Harrison Jacobs, provided by Published 3:00 pm CST, Thursday, March 7, 2019 Harrison Jacobs/Business Insider Mark Zuckerberg has laid out a vision of how Facebook services will become the backbone for the way people live online, Business Insider's Shona Ghosh writes. Zuckerberg's vision for Facebook is uncannily similar to how the WeChat app dominates modern life in China, serving a variety of functions from messaging, social networking, and e-commerce to taxi-hailing, bike-sharing and travel booking. Over six weeks in China, I saw WeChat's ubiquity firsthand, where to get anything done — from paying for a coffee to making plans with business acquaintances to buying a train ticket — life is infinitely easier with the app. If Zuckerberg follows through with the WeChat model, it's about getting more user data, not less. Because of how many services Chinese tech companies offer to their customers, they have wildly detailed profiles of each user, which they … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg’s vision for Facebook sounds a lot like China, where I couldn’t buy a cup of coffee without the app that dominates people’s lives there
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The scrutiny of Facebook's collection and use of consumer data in recent years has prompted the tech giant to repeatedly defend its efforts around transparency and privacy. But about three-fourths of Facebook users were unaware that the company lists their personal traits and interests for advertisers on its site, according to a study published by the Pew Research Center on Wednesday. Half of the users who looked at the Facebook page with that data -- known as their "Ad Preferences" -- said they were not comfortable with the company compiling that information. Pew conducted a nationally representative survey of 963 U.S. adults with Facebook accounts between Sept. 4 and Oct. 1. While consumers have learned more in recent years about how they are targeted for online ads, the study suggests that many still do not know how much of their behavior is tracked, where it is compiled or even that Facebook has a page that lists all of that information. Pew focused on Facebook, which also owns … [Read more...] about Ad-profiles poll finds Facebook’s users unaware
By Levi Sumagaysay | [email protected] | Bay Area News GroupDecember 24, 2018 at 6:45 am Facebook is closing out 2018 the same way it began the year: in defense mode. A new report last week revealed that the social networking giant shared user data with other tech giants, including Amazon, Microsoft, Netflix, Spotify and other partners — in some cases without explicit user consent, and giving a couple of companies access to users’ contact lists and private messages. But that report, from the New York Times, was just the latest in a string of privacy-related issues for Facebook and its 2 billion users around the world. For much of the year, the company has continued to deal with the aftermath of its role as a platform for disinformation during the 2016 presidential election. In March, the company was thrust into the spotlight again after reports that data consulting firm Cambridge Analytica accessed the personal information of up to 87 million … [Read more...] about After scandal-filled year, what’s next for Facebook?
By Nellie Bowles Published 2:15 pm PST, Wednesday, November 21, 2018 UC Berkeley students Haitao Zhang (left) Ingrid Wu and Emily Hu show off their skills at the Cal Hacks competition. Many of the young engineers said they would avoid taking jobs at Facebook. UC Berkeley students Haitao Zhang (left) Ingrid Wu and Emily Hu show off their skills at the Cal Hacks competition. Many of the young engineers said they would avoid taking jobs at Facebook. Photo: Photos By Max Whittaker / New York Times Photo: Photos By Max Whittaker / New York Times Image 1 of / 7 Caption Close Image 1 of 7 UC Berkeley students Haitao Zhang (left) Ingrid Wu and Emily Hu show off their skills at the Cal Hacks competition. Many of the young engineers said they would avoid taking jobs at Facebook. UC … [Read more...] about ‘I don’t really want to work for Facebook.’ So say some computer students
Sections SEARCH Skip to content Skip to site index Technology Subscribe Log In Log In Today’s Paper Technology | ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students. Supported by ByNellie Bowles Nov. 15, 2018 BERKELEY, Calif. — A job at Facebook sounds pretty plum. The interns make around $8,000 a month and an entry-level software engineer makes about $140,000 a year. The food is free. There’s a walking trail with indigenous plants and a juice bar. But the tone among highly sought-after computer scientists about the social network is changing. On a recent night at the University of California, Berkeley, as a group of young engineers gathered to show off their tech skills, many said they would avoid taking jobs at the social network. “I’ve heard a lot of employees who work there don’t even use it,” said Niky Arora, 19, an … [Read more...] about ‘I Don’t Really Want to Work for Facebook.’ So Say Some Computer Science Students.