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    The social media giant also admitted they were "too slow to spot Russian interference on Facebook." Gee, ya think?

    Facebook drops political consultancy firm that sought to discredit critics

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...JMpt?ocid=AMZN

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    The New York Times reported that Facebook hired Definers Public Affairs "to discredit activist protesters, in part by linking them to the liberal financier George Soros" while "lobbying a Jewish civil rights group to cast some criticism of the company as anti-Semitic." Soros, understandably, is not happy -- and Facebook's troubles continue to worsen.

    George Soros' foundation blasts 'Facebook’s smear campaign'

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/george-...mear-campaign/

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    According to the business/technology website 24/7 Wall St., the most dangerous jobs in America are logging, commercial fishing, airplane piloting and roofing. I'm starting to think being a member of Facebook's public-relations team should be on that list. Facebook's troubles just keep multiplying.

    Senators press Facebook for response to reports that the social media giant retaliated against critics

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/senator...ainst-critics/

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    Facebook's fake accounts, fake ads, fake stories, privacy breaches, data theft, retaliation against critics and problems with the EU have led many to demand the resignation of Mark Zuckerberg and the firing of the CEO. Zuckerberg's attitude seems to be, "I'm not leaving and you can't make me! Nyaah, nyaah, nyaah!"

    Mark Zuckerberg vows to stay at Facebook with Sarah Sandberg despite alleged smear campaign

    https://www.latimes.com/business/la-...121-story.html

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    In the UK, as compared with the US, it is not so easy for big corporations to get away with wrongdoing. A California judge granted Facebook's request to have certain documents sealed, documents which would reveal the company's failures to properly address the problems of fake accounts and fake stories. But now, I say, old chap, we might finally learn the truth, eh wot?

    British Parliament seizes Facebook documents that an American judge had sealed

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/british...rdered-sealed/

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    November 27. Today is the day a seven-nation committee spspearheaded by members of the UK and Canadian Parliaments meets in London to investigate all the thousands of fake accounts and fake news stories on Facebook. CEO Mark Zuckerberg was asked to attend. Did he? What do you think?

    Facebook engineer warned in 2014 of Russian intrusion, UK lawmaker says
    CBS News, Nov 27 2018 10:59 AM

    A Facebook engineer discovered in October 2014 that "an entity with Russian IP addresses" was harvesting more than three billion data points per day, a British member of Parliament revealed today. Communications related to the engineer's discovery were among a trove of documents seized from an American businessman by Damian Collins, who leads an unprecedented coalition of lawmakers from nine nations investigating the social media giant and its role in spreading disinformation.

    Collins' "grand international committee" grilled Richard Allan, Facebook's vice president for public policy, and Collins gave the first hints of what the seized documents contain. Though he said the committee won't be publishing the documents, he said one in particular might be of significant public interest.

    "An engineer at Facebook notified the company in October of 2014 that an entity with Russian IP addresses had been using a Pinterest API key to pull over three billion data points a day," Collins said at the hearing. "Was that reported to any external body at the time?"

    Allan — who was seated next to an empty chair reserved for Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who declined to attend — did not directly answer the question. However, a Facebook spokesperson contacted by CBS News said, "The engineers who had flagged these initial concerns subsequently looked into this further and found no evidence of specific Russian activity."

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/faceboo...t-member-says/

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    Mark Luckie complains that Facebook is run by biased, discriminatory, privileged white men. Isn't that true of most big US corporations?

    Facebook has a 'black people problem,' says former employee who quit this month

    https://www.cnbc.com/2018/11/27/face...-employee.html

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    A member of British Parliament cited several documents which reveal how Facebook allowed third parties to access data without users' consent. Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook never 'sold' data. Am I to assume, then, he let these "third parties" have it for free?

    Zuckerberg denies Facebook ever 'sold anyone's data'

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...xFf4?ocid=AMZN

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    Another bit of bad news for Facebook -- and Facebook users. You didn't want your photos shared publicly? Well, guess what.

    Facebook reveals a bug exposed 6.8 million users' photos

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/14/tech/...bug/index.html

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    The bad news for Facebook just keeps getting badderer and badderer.

    Facebook could face multi-billion-dollar fine for data breaches
    CNN, Dec 14 2018 3:34 PM

    Facebook could be facing a multi-billion-dollar fine after a regulator announced today it is launching an investigation into the company over failure to protect user privacy. The Irish Data Protection Commission, which oversees Facebook's compliance with European law, launched a "statutory inquiry" into Facebook after receiving multiple reports of data breaches affecting the company. News of the inquiry came just as Facebook announced that a bug exposed photos from as many 6.8 million users. In September, the company announced the biggest security breach in its history, in which hackers accessed the personal information of tens of millions of Facebook users.

    https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/14/tech/...ine/index.html

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