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Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch

Facebook rolls out checks for UK political ads – TechCrunch Facebook has announced it rolled out a system of checks on political ads run on its platform in the UK which requires advertisers to verify their identity and location to try to make it harder for foreign actors to meddle …

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Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch

Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals – TechCrunch After holding a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal this summer, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union parliament’s civil liberties committee …

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Zuckerberg must face public scrutiny over latest data breach, say UK MPs – TechCrunch

Zuckerberg must face public scrutiny over latest data breach, say UK MPs – TechCrunch UK members of parliament have once again called for Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg, to travel to the country to face questions about how his business operates. They’re renewing calls for facetime with the Facebook CEO in …

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Facebook is weaponizing security to erode privacy – TechCrunch

Facebook is weaponizing security to erode privacy – TechCrunch At a Senate hearing this week in which US lawmakers quizzed tech giants on how they should go about drawing up comprehensive Federal consumer privacy protection legislation, Apple’s VP of software technology described privacy as a “core value” for the company. “We want …

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Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch

Tech and ad giants sign up to Europe’s first weak bite at ‘fake news’ – TechCrunch The European Union’s executive body has signed up tech platforms and ad industry players to a voluntary  Code of Practice aimed at trying to do something about the spread of disinformation online. Something, just …

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Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch

Duo Security researchers’ Twitter ‘bot or not’ study unearths crypto botnet – TechCrunch A team of researchers at Duo Security has unearthed a sophisticated botnet operating on Twitter — and being used to spread a cryptocurrency scam. The botnet was discovered during the course of a wider research project to …

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Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch

Fake news inquiry calls for social media levy to defend democracy – TechCrunch A UK parliamentary committee which has been running a multi-month investigation into the impact of online disinformation on political campaigning — and on democracy itself — has published a preliminary report highlighting what it describes as “significant …

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