WIRED: A Sprawling Bot Network Used Fake Porn to Fool Facebook

WIRED: A Sprawling Bot Network Used Fake Porn to Fool Facebook. “IN NOVEMBER 2021, Tord Lundström, the technical director at Swedish digital forensics nonprofit Qurium Media, noticed something strange. A massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack was targeting Bulatlat, an alternative Phillippine media outlet hosted by the nonprofit. And it was coming from Facebook users.”

Ars Technica: Facebook users sue Meta for bypassing beefy Apple security to spy on millions

Ars Technica: Facebook users sue Meta for bypassing beefy Apple security to spy on millions. “After Apple updated its privacy rules in 2021 to easily allow iOS users to opt out of all tracking by third-party apps, so many people opted out that the Electronic Frontier Foundation reported that Meta lost $10 billion in revenue over the next year. Meta’s business model depends on selling user data to advertisers, and it seems that the owner of Facebook and Instagram sought new paths to continue widely gathering data and to recover from the suddenly lost revenue.”

Reuters: Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to solve social media harms

Reuters: Facebook whistleblower launches nonprofit to solve social media harms . “Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is launching a nonprofit organization that will seek solutions to harms created by social media, she said on Thursday.”

CNET: Facebook Parent Meta, Google to Cut Costs and Staff, Report Says

CNET: Facebook Parent Meta, Google to Cut Costs and Staff, Report Says. “Facebook parent company Meta and Alphabet’s Google are reportedly cutting staff as the tech giants look to slash costs amid slowing growth. Citing people familiar with these decisions, The Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Meta is looking to slash its costs by at least 10% within the next few months.”

Semafor Interview: Facebook could lift Trump’s suspension in January, Nick Clegg says (Semafor Media)

Semafor Media: Semafor Interview: Facebook could lift Trump’s suspension in January, Nick Clegg says. “Former President Donald Trump could be allowed back on Facebook once a suspension of his account expires in 2023, Nick Clegg of parent company Meta Platforms, said Thursday at an exclusive Semafor Exchange event in Washington, DC.”

Electronic Frontier Foundation: How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends (Or Family, Customers or Communities)

Electronic Frontier Foundation: How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends (Or Family, Customers or Communities). “Today, we launch ‘How to Ditch Facebook Without Losing Your Friends’ – a narrated slideshow and essay explaining how Facebook locks in its users, how interoperability can free them, and what it would feel like to use an ‘interoperable Facebook’ of the future, such as the one contemplated by the US ACCESS Act.”

Meta employees revolt over plan to force them to share desks: ‘Complete and utter disconnect from reality’ (Independent)

Independent: Meta employees revolt over plan to force them to share desks: ‘Complete and utter disconnect from reality’. “Meta staff have publicly voiced their frustration with the Facebook parent company after it announced a new desk sharing policy. It told staff that it would be testing a ‘new workplace experience’ as part of an ‘evolving workplace’. Most staff will not have their own place in the office, and instead be asked to reserve desks before they come in, Meta said.”

BBC: Anti-vax groups use carrot emojis to hide Facebook posts

BBC: Anti-vax groups use carrot emojis to hide Facebook posts. “Facebook groups are using the carrot emoji to hide anti-vax content from automated moderation tools. The BBC has seen several groups, one with hundreds of thousands of members, in which the emoji appears in place of the word ‘vaccine’. Facebook’s algorithms tend to focus on words rather than images. The groups are being used to share unverified claims of people being either injured or killed by vaccines.”

TechCrunch: Unsealed docs in Facebook privacy suit offer glimpse of missing app audit

TechCrunch: Unsealed docs in Facebook privacy suit offer glimpse of missing app audit. “It’s not the crime, it’s the cover up… The scandal-hit company formerly known as Facebook has fought for over four years to keep a lid on the gory details of a third party app audit that its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg personally pledged would be carried out, back in 2018, as he sought to buy time to purge the spreading reputational stain after revelations about data misuse went viral at the peak of the Cambridge Analytica privacy crisis. But some details are emerging nonetheless — extracted like blood from a stone via a tortuous, multi-year process of litigation-triggered legal discovery.”

MarketWatch: Almost 100 Facebook janitors laid off as Silicon Valley’s dreaded service-worker cuts continue

MarketWatch: Almost 100 Facebook janitors laid off as Silicon Valley’s dreaded service-worker cuts continue. “Nearly 100 Facebook janitors were laid off from the tech giant’s California offices Friday, two months after being told their jobs would be safe. The number of job cuts was actually supposed to be closer to 120, but about 30 janitors are being placed elsewhere, according to workers who spoke with MarketWatch as well as the union that represents them, SEIU United Service Workers West.”

Ars Technica: Facebook reverses permanent ban on Holocaust movie after outcry

Ars Technica: Facebook reverses permanent ban on Holocaust movie after outcry. “Facebook moderators told Newton that his film was banned because the company’s ad policy restricts content that ‘includes direct or indirect assertions or implications about a person’s race.’ Because Newton’s movie in the US is titled Beautiful Blue Eyes, Facebook moderators banned its promotion in Facebook ads, seemingly reading the title as hinting at race.” Sometimes in the course of doing ResearchBuzz I end up yelling at the monitor. This is one of those times.

Associated Press: South Korea fines Google, Meta over privacy violations

Associated Press: South Korea fines Google, Meta over privacy violations. ” South Korea’s privacy watchdog has fined Google and Meta a combined 100 billion won ($72 million) for tracking consumers’ online behavior without their consent and using their data for targeted advertisements.”

Scoop: Meta merging content moderation teams for ads and user posts (Axios)

Axios: Scoop: Meta merging content moderation teams for ads and user posts. “Meta is merging its business integrity unit, the team that moderates ad content, with its central integrity team, which moderates users’ posts, according to an internal memo obtained by Axios.”

Reuters: Social media firms to testify at U.S. Senate Homeland Security hearing

Reuters: Social media firms to testify at U.S. Senate Homeland Security hearing. “The U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday with Facebook parent Meta Platforms, Alphabet’s YouTube, Twitter, and short video app TikTok on social media’s impact on homeland security. The panel led by Democratic Senator Gary Peters will also hear from a panel of former executives including from Twitter and Facebook.”

International Business Times: Irish Data Watchdog Fines Instagram 405 Mn Euros Over Children

International Business Times: Irish Data Watchdog Fines Instagram 405 Mn Euros Over Children. “Ireland’s Data Protection Commission on Monday said it had fined Instagram a record 405 million euros ($402 million) for breaching regulations on the handling of children’s data…. The DPC launched an investigation in late 2020 into concerns about how the image-sharing social media platform handles children’s personal data.”