The Verge: Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook

The Verge: Tax filing websites have been sending users’ financial information to Facebook. “The data, sent through widely used code called the Meta Pixel, includes not only information like names and email addresses but often even more detailed information, including data on users’ income, filing status, refund amounts, and dependents’ college scholarship amounts.”

Wall Street Journal: Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts

Wall Street Journal: Meta Employees, Security Guards Fired for Hijacking User Accounts. “Meta Platforms Inc. has fired or disciplined more than two dozen employees and contractors over the last year whom it accused of improperly taking over user accounts, in some cases allegedly for bribes, according to people familiar with the matter and documents viewed by The Wall Street Journal.”

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says

NBC News: FBI, DHS, and social media firms like Meta, TikTok aren’t adequately addressing threat of domestic extremists, Senate report says. “An investigation by the Senate Homeland Security Committee alleges that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and leading social media companies are not adequately addressing the growing threat of domestic terrorism, especially white supremacist and anti-government extremists.”

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds

UChicago News: Police agencies significantly overrepresent Black suspects in Facebook posts, study finds. “Facebook users are exposed to posts that overrepresent Black suspects by 25 percentage points relative to local arrest rates, according to the study, published Nov. 2 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The reporting trend occurs across crime types and geographic regions, but is especially prevalent in much of the Midwest and some of the South and mid-Atlantic. It also increases with the proportion of both Republican voters and non-Black residents, the researchers said.”

Business Insider: Zuck refuses to let his metaverse dream die. Wall Street has finally had enough.

Business Insider: Zuck refuses to let his metaverse dream die. Wall Street has finally had enough.. “Following Wednesday’s earnings announcement, Meta shares slumped nearly 20% in after-hours trade to $104.30. The slump wiped $67 billion off Meta’s market capitalization, according to Reuters, extending a loss of almost half a trillion dollars this year alone.”

Business Insider South Africa: Meta and Google are snapping up Twitter employees

Business Insider South Africa: Meta and Google are snapping up Twitter employees. “Amid Musk’s months-long game of will-he-won’t-he with his offer to buy the company, hundreds of Twitter employees are leaving for opportunities at other tech giants like Google and Meta, according to a report from Greg Larkin and Elizabeth Gafford at Punks & Pinstripes. The company analyzed and verified LinkedIn data to see how many workers are leaving Twitter and where they go after they leave.”

News@Northeastern: Facebook’s Ad Delivery Algorithm Is Discriminating Based On Race, Gender And Age In Photos, Northeastern Researchers Find

News@Northeastern: Facebook’s Ad Delivery Algorithm Is Discriminating Based On Race, Gender And Age In Photos, Northeastern Researchers Find. “Have you ever noticed the faces in Facebook ads seem to match your gender, race or age? That isn’t an accident, Northeastern computer science researchers say. A new paper published by a group of researchers from Northeastern’s Khoury College of Computer Sciences found that Facebook’s algorithm delivers advertisements differently based on who is pictured in the ad.”

The Verge: Meta’s flagship metaverse app is too buggy and employees are barely using it, says exec in charge

The Verge: Meta’s flagship metaverse app is too buggy and employees are barely using it, says exec in charge. “Meta’s VR social network Horizon Worlds — the company’s flagship ‘metaverse’ app — is suffering from too many quality issues and even the team building it isn’t using it very much, according to internal memos obtained by The Verge.”

Ars Technica: Roblox sued for allegedly enabling young girl’s sexual, financial exploitation

Ars Technica: Roblox sued for allegedly enabling young girl’s sexual, financial exploitation. “Through the pandemic, the user-created game platform that’s so popular with kids, Roblox, expanded its user base and decided to go public. Within two years, its value shot from less than $4 billion to $45 billion. Now it’s being sued—along with Discord, Snap, and Meta—by a parent who alleges that during the pandemic, Roblox became the gateway enabling multiple adult users to prey on a 10-year-old girl.”