall revenue, but that’s true of Facebook too. “The money matters to us” would be a terrible justification for Facebook’s policy of allowing political ads to spread falsehoods, but the money doesn’t even matter to them. Facebook is allowing political ads to spread falsehoods because Facebook wants political ads to spread falsehoods. There’s no other explanation.
twitter  facebook  politics  advertising  daring_fireball 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Why Is Anti-Monopoly Cool Again? Part II (Big issue 6-25-2019)
Today I’m going to continue our series on why anti-monopoly politics is back. First a couple of thoughts and pictures, one on Facebook’s Libra currency system and one on monopolies in the military…
Is Facebook’s Libra Legal? This is actually not a simple question, and I don’t have an answer. I’ve already mentioned that the FTC, as part of its penalty on Facebook for violating the 2011 consent decree, can bar the company from “adjacent business practices” such as payments. Today I began looking at state money transmitter license laws. Many of the state laws are similar, so I’ll copy and paste something from New York state law on how to get one. The bolded parts are what’s relevant.
Upon the filing of an application, and the payment of the fees for investigation and license, the superintendent shall investigate the financial condition and responsibility, financial and business experience, character and general fitness of the applicant and, if the superintendent finds these qualities are such as to warrant the belief that the applicant's business will be conducted honestly, fairly, equitably, carefully and efficiently within the purposes and intent of this article, and in a manner commanding the confidence and trust of the community…
What is Facebook’s “character and general fitness” for the role? Does Facebook command “the confidence and trust of the community”?
These are good questions. Kidding! They are stupid questions. Of course Facebook isn’t fit, and isn’t trusted. Every poll out there shows no one trusts Zuckerberg.
business  capitalism  politics  monopoly  gov2.0  competition  business_model  facebook  economics  BIG 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Orfeon Académico de Coimbra - Posts
📸 Quem ficou melhor na foto? 🤔
#orfeon #oac #139Anos #coimbra #universidadedecoimbra #portugal #açores
📸 who looks better in the picture? 🤔
#orfeon #oac #139Anos #coimbra #universidadedecoimbra #portugal #açores
— with Catarina Martins, Ricardo Rodrigues, Celina Campos, Francisco Brás, Ricardo Brás, Ana Filipa Morgado, Sara Fernandes, Filipa T. Santos, Maria João Santo, Nuno Morais, Gonçalo Melo Ribeiro, Teresa Aguiar and Artur Pinho Maria in Ponta Delgada, Azores.
coimbra  chorus  bowtie  uniform  university  traje  tuna_feminina  facebook 
november 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Yet Another 'Far Larger Than It Had Previously Acknowledged' Facebook Fiasco
Kate Conger, Gabriel J.X. Dance, and Mike Isaac, reporting for The New York Times:
Facebook said on Friday that it had suspended tens of thousands of apps for improperly sucking up users’ personal information and other transgressions, a tacit admission that the scale of its data privacy issues was far larger than it had previously acknowledged.
The social network said in a blog post that an investigation it began in March 2018 — following revelations that Cambridge Analytica, a British consultancy, had retrieved and used people’s Facebook information without their permission — had resulted in the suspension of “tens of thousands” of apps that were associated with about 400 developers. That was far bigger than the last number that Facebook had disclosed of 400 app suspensions in August 2018.
400 apps, 10,000 apps, what’s the difference?
If these privacy violations weren’t so serious, and if Facebook weren’t so powerful and influential to the daily lives of billions, it would be comical the way they vastly underestimate any and all privacy or security problems, only to come back months later with a more accurate number. They do it every time, and the errors are always in the direction of underreporting severity.
business  facebook  data  privacy  security  daring_fireball  apps 
october 2019 by rgl7194
You Can't Let Go (feat. Chrissie Hynde), a song by The Picturebooks
Hi people!
I wanted to share this cool-ass song i did with The Picture Books. Their new album, The Hands of Time is out now.
I first heard them doing their sound-check on the beach in St. Tropez at a biker festival in 2017. I ran out to see who was making all the noise. They pretty much sum up all the stuff I love in the genre of biker rock. Does anyone do stuff like this anymore? The answer is yes. Thank God.
They asked if i wanted to sing on You Can’t Let Go, and of-course being the coolest woman in rock ( not my description - yours ) I immediately said Yes Please.
Here it is:
music  hynde  songs  facebook 
august 2019 by rgl7194
A Fake Zuckerberg Video Challenges Facebook’s Rules - The New York Times
SAN FRANCISCO — Two weeks ago, Facebook declined to remove a doctored video in which the speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, seemed to drunkenly slur her speech. Over the weekend, two British artists released a doctored video of Facebook’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, as a sly comment on the spread of false information online.
Posted to the Facebook-owned social network Instagram, the video shows Mr. Zuckerberg speaking directly into the camera, boasting of nefarious motives behind his online empire.
“Imagine this for a second: one man, with total control of billions of people’s stolen data, all their secrets, their lives, their futures,” he appears to say. “I owe it all to Spectre. Spectre showed me that whoever controls the data controls the future.”
The video is easily recognizable as a fake, in part because the voice paired with the image sounds only marginally like Mr. Zuckerberg. And Spectre is a reference to a fictional, evil organization in James Bond lore. But it serves both as a piece of digital commentary and as a test of the way Facebook handles the spread of false information on its social network.
fake  video  zuck  facebook  disinformation  fake_news  nytimes 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Dave Lewis - This looks very good MOJO The Collectors’ Series:...
