Facebook to Give Lower Privacy Standards to Americans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerburg has said himself that North America will be excluded from some of the privacy enhancements being rolled out in the coming months. This is following the scandal that Facebook has been collecting phone records, Internet history, and various other private things from people around the world.

In the phone interview with Reuters conducted yesterday, Zuckerburg declined to talk about implementing privacy standards worldwide to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation, passed by the European Union. He said, however, his company was working to rework the law to guarantee certain European privacy rights worldwide. When asked about these rights, however, he declined to comment on which factors of the GDPR they were working to come online.

In a blog post from late last month, Facebook promised its users that their privacy options would be easier to find in the future, and the blog post also mentions that they will be changing their terms of service in the future to help users across the world.

It’s no surprise that social media profits off of our data. They have to make their money somehow to be able to maintain their servers and services. But in these recent months, people have cried out that Facebook has simply crossed the lines and has become something reminiscent of the thought police from 1984. Facebook has been at the front lines of the privacy argument against the general public, trying to keep their actions secret from the world. The European Union’s GDPR is a great first step to protect the privacy of millions of people who use Facebook. But North America simply does not have these laws in place, so what is stopping Facebook from preying on North America only?

In the continuing fight of net neutrality, the NSA and privacy of the American people, companies will have to change soon. If Facebook keeps harvesting data from innocent civilians, they may be on the wrong end of a class action lawsuit.

Facebook Loses 7% in Day’s Trading On Data Breach Worries

It was a bad day for Mark Zuckerberg and his shareholders of Facebook on Monday. While the tech giant has experienced great success with his company that has left shareholders experiencing significant returns over the last year, there are problems that need to be addressed. There have been a series of controversies such as Russia advertising on Facebook to interfere with the 2016 election and data breaches in user confidentiality.

The Russian Scandal and Data Breach

Both the U.S. Congress and the U.K. Governments have been seeking details on how Russia was able to spread vast amounts of disinformation on the Facebook media platform to sway American voters during the election process. It was additionally discovered that Russia had used the same platform for political purposes outside their country to affect other governmental democratic processes.

Evidence has been uncovered that links Russian intelligence in trying to interfere in other government elections through Facebook in Britain, Italy, Austria and other countries through their platform. These two scandals have caused alarms to be raised over the integrity and safety of the Facebook platform and its ability to protect its users and the public.

On St. Patrick’s Day, the luck of Facebook seemed to wear off for a bit as news headlines broke the story that Cambridge Analytica, a data firm that worked as a consultant to the Donald Trump 2016 presidential campaign had harvested profile information of 50 million Facebook users. The report was published in the New York Times. On Sunday, lawmakers from both the Republican and Democratic party wanted more information from Facebook as to how this could have happened and how they intend to prevent it from happening again. The concern is that this private user information can be used for partisan politics and violates the privacy of users of the Facebook platform.

Because of these consecutive debacles, shares of the social platform giant took a substantial hit Monday, losing 7% of its value in the day’s trading. Zuckerberg who owns 16% of the company’s shares lost $5.1 Billion dollars in the day’s trading. His present net worth after today’s losses are $69.5 billion.

While he is still the 7th richest person on the planet, down from the 5th richest, it could easily be said he must be a bit concerned that one day of trading losses from this data breach could make him lose so much of his wealth. If the trend continued it would certainly be a problem for both Zuckerberg and Facebook.

Did Facebook Help Fund Trump’s Campaign

Facebook is a popular social media platform that is heavily used by people of all ages around the country and around the world. Even-though the social media platform is losing more and more younger users, its still attracting more mature users that are voting age. A lot of those voting age citizens are heavy users of Facebook and they were paying a lot of attention to Trump’s advertising and campaign messages on Facebook during the 2016 campaign. Facebook insiders state that they knew that Trump was gaining a greater growing voter base and contributions on Facebook than his Democratic challenger, Hillary Clinton.

Trump’s Primary Source Of Funding
Those that wondered who was funding Trump’s campaign should look no further than Facebook. Trumps’ campaign managers were able to use vital statistics and advertising tools on Facebook to build a profile that would attract more people with their targeted ads. In essence the campaign was able to build a picture of the type of person that would vote for Trump. They targeted those specific Trump ad campaigns at guaranteed Trump supporters. Insiders state that Hillary Clinton ads sent out complicated messages that did not speak directly to the voter. However, Trump sent out very simple messages that spoke to the voter. Trumps simple messages received millions of likes and shares.

The Big Guns
Trump’s campaign managers called in the big guns to further target the right audience on Facebook. For example, they called in Cambridge Analytica. The data analytic company specialized in the shady side of analytics that heavily involved psychology, psycho metrics and profiling. Certainly, a lot of the messages that were prepared and released to the public preyed on the fear and anxiety that voters held on a lot of topics that were discussed in the campaigns by Clinton and Trump. Trump campaign managers discovered a way to use the Facebook platform that would work for their campaign and attract millions of contributions and Trump supporters, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign message lagged in contrast.

Facebook Losing Touch With Younger Generation

In the beginning, Facebook was a networking platform that was created for college students. Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook achieved amazing success with the college crowd and soon expanded to numerous colleges across the country. Soon, it was made available online to anyone with an email address. Most of the early users were young people. The older generation was very reluctant to use the social media platform. However, a recent study showed that Facebook is losing touch with the younger generation. In fact Facebook lost millions of users that were under 25.

Facebook Is For Older People
Recent studies performed by an organization outside of Facebook showed that the social platform was losing out on several youth groups. Those youth groups were the under 25 crowd that generally are the heaviest users of the social media platforms. Of course, the younger generation loved Facebook in the beginning. Facebook was probably very happy with that demographic because they attract more advertisers. More advertisers means more profits for Facebook. Taking a look at the numbers, its easy to note that under 25 years old users declines dramatically. In fact, this is a steady decline that seems to be continuing.

What Led To The Decline
There are a number of factors that led to the decline of the under 25 Facebook users. Early on, Facebook was the place to share all your information and to keep up with friends, schoolmates, and other associates. Parents simply did not get Facebook. Therefore, this fact improved the cool factor of using the social media site. However, Facebook has gone old school. Now, Facebook is the social media of choice for your parents and grandparents. The younger crowd prefer other social media sites to share quick bits of information. The under 25 crowd are not that interested in sharing their time line with followers. Today, Snapchat and Instagram are the place to go for the under 25 crowd.

Future Predictions
Marketers online, predict that Facebook will lose even more of their under 25 users in the future. However, the same group predicts that more and more older users will continue to use Facebook well into the future. Certainly, a bit of good news for Facebook and advertisers.

The Johnson Amendment Stays, Says End Citizens United

The United States’ Founding Fathers founded the nation on a principle that separated the church from political affairs under the legislation Johnson Amendment. At the moment, the powers of the Johnson Amendment law are at risk of being stripped away owing to conservative Congress members efforts. The Johnson Amendment outlaws tax-exempts NGOs such as churches from actively taking part in campaigns for political candidates. Recently, End Citizens United (ECU) held a press release where they urged the Congress not to allow the annulment of the Johnson Amendment.

Ever since President Trump was elected to office, he has made it his top priority to terminate the Johnson Act. Even though not many Americans are aware of the implication if this revocation, the wealthiest individuals in the country are excited and could not wait for the nullification to take effect. If the Johnson Amendment annulment takes effect, individuals could donate indiscriminately to religious organizations as such institutions can, in turn, use those funds to do whatever they pleased including backing political candidates campaigns.

This is the reason why Ends Citizens United is at the center of this battle as they want the law to remain so that it is easier to regulate the influence of NGOs in politics. According to Tiffany Muller, the President if End Citizens United, the Republican House tax’s initiative seeks to end the Johnson Amendment so that they can use the church as a secret campaign tool. This will, in turn, have a negative impact on democracy of the nation as a whole. For instance, in 2015, Americans gave out nearly $119 billion to religious institutions. Approximately $6.5 billion was used to fund the most expensive election in history in 2016. So what this means is that should the Johnson Amendment be thrown out, a more substantial chunk of the $119 billion will find its way to campaigns for conservative candidates thereby creating an unfair advantage for them when compared to their Democratic counterparts.

The Republicans are becoming sneaky in trying to eliminate the Johnson Act by attaching it to others laws so that it can be passed without much oversight. End Citizens United is handling the issue by bringing awareness to the public so that they can understand what is at stake and thereby influence the decision not to annul the law. Moreover, even the churches do not support the abolition of the law, and over 100 churches have joined ECU in the battle to maintain this critical bill. Citizens are encouraged to participate in the fight too to win their nation back.

About End Citizens United

End Citizens United is a grassroots Political Action Committee (PAC) that was established on March 1, 2015, to reverse the Supreme Courts’ decision that allowed PACs such as Citizens United to have unlimited and unspecified funds into politics. The PAC has a very robust social media presence where it makes several tweets and Facebook posts in a day to educate Americans on their democratic rights. R Michael Bennet of Colorado. Additionally, ends Citizens United have endorsed Randy Bryce to go against Paul Ryan in the coming midterm election cycle to be held in 2018. The PAC has confidence that Bryce will accomplish the unthinkable despite Mr. Paul’s firm hold on the state’s 1st Congressional District. Learn more on https://www.fec.gov/data/committee/C00573261/

 

Is Facebook Spying On Your Conversations With Latest Form Of Advertising Technology?

It seems like almost everyone these days has a Facebook. Dogs, grandmothers, and everyone in between are creating profiles on the popular social media site. With so many users and so much information being shared, some people begin to wonder about the safety of it all. Afterall, Facebook seems to know more about you than your family might even know. When does Facebook cross the line of what they do with that information?

It’s no secret that advertisements will pop up on your Facebook, and they will be geared at something you’ve searched for recently. This may be anything from a type of product you bought to the browsing for car insurance that you may have been doing. That’s because Facebook works with advertisers and has been known to sell information to them. Surprisingly, that hasn’t been cause for concern. Now, there are some accusations that Facebook is taking technology too far, and it’s freaking people out.

According to Reddit, many people are coming forward to say that Facebook is listening in on conversations via a mobile microphone. People came to this conclusion after they remembered having conversations with friends or family and then seeing an advertisement pop up that they were just talking about. It’s enough to freak anyone out! Facebook has denied any form of spying. Recently, a worker for Facebook took to Twitter to deny using user’s microphones to come out with targeted advertisements. Many are then left to wonder if it’s just a weird coincidence or if technology really is that advanced and there’s something Facebook is not telling us.

Many believe that it’s just coincidental when they’re talking about something obscure, only to have it show up a few minutes later. Facebook has even confirmed that technically they have the technology to accompany this. That’s because Facebook has a feature that allows users to opt-in so that Facebook can listen to music and television playing in order to help a user create a better status. The company says this is never used for advertising.

At the end of the day, many are siding with Facebook. They say that it’s hard to imagine a company would just throw everything away to use this advanced form of advertising technology. Time will tell if Facebook will eventually utilize this technology in the future.

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Facebook Messenger To Integrate PayPal In Chats To Help Users Send Money To One Another

Paying for items and services through facebook just got a whole lot easier, with the incorporation of PayPal’s new payment system. Recently, PayPal representatives announced that they would be partnering up with Facebook Messenger that allows users to send money to others on their friend list. This would allow for better peer to peer transactions, making the entire process of sending money to your buddies much easier. The method of sending money would be streamlined using a PayPal bot that also guides the user through the process.

The incorporation of PayPal into Messenger happened after the two companies entered into a deal last year allowing the integration of the service onto their site. Both the companies realized that this would be an extremely beneficial route for them to take, and will help integrate something that user’s of both the platforms have been asking for a long time.

Facebook does currently allow people living in the United States to send money to people on their friend’s list, but it is generally either through entering their debit or credit card details and can only be used within the United States. However, with the integration of PayPal into Facebook Messenger, even people outside the country will be able to send money to one another without many restrictions. The integrated system will be incredibly easy to use, and will just require the user to click on the PayPal icon in the Messenger to be on their way to sending money to one another.

This will also help Facebook and their Messenger as well. With the introduction of new big players who come up with messaging platforms of their own, the competition in this sector has become tougher than ever. The introduction of this new policy should give Facebook Messenger a significant boost over other players in the industry. The Messaging app already has millions of users, which is set to increase even more in the coming months because of PayPal.

However, there is always going to be that section of the customer base that is adverse to using this system for their payments. Even though PayPal by itself is considered to be one of the safest peers to peer money transfer sites, this integration has got a few customers skeptical and wondered if their accounts would be secure with the advent of this.

Facebook Screwed Up By Algorithm After Removing The Human Editors

Days after Facebook removed the human editors who somehow controlled what appeared on the trending topics section. The company was caught unawares when it trended a fake news story about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Facebook replaced the human editors with the new purely algorithm system to avoid the recent accusations of removing trending topics that are allied to conservatism views.

 

 

The recent mistake, however, was an avoidable one. The trending topic about Megyn Kelly claimed that she joined Fox News commonly known to be conservative-leaning, as a secret Hilary Clinton supporter. The story was not making sense at all. However, since there was no human to catch the mistake in the Algorithm, the story trended to the top of Facebook’s Trending list even beating popular trending topics like the Beyoncé’s VMA performance and a sexting scandal by Anthony Weiner. The trending story was later removed at around 9:30 ET the following morning.

 

 

The point is that Facebook’s strategy of trending the fake story was absurd in the first place and only served to give credibility to the hoax. According to sources familiar with the situation, Facebook’s trending topics algorithm relies on many articles, topics, and posts, which is the reason it was easy to come up with a viral headline. At the point when the story was promoted, it met the conditions for acceptance according to the Facebooks guidelines about trending topics. Facebook now claims that the story was later deemed inaccurate hence the reason it was removed from the trending list.

 

 

However, Facebook declined to comment on the matter amid outcry from the conservatives. Recently, Gizmodo reported that Facebook was purposely suppressing stories related to conservatism and allowing stories for the liberalism to trend. Although early conclusions may have been made about Facebook’s behavior, the company has refused to produce evidence to prove otherwise.

 

 

The recent incident involving the new algorithm system wasn’t the first incident. Over the weekend, other inappropriate headlines trended including a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich. The recent decision to eliminate the human editors was according to Facebook meant to encourage broader audience.

 

 

Facebook Screwed Up By Algorithm After Removing The Human Editors

Days after Facebook removed the human editors who somehow controlled what appeared on the trending topics section. The company was caught unawares when it trended a fake news story about the Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly. Facebook replaced the human editors with the new purely algorithm system to avoid the recent accusations of removing trending topics that are allied to conservatism views.

The recent mistake, however, was an avoidable one. The trending topic about Megyn Kelly claimed that she joined Fox News commonly known to be conservative-leaning, as a secret Hilary Clinton supporter. The story was not making sense at all. However, since there was no human to catch the mistake in the Algorithm, the story trended to the top of Facebook’s Trending list even beating popular trending topics like the Beyoncé’s VMA performance and a sexting scandal by Anthony Weiner. The trending story was later removed at around 9:30 ET the following morning.

The point is that Facebook’s strategy of trending the fake story was absurd in the first place and only served to give credibility to the hoax. According to sources familiar with the situation, Facebook’s trending topics algorithm relies on many articles, topics and posts, which is the reason it was easy to come up with a viral headline. At the point when the story was promoted, it met the conditions for acceptance according to the Facebooks guidelines about trending topics. Facebook now claims that the story was later deemed inaccurate hence the reason it was removed from the trending list.

However, Facebook declined to comment on the matter amid outcry from the conservatives. Recently, Gizmodo reported that Facebook was purposely suppressing stories related to conservatism and allowing stories for the liberalism to trend. Although early conclusions may have been made about Facebook’s behavior, the company has refused to produce evidence to prove otherwise.

The recent incident involving the new algorithm system wasn’t the first incident. Over the weekend, other inappropriate headlines trended including a man masturbating with a McDonald’s sandwich. The recent decision to eliminate the human editors was according to Facebook meant to encourage broader audience.

Facebook And Twitter Didn’t Fail Us This Election

The presidential election left many Americans wondering where the country will continue from this point on. As the election itself is a broad topic of discussion, social media platforms have become a means of expressing information. Whether that information is factual or opinion based, every user on Facebook or Twitter has seen some sort of political post. The idea of information received via Facebook or Twitter does not have to be facts alone. The primary purpose of such social media platforms is to quickly release information. Whether that information is actually true is not important. In terms of the election, Facebook and Twitter proved to function just as it was developed to.

According to Buzzfeed’s artictle, these two social media platforms successfully served as ways to push out information regarding relevant political discussions. Thousands of political posts are filtered through Twitter and Facebook and provide thousands of different opinions, arguments, and views. This is the primary purpose of Facebook, as well as Twitter. Therefore, Faceebook and Twitter did not fail to serve the purpose of spreading information during the presidential election. Whether information was released by the presidential candidates themselves, news outlets, or political advocates, the two social media platforms spread all information out to users across the globe.

The article itself is an interesting perspective on how social media spreads information at an alarming rate. With such a fast=paced society, information travels through the internet at a speed that is unmatched by other forms of communication. Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter are often seen as ways to spread opinions and debates because of the ability to post anything and everything. In terms of the election, almost every type of political post contained statistics, opinions of candidates, and personal views on substantial issues.

In conclusion, the social media aspect of the presidential race rose to a peak that optimized the way information was spread throughout the United States as a whole. This not only influenced potential voters, but sparked even more debate and political conversations between any individuals with accounts on these websites.