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Elon Musk: Say Bye to My Companies on Facebook

The CEO responds to his Twitter followers

(Newser) - Elon Musk hit Twitter on Friday, fired off a few tweets, and boom—the Facebook pages for his companies SpaceX and Tesla were gone, the Verge reports. It began with WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton tweeting him, "It is time. #deletefacebook," and Musk replying, "What's Facebook?" Soon... More »

Creator of World Wide Web Has Advice for Zuckerberg

'You can fix it,' says Tim Berners-Lee

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg is promising better protection for users after the Cambridge Analytica mess , and he made a statement during a CNN interview Wednesday night that's drawing some attention. "I actually am not sure we shouldn't be regulated," he said of Facebook, adding that it's more... More »

Zuckerberg Responds to 'the Cambridge Analytica Situation'

'At the end of the day I'm responsible for what happens on our platform'

(Newser) - "We have a responsibility to protect your data, and if we can't then we don't deserve to serve you," Mark Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post Wednesday, breaking his silence on what he calls "the Cambridge Analytica situation." It was the Facebook CEO'... More »

Facebook Made Him Rich. Now He Says Delete the Site

Brian Acton is co-founder of WhatsApp, which Facebook bought for $19B

(Newser) - WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton made a fortune when the messaging app was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion in 2014. Now he says it's time to dump the social media site. "It is time. #deletefacebook ," Acton tweeted Tuesday as the Cambridge Analytica data-mining scandal deepened. Acton remained... More »

Cambridge Analytica Suspends Its CEO

Alexander Nix said firm played big role in his election victory

(Newser) - The board of Cambridge Analytica, the company that allegedly used data mined from Facebook to help Donald Trump win the 2016 presidential election, says it has suspended CEO Alexander Nix pending a full independent investigation of his actions, the AP reports. The board cited comments Nix made to an undercover... More »

Facebook's Trouble Is Only Deepening

Stock takes a hit amid allegations it failed to protect data of 50M users

(Newser) - Facebook's latest trouble is only getting worse. The company's stock slid nearly 7% on Monday, the biggest decline in four years, as it deals with allegations that it allowed people's personal data to be manipulated during the 2016 campaign, reports the Wall Street Journal . The new scandal... More »

Melania Trump Publicly Launches Cyberbullying Initiative

First lady had promised to make online harassment one of her priorities, will hold first public event

(Newser) - Melania Trump is hosting executives from major online and social media companies to discuss cyberbullying and internet safety, more than a year after saying that would be her issue as first lady. The meeting Tuesday marks her first public event on the topic, a choice some observers have questioned given... More »

'Time for Zuckerberg to Stop Hiding Behind His Facebook Page'

The Cambridge Analytica incident picks up steam

(Newser) - It's variously being called one of the biggest data leaks in Facebook history and "unequivocally not a data breach." And it has lawmakers on both sides of the Atlantic clamoring for answers. This weekend thrust Cambridge Analytica into the spotlight: In 2014, some 270,000 Facebook users... More »

Teacher Peeked at Raise, Laughed, Then Posted Salary Online

'I mean really, I need a college degree to make this?,' says Arizona's Elisabeth Milich

(Newser) - Discussing politics and religion is just as charged on social media as it was at dinner parties of yore, but now add teachers' salaries into the mix. It all comes courtesy of Elisabeth Milich, a second-grade teacher at Phoenix's Whispering Wind Academy who, per the Arizona Republic , posted a... More »

Trump Consultant Behind Massive Facebook Data Leak

Cambridge Analytica got data of over 50M Facebook users without their permission

(Newser) - A voter-profiling company used by the 2016 Trump campaign collected the private data of over 50 million Facebook users without their permission—one of the biggest data leaks in Facebook history, the New York Times reports. According to the Guardian , it started with researchers concluding they could form complex personality... More »

Trump-Linked Firm Mined 50M Facebook Profiles

Cambridge Analytica said it had deleted improperly obtained data, apparently had not: reports

(Newser) - A data analysis firm employed by President Trump's 2016 campaign tapped the Facebook profiles of more than 50 million users without their permission, allowing it to capitalize on the private social media activity of a large portion of the US electorate, reports the AP . One of the largest data... More »

A Facebook Post About Her Ex Got Her Arrested

Anne King's former husband happens to be a sheriff's deputy

(Newser) - It all started with a Georgia woman griping about her ex-husband. He apparently told her he wouldn't pick up the medicine her sick son needed, and Anne King vented about it on her private Facebook page, writing, "Feeling overwhelmed. That moment when everyone in your house has the... More »

BlackBerry to Facebook: You Stole Our Messaging Tech

Company sues social media giant, including its Instagram and WhatsApp subsidiaries

(Newser) - BlackBerry Limited has long been proud of its messaging app—so much so that it's now suing Facebook and its Instagram and WhatsApp subdivisions for ripping off key features. The Verge notes a "sprawling" 117-page complaint filed Tuesday for patent infringement, alleging that hallmark innovations of BlackBerry Messenger,... More »

Teens Jailed 4 Years for Dragging Kitten Behind Car

Kyle Wayne Williams and Jordan Hall were convicted of animal abuse

(Newser) - Two Missouri teens were sentenced to jail time after being convicted of dragging a kitten behind a vehicle and posting a video of its torturous death. Kyle Wayne Williams, 18, and Jordan Hall, 19, were convicted of animal abuse and each was sentenced to four years in prison on Friday... More »

Facebook Apologizes Over VR Shooting Game at CPAC

'Seriously, Facebook?'

(Newser) - Facebook has apologized for featuring a virtual-reality game called Bullet Train—in which players shoot people at a train station—in its booth at the Conservative Political Action Conference, USA Today reports. Bullet Train was just one of a number of violent games featured at the Facebook booth. "In... More »

Facebook Will Use Postcards to Stop Russian Meddling

New system will be rolled out for midterms

(Newser) - Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in US elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the presidential campaign, Katie Harbath, Facebook's global politics and government outreach director, told a meeting of the National Association... More »

'I Am Ashamed,' Read the Email. Then Facebook's Problems Grew

An 11K-word 'Wired' piece delves into Facebook's 'tumultuous two years'

(Newser) - "I am disappointed. I am embarrassed. I am ashamed." So read an email Roger McNamee sent to Mark Zuckerberg and Sheryl Sandberg just days before the 2016 election. McNamee is the Zuckerberg mentor who convinced the Facebook CEO to hire Sandberg in the first place, and as an... More »

Facebook Has an Interesting Dating Rule

Employees get one shot to get a co-worker to go out with them

(Newser) - Buried in a larger piece about how companies are handling employee relationships in the wake of the #metoo movement—the upshot: they're reexamining their relationship policies and, per one lawyer, "drawing a hard line in the sand" about those in plum positions dating subordinates—comes an interesting dating... More »

He Took a 'Very Unusual' Job at Facebook, Decided to Quit

What it's like to track the perception of Mark Zuckerberg full-time

(Newser) - Tavis McGinn spent six months doing a "very unusual" job at Facebook then decided he just didn't want to do it anymore. "I didn't feel proud to tell people I worked at Facebook," he tells the Verge . "I didn't feel I was helping... More »

Jim Carrey Calls for Facebook Boycott

He deletes account, says investors should dump stock

(Newser) - Mark Zuckerberg isn't going to like Jim Carrey's latest remarks: The actor says he's getting rid of his Facebook shares and deleting his page—and he wants other people to follow suit, CNBC reports. "I'm dumping my @facebook stock and deleting my page because @facebook... More »

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