This looks very good
MOJO The Collectors’ Series: LED ZEPPELIN EARLY DAYS 1968-1973
LED ZEPPELIN EARLY DAYS 1968-1973 is the first of two deluxe bookazines bringing together MOJO’s finest writing on the gods of rock.
MOJO is proud to present its first collection of writing on Led Zeppelin, unfolding the story of the legendary rock group’s foundational years, from guitarist Jimmy Page’s days as a session player and member of The Yardbirds, to the Zep’s dramatic formation and triumphant conquest of America within just two years.
Illustrated with dozens of rare and iconic photos, EARLY DAYS 1968-1973 includes classic interviews with Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant, the truth behind the lurid tales of on-the-road carnage in America, the stories behind their first five albums – from Led Zeppelin I to Houses Of The Holy – a guide to Zeppelin’s greatest songs, including Dazed And Confused, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway To Heaven, Jimmy Page on his musical heroes, plus the inside track on the creation of the band’s iconic sleeve artwork.
Packed with entertaining features, and amazing photography, LED ZEPPELIN EARLY DAYS 1968 to 1973 is an essential purchase for every serious music fan.
LED ZEPPELIN THE EARLY DAYS 1968-1973 is available in shops on August 8, 2019 and online at
The follow-up, LED ZEPPELIN LATTER DAYS 1974-2019, is on sale in shops from September 26, 2019. Pre-order it NOW at
music  magazine  ledzep  TBL  collecting  facebook  60s  70s 
august 2019 by rgl7194
iOS 13 privacy feature will force total overhaul for Facebook apps | Ars Technica
Apple is set for another privacy showdown with Facebook and VoIP apps.
Privacy has been a renewed focus with Apple’s next operating system update. One new feature in iOS 13 that seems centered on user privacy could have sweeping consequences for messaging and online call apps.
In iOS 13, Apple will not allow apps to run voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) in the background when the programs are not actively in use. Many apps that offer VoIP services currently run in the background, and they will need to be rewritten to adjust to Apple’s upcoming rules. The change is slated to roll out when iOS 13 is released in September. However, app developers will get a grace period, and they have until April 2020 to comply.
Apple has been putting privacy at the front and center of its business, especially as many tech companies make headlines for data breaches or misuse of personal information. iOS 13 will include multiple updates centered on giving users more control over how and when apps can get their information, such as one-time location sharing and a “Sign in with Apple” system.
VoIP services ostensibly stay running in the background so they can connect calls quickly, but they also lets those apps collect information about what users are doing on their devices. Restricting the programs that can simply be open at any time on its mobile hardware fits the narrative Apple is crafting about being a trusted place for customer privacy in an increasingly untrustworthy industry.
The move will impact many apps to make some big changes. Possibly the most visible apps impacted by the update will be Facebook’s Messenger and WhatsApp programs. Both of those apps give users the option to make calls, and they run in the background of a smartphone so that they can quickly connect calls.
The Information first reported on the story, and a representative from Facebook said that the company is in talks with Apple about this development:
The changes to the upcoming iOS releases are not insignificant, but we are in conversations with Apple on how best to address. To be clear—we are using the PushKit VoIP API to deliver a world-class, private messaging experience, not for the purpose of collecting data.
apple  ios13  privacy  facebook  apps 
august 2019 by rgl7194
Full Fact has been fact-checking Facebook posts for six months. Here’s what they think needs to change - Media Bias/Fact Check
In December 2016, Facebook enlisted a handful of U.S.-based news organizations (ABC News, Snopes, PolitiFact,, and the AP) to help stem the flow of false information on the platform. Over time, it’s expanded these third-party fact-checking partnerships: It now has more than 50 partners globally, fact-checking in 42 languages.
Full Fact, the independent U.K. fact-checking organization, signed on as one of Facebook’s third-party fact-checking partners in January. (All partners must be members of Poynter’s International Fact-Checking Network, though that hasn’t completely prevented disputes over who should qualify to be a fact-checker; some original partners like Snopes have dropped out.) Six months in, the organization has released a reportabout its experience so far — what it’s learned, what it likes, and what it thinks needs to change.
Full Fact’s two major concerns about the fact-checking program are scale and transparency — ongoing complaints among Facebook’s partners. “Facebook’s focus seems to be increasing scale by extending the Third Party Fact Checking Program to more languages and countries,” the report notes. “However, there is also a need to scale up the volume of content and speed of response” — being available in a lot of countries isn’t enough if individual country partners are only able to skim the surface of misleading content.
And — like other third-party fact-checking partners — Full Fact wants Facebook “to share more data with fact-checkers, so that we can better evaluate content we are checking and evaluate our impact.” It’s not very satisfying to feel as if your fact-checks are falling into a black hole, where you’re unsure how many people will ever see them or how much of a dent you’re making.
During the six-month period, Full Fact published 96 fact-checks as part of its participation in Facebook’s program, and Facebook paid it $171,800 (“the amount of money that Full Fact is entitled to depends on the amount of fact-checking done under the program”). A little back-of-the-envelope math shows this works out to about $1,790 per fact-check, with some obviously requiring more work than others. (In the report, Full Fact describes building networks with medical and health-related organizations, police departments, academics, and so on. If you’re keeping track of how much Facebook’s fact-checking partners make and trying to guess rates, note that France’s Libération received $245,000 for 290 fact-checks in 2018.)
Here are some of the report’s findings, observations, and recommendations.
facebook  factcheck  uk  transparency  MBFC 
july 2019 by rgl7194
If you haven’t watched this video yet, take 13... - Alexandra Chalupa
If you haven’t watched this video yet, take 13 minutes to do so. KGB defector Yuri Bezmemov warned in the 1980s of the KGB’s playbook to infiltrate the U.S. and take over the White House with the help of Americans.
