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Facebook cuts off Microsoft and Sony data access, blames self for newest privacy flub

Facebook cuts off Microsoft and Sony data access, blames self for newest privacy flub

Today Facebook made several announcements as their agreement for unprecedented penalty with the FTC was made public. Here we're taking a look at how they'll be cutting off access to Facebook 'friends data' from groups like Microsoft and Sony. Facebook's Ime Archibong, VP of Product Partnerships, used language like "a fundamental shift in the way we work" and "action that impacts dozens of partners who had access to data... that should have been wound down." So they left the doggy door open for partner companies to access your data - whoops!

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Facebook FTC fine and consequences confirmed: $5 billion and nonsense

Facebook FTC fine and consequences confirmed: $5 billion and nonsense

Earlier this month we heard some relatively unofficial news about Facebook's FTC fine and fallout. Today the FTC made it all official with some friendly infographics that they are, indeed, levying a major fine against the Social Network. They've made the case that they're bringing big penalties to Facebook, and that this is super serious! But fancy graphics and additional assurances of the scale of the changes do not necessarily an adequate penalty make.

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Facebook Messenger Kids app talks to strangers: Shut it down now

Facebook Messenger Kids app talks to strangers: Shut it down now

There's a little bit of an issue with the latest Facebook app aimed at children: It lets your kids talk to strangers. For the surprisingly massive number of parents who've let their children use this app expecting it to come to no shocking end: This is real. The Facebook Messenger Kids app had a flaw in it that allowed unapproved strangers to enter group chats with your children.

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Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Facebook Messenger Kids bug allowed chat groups with strangers

Given the growing number of young users on the Internet, that has also been a rise in apps that cater specifically to this young audience. Those range from educational or entertainment apps to parental control apps. Those, of course, have to take great care in making sure the young ones don't get exposed to harmful content. Unfortunately, just like in any other piece of software, those apps can have bugs and one found in Facebook's Messenger Kids app practically bypassed all the protection that the app promised.

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Facebook pens deal with Crypt TV for five original horror shows

Facebook pens deal with Crypt TV for five original horror shows

Facebook has struck a new deal with Crypt TV, the studio founded by Eli Roth and Jack Davis with backing from Jason Blum and his Blumhouse Productions. Under this deal, Crypt TV will create five original, exclusive horror shows for Facebook Watch, the social network's video platform. This represents an expansion of Facebook's work with Crypt TV.

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FaceApp privacy: We still recommend you delete

FaceApp privacy: We still recommend you delete

Today we're taking a look at the quick rise and confusing fall of FaceApp and the privacy concerns therein. Early privacy-centered reactions to the app were blown a TINY bit out of proportion - but concerns still remain, in a big way. Yes, the app was developed in Russia*, but the Russian angle has nothing to do with the amount of privacy you can expect from the app. The most important part of the situation is in the User Content agreement FaceApp demands you agree to before you use their app. In the agreement, users agree that their images can be used by the creators of the app for basically any reason, at any time, without further consent from anyone.

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FTC fines Facebook $5b, stock bolts upward

FTC fines Facebook $5b, stock bolts upward

Yes, you read that right, Facebook stock just surged - upward - after the FTC announced that they'd sent a $5-billion fine to the company. That's the biggest fine the FTC's ever demanded of a tech company - but it's the equivalent of next-to-nothing for the social networking site and mega-brand. Let's do the math on this - Facebook made approximately 55,838-million USD in revenue in 2018. A fine of 5-billion is... not particularly damaging.

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President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

President Trump dislikes cryptocurrencies, warns Facebook about Libra

Cryptocurrencies have always been regarded with skepticism and suspicion ever since Bitcoin started hitting mainstream news. It has gained more momentum and support around the world but, unsurprisingly, governments are more cautious about officially acknowledging the technology. The latest to join those voices is none other than US president Donald Trump who, in a series of tweets, expressed his dislike of Bitcoin and its kin and also took the opportunity to bring up Facebook's new Libra "virtual currency".

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Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

Facebook is down, WhatsApp and Instagram also hairy

What's the deal with Facebook right now - and what's happening with WhatsApp and Instagram? Several major social networks were effectively put out of commission this morning by a yet-unnamed software issue. While Snapchat and Twitter rest on different, separate servers from the rest, while the rest are owned by Facebook. Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp are all under the one umbrella, also called Facebook.

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Instagram Stories gets new sticker for inviting followers to chat

Instagram Stories gets new sticker for inviting followers to chat

Instagram has introduced a new chat sticker for Stories that enables viewers to participate in group chats, potentially increasing engagement for users and making it easier to get a conversation going. The new sticker can be used for arranging meetings with friends, giving fans a chance to chat, and more. The sticker is available to Instagram users in the app now.

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WhatsApp Status will soon offer sharing to other apps like Facebook

WhatsApp Status will soon offer sharing to other apps like Facebook

One of the advantages of being a part of a larger company is the ease of sharing with other parts of the company. At the same time, that could be problematic if your parent company happens to be named “Facebook”. WhatsApp has been particularly careful to distance itself from its owner but its upcoming Status-sharing feature could raise concerns once again. Fortunately, at least according to the company, it isn’t doing anything new on iOS or Android to implement it.

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Facebook will finally let you get rid of some annoying red dots

Facebook will finally let you get rid of some annoying red dots

It’s probably not a dirty secret that companies use no small amount of psychological tactics to get users hooked on their products. Sometimes, the simplest form of addiction can be a single red dot. That’s the stuff that most notifications are made of and they have been a long—standing cause of distraction and anxiety for people, especially mobile users. As part of its mission to do better, Facebook is playing around with the option to turn off some but not all of its notifications dots, but not without some confusion.

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