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Cambridge Analytica’s Nix said it licensed “millions of data points” from Axciom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters – TechCrunch

Cambridge Analytica’s Nix said it licensed “millions of data points” from Axciom, Experian, Infogroup to target US voters – TechCrunch The repeat grilling by the UK parliament’s DCMS committee today of Alexander Nix, the former CEO of the now ex company Cambridge Analytica — aka the controversial political and commercial ad …

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UK parliament’s call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level – TechCrunch

UK parliament’s call for Zuckerberg to testify goes next level – TechCrunch The UK parliament has issued an impressive ultimatum to Facebook in a last ditch attempt to get Mark Zuckerberg to take its questions: Come and give evidence voluntarily or next time you fly to the UK you’ll get …

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Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch

Europe eyeing bot IDs, ad transparency and blockchain to fight fakes – TechCrunch European Union lawmakers want online platforms to come up with their own systems to identify bot accounts. This is as part of a voluntary Code of Practice the European Commission now wants platforms to develop and apply …

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Facebook’s dark ads problem is systemic – TechCrunch

Facebook’s dark ads problem is systemic – TechCrunch Facebook’s admission to the UK parliament this week that it had unearthed unquantified thousands of dark fake ads after investigating fakes bearing the face and name of well-known consumer advice personality, Martin Lewis, underscores the massive challenge for its platform on this …

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What we learned from Facebook’s latest data misuse grilling – TechCrunch

What we learned from Facebook’s latest data misuse grilling – TechCrunch Facebook’s CTO Mike Schroepfer has just undergone almost five hours of often forensic and frequently awkward questions from members of a UK parliament committee that’s investigating online disinformation, and whose members have been further fired up by misinformation they claim …

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Facebook data misuse scandal affects “substantially” more than 50M, claims Wylie – TechCrunch

Chris Wylie, the former Cambridge Analytica employee turned whistleblower whose revelations about Facebook data being misused for political campaigning has wiped billions off the share price of the company in recent days and led to the FTC opening a fresh investigation, has suggested the scale of the data leak is …

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Tumblr confirms 84 accounts linked to Kremlin trolls – TechCrunch

Tumblr has confirmed that Kremlin trolls were active on its platform during the 2016 US presidential elections. In a blog post today the social platform writes that it is “taking steps to protect against future interference in our political conversation by state-sponsored propaganda campaigns”. The company has also started emailing users …

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UN says Facebook is accelerating ethnic violence in Myanmar

The United Nations has warned that Facebook’s platform is contributing to the spread of hate speech and ethnic violence in crisis hit Myanmar. It’s yet another black mark against social media at a time when the tech industry’s reputation as an accelerator of false information is attracting criticism from the highest …

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Platform power is crushing the web, warns Berners-Lee

On the 29th birthday of the world wide web, its inventor, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has sounded a fresh warning about threats to the web as a force for good, adding his voice to growing concerns about big tech’s impact on competition and society. The web’s creator argues that the “powerful weight …

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