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Facebook Shared Private Data With 61 Companies

Facebook continued to share data with more than 60 companies (that we have been told about, anyway) despite concerns about the quiz app that mined data which was handed to a political campaign business: Cambridge Analytica.

The social network gave 61 companies a year to wean themselves off the rich data provided by Facebook through its API, including Nike, UPS, dating app Hinge, a social marketing service, a Russian internet giant and a variety of news networks after it grew concerned that developers could be abusing the function.

This conflicts with repeated assurances from Mark Zuckerberg since the data scandal came to light earlier this year. The Facebook founder has stood in front of European Parliament and US lawmakers to insist that the function which allowed apps to receive detailed, personal information including photos and friends lists had been shut down in April 2014. 

The documents presented to Congress over the weekend reveal that in addition to the companies granted a cooling off period, five apps had access to users' friend's data. This included Activision, the games published behind the Call of Duty series and streaming apps PeekSocial and Fun2Shoot, along with defunct apps Golden Union Co, quiz app IQ Zone.

The documents state that the true scale of data collection by rogue apps may never become apparent, and the above list was comprehensive only to the "best of our ability", adding that early records may have already been deleted from the system.

Later on Monday, Facebook admitted it had uncovered a bug which temporarily unblocked people on Messenger who had previously been blocked by users.

At least 800,000 people were affected by the glitch, which it became aware of today and which had been active between May 29 and June 5.

For more: Excerpted from article by Margi Murphy, The Telegraph, July 2, 2018

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Problem: Creator of Web Realizes It’s Gone Way Wrong

Solution: Decentralization of data, giving individual users unprecedented power over their data and how it's used. 

The need for radical change is evident as it pertains to privacy and security, which will result in true data ownership as well as improved privacy.

Enter the New Sheriff in town: Markethive, whose mission is clear. Creation of a decentralized, autonomous social market network ecosystem that is controlled by its entrepreneurial members worldwide. The days of social media platforms using your data, tracking your activites, content and conversations for what turns out to be their financial gain and the loss of your privacy is OVER!

It's also important to note, that with this entirely new approach is the ability for subscribers/members to "earn while learning" and to generate a truly universal income, thereby placing the power, privacy, security and revenues back into the hands of individuals.

From the moment he decided to share the web with the world, Tim Berners-Lee knew his invention could be dangerous.

That became especially obvious when Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal broke — a moment that "devastated" the father of the world wide web, he recently told Vanity Fair in an interview. 

People have been Berners-Lee's top priority since he envisioned the web nearly 30 years ago. That's why he released the internet as an open-source platform and never profited off its invention. And he knew it would reshape the world, both for better and worse.

The worse came when Facebook revealed it had improperly shared as many as 87 million users' data with Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm tied to President Trump's campaign. "We demonstrated that the web had failed instead of served humanity," Berners-Lee tells Vanity Fair. But Berners-Lee knew the web was faulty long before that, and he's been examining ways to fix it since the 2016 election. Since this initial discovery, it would seem this is just the tip of a very large iceberg lurking beneath the surface and is now being revealed.

Repairing the internet means ensuring billionaires like Elon Musk don't have better web access than, say, everyone in Ethiopia, Berners-Lee says. His first step is a platform called Solid, which gives individual users unprecedented power over their data and how it's used. Anyone can log in to help build Solid, but Berners-Lee suggests those without coding skills "go out on the streets" and advocate to change what the internet has become.

Read more at Vanity FairKathryn Krawczyk

 

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Facebook: More API Restrictions and Shutdowns

It feels as if we are witnessing a very slow, painful, debilitating demise.

Seems every day there is more news that Facebook is spinning out-of-control without a parachute. The downward spiral Facebook is on has turned into more of a slide that is picking up speed and momentum as it goes.

Following the Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal and the more recent discovery of a Facebook app that had been leaking data on 120 million users, Facebook is today announcing a number of API changes aimed at better protecting user information. The changes will impact multiple developer-facing APIs, including those used to create social experiences on the site, as well as those for media partners, and more.

Some of the APIs are being shuttered for low adoption, while others will require app reviews going forward, Facebook said.

The company said the following API restrictions were now being put into place:

  • Graph API Explorer App: Facebook will deprecate its test app today. Developers will need to use their own apps' access tokens to test their queries on the Graph API Explorer going forward.
  • Profile Expression Kit: This let developers build apps that allowed people to decorate their profile photos or create profile videos. This one seems to be lumped in the group of shutdowns not because of misuse potential, but because it had low adoption. It will shut down October 1st.
  • Media Solutions APIs: On August 1, Facebook is shutting down Topic Search, Topic Insights and Topic Feed and Public Figure APIs due to low usage. It already deprecated the Trending API and Signal tool for journalists, the Trending Topics product, and the Hashtag Voting for interactive TV experiences. Going forward, Facebook says public content discovery APIs will be limited to page content and public posts on certain verified profiles.
  • Pages API: Developers can search using the Pages API again, but will need feature permissions to Page Public Content Access, which can only be obtained through the app review process.
  • Marketing API: Developers will have to go through an app review before they can use this API.
  • Leads Ads Retrieval: Facebook is introducing new app review permissions for this, too.
  • Live Video APIs: Will also have new app review permissions.

The changes were detailed in a post published the Facebook Newsroom, which hinted they would not be the last.

Credits and for more on this article. Originally appeared in TechCrunch: https://tcrn.ch/2IKza9A

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What Next? Over 800000 Facebook Users BE AFRAID

… they accidentally unblocked previously blocked people!

This is a significant error from Facebook. Victims of harassment or of abusive ex-partners will sometimes use the block feature to prevent aggressors from contacting them or viewing their online activities. This bug could have given these bad actors an avenue back into their victims' online lives that shouldn't have been open to them.

The news is yet another misstep from Facebook as it attempts to recover from a string of bruising scandals. The company has come under intense criticism over its role in the spread of Russian propaganda and misinformation. And more recently it was revealed that political research firm Cambridge Analytica misappropriated the personal data of tens of millions of users.

For further details: https://finance.yahoo.com/news/facebook-warns-800-000-users-180255208.html

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