Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete

Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete


Siva Vaidhyanathan / New York Times:

Facebook says it deleted 1.3B fake accounts in six months; fake accounts are being created, probably for commercial purposes, faster than Facebook can delete  —  Sheryl Sandberg’s testimony to Congress revealed that fraudulent pages are being created as fast as the social network can delete them.

The most popular “privacy” tool in Apple’s Mac App Store was stealing users’ browsing history and sending it to China

The most popular “privacy” tool in Apple’s Mac App Store was stealing users’ browsing history and sending it to China

Apple pioneered the idea of “app stores,” where operating system vendors got to decide who could distribute software that ran on their platforms, arguing that these “curated” stores would ensure high quality and protect users from malicious and inferior code.
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Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features

Twitter hints at new threaded conversations and who’s online features

Twitter head Jack Dorsey sent out a tweet this afternoon hinting the social platform might get a couple of interesting updates to tell us who else is currently online and to help us more easily follow Twitter conversation threads. “Playing with some new Twitter features: presence (who else is on Twitter right now?) and threading […]

A new protest is organizing to get Alex Jones booted off of Twitter

A new protest is organizing to get Alex Jones booted off of Twitter

Alex Jones is still on Twitter, despite the fact that he repeatedly violated the platform’s rules of conduct. But this is 2018, and Twitter users are ready to protest.

Before we go any further, let’s be clear about some terminology: Jones supporters would have you believe that his recent removal from other platforms is an act of censorship and a violation of First Amendment rights. That’s simply untrue.

The First Amendment’s free speech protections apply to all citizens, including the people behind the social media companies that gave him the boot. If these private interests decided they didn’t want Jones peddling his conspiracy theories on their platforms, that’s their right. Read more…

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