Headlines 

Are you ready? This is all the data Facebook and Google have on you | Dylan Curran

The harvesting of our personal details goes far beyond what many of us could imagine. So I braced myself and had a look Want to freak yourself out? Im going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. Google knows where youve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where youve been from the very first day you…

Read More
Headlines 

Revealed: Brexit insider claims Vote Leave team may have breached spending limits

Whistleblower alleges that electoral spending rules could have been manipulated over controversial donation and that Vote Leave tried to delete key evidence A whistleblower who worked for the official Vote Leave campaign has broken cover to raise concerns that the masterminds behind the 2016 vote including key figures now working for Theresa May in Downing Street may have flouted referendum spending rules and then attempted to destroy evidence. The allegations, from former volunteer Shahmir Sanni, are detailed in an interview in the Observer and supported by a mass of documents…

Read More
Headlines 

Where’s Zuck? Facebook CEO silent as data harvesting scandal unfolds

Amid calls for investigation and a #DeleteFacebook campaign, company releases an official statement but its figurehead keeps quiet The chief executive of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has remained silent over the more than 48 hours since the Observer revealed the harvesting of 50 million users personal data, even as his company is buffeted by #DeleteFacebook. Facebooks shares slid 6.77% on Monday following the news, knocking $36bn off the companys valuation as investors worried about the consequences of the revelations. Zuckerberg owns 16% of the company and personally saw his fortune fall…

Read More
Headlines 

Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study

University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Fake news sharing in US is a rightwing thing, says study University of Oxford project finds Trump supporters consume largest volume of junk news on Facebook and Twitter Alex Hern @alexhern Last modified on Tue 6 Feb 2018 07.25EST Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Trump supporters in 2016. Photograph: Bill Wechter/AFP/Getty Images Low-quality, extremist, sensationalist and conspiratorial news published in the US was overwhelmingly consumed and shared by rightwing…

Read More
Headlines 

Facebook moving non-promoted posts out of news feed in trial

New system could destroy smaller publishers if implemented, after journalists report drop in organic reach but users will still see their friends posts Facebook is testing a major change that would shift non-promoted posts out of its news feed, a move that could be catastrophic for publishers relying on the social network for their audience. A new system being trialled in six countries including Slovakia, Serbia and Sri Lanka sees almost all non-promoted posts shifted over to a secondary feed, leaving the main feed focused entirely on original content from…

Read More
Headlines 

Did Russia fake black activism on Facebook to sow division in the US?

The popular Blacktivist account claimed to be a force for community organizing. Now it looks to have been part of Russias effort to influence politics When longtime Baltimore activists first saw a Facebook account called Blacktivist organizing a local police brutality march, they were immediately suspicious. The page honoring died in police custody a year earlier, quickly acquired a sizable following, but no one knew who was running it. Heber Brown III, a pastor and community organizer, messaged Blacktivist asking if the person lived in Baltimore. No, replied Blacktivist on…

Read More
Headlines 

why do men suffer depression in silence?

When Kevin Braddock hit rockbottom, he had every intention of killing himself. He recounts what happened next and reveals why so few men ask for help It was a Monday when TV Tower: the gun, the noose, the blade, the pills, the bottle. The gun, the noose the mantra that would not stop. Since the only thing to hand was the nearby sptkauf (off-licence), Id resolved to drink my way to unreality. Id told the doctor my history of depression, anxiety, panic attacks, drink, drugs, meds, love and fear, my…

Read More
Headlines 

How Facebook groups bring people closer together neo-Nazis included

Mark Zuckerbergs new mission is to bring the world closer together. But Facebook groups can unite extremists as easily as they serve hobbyists Ricky Caya was looking for something. A 43-year-old postal service worker and father of two in Quebec, he felt unsettled and unconnected. The great social movements of the 1960s, the American civil rights movement, flower power, the big trade union movements people today dont have that, he said. So when a Facebook post crossed his news feed promoting a new organization that sought to bring together good…

Read More
Headlines 

Going back to Facebook after four years is a sad and scary experience | Hannah Jane Parkinson

You cant beat the sites global reach, but the dullness of the news feed is something thats easy to leave behind Four years ago this month, I made a decision that has altered my life considerably. I left Facebook. I peeled away from employ an agency to bury your mentions or put in a US government will trawl your social media record. Cached content endures. The main reason I didnt delete my account entirely, I should say, was a simple one: I used my personal login when controlling some of…

Read More
Headlines 

Pakistan: man sentenced to death for blasphemy on Facebook

Taimoor Raza was found guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed during an argument on social media with a counter-terrorism official A Pakistani man has been sentenced to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook, the first conviction on charges arising from social media. Judge Shabbir Ahmad Awan handed down the verdict in Bahawalpur, around 600km (372 miles) south of capital Islamabad, finding Taimoor Raza guilty of insulting the prophet Mohammed, prosecutor Shafiq Qureshi said. Raza had a Facebook argument about Islam with someone who turned out to be a counter-terrorism department…

Read More
Headlines 

Popular social media sites ‘harm young people’s mental health’

Poll of 14- to 24-year-olds shows Instagram, Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter increased feelings of inadequacy and anxiety Four of the five most popular forms of social media harm young peoples mental health, with Instagram the most damaging, according to research by two health organisations. Instagram has the most deepening young peoples feelings of inadequacy and anxiety. The survey, published on Friday, concluded that Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter are also harmful. Among the five only YouTube was judged to have a positive impact. The four platforms have a negative effect because…

Read More
Headlines 

Facebook shares dip from high as investors fret over costs, future profit

The worlds biggest online social network is searching for new advertising features to supplement main revenue streams that it expects to cool off this year Facebook reported surging quarterly profit and revenue on Wednesday, helped by its fast-growing mobile ad business. But its shares dipped from a record high in after-hours trading as investors showed some nervousness about future earnings. The worlds biggest online social network, which is nearing the five-year anniversary of its initial public offering, is searching for new types of advertising features to supplement its main revenue…

Read More