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“Why Am I Seeing This Ad” Explanations on Facebook Are Incomplete and Misleading, a Study Says

April 6, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Cambridge Analytica, the shadowy data firm at the center of the largest online privacy scandal in years, obtained data on up to 87 million Facebook users in order to “microtarget” political advertisements. Using precise information on the consumer—or in this case, voter—Facebook lets advertisers find the perfect audience, the optimal...

The Cambridge Analytica Scandal Affected Nearly 40 million More People Than We Thought

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Up to 87 million Facebook users’ personal data may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica—nearly 40 million more users than previously reported. The revelation was buried deep in a lengthy update from Facebook today about about its plans to restrict data access for third-party apps, like the one that...

Facebook Just Took Down 270 Accounts and Pages Run By Russia’s Infamous Troll Factory

April 4, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced the platform took down 270 accounts and pages that originated from the Internet Research Agency, the Russian “troll factory” that is said to be responsible for interfering in foreign elections, including the 2016 presidential vote in the United States. This time, their meddling was directed...

Mark Zuckerberg Floated a “Supreme Court” for Facebook. What Does That Mean?

April 3, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Mark Zuckerberg seems to think Facebook needs its own Supreme Court. As part of a damage-control press tour following the Cambridge Analytica revelations, Zuckerberg spoke to Vox’s Ezra Klein on a podcast that aired April 2. In the interview, Klein and the Facebook founder discuss a claim Zuckerberg made in...

Zuckerberg Will Reportedly Face the Music Before Congress Instead of Sending His Deputies

March 27, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facing pressure from lawmakers, users, advertisers, and investors following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has reportedly agreed to make an unprecedented appearance before the U.S. Congress to explain the mess his company has caused. Facebook has sent lawyers or lower-level executives to Congress in the past. But...

The Data Expert Who Exposed Facebook’s Breach Has Been Suspended by Facebook

March 19, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Facebook has disabled the account of Christopher Wylie, the 28-year-old data analytics expert who exposed a major breach in the platform that allowed the company he worked for, Cambridge Analytica, to harvest data from tens of millions of users without their permission. The information was later used by the Trump...

Facebook’s Algorithm Change Could Affect How Cops Speak to Citizens

February 2, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Immediately after a 15-year-old started shooting a handgun inside his western Kentucky high school last week, the state’s police turned to Facebook to warn and inform the greater community. The first post was shared by users more than 6,000 times, and throughout the day, the agency posted updates about the...

Ahead of Tougher EU Data Laws, Facebook Is Sharing Its Privacy Philosophy

January 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As it prepares for a massive update of privacy laws in the European Union later this year, Facebook announced tools for users to better control how their data is shared with others. The EU plans in May to implement new privacy laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Failure to...

Facebook Is Giving the US Government More and More Data

December 20, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Every year, Facebook gets tens of thousands of requests for data from governments worldwide, including search warrants, subpoenas, or calls to restrict certain kinds of content. According to a new report released by the company on Dec. 18, these requests are increasing. In the US, the requests rose by 26%...

Facebook is Giving the U.S. Government More and More Data

December 19, 2017 Every year, Facebook gets tens of thousands of requests for data from governments worldwide, including search warrants, subpoenas, or calls to restrict certain kinds of content. According to a new report released by the company on Dec. 18, these requests are increasing. In the US, the requests rose by 26%...