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Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

Facebook removes pages linked to Russian news agency

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Facebook has removed 364 pages and accounts linked to employees of Russian news agency Sputnik from its platform. The social network's head of cyber security policy, Nathaniel Gleicher, said in a blog post it had uncovered two separate operations which originated in Russia, with one active in multiple countries in eastern Europe and the other specific to Ukraine.The pages and accounts were run by the first Russian network and operated in Baltic Sea states, central Asia, the Caucasus and central and eastern Europe.Based on a tip from US law enforcement, Facebook said it had separately removed 107 pages, groups and accounts and 41 Instagram accounts that originated in Russia and operated in Ukraine.In a statement, it said: "We didn't find any links between these operations, b...
Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

Elderly, conservatives shared more Facebook fakery in 2016

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Sharing false information on Facebook is old. People over 65 and ultra conservatives shared about seven times more fake information masquerading as news on the social media site than younger adults, moderates and super liberals during the 2016 election season, a new study finds. The first major study to look at who is sharing links from debunked sites finds that not many people are doing it. On average only 8.5 percent of those studied — about 1 person out of 12 — shared false information during the 2016 campaign, according to the study in Wednesday's journal Science Advances . But those doing it tend to be older and more conservative. "For something to be viral you've got to know who shares it," said study co-author Jonathan Nagler, a politics professor and co-director of th...
New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

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Facebook has revealed that a software bug exposed the photos of up to 6.8 million users, including pictures they had not posted.It made the announcement a day after hosting its pop-up privacy experience "It's Your Facebook" in New York's Bryant Park.It said several third-party apps had access to "a broader set of photos than usual" for 12 days in September.The company said it would notify affected users.It is the latest in a series of data breaches at the social network, which has faced scrutiny following the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. "When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to photos people share on their timeline....
Facebook bug exposed photos that users never posted

Facebook bug exposed photos that users never posted

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Facebook has discovered a bug that gave third-party apps access to the photos of up to seven million users. The glitch was active for 12 days between 13 and 25 September.It was found in software that used Facebook logins to give third-party apps permission to access users' images.The social media giant said the bug meant access was granted to a broader set of photos than intended, including ones uploaded to the site but never posted.They added that up to 6.8 million accounts were exposed. Image: A Facebook bug has exposed millions of users' photos Facebook's engineering director Tomer Bar said: "When someone gives permission for an app to access their photos on Facebook, we usually only grant the app access to pho...
Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

Facebook could threaten democracy, says former GCHQ boss

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Facebook could become a threat to democracy without tougher regulation, the former head of intelligence agency GCHQ has said. Robert Hannigan told the BBC the social media giant was more interested in profiting from user data than "protecting your privacy".It comes after MPs this week accused Facebook of striking secret deals over user data. The firm has also been criticised for its handling of fake news. In an interview with BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mr Hannigan said: "This isn't a kind of fluffy charity providing free services. It's is a very hard-headed international business and these big tech companies are essentially the world's biggest global advertisers, that's where they make their billions."So in return for the ser...