Facebook has been exposed as utter garbage yet again. The company allegedly hired a political research firm to spread a conspiracy theory about its critics. And yes, the conspiracy theory reportedly involves George Soros.
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Back in April, Mark Zuckerberg got caught deleting old messages he’d sent through Facebook. The tech company was forced to confirm that the CEO was reaching into other people’s inboxes and deleting old messages, but assured us that it was fine because Facebook would be giving the feature to everyone soon. Well, it’s the middle of October, six months later, and we’re still waiting.
Americans have soured on Facebook in the past year, as more people come to terms with the toxic role that the social media platform plays in their lives. A new Pew Research Center survey shows that a large percentage of the US population has taken extended breaks from Facebook in the past year, with 26 per cent of American users saying that they’ve deleted the app from their phones completely.
Video: Do you remember Facebook’s terrible TV ad back in April that tried to “apologise” for abusing your data? It was disingenuous garbage. But with Facebook back in the news after the company lost $US120 billion ($162 billion) in value last week, John Oliver has revived the ad. Only this time the TV spot has a little more honesty.
Mark Zuckerberg is scheduled to testify in front of at least eight members of the European Parliament this week about privacy, security, and election interference. The Facebook CEO's testimony was originally planned to take place behind closed doors. But after pressure from European leaders, that testimony will now be broadcast live on the web.
The British government keeps asking Mark Zuckerberg to testify about his company's abysmal privacy record, and the Facebook CEO keeps turning them down. Zuck likes to send his lackeys instead, but the UK has had about enough of Zuck's crap. The next time he's in the UK, the government is going to make Zuckberberg testify.
In its latest display of public penitence in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook released a new ad acknowledging past fuckups while promising to do better. Titled "Facebook Here Together" - an apparent reference to our everlasting blood pact with the social media giant -- the video serves as the company's most explicit admission yet that, yes, the website kind of turned to shit.
Roughly 87 million people had their Facebook data stolen by the political research firm Cambridge Analytica. And starting today, Facebook will finally notify the people who had their information scooped up. About 70 million are in the US, while the rest are primarily in the UK, Indonesia and the Philippines, but there are over 300,000 Australians affected.
Have you ever sent an email or text that you wish you could take back and delete forever? That isn't possible on the open web. But we now know that Mark Zuckerberg has the power to reach into every single Facebook inbox and delete messages that he's sent. Zuck and other executives at Facebook have reportedly used that power multiple times.
Did you ever record a video on Facebook to post directly to your friend's wall, only to discard the take and film a new version? You may have thought those embarrassing draft versions were deleted, but Facebook kept a copy. The company is blaming it on a "bug" and swears that it's going to delete those discarded videos now. They pinkie promise this time.
Facebook is having a really bad week. And it just got even worse for CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The British House of Commons has officially sent Zuck a letter asking him to come to London and testify about how he plans to "fix" Facebook. Best of luck with that, mate.