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New Facebook bug exposed millions of photos

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.


Not journalism but propaganda: Fact-checkers turn on Facebook for spreading its own fake news

Journalist fact-checkers who signed up for a controversial partnership with social media giant Facebook to combat fake news are abandoning ship citing ethical concerns and shady practices.

The fact-checkers became disillusioned with Facebook after the company ignored requests for meaningful data that showed the impact of the anti-fake news initiatives. Participating journalists anecdotally reported minimal results and Facebook allegedly did nothing to assuage their concerns.


Facebook adopts bizarre new anti-sex speech code in secret

Facebook has opted to purge its platform of all sex-related content with a new policy banning everything from nude pictures to “sexualized slang,” up to and including “vague suggestive statements” – without informing its users.

The new “sexual solicitation” rules were adopted in mid-October, according to PCMag, and forbid everything from pornography to “implicit sexual solicitation.” The latter term is purposefully vague, encompassing “vague suggestive statements, such as ‘looking for a good time tonight,’” discussion of “sexual partner preference,” content (including hand-drawn art) that depicts “suggestively posed persons,” and even the use of sexualized slang.”


Foreign Trolls Are Targeting Veterans on Facebook

I FIRST CAME across the imposter Facebook page by accident. The page was made to look like that of my employer, Vietnam Veterans of America, complete with our organization’s registered trademark and name. As an Iraq veteran and the office’s designated millennial policy guy, I was helping run VVA’s social media accounts. The discovery kicked off what would become a 15-month-long amateur investigation into digital trolls in Bulgaria, the Philippines, and 27 other countries—all running Facebook pages targeting American troops and veterans with political propaganda.


Facebook and its ‘black people problem’

When it rains, it pours – and Facebook’s utterly sodden year continues to be flooded by accusations of bad governance.

Mark Luckie, a black, former Facebook employee whose job it was to handle the firm’s relationship with “influencers”, put it quite plainly: “Facebook has a black people problem.”

His 2,500-word note, posted on Tuesday, outlines what he sees as a culture that talks about inclusion, but does not practise it. In some buildings at the company, Mr Luckie said, there were “more ‘Black Lives Matter’ posters than there are actual black people”.


UK MPs seize documents expected to expose Facebook’s covert data harvesting

The UK Parliament has taken hold of documents from Facebook that may shed light on the online giant’s carefree approach to user privacy amid claims that it was fully aware of user data loopholes exploited by Cambridge Analytica.

The documents were seized from the founder of US tech startup Six4Three, who was on a business trip to the UK, the Guardian reported, citing MP Damian Collins, chair of the Commons select committee for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). The DCMS is in charge of investigating a siphoning of Facebook user data by UK consultancy firm Cambridge Analytica. The news on the massive data breach broke in March with Facebook later admitting the data of up to 87 million people might have been shared with Cambridge Analytica without their explicit consent.


Teenage girl auctioned off on Facebook without social media firm’s bosses noticing

A father was able to auction off his teenage daughter for marriage on Facebook despite the social media giant having a 30,000-strong community moderation team.

Children’s charity Plan International said five men in South Sudan had bid to wed the 17-year-old, possibly including high-ranking government officials.

A wedding ceremony was held on 3 November in the country’s Eastern Lakes State region, the charity said, but Facebook only became aware of the auction six days later – more than two weeks after it was originally posted.


FIREFIGHTER FIRED: Facebook post suggesting hunting of migrants leads to ouster

Earlier this week, Chris Bush posted this message on Facebook: “We should buy deer feeders fill them with pinto beans put them on the border and make a new hunting season. I wonder how many Texans will buy that hunting licenses and how many tags we would be allowed…”