Mark Zuckerberg ushered in the new year pledging to address the many woes that now plague his company by “making sure people have control of their information,” and “ensuring our services improve people’s well-being.” As much as we may want to believe him, Zuckerberg’s sudden turn toward accountability is impossible to take seriously. The problems Zuckerberg cited, including “election interference” and “hate speech and misinformation,” are by-products of the features of social networks, not bugs. How do we explain Facebook’s years of ignoring these developments? Some headlines have blamed the internet. Others criticize Facebook’s management. A powerful November exposé in The New York Times describes Facebook’s executives as having “stumbled,” first ignoring warning signs of meddling during the run-up to the 2016 U.S. presidential election and then trying to conceal them. Other analysts … [Read more...] about The real reason why Facebook and Google won’t change
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Even if you're not versed in advanced analytics and data science, you can understand the thought process data scientists go through. Asha Saxena Published 12:00 pm CST, Wednesday, January 30, 2019 Photo: Sirinarth Mekvorawuth | EyeEm | Getty Images Photo: Sirinarth Mekvorawuth | EyeEm | Getty Images Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Photo: Sirinarth Mekvorawuth | EyeEm | Getty Images Is 'Data Scientist' the 'Sexiest Job of the 21st Century'? And How Do You Get One of Your Own? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery When you hear the word “data scientist,” what does that term mean to you? Is it the “sexiest job” of the 21st century as the Harvard Business Review … [Read more...] about Is ‘Data Scientist’ the ‘Sexiest Job of the 21st Century’? And How Do You Get One of Your Own?
Facebook (FB) released more information on its recent data breach on Friday, and confirmed that attackers took data from 29 million people.“The attackers already controlled a set of accounts, which were connected to Facebook friends. They used an automated technique to move from account to account so they could steal the access tokens of those friends, and for friends of those friends, and so on, totaling about 400,000 people,” wrote Guy Rosen, Facebook’s VP of Product Management in a blog post.The tokens allowed the hackers to steal name and contact details, which include phone number and/or email, for 15 million people. For an additional 14 million people, “this included username, gender, locale/language, relationship status, religion, hometown, self-reported current city, birthdate, device types used to access Facebook, education, work, the last 10 places they checked into or were tagged in, website, people or Pages they follow, and the 15 most recent … [Read more...] about Here’s how to check if your Facebook data was stolen by hackers
Since Facebook reported last week that hackers had stolen access tokens to almost 50 million accounts, there have been no signs that the perpetrators leaked any user data online or published content on the site without permission. That’s an encouraging sign, say security experts. “The good news is there’s no evidence that it’s happened, and trust me, everybody’s looking,” Chester Wisniewski, principal research scientist at security firm Sophos, told Fast Company. But many Facebook users are understandably still concerned about the ramifications of the attack, which could have allowed hackers to siphon off personal data about themselves or their friends, or potentially gain access to third-party sites and apps that support Facebook login. Those services run the gamut from dating services like Tinder and Bumble to streaming services including Spotify and Tidal to e-commerce sites such as Etsy and Airbnb. “Most of those [thousands of] … [Read more...] about Facebook data breach: 4 simple steps to stay safer right now
By Bloomberg PUBLISHED: September 21, 2018 at 8:10 am | UPDATED: September 21, 2018 at 8:14 am By Sarah Frier and Jennifer Jacobs| Bloomberg News Facebook Inc. said that for future presidential campaigns, it will pull back from the kind of on-site support it gave Donald Trump for his 2016 presidential race — a relationship that came under scrutiny by Congress. The company will still offer technical support and basic training to candidate campaigns and political advocacy organizations, but it won’t visit campaign headquarters with as much frequency or provide as much strategic support as it did for Trump ahead of the 2016 election. Instead, Facebook officials said they are working to improve the company’s political advertising website to give free advice to campaigns more equitably. The social network was forced to answer questions from U.S. lawmakers about whether it was more supportive of Trump than his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, after Brad … [Read more...] about Facebook to give less direct support to Trump in 2020 campaign