Active Measures - “to change the perception of reality of every American to such an extent that despite the abundance of information, no one is able to come to sensible conclusions in the interest of defending themselves, their families, their communities, and their country. It’s a great brainwashing process that goes very slow.”
Today, the four stages of this Active Measures process are conducted not with intent to have a heavy military take over, which is no longer necessary but through political means:
1. Demoralization - ✔️
2. Destabilization - ✔️
3. Crisis - ✔️
4. Normalization - 2020 Election
facebook  gov2.0  politics  russia  propaganda  trump  chalupa  video  election 
july 2019 by rgl7194
What We Learned Investigating a Network of Islamophobic Facebook Pages
Snopes traced at least 24 Facebook pages spreading anti-muslim vitriol and conspiracy theory back to one evangelical activist. Here's why that matters.
A Snopes investigation on 15 May 2019 looked deeply into a small group of radical evangelical Christians that re-purposed Facebook pages and PACs to build a coordinated, pro-Trump network that spreads hate and conspiracy theories — below is a re-cap of key points. The content includes the assertion that the survivors of the Parkland school massacre are on a “leftist-Islamic payroll” and that Islamic refugee resettlement is “cultural destruction and subjugation.”
The names of these Facebook pages imply diverse support from Americans, with titles like “Blacks for Trump” and “Jews and Christians for America.” But found that each of these pages can be tied to a radical evangelical activist named Kelly Monroe Kullberg, who is neither black nor Jewish. We found at least 24 pages in the Kullberg network, which could be in violation of Facebook’s ban on “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
Snopes also found that at least one prominent GOP donor, William Millis, funded and/or exploited the efforts of the Kullberg network. Millis was a fundraiser and campaign board member for current HUD Secretary Ben Carson’s 2016 presidential campaign.
factcheck  gov2.0  politics  racism  religion  facebook  hate 
july 2019 by rgl7194
The Koch brothers are funding Facebook’s newest fact-checking partner | Grist
Is Facebook trying to solve its fake news problem by partnering with … climate deniers?
Last week, social media giant Facebook announced that it would be partnering with, the fact-checking offshoot of the Koch-funded, right-leaning news outlet The Daily Caller. The fact-checking site will help provide third-party oversight of Facebook’s news content, including stories about global warming.
The Check Your Fact site says it is “non-partisan” and “loyal to neither people nor parties,” describing itself as an “editorially independent” subsidiary from The Daily Caller, though it receives funding from both The Daily Caller and the Daily Caller News Foundation. The Daily Caller was founded by Fox News political analyst Tucker Carlson, who is known for hosting climate deniers on his show.
Critics say the deal say the partnership is a case of a fox guarding the hen house (Or, at least, Fox News guarding the greenhouse). “It is truly disturbing to hear that Facebook, already known to be a dubious organization with an ethically challenged CEO, is partnering with ‘Daily Caller,’ which is essentially a climate change-denying Koch Brothers front group masquerading as a media outlet,” leading climatologist Michael Mann told E&E News. “If they fail to cease and desist in outsourcing their ‘fact-checking’ to this bad faith, agenda-driven outlet, they will face serious repercussions.”
Facebook did not respond to Grist’s request for comment.
facebook  factcheck  conservative  fake_news  climate_change 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook Negotiated Its Rules - Bloomberg
The Facebook thing
Apparently Facebook Inc. will pay a $5 billion fine to the Federal Trade Commission for doing some bad privacy stuff, and will agree to take some steps to stop doing so much bad privacy stuff in the future. (There’ll be a committee.) The settlement is not official yet but has been pretty well previewed. I have always found this particular Facebook privacy scandal—it’s the Cambridge Analytica one—sort of puzzling, and the specific terms of the settlement aren’t really public yet, so I don’t propose to get into the substance of it.
But I do want to talk about this article by Tony Romm in the Washington Post, about the negotiations and back story around the settlement, because it is the most illuminating thing I have read about U.S. regulation generally in a long time.
The basic story is that some people at the FTC wanted to push to get a lot more concessions out of Facebook as part of the settlement. “Those included fining Facebook not just $5 billion, but tens of billions of dollars, and imposing more direct liability for the company’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg.” They also included more structural changes in how Facebook deals with user data. But Facebook said no...
gov2.0  politics  facebook  data  privacy  tracking  congress 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Facebook Negotiated Its Rules
Great column from Matt Levine, writing for Bloomberg:
But the process wouldn’t be a one-on-one negotiation. It’s not like Congress would say “we want to regulate your data collection practices” and Facebook would say “hmm no we’d rather you didn’t” and Congress would say “okay you have good lawyers we give up.” Facebook’s main leverage against the FTC — “we don’t think we did anything wrong and if you insist on restricting our data collection we will see you in court” — just wouldn’t work to stop Congress from making a law, because it is irrelevant. Congress can make a law about data privacy even if no one has broken any previous laws. In fact that’s the best reason to make a law! “There is a bad thing that is happening, and there is no law against it, so we should make a law against it”: That is a perfectly sensible line of reasoning!
gov2.0  politics  facebook  data  privacy  tracking  daring_fireball  congress 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Russian disinformation on Facebook targeted Ukraine well before the 2016 U.S. election - The Washington Post
KIEV, Ukraine — In the spring of 2015, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was desperate for Mark Zuckerberg’s help. His government had been urging Facebook to stop the Kremlin’s spreading of misinformation on the social network to foment distrust in his new administration and to promote support of Russia’s invasion and occupation of parts of Ukraine.
