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Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

Brittany Kaiser calls for Facebook political ad ban at Web Summit

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Former Cambridge Analytica employee Brittany Kaiser, recognisable to many as the unlikely star of the Netflix documentary The Great Hack, has appeared at Web Summit in Lisbon.The documentary followed the self-styled whistleblower as she testified to the UK parliament about what she knew when she worked at the firm as a business development manager.Now with a book out, she has reinvented herself as a data privacy guru aiming to educate youngsters about disinformation, and planning to put data back into the hands of users via blockchain technology.The Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in 2016 when it emerged that the data of up to 87 million Facebook users had been harvested via a personality quiz - and it's never been exactly clea...
Former Tory minister is funding ads attacking Corbyn on Facebook

Former Tory minister is funding ads attacking Corbyn on Facebook

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A former Conservative minister is funding Facebook adverts attacking Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour Party for their policies regarding private schools.The ads are not obviously connected to the Conservative Party and appear as part of a recently created Facebook group called Parent's Choice, which has no website and was only founded on 11 October. Richard Patrick Tracey, who served as a minister for sport under Margaret Thatcher, told Sky News he was running the "defence ads" as an individual and not as part of the Convervative Party. ...
Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK

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Facebook has agreed to pay a £500,000 fine imposed by the UK's data protection watchdog for its role in the Cambridge Analytica scandal.It had originally appealed the penalty, causing the Information Commissioner's Office to pursue its own counter-appeal.As part of the agreement, Facebook has made no admission of liability.The US firm said it "wished it had done more to investigate Cambridge Analytica" earlier.James Dipple-Johnstone, deputy commissioner of the ICO said: "The ICO's main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a
Facebook launches news tab to support journalism

Facebook launches news tab to support journalism

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Facebook has launched "Facebook News", the latest attempt by the social media giant to support journalism on its site.The section will appear alongside the familiar news feed in a special "news tab", dedicated solely to journalism. After being tested internally with Facebook staff, the tab will be rolled out today to "a subset of people in the US," before becoming more widely available over the next year.Chief executive Mark Zuckerberg first announced the plan in April, saying he wanted the tech giant to support struggling news outlets. Image: Mark Zuckerberg first announced plans for the news tab in April However, the project has already run into controversy, after Mr Zuckerberg confirmed that right-wing website Breitbart would be on...
Facebook reveals preparations for UK election

Facebook reveals preparations for UK election

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Facebook has set out extra measures for fighting the spread of disinformation at the next UK election.These include extending its partnership with fact checker Full Fact and improving the ad library in which political ads are archived.In addition, it announced separate plans for the 2020 US Presidential vote, including a way to track how much each candidate spends on Facebook ads.It also confirmed it continues to be a target for foreign influence campaigns.The company's cyber-security chief said his team had just removed four distinct networks of accounts, pages and groups from Facebook and Instagram earlier in the day."Three of them originated in Iran, and one in Russia - they targeted a number of different regions including the United States, North Afri...