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Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

Facebook will not remove fake news – but will 'demote' it

Technology
Facebook says it will not remove fake news from its platform because it does not violate its community standards.The social network is currently running an advertising campaign in the UK that declares "fake news is not our friend".But it said publishers often had "very different points of view" and removing fabricated posts would be "contrary to the basic principles of free speech".Instead, it says posts that it deems to be fake news will be "demoted" in the news feed.Facebook has been scrutinised for its role in spreading fake news after evidence emerged that Russia tried to influence US voters using the social network.On Wednesday, the company held an event in New York where it sought to convince journalists it was tackling the problem.CNN reporter Oliv...
Facebook, worth £445bn, fined £500k for data breach

Facebook, worth £445bn, fined £500k for data breach

Technology
Facebook is to be hit with the maximum £500,000 ($ 663,000) fine over data protection breaches related to the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The UK's information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, said she would fine the social network as her office investigates how data belonging to tens of millions of users was improperly accessed.The amount is the maximum allowed under the Data Protection Act 1998, but is pocket change for a company valued last year at around $ 590bn (£445bn).The scandal took place before new EU data protection laws that allow much larger fines came into force.Facebook, along with consultancy Cambridge Analytica, has been the focus of the investigation since February when evidence emerged that an app was used to harvest the data of 50 million Faceb...
Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Facebook scandal: Who is selling your personal data?

Business
Offering handy parenting tips and £200 worth of vouchers, Emma's Diary may have seemed like the perfect website for new parents to sign up to.But in exchange for free nappies, they also gave consent for their data to be used for a mix of advertising purposes.It has now emerged that the data was sold to the Labour Party in 2017, even though the consent did not extend to political parties.The site now faces a fine for misuse of personal data.The case is part of the Information Commissioner's inquiry into political digital marketing, following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal.What began with a look at the misuse of Facebook data has now has opened a window on the complex ecosystem of online advertising, and thrown light on...
Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

Technology
Media playback is unsupported on your device The UK's data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches - the maximum allowed.The Information Commissioner's Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company - Cambridge Analytica - had deleted users' data.The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica's defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has raised concerns about political parties buying personal information from "data brokers".Specifically it named one company used by the Labour Party, Emma's Diary, which gives medical advice and free baby-themed products to parents.Facebook said it would respond to the report "soon".The ICO also said another company - Aggregate IQ - whi...
EU lawmakers miffed over new Facebook snub

EU lawmakers miffed over new Facebook snub

Technology
European Union lawmakers are unhappy that Facebook is refusing to comply with their request to send two senior officials to testify at a hearing into the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. The EU parliament's Civil Liberties Committee wants to question Facebook's chief privacy officer and the vice presidents for advertisements and global public policy. The committee said Friday that global public policy vice president Joel Kaplan will attend Monday's hearing, but he will only be accompanied two members of Facebook's public policy team. Committee Chairman Claude Moraes said "we had expected to hear from other speakers." Moraes said "it will be up to members to see if Facebook's answers will be sufficient, convincing and trustworthy." Initially, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg declined to appe...