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This weekend, news broke in The New York Times that Facebook's habit of giving extensive user data to third parties extended to "at least 60 device makers" who were granted access to private Facebook APIs over the past decade.


The social media giant has been trying to quash the story by insisting developers were only allowed to use the data to provide "the Facebook experience" before the market dominance of Android and Apple made it less necessary for manufacturers to build in custom functionality, but a new development may have just made it a lot harder to sweep under the rug.


Now, the Times reported today, it turns out the list of device makers included four Chinese companies: Lenovo, Oppo, TCL and Huawei, the last of which has been flagged by both US and Australian intelligence officials as a potential national security threat...






I never liked Facbook.

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Inside Facebook, denial, tension and finger-pointing as sense of crisis builds "It's total arrogance," one Facebook employee said of company leadership's willingness to blame its communications team for recent crises.

.....Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive officer, and Sheryl Sandberg, the company's chief operating officer, believe Facebook's negative image is a public relations problem that stems from a bungled press strategy and sensational media coverage, not a structural or philosophical shortcoming that requires a wholesale course correction, six Facebook sources familiar with their thinking told NBC News. The sources asked not be identified because they were not authorized to speak publicly......



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and... DC sues Facebook over Cambridge Analytica privacy scandal

Facebook was sued by the District of Columbia on Wednesday for allowing data-mining firm Cambridge Analytica to improperly access data from as many as 87 million users.  The lawsuit filed by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine alleges that Facebook misled users about the security of their data and failed to properly monitor third-party apps.  In 2013, a researcher launched a Facebook app that claimed to generate a personality profile. It turns out, the app also hoovered up the personal information of users' Facebook friends and that information was eventually sold to Cambridge Analytica, a consulting firm that did work for several Republican candidates.  The fallout from Cambridge Analytica, which is still ongoing, led to congressional hearings in the United States and inquiries in the United Kingdom. Facebook also did change what type of data it allows outside developers access, although critics have charged that it did not move fast enough.


Fox News, It's True!

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Anyone still using Farcebook?

Leaker says they are offering private details of 500 million Facebook users

By Raphael Satter

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -A leaker says they are offering information on more than 500 million Facebook Inc users - including phone numbers and other data - virtually for free.

The database appears to be the same set of Facebook-linked telephone numbers that has been circulating in hacker circles since January and whose existence was first reported by tech publication Motherboard, according to Alon Gal, co-founder of Israeli cybercrime intelligence firm Hudson Rock.

Reuters was not immediately able to vet the information, which is being offered for a few euros’ worth of digital credit on a well-known site for low-level hackers, but Gal said on Saturday that he had verified the authenticity of at least some of the data by comparing it against phone numbers of people he knew. Other journalists say they have also been able to match known phone numbers to the details in the data dump.

In a statement, Facebook said that the data was “very old” and related to an issue that it had fixed in August 2019.

An attempt by Reuters to reach the leaker over the messaging service Telegram was not immediately successful.

Gal told Reuters that Facebook users should be alert to “social engineering attacks” by people who may have obtained their phone numbers or other private data in the coming months.

News of the latest leak here was first reported by Business Insider.


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