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Shortly after Mark Zuckerberg’s “privacy-focused vision” a WhatsApp vulnerability reveals how hard this new direction is for Facebook

That didn’t take long. Facebook's new plan to be more secure lasted just two months since Zuckerberg's pronouncement in early March about this shift after 2018's annus horribilis.

Facebook’s ‘transparency’ efforts hide key reasons for showing ads

Governments and advocates in the U.S. and Europe, as well as elsewhere around the globe, have been pushing Facebook to make the inner workings of its advertising system clearer to the public.

Facebook wants to combat fake news with ID checks – with ‘grave implications’ for our privacy

Facebook started rolling out a new tool in April 2019. Under updated procedures, the social media website would request ID verification for people who wish to advertise or promote political posts or ads. The announcement received very little publicity, but it can be interpreted as Facebook’s latest attempt to curb Russia’s anticipated interference in EU elections and prepare to manage any meddling...[Read More]

What to look for in a VPN, and why you should probably use one

You might feel like you missed the VPN hype that spiked in the pre-local-Netflix years, so what even is a VPN and why do you need one?

WhatsApp now lets you block people from adding you to groups

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned instant messaging service will now give users the option to control who adds them to groups.

Change your password right now, because Facebook stored millions of them in plaintext

Facebook's found a flaw in its systems that stored user passwords in plaintext. Which means you should change your password immediately.

Facebook CEO’s missive on privacy disturbs as it tries to take over messaging too

If ever Alanis Morrissette wanted a definition of "ironic" it was Mark Zuckerberg's use last week of the word "privacy". He says bizarre things like Robert Mugabe used to, oblivious to the reality on the ground, and how absurd his utterance sound.

Facebook’s ‘pivot’ is less about privacy and more about profits

Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest promise is that his social media conglomerate will become a “privacy-focused” one. By turns lauded and lambasted, this move does not quite address users’ primary problems with the company.

WhatsApp is testing an image search tool to fight fake news

The messaging service, WhatsApp, is working on a feature that’ll allow users to do reverse-image searches. This will hopefully help combat fake news -- something WhatsApp has struggled with in the recent past.

Becoming more like WhatsApp won’t solve Facebook’s woes – here’s why

Zuckerberg aims to make private messages private and ephemeral – meaning Facebook can’t read our messages, and the data doesn’t stick around on the company’s servers for longer than necessary. His vision involves merging Facebook and the company’s other digital platforms – Instagram, WhatsApp, and Messenger – into a super app, similar to China’s WeChat.

Mark Zuckerburg promises a “privacy-focused” future for Facebook

We've gotten used to Facebook being rather terrible at anything like protecting user privacy, being transparent about ... most things, or keeping its promises. So we could be forgiven for being skeptical of Mark Zuckerburg's newest note to the internet, which claims that Facebook is looking towards a "privacy-focused" future for the social network. 

Facebook ten year challenge: how our need to belong trumps our distrust of social media

When the ten year challenge began doing the rounds on social media, people rushed to post profile pictures of themselves from 2009, side by side with one from 2019, to highlight how much they had changed (or not) in the meantime. It is estimated that more than 5.2m social media users participated in this challenge.

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