To get Zuckerberg’s attention, the president posted a question for a town hall meeting at Facebook’s Silicon Valley headquarters. There, a moderator read it aloud.
“Mark, will you establish a Facebook office in Ukraine?” the moderator said, chuckling, according to a video of the assembly. The room of young employees rippled with laughter. But the government’s suggestion was serious: It believed that a Kiev office, staffed with people familiar with Ukraine’s political situation, could help solve Facebook’s high-level ignorance about Russian information warfare.
“You know, over time it’s something that we might consider,” the chief executive responded. “So thank you for — the Ukrainian president — for writing in. I don’t think we’ve gotten that one before.”
In the three years since then, officials here say the company has failed to address most of their concerns about Russian online interference that predated similar interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The tactics identified by officials, such as coordinated activity to overwhelm Facebook’s system and the use of impostor accounts, are the same as in the 2016 contest — and continue to challenge Facebook ahead of next month’s midterm elections.
“I was explicitly saying that there are troll factories, that their posts and reposts promoted posts and news that are fake,” Dmytro Shymkiv, then deputy minister of the presidential administration, said he told Facebook executives in June 2015. “They are promoted on your platform. By very often fake accounts. Have a look.”
facebook  russia  propaganda  disinformation  ukraine  2010s  troll  fake_news  zuck 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook’s pivot to privacy has huge implications — if it’s real - The Verge
Mark Zuckerberg is fond of grand pronouncements
For the video version of this column, see the piece above. In it, I discuss the potential implications of Zuckerberg’s announcement of a pivot to privacy.
By 2015, Mark Zuckerberg had grown uncomfortable with his messaging history. His old instant messages had gotten him into trouble in the past — people are still tweeting juvenile IMs from his college days — and the 2014 Sony hack had made him more concerned about his potential exposure. And so Facebook’s CEO took a step then unavailable to any of the 2.2 billion other users of his platform: he snapped his fingers, Thanos-like, and the messages disappeared.
Some of Zuckerberg’s correspondents noticed that their old conversations had suddenly become one-sided, and eventually told TechCrunch’s Josh Constine, who broke the story last April. There have been plenty of Facebook data privacy scandals over the past couple of years, but none bothered me quite as much as this one. As I wrote here at the time:
The good news is that Facebook knows how to build robust privacy tools when it wants to. The bad news is that it reserved such a powerful tool for the CEO, and admitted to it only under duress. That Zuckerberg deleted all of his chats, while leaving his recipients’ messages intact, says more about how he views privacy than any belated apology ever could.
facebook  privacy  messaging  zuck 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook’s $5 billion FTC fine is an embarrassing joke - The Verge
Facebook gets away with it again
Facebook’s stock went up after news of a record-breaking $5 billion FTC fine for various privacy violations broke today.
That, as The New York Times’ Mike Isaac points out, is the real story here: the United States government spent months coming up with a punishment for Facebook’s long list of privacy-related bad behavior, and the best it could do was so weak that Facebook’s stock price went up.
From some other perspectives, that $5 billion fine is a big deal, of course: it’s the biggest fine in FTC history, far bigger than the $22 million fine levied against Google in 2012. And $5 billion is a lot of money, to be sure. It’s just that like everything else that comes into contact with Facebook’s scale, it’s still entirely too small: Facebook had $15 billion in revenue last quarter alone, and $22 billion in profit last year.
The largest FTC fine in the history of the country represents basically a month of Facebook’s revenue, and the company did such a good job of telegraphing it to investors that the stock price went up.
facebook  legal  gov2.0  money  privacy 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook to Pay $5 Billion Fine to Settle FTC Privacy Investigation
After months of negotiations, the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has approved a record $5 billion settlement with Facebook over its privacy investigation into the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The settlement will put an end to a wide-ranging probe that began more than a year ago and centers around the violation of a 2011 agreement Facebook made with the FTC that required Facebook to gain explicit consent from users to share their personal data.
The FTC launched an investigation into the social media giant last year after it was revealed that the company allowed Cambridge Analytica access to the personal data of around 87 million Facebook users without their explicit consent.
Now, according to a new report published by the Wall Street Journal, the FTC commissioners this week finally voted to approve a $5 billion settlement, with three Republicans voting to approve the deal and two Democrats against it.
facebook  legal  gov2.0  money  privacy 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook’s FTC fine will be $5 billion—or one month’s worth of revenue | Ars Technica
Fine will settle privacy investigation triggered by Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The Federal Trade Commission and Facebook have reportedly agreed on a $5 billion fine that would settle the FTC's privacy investigation into the social network.
With Facebook having reported $15 billion in revenue last quarter, the $5 billion fine would amount to one month's worth of revenue.
The FTC voted 3-2 to approve the settlement this week, with three yes votes from Republican commissioners and two no votes from Democrats, The Wall Street Journal reported today, citing anonymous sources. Democrats on the commission were "pushing for tougher oversight," the Journal wrote.
The FTC hasn't announced the deal publicly.
