Schneier on Security: Judging Facebook’s Privacy Shift

Schneier on Security : Judging Facebook’s Privacy Shift. “There is ample reason to question Zuckerberg’s pronouncement: The company has made — and broken — many privacy promises over the years. And if you read his 3,000-word post carefully, Zuckerberg says nothing about changing Facebook’s surveillance capitalism business model. All the post discusses is making private chats more central to the company, which seems to be a play for increased market dominance and to counter the Chinese company WeChat. In security and privacy, the devil is always in the details — and Zuckerberg’s post provides none. But we’ll take him at his word and try to fill in some of the details here. What follows is a list of changes we should expect if Facebook is serious about changing its business model and improving user privacy.”

TechCrunch: Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels

TechCrunch: Facebook loses CPO Chris Cox and WhatsApp VP Chris Daniels . “13-year Facebook veteran, Chief Product Officer, and the spirit animal of the social network Chris Cox is departing the company after two years of seeking to do something new. Cox’s exit is part of a big executive reshuffle as Facebook embarks on prioritizing privacy through messaging, groups, Stories, and integration of its chat features.”

New York Times: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation

New York Times: Facebook’s Data Deals Are Under Criminal Investigation. “Federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies, intensifying scrutiny of the social media giant’s business practices as it seeks to rebound from a year of scandal and setbacks.”

Poynter: Facebook’s fact-checking project sometimes forces hoaxers to change their content

Poynter: Facebook’s fact-checking project sometimes forces hoaxers to change their content. “It’s true that, generally speaking, fact checks from outlets like (Poynter-owned) PolitiFact struggle to scale to the reach of misinformation on Facebook. But the program, which enables fact-checkers to flag false posts and decrease their future reach in the News Feed, has changed the production of misinformation in ways beyond simple reach. (Disclosure: Being a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network’s code of principles is a necessary condition for joining the project.)”

Mother Jones: How Facebook Screwed Us All

Mother Jones: How Facebook Screwed Us All. “A country riven by ethnic tension. Spontaneous protests driven by viral memes. Violence and riots fueled by hateful fake-news posts, often about ‘terrorism’ by marginalized groups. It’s a story we’ve seen play out around the world recently, from France and Germany to Burma, Sri Lanka, and Nigeria. The particulars are different—gas prices were the trigger in France, lies about machete attacks in Nigeria—but one element has been present every time: Facebook. In each of these countries, the platform’s power to accelerate hate and disinformation has translated into real-world violence.”

Politico: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup

Politico: Facebook backtracks after removing Warren ads calling for Facebook breakup. “Facebook removed several ads placed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s presidential campaign that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. But the social network later reversed course after POLITICO reported on the takedown, with the company saying it wanted to allow for ‘robust debate.'”