Browser developer tools are super-handy, allowing you to do all sorts of wonderful things to the sites you visit. All good things, of course. But, through social engineering, these tools can be used for evil. Turns out this was enough of problem for Facebook to stick a very visible warning in the website's source code.
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Given all the controversy surrounding Facebook and how third parties have been slurping up up our data and using it in ways that fall outside their terms and conditions, it would have seemed prudent to hang back from releasing any new services that might be considered sensitive. But Facebook is pushing forward with testing of its new dating service.
Internet ads are so invasive that we can’t blame you for thinking that Facebook is listening to you talk. It’s probably not, but it is helping ad networks track you across the internet and across your apps. Tech public policy expert Chris Yiu recently tweeted 14 different ways that ads follow you around the internet, even when you’re logged out, in incognito, using a different browser, or on a new device.
Impulse buying is a thing, and we’re all guilty of it from time to time. Sometimes, if you’re feeling a little down, it feels good to place an order for that little thing you’ve been meaning to buy, but never quite got around to picking up. Or maybe you see a deal for something you’ve been eyeing and figure, “Eh, now’s as good a time as any.”
Facebook’s stock dropped 19 per cent yesterday after the company told investors user growth had slowed in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica breach, one of many scandals currently plaguing the tech giant (it missed revenue estimates as well).
It's fair to say Facebook has not had an easy time of it recently. They've faced the Cambridge Analytica scandal earlier this year, lacklustre appearances by CEO and Founder Mark Zuckerberg in front of inquiries in the US and EU, and continuing allegations of how the platform was misused to influence the 2016 US presidential election. And the news hasn't improved. Here's what's happened to Facebook this month.
We ask a lot of Facebook. On one hand we want the social media giant to make it easier for us to communicate with our friends and to better engage with our community. We also see it as an entertainment platform and even as a proxy for trashy magazines as we read weird stories and complete some goofy quizzes. But many of us also expect it to be a reliable news source that doesn't spread disinformation. Now that the furore over the Cambridge Analytica scandal has receded, it's time to look at whether things are any better and what Facebook is doing.
If you're tired of seeing all of those "on this day" posts on Facebook, you're going to hate Facebook's latest update. The social network launched a new Memories page this week, essentially an expanded version of its "On This Day" feature where you get the pleasure of reminiscing about that burger you ate one year ago today or that time you posted that drunk selfie.
Facebook keeps tinkering with their software and users keep getting burned. Facebook's Chief Privacy Office has revealed that a software bug resulted in 800,000 user accounts having content distributed to people those users had previously blocked. And while that might seem harmless, the results could have been devastating.
We've all have a few topics that pop up regularly in our Facebook News Feed we'd rather not see. Maybe you're trying to avoid World Cup details until you get home to watch that morning game on your DVR, or you've finally reached a breaking point with political conversations and want to pretend Turnbull doesn't exist for an afternoon. Whatever your reason, now you can mute those topics thanks to a new Facebook feature called "Keyword Snooze".
We've all seen those quizzes on Facebook that answer such important questions as "What tattoo should you get?" and "Who were you in a past life?". While they may look harmless it turns out one of the creators of those surveys has been leaking personal data for the last two years. Just to add salt to the wound, Facebook didn't check the app properly.
I once briefly dated a guy whose entire Twitter feed was about biking. He spent his day posting links to cycling routes, talking about his bike, communicating with other biking enthusiasts, advocating for cyclist safety efforts, and putting up photos of cars obstructing bike paths. All of this is admirable, of course, but the problem was that I didn't have a bike, like to bike, or care very much about biking at all.
In celebration of the 2018 World Cup, Facebook has released a colourful new squad of soccer games and bonus features on its Messenger app. If you've got time to kill in-between World Cup matches, here's how to access them on your phone!
A little while ago, Facebook banned ads from cryptocurrency ICOs (initial coin offerings) and has clamped down on other finance-related advertisers. But it seems that all advertisers could be under greater scrutiny. A new global policy, which is now being rolled out, will use customer feedback to provide guidance to advertisers to let them know of problems. But, if the problems persist and aren't actioned, then Facebook could ban the advertiser completely.