"The matter has been moved to the Justice Department’s civil division, and it is unclear how long it will take to finalize," the Journal wrote. "Justice Department reviews are part of the FTC’s procedure but typically don’t change the outcome of an FTC decision."
facebook  legal  gov2.0  money  privacy 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: In Court, Facebook Blames Users for Destroying Right to Privacy
Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept:
Representing Facebook before U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria was Orin Snyder of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, who claimed that the plaintiffs’ charges of privacy invasion were invalid because Facebook users have no expectation of privacy on Facebook. The simple act of using Facebook, Snyder claimed, negated any user’s expectation of privacy. […]
At one point Chhabria asked, seemingly unable to believe Snyder’s argument himself, “If Facebook promises not to disseminate anything that you send to your hundred friends, and Facebook breaks that promise and disseminates your photographs to a thousand corporations, that would not be a serious privacy invasion?”
Snyder didn’t blink: “Facebook does not consider that to be actionable, as a matter of law under California law.”
Like I wrote a few weeks ago, get these Facebook fuckers in court and all of a sudden they tell the truth.
facebook  legal  privacy  business_model  daring_fireball 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Opinion | You’re Not Alone When You’re on Google - The New York Times
We know that. But the “privacy paradox” means we still act like we are.
At first blush, it seems safe to say that most of us harbor inconsistent — if not neurotically contradictory — notions about our personal privacy.
We claim to treasure it, yet want badly to be known and seen (posting on Instagram, preening on Twitter). We’re spooked when the same set of advertisements tailgate us, yet become furious when our iPhones have no clue where we are when we search for a restaurant (Hello, I am NOT in Fort Wayne). We loathe that our data is mined and scraped, yet still we opt for Google over DuckDuckGo (never mind that Google is tracking our moves like an assassin); still we use Facebook (never mind that it harvests our personal information like so many internal organs); and we click “I agree” when downloading our apps, knowing full well that those apps are talking to other apps, telling them how much we eat and what music we listen to and when we ovulate.
Plus: Has it made one whit of difference that we’re now alerted to the use of cookies on websites, thanks to that recent rule issued by the European Union? Speaking for myself, I would say it has not. Those alerts make me feel worse, because they reveal my impatience, my recklessness, my everyday failures of self-regulation. I seem to be forever surrendering my privacy in exchange for some short-term gain, rather than dutifully slogging through the decision tree of the cookie opt-out.
nytimes  op-ed  google  privacy  cookies  facebook  search  tracking  data 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Opinion | You Care More About Your Privacy Than You Think - The New York Times
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I hear this all the time: “This all sounds pretty troubling, but how much do we really, truly care about our privacy? After all, we don’t seem willing to stop using our phones or Facebook or Google.”
This idea is popular enough to have a name: the privacy paradox. It’s also the argument I hear from most tech evangelists and defenders of our data-guzzling platforms and services. There’s widespread public outcry about how much of our personal data is collected. And yet most of us can’t be bothered to change the default settings on our phones (which you should do and can learn about here). It’s a fair point, even if it does remind me of this excellent Matt Bors “Gotcha” cartoon lampooning a certain brand of reflexive contrarianism. There’s plenty that’s unexplored about how much we really care about giving away our personal information in exchange for free services.
Which is why I was fascinated by a recent experiment by Dan Svirsky, a recently graduated researcher at Harvard who set out to test the privacy paradox. His conclusion: We do care about our privacy, even if we don’t always act in our best interests.
Svirsky ran a series of tests where he had participants fill out online surveys for money and made them decide whether to share their Facebook profile data with a survey taker in exchange for a bonus (in some cases, 50 cents). In a direct trade-off scenario, Svirsky found that 64 percent of participants refused to share their Facebook profile in exchange for 50 cents and a majority were “unwilling to share their Facebook data for $2.50.” In sum: Respondents generally sacrificed a small bonus to keep from turning over personal information.
privacy  facebook  data  money  nytimes  op-ed 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Charlie Warzel: 'You Care More About Your Privacy Than You Think'
Charlie Warzel, writing for The New York Times:
Svirsky ran a series of tests where he had participants fill out online surveys for money and made them decide whether to share their Facebook profile data with a survey taker in exchange for a bonus (in some cases, 50 cents). In a direct trade-off scenario, Svirsky found that 64 percent of participants refused to share their Facebook profile in exchange for 50 cents and a majority were “unwilling to share their Facebook data for $2.50.” In sum: Respondents generally sacrificed a small bonus to keep from turning over personal information.
But things changed when Svirsky introduced the smallest bit of friction. When participants were faced with what he calls “a veiled trade-off,” where survey takers had to click to learn whether taking the survey without connecting to Facebook would be free or cost them 50 cents, only 40 percent ended up refusing to share their data.
Friction is largely underrated in user experience design. Some of the people who understand friction’s effect best, alas, are those purposely designing privacy controls to make them even just a bit harder to use, understand, or discover.
The lack of friction in the Sign In With Apple experience — especially using a device with Face ID or Touch ID — is a key part of why I expect it to be successful. It’s not just more private than signing in with Google or Facebook, it’s as good or better in terms of how few steps it takes.
Designers need to design for what people will do, not what people should, in theory, do.
design  UI/UX  facebook  apple  google  login  daring_fireball  privacy  security 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook’s image outage reveals how the company’s AI tags your photos - The Verge
‘Oh wow, the AI just tagged my profile picture as basic’
Everyone knows the bit in The Matrix when Neo achieves digital messiah status and suddenly sees “reality” for what it really is: lines of trailing green code.
Well, thanks to an outage currently affecting Facebook, users of the social network have been given a similar peek behind the digital curtain, with many images on the site now replaced with the tags they’ve been assigned by the company’s machine vision systems.
So if you browse through your uploaded photos, instead of seeing holiday snaps or pictures of food and friends, you’ll be shown text saying things like “image may contain: people smiling, people dancing, wedding and indoor” or just “image may contain: cat.”
