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Facebook wants to pay you for your opinions. What could go wrong?

Points for your thoughts. Image: ALASTAIR PIKE / AFP via Getty Images By Karissa Bell2019-11-25 21:18:34 UTC Months after Facebook was forced to shut down two apps it used to collect a creepy amount of data from users in the name of market research, the company is now launching a new app designed to reward users for voluntary feedback. The new market research app, called Viewpoints,  promises to compensate users

Ex-Facebook head says company 'profits partly by amplifying lies'

Facebook’s former head of Global Elections Integrity Ops is speaking out about her time at the company. Image: chesnot / Getty Images By Matt Binder2019-11-04 22:25:13 UTC Facebook’s former head of Global Elections Integrity Ops left after six months on the job — and now she’s speaking out about the problems she faced when trying to fix the company’s political ad problems.  In an op-ed in the Washington Post on

Facebook to selectively pay media orgs desperate for its news tab scraps

Feast, my pretties. Image: Christophe Morin / getty By Jack Morse2019-09-30 23:03:32 UTC Show appreciation for your kind and generous digital overlord.  Facebook is set to launch its latest feature, news tab, this fall — setting up yet another political battle over what media outlets are or aren’t promoted by the tech giant. While the company has taken great pains to emphasize that it will be different this time around,

A 'technical error' in Facebook's Messenger Kids app let kids bypass its own safety rule

Facebook’s Messenger Kids had a pretty big hole that allowed kids to message people who hadn’t been approved by their parents. Image: facebook By Karissa Bell2019-07-23 01:43:40 UTC Facebook just proved that critics and privacy advocates were right to question whether the social network could be trusted to run an app aimed at children younger than 13.  The app mistakenly allowed “thousands” of children to exchange messages with people who

Another personality quiz is coming back to haunt millions of Facebook users

Facebook may have another major data leak on its hands.Image: AFP/Getty Images By Karissa Bell2018-05-15 00:25:51 UTC Welp, it looks like another quiz app may have exposed millions of Facebook users’ personal data. A personality quiz app created by researchers exposed personal data on more than 3 million Facebook users, according to a report published in New Scientist. The app in question is a quiz app called “myPersonality,” which was

WhatsApp cofounder leaves following Cambridge Analytica scandal

Cofounder and CEO of WhatsApp Jan Koum is leaving his Facebook-owned company.Image: Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images for Discovery By Sasha Lekach2018-04-30 23:44:01 UTC