Privacy

Facebook is Meta

Facebook launches Reels globally, betting on ‘fastest growing’ format

Facebook is launching its short video feature Reels to more than 150 countries, its owner Meta Platforms has said, in a move to expand its fastest growing content format.

Platform News: Facebook

Meta’s Facebook to pay $90 million to settle privacy lawsuit over user tracking

Facebook agreed to pay $90 million to settle a decade-old privacy lawsuit accusing it of tracking users’ internet activity even after they logged out of the social media webs...

Platform News: Facebook the smartphone app in-front of monitors

Facebook should tighten doxxing rules, says its oversight board

Facebook owner Meta Platforms should not allow users to share people’s private residential information on its platforms even when the information is publicly available, the c...

Platform News: Snap Inc

Snap recovers from Apple privacy changes, shares surge 50%

Snap Inc has said its advertising business bounced back from the effects of Apple Inc’s privacy changes faster than it expected, and shares of the company skyrocketed 50% as ...

Platform News: Google

Three US states, DC sue Google over location-tracking

Texas, Indiana, Washington State and the District of Columbia sued Alphabet Inc’s Google on Monday over what they called deceptive location-tracking practices that invade use...

Platform News: Signal private messaging app

WhatsApp co-founder Acton named Signal’s interim CEO

Messaging app Signal’s founder and CEO Moxie Marlinspike will step down and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton will become the interim CEO, Marlinspike said in a blog post.

Facial Recognition software

South Korea to test AI-powered facial recognition to track COVID-19 cases

South Korea will soon roll out a pilot project to use artificial intelligence, facial recognition and thousands of CCTV cameras to track the movement of people infected with the co...

Platform News: Google

Google makes pledges on browser cookies to appease UK regulator

Google has pledged more restrictions on its use of data from its Chrome browser to address concerns raised by Britain’s competition regulator about its plan to ban third-part...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

A look at the intimate details Amazon knows about us

As a Virginia lawmaker, Ibraheem Samirah has studied internet privacy issues and debated how to regulate tech firms’ collection of personal data. Still, he was stunned to learn the...

Platform News: Social Media businesses

Social media users could disable algorithms in new US proposal

A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the US House of Representatives has introduced a bill that would require internet platforms like Facebook and Google to allow users to see conten...

Facebook is Meta

Facebook plans to remove sensitive ad targeting options

Facebook has said it plans to remove detailed ad targeting options that refer to “sensitive” topics, such as ads based on interactions with content around race, health,...

Apple App Store

Apple’s software boss warns against draft EU policy on App Store

Apple software leader Craig Federighi took the stage at the Web Summit in Lisbon to voice the iPhone maker’s objections to EU draft guidelines that could allow customers to i...

Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram

Whistleblower: governments must check Facebook really does scrap face recognition

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen welcomed Facebook’s announcement that it would scrap facial recognition, but urged close government oversight of the move to ensure the ...

Platform Industry: Amazon corporate logo on a wall

Amazon seen triumphing over Apple privacy changes in digital ad business

Amazon.com is expected to emerge as a winner in the digital advertising arena, surviving Apple’s privacy changes better than rivals Facebook and Snap.

Platform Industry: TikTok app and Facebook

TikTok tells US lawmakers it does not give information to China’s government

An executive at TikTok faced tough questions during the video-sharing app’s first appearance at a US congressional hearing, saying it does not give information to the Chinese...

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