Technology writer for Slate Magazine.
Technology writer for Slate Magazine.
Facebook removes fake pages believed to be created by Russians to influence the midterms Facebook reports that it has uncovered an ongoing influence campaign -- fake accounts and fake pages focused on divisive social issues and the election. Facebook isn’t pointing fingers, but the ads look similar to those linked to Russian groups. And the company says the effort has been effective. One of the pages in question reached nearly 300,000 users.
Facebook Falters Facebook might not be so unstoppable after all. It’s stock dropped nearly 20% today – that’s about $120 billion in market value. All because while still making a profit -- it wasn’t AS profitable as analysts had expected.
Mark Zuckerberg testifies on Capitol Hill Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg testified before the Senate Judiciary and Commerce committees today. He answered hard questions on user privacy and the Cambridge Analytica scandal, which swept up data from as many as 87 million Facebook users without their permission. There was also the issue of fake news spreading on Facebook during the 2016 election. Dozens of cardboard cutouts of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg are seen during an Avaaz.org protest outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S., April 10, 2018. (REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein)
As more Facebook revelations emerge, will users stop sharing? We learned this week that 87 million users might have had their data compromised in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The original estimate was 50 million. Facebook also secretly deleted Mark Zuckerberg's chats on Messenger, and it requested patient data from hospitals. What does all this mean for our lives on social media?
FTC takes a closer look at Facebook Facebook stock is down again today, as concerns about the company’s handling of user data keep growing. There’s the Cambridge Analytica scandal, where user information was improperly used to help the Trump campaign. Now there’s word that Facebook has been logging and tracking some Android users’ phone calls and messages. The Federal Trade Commission and European regulators are looking into Facebook’s actions.
Cambridge Analytica, Facebook and the Trump campaign Fifty million people on Facebook had their identities harvested for political purposes. We find out how a professor in Britain was able to convince Facebook to let him run an experiment on its users without their knowledge, and how that information winded up at a company called Cambridge Analytica -- run by Steve Bannon and funded by conservative Robert Mercer.
Trump meets with video game makers amid concern about school violence President Trump hosted a meeting today about the link between video games and violence. Two people from the gaming industry had seats at the table, including an executive from the company behind Grand Theft Auto. The rest of the group was made up of people who link gaming to aggression and violence, including members of parental watch groups and politicians. This conversation seems to pop up every time there’s a school shooting. But researchers haven’t found conclusive links between video games and acts of violence in real life.
With $1 billion buy of smart doorbell 'Ring,' Amazon expands its empire Amazon yesterday bought the Santa Monica-based company Ring for $1 billion. Ring makes high tech doorbells. When someone comes to your home, you can see who it is on your smartphone or computer. Ring’s founder Jamie Siminoff pitched the idea on Shark Tank five years ago, but judges rejected it. What does this purchase mean for Amazon’s empire, and consumer privacy?
Facebook changes news feed to stop the spread of fake news Facebook appears to be doing some soul searching amid increasing pressure to address the spread of fake news on its platform. This month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg rolled out changes to the newsfeed algorithm that he thinks might help fix this problem. But will it actually work?
Can the head of Expedia turn Uber around? After more than two months, Uber has picked a new CEO to replace its ousted founder. The new man is current Expedia chief Dara Khosrowshahi. He’ll replace Travis Kalanick, who was forced to resign amid a slew of lawsuits, allegations of intellectual property theft, and lots of talk of a sexist workplace culture. Expedia, on the other hand, was named one of the best places to work in tech by Fortune magazine.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”