Cambridge Analytica’s suspension raises Facebook trust issues

Facebook data harvested by a ‘personality app’ and sold to Cambridge Analytica may not have been destroyed, in breach of Facebook policies.  Whilst Cambridge Analytica maintains it deleted the data after Facebook requested it do so, the company has been suspended from the social media platform. Revelations in the Guardian and Observer, suggest Cambridge Analytica may have used the harvested data in their work on the Brexit Referendum and the Trump Presidential campaign. There is also a serious question about whether both companies misled a House of Commons Select Committee inquiry. This has also lead to…

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Ethical Marketing and Data

There has been a lot of talk over the last few weeks about Facebook, and their relationship with our data.  Facebook announced that it was suspending Cambridge Analytica from the site, which stops the latter buying ads or accessing Facebook data. This appeared to be a pre-emptive response to stories which broke over the weekend in The Observer and The New York Times, of how Cambridge Analytica acquired data on 50 million Facebook users without their consent. The stories came from interviews with Christopher Wylie – a whistleblower intimately connected…

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Vast majority of parents worried by Facebook’s new Messenger Kids app ahead of its UK launch, research by Barnardo’s finds

Ninety per cent of parents online have concerns about their young children using Facebook’s new Messenger Kids service and more than half (51%) would not currently let their child use it, according to an online survey for Barnardo’s. The app, which is aimed at children under the age of 13, has been the subject of controversy in America where it is being trialled. Almost 100 US child health experts recently wrote to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg to raise concerns about its potential risks to children and calling for its…

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Facebook Continues Transparency on Russian Activity

Facebook have continued moving forward with their attempts at transparency following the revelations that they were used as a tool by Russia to influence the US Election.  They have released a new post which highlights their new plans to let people be more aware of the sites they’re following: “A few weeks ago, we shared our plans to increase the transparency of advertising on Facebook. This is part of our ongoing effort to protect our platforms and the people who use them from bad actors who try to undermine our…

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Lifesaving hackathon held at Facebook

Virtual reality games, chatbots and wearable tech were just some of the potentially lifesaving ideas generated when around 150 women took part in a special hackathon for the RNLI at Facebook’s HQ in London. The hackathon was a women-only event organised by Facebook, together with the Ladies That UX and GeekGirl Meetup groups, and saw 20 ideas submitted. The winning concept focused on using augmented reality to prevent people from getting cut off by tides. The RNLI will be looking at the winning idea, plus several other excellent concepts generated…

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