In short: this is how your life looks to a computer. This is how Facebook’s AI is judging you. Do you feel ashamed before the all-seeing digital eye?!
facebook  photo  metadata  AI/ML  accessibility 
july 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook Reverses Ban on Led Zeppelin 'Houses of the Holy' Art
Facebook has reversed a ban on the cover art for Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy album, promising to reinstate previously removed posts.
"As our community standards explain, we don’t allow nude images of children on Facebook," a spokesperson for the company told UCR. "But we know this a culturally significant image. Therefore, we’re restoring the posts we removed.”
In the coming days, the social-media giant will adjust its review mechanisms to permit sharing of this cover by all users. Facebook also plans to allow similar content on a case-by-case basis that might otherwise violate their standards if it is deemed newsworthy, significant or important to the public interest.
art  censorship  children  cover  facebook  ledzep  record 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook Lifts Ban on Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy Album Cover | Music News | Consequence of Sound
"This a culturally significant image ... we’re restoring the posts we removed"
Earlier this week it was reported that Facebook had banned posts containing Led Zeppelin’s iconic Houses of the Holy album cover. Now, though, the social network is reversing course.
In a statement to Ultimate Classic Rock, a spokesperson acknowledged that Facebook had indeed been removing posts containing the album cover, which depicts nude children climbing up the rocks at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland. The image was built from a collage of photos by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.
The spokesperson stated, “As our community standards explain, we don’t allow nude images of children on Facebook. But we know this a culturally significant image. Therefore, we’re restoring the posts we removed.”
Ultimate Classic Rock had actually received a takedown notice from Facebook when the music site posted the album cover on Wednesday, with Facebook warning, “If the content is still live in 48 hours, it will automatically be deleted. Repeated violations may impact the page’s ability to monetize.”
In reversing the ban on the Houses of the Holy artwork, Facebook also revealed that it would now consider the newsworthiness or importance of the subject matter in the future, when deciding whether to allow posts containing similar images.
facebook  art  censorship  children  cover  ledzep  record 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Libra White Paper | Blockchain, Association, Reserve
Welcome to the official
White Paper
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Section 01
01 Introduction
02 Introducing Libra
03 The Libra Blockchain
04 The Libra Currency and Reserve
05 The Libra Association
06 What’s Next for Libra?
07 How to Get Involved
08 Conclusion
Libra’s mission is to enable a simple global currency and financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people.
This document outlines our plans for a new decentralized blockchain, a low-volatility cryptocurrency, and a smart contract platform that together aim to create a new opportunity for responsible financial services innovation.
facebook  cryptocurrency  libra  blockchain  credit_cards  PDF 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook unveils cryptocurrency Libra | Time
As it continues to explore new business models that may work in a world focused on privacy rather than broadly sharing data online, Facebook on Tuesday revealed plans for its own global digital currency, Libra, which aims to allow users to make purchases or send money with close to zero transaction fees.
Facebook said it hopes Libra will make it easier for the estimated 1.7 billion unbanked adults worldwide to access banking services and transfer money electronically. “Just as people can use their phones to message friends anywhere in the world today, with Libra, the same can be done with money — instantly, securely and at a low cost,” Facebook said in a Libra white paper.
facebook  cryptocurrency  libra  blockchain  credit_cards 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Can you trust Libra, Facebook's crypto plan for world financial domination? | iMore
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has just announced Libra, his company's and their allies attempt to revolutionize not just payments, but money itself, on a global scale, and Calibra, Facebook's wallet app for Libra.
From his Facebook post:
Today, Facebook is coming together with 27 organizations around the world to start the non-profit Libra Association and create a new currency called Libra.
Libra's mission is to create a simple global financial infrastructure that empowers billions of people around the world. It's powered by blockchain technology and the plan is to launch it in 2020. You can read more about the association here:
But what is Libra more exactly and why, after the terrible, scandalous, privacy-violating, trust rending, not good very bad year if not decade Facebook's had, why would anyone in their right mind, or Mark Zuckerberg, think for a smoking hot minute we'd trust them with our money?
Tantalizingly — or appallingly, you be the judge — Zuckerberg thinks he has an answer.
facebook  cryptocurrency  libra  blockchain  credit_cards  zuck 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook launches cryptocurrency with Visa, MasterCard, Uber, and others | Ars Technica
Facebook plans to bring payments to Whatsapp and Messenger in 2020.
Facebook is leading a broad coalition of companies and organizations launching a new cryptocurrency, the company announced on Tuesday. The cryptocurrency, called Libra, will be backed by a basket of conventional currencies and other stable assets, preventing the wild price swings that have plagued bitcoin and most other cryptocurrencies.
The new cryptocurrency will serve as the foundation for a new payment feature for Facebook Messenger and the Facebook-owned Whatsapp. Facebook says it is creating a new subsidiary called Calibra to oversee its payment initiatives. This is partly to reassure people who are concerned about Facebook's privacy record.
"Aside from limited cases, Calibra will not share account information or financial data with Facebook or any third party without customer consent," Facebook says. "This means Calibra customers’ account information and financial data will not be used to improve ad targeting on the Facebook family of products."
Facebook is following in the footsteps of Chinese messaging app WeChat, which has included payment capabilities for a number of years. WeChat's payment feature is widely used in China—both for paying bills and for sending small payments to friends. Facebook is aiming to bring the same functionality to its own messaging products.
facebook  cryptocurrency  libra  blockchain  credit_cards 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Maciej Cegłowski on Privacy in the Information Age - Schneier on Security
Maciej Cegłowski has a really good essay explaining how to think about privacy today...
...He's not the first person to talk about privacy as a societal property, or to use pollution metaphors. But his framing is really cogent. And "ambient privacy" is new -- and a good phrasing.
google  privacy  facebook  politics  pinboard 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook Bans Led Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy Cover Art | Music News | Consequence of Sound
The iconic album cover has seemingly triggered Facebook's automatic censorship filters
Anyone trying to post the cover of Led Zeppelin’s 1973 classic Houses of the Holy on Facebook might run into some censorship issues.
According to Classic Rock magazine, the social media site has apparently banned the iconic cover image that depicts nude children ascending the rocks at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland, built from a collage of photos by Aubrey Powell of Hipgnosis.
Michelle Kaotic, who runs a Led Zeppelin Facebook page, used the album art for an event page in 2011 — eight years later, the event image has been banned by the site. Further reports from other users and fan page operators yielded similar results, with their image being flagged and removed. Some users were even blocked out of their accounts for three days.
A petition has even been set up, asking Facebook to remove the censorship. When Kaotic attempted to share the petition, even that resulted in repercussions because of the thumbnail image.
“Approximately 30 minutes after posting the petition on my page, I received a notice that the post went against community standards,” she said. “I then created another post, mentioning how the petition was removed. Before too long, everyone was commenting, indicating that they had shared the petition and been given warnings. The link to the petition was being removed by anyone sharing it. All because the thumbnail image was the album cover. I even had page members message me to indicate that they had been given 24 hour bans. Some even received three days.”
art  censorship  children  cover  facebook  ledzep  record 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Why have Facebook banned Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy artwork? | Louder
Facebook users say they're being banned for uploading the cover of Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy. What's going on?
On February 24 2011, Michelle Kaotic uploaded the cover of Led Zeppelin's Houses Of The Holy sleeve to an event page marking the anniversary of the album's release.
Eight years later, Facebook banned the post.
You know the artwork. It shows two naked children clambering over the Giant's Causeway, a natural jigsaw made from thousands of interlocking basalt columns located on the north coast of Northern Ireland.
Shot by famed Hipgnosis designer Aubrey Powell, it's a piece of art that reflects the late 60s/early 70s fascination with natural childhood innocence (see also: the cover of Blind Faith's debut album, and psychedelia's obsession with Alice In Wonderland). It's an album that sits in millions of homes worldwide, and there's no doubting the image's iconic status.
Facebook took a different view, and issued Kaotic with a notice claiming that the album cover had fallen foul of the company's community standards on nudity or sexual activity. "At first I was shocked, thinking this was a one-off thing," says Kaotic, who runs the Facebook page Led Zeppelin ~ Ultimate Fan Page.
But then other people began to report similar stories. Kaotic had already heard from a friend who ran a Jimmy Page fanpage who was locked out of her account for three days after posting the image, and now the other reports began to tumble in. So much so so that a petition was set up, asking Facebook to stop censoring the image.
Ironically, when Kaotic shared the petition on Facebook, she ran into trouble again.
"Approximately 30 minutes after posting the petition on my page, I received a notice that the post went against community standards," she says. "I then created another post, mentioning how the petition was removed. Before too long, everyone was commenting, indicating that they had shared the petition and been given warnings.
"The link to the petition was being removed by anyone sharing it. All because the thumbnail image was the album cover. I even had page members message me to indicate that they had been given 24 hour bans. Some even received three days."
art  censorship  children  cover  facebook  ledzep  record 
june 2019 by rgl7194
These Deepfakes of Famous People Are Testing Facebook’s Policies
Facebook has recently taken a position of not removing faked videos, choosing instead to reduce their reach and display them alongside fact-checking information. Now a series of viral deepfake videos of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other famous individuals is putting Facebook’s policies to the test.
Motherboard reports that artists Bill Posters and Daniel Howe recently partnered with the advertising Canny to create AI-generated fake videos of people talking about a mysterious “Spectre,” which is actually an exhibition the artists put on at the Sheffield Doc Fest in the UK.
photography  deepfake  facebook 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: The Independent on Apple and Privacy
Andrew Griffin, in a lengthy piece for The Independent...
Griffin’s piece is an interesting read, and he was granted rare access to Apple’s testing facilities, but I think it’s a little all over the place, bouncing back and forth between security issues (testing Apple designed chips in extreme temperatures) and privacy issues. I think the above is the main point though — Google and Facebook are both pushing back against Apple, arguing that Apple’s stance on privacy is only possible because they charge a lot of money for their products.
I think the point that needs to be made is that free and low-cost products can be subsidized by privacy-respecting advertising — but privacy-respecting advertising is not as profitable as privacy-invasive advertising, as exemplified on Facebook and Google’s humongous platforms.
apple  privacy  facebook  google  advertising  daring_fireball  money 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Opinion | Nancy Pelosi and Fakebook’s Dirty Tricks - The New York Times
This latest doctored video proves that Facebook as we knew it is over.
By Kara Swisher
So, Fakebook it is.
This week, unlike YouTube, Facebook decided to keep up a video deliberately and maliciously doctored to make it appear as if Speaker Nancy Pelosi was drunk or perhaps crazy. She was not. She was instead the victim of an obvious dirty trick by a dubious outfit with a Facebook page called Politics WatchDog.
The social media giant deemed the video a hoax and demoted its distribution, but the half-measure clearly didn’t work. The video ran wild across the system.
Facebook’s product policy and counterterrorism executive, Monika Bickert, drew the short straw and had to try to come up with a cogent justification for why Facebook was helping spew ugly political propaganda.
“We think it’s important for people to make their own informed choice for what to believe,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “Our job is to make sure we are getting them accurate information.”
disinformation  facebook  fake  gov2.0  nytimes  pelosi  politics  video  youtube 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: 'Nancy Pelosi and Fakebook’s Dirty Tricks'
Kara Swisher, writing at The New York Times:
This is ridiculous. The only thing the incident shows is how expert Facebook has become at blurring the lines between simple mistakes and deliberate deception, thereby abrogating its responsibility as the key distributor of news on the planet.
Would a broadcast network air this? Never. Would a newspaper publish it? Not without serious repercussions. Would a marketing campaign like this ever pass muster? False advertising. […]
By conflating censorship with the responsible maintenance of its platforms, and by providing “rules” that are really just capricious decisions by a small coterie of the rich and powerful, Facebook and others have created a free-for-all with no consistent philosophy.
disinformation  facebook  fake  gov2.0  nytimes  pelosi  politics  video  youtube  daring_fireball 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: YouTube Is the Only Social Platform Taking Down Doctored Pelosi Videos
Kate Riga, reporting for TPM:
YouTube has taken down videos of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) doctored to make her seem drunk from its platform, saying that the posts “violated our policies.”
“YouTube has clear policies that outline what content is not acceptable to post and we remove videos violating these policies when flagged to us. These videos violated our policies and have been removed. They also did not surface prominently. In fact, search results and watch next panels about Nancy Pelosi include videos from authoritative sources, usually at the top,” a spokesperson told TPM.
Facebook and Twitter, on the other hand, are letting the videos live on their sites.
“We remove things from Facebook that violate our Community Standards, and we don’t have a policy that stipulates that the information you post on Facebook must be true,” a company spokesperson said in a statement obtained by Politico.
Shame on Twitter and Facebook. These videos are not parody or satire — they’re being passed off as real, and garnering millions of views. It’s dangerous propaganda.
disinformation  facebook  fake  gov2.0  pelosi  politics  video  youtube  daring_fireball 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Facebook Lawyer Says Users ‘Have No Expectation of Privacy’
Mikael Thalen, writing for The Daily Dot:
A lawyer for Facebook argued in court Wednesday that the social media site’s users “have no expectation of privacy.”
According to Law360, Facebook attorney Orin Snyder made the comment while defending the company against a class-action lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.
“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Snyder said.
Get them in court and all of sudden they’re honest.
facebook  privacy  daring_fireball  legal 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: Facebook’s Creepy Data Sharing With Phone Carriers
Sam Biddle, reporting for The Intercept:
Offered to select Facebook partners, the data includes not just technical information about Facebook members’ devices and use of Wi-Fi and cellular networks, but also their past locations, interests, and even their social groups. This data is sourced not just from the company’s main iOS and Android apps, but from Instagram and Messenger as well. The data has been used by Facebook partners to assess their standing against competitors, including customers lost to and won from them, but also for more controversial uses like racially targeted ads.
Some experts are particularly alarmed that Facebook has marketed the use of the information — and appears to have helped directly facilitate its use, along with other Facebook data — for the purpose of screening customers on the basis of likely creditworthiness. Such use could potentially run afoul of federal law, which tightly governs credit assessments.
Mark Zuckerberg, last month: “I believe the future is private.”
facebook  privacy  security  daring_fireball  telco  data  sharing 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Facebook is trying to make the word “private” meaningless | The Outline
The company doesn't need to read your messages to keep collecting data about you.
“The future is private,” Mark Zuckerberg declared at Facebook’s F8 conference keynote yesterday. He went on to discuss the importance of building “private” online “living rooms,” an analog for direct messages and Facebook Groups, to contrast the “public square” of the News Feed.
Zuckerberg described a number of new initiatives in this “future is private” push, including encrypted, and even ephemeral, Facebook messaging features, as well as an ephemeral “status” feature (similar to Instagram or Facebook Stories) for WhatsApp. WhatsApp messages have always been end-to-end encrypted, and Zuckerberg noted they would stay that way. He emphasized several times that Facebook will not be able to see the content of this material, saying it was private “even from us” several times about several features, and emphasizing the words “safety” and “secure.”
But what his presentation elided was the fact that Facebook does not need to see the content of what people are saying in order to advertise to them. The metadata — who, or what (as in a business), you’re talking to, and even where you are or what time the conversation is taking place as it comes together with other pieces of information — provides more than enough information to make a very educated guess about what you’re interested in, to the point that knowing specifically what you are saying adds almost nothing.
facebook  advertising  privacy  security  metadata  zuck 
june 2019 by rgl7194
Daring Fireball: 'Facebook Is Trying to Make the Word “Private” Meaningless'
Good piece by Casey Johnston for The Outline on the hollowness of Facebook’s newfound push for “privacy”:
He emphasized several times that Facebook will not be able to see the content of this material, saying it was private “even from us” several times about several features, and emphasizing the words “safety” and “secure.”
But what his presentation elided was the fact that Facebook does not need to see the content of what people are saying in order to advertise to them. The metadata — who, or what (as in a business), you’re talking to, and even where you are or what time the conversation is taking place as it comes together with other pieces of information — provides more than enough information to make a very educated guess about what you’re interested in, to the point that knowing specifically what you are saying adds almost nothing.
facebook  advertising  privacy  security  daring_fireball  metadata 
june 2019 by rgl7194
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