The 10-year challenge was all fun and memes until last week after a tweet moved thousands of people to worry: are we unknowingly helping giant corporations to improve their algorithms for biometric identification and age progression?
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Social media is great for connecting people, sharing news and information, and giving your grandmother the opportunity to air her political opinions unfettered. Unfortunately, its anonymity and widespread reach makes it an easy way for people to spread hate, and since Donald Trump’s election in 2016, social media users have noticed a worrisome increase in online hate speech.
College students in a recent study demanded an average of $US2,076 ($2,957) to quit Facebook for a year. As Ars Technica explains, this wasn’t just a survey — researchers actually held little auctions to pay the lowest bidder to quit for a day, three days, a week, and a year. That’s not counting the students who refused to put any price on their Facebook use. So, how much would you have bid?
A recent Privacy International study found that 42.55% of the free apps in Google Play could share data with Facebook, and many popular apps share data with Facebook the second they’re opened.
None of us like to think about our death or the death of a loved one, but it's important to prepare for it. You don't want to be stuck trying to get into a loved one's Gmail or Facebook account to shut things down. This graphic shows you what you're in for, and what you and your loved ones should have ready.
The revelation this past week that Facebook has been sharing what you do on the site with other companies like Microsoft and Amazon has led a number of us to start considering (perhaps not for the first time) deleting Facebook and other apps owned by the company like Instagram and WhatsApp.
Over the course of this year, I've written about a thousand stories. Across that, there have been some important topics such as the ongoing troubles of Facebook that started with the Cambridge Analytica scandal in April and continued this week with revelations that personal messages were leaked to some of Facebook's partners.
We had the Spectre and Meltdown CPU issues early in the year and, just in the last couple of weeks, the introduction of the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Bill 2018. After all that's happened, there's one significant theme that links all those together; trust.
It's been a couple of months since Facebook started its revamp of Messenger. The old version was getting increasingly cluttered so Facebook ran the broom through. Now, they're back to adding features but in a less haphazard way than before. Starting today, a number of new enhancements to photos are making an appearance.
On Friday, Facebook disclosed that a bug had exposed photos that were uploaded to the social network.
When you're on holidays with your friends or family, the last thing you want to do is lug around a DSLR. But that doesn't mean you should be uploading pics directly from your smartphone either. This infographic provides a range of editing tips for travellers who really want to make their photos 'pop'.
The ACCC has released a preliminary report into the market power being exerted by major digital platforms such as Google and Facebook. And while the commission's inquiry continues, it's clear it is looking at ways to curb the influence digital platforms have given they are privately run and have operated outside the traditional regulatory regimes.
Its focus has been on search engines, social media platforms and digital content aggregators with the spotlight brightly directed at Facebook and Google given their powerful influence.
Facebook is looking for more ways to monetise its platform with a new feature that allows merchants to sell items directly from live streams. This likely ties in with the company's increased push on video, with the arrival of Facebook Watch - a way to to share videos and to encourage people to watch each other's favourite videos as well as new clips. Now, the pieces are coming together as Facebook Watch is set to be infiltrated by infomercials.
Now you don't have an excuse for spending too much time on Facebook. A week after rolling out the usage-limiting "Your Activity" feature on Instagram, Facebook started rolling out its "Your Time on Facebook" feature to the social network this week.
Facebook has launched a new bug bounty program offering tens of thousands of dollars to developers who can uncover vulnerabilities that's allow threat actors to hijack user accounts. But at the same time, they are appealing against penalties levied against them in the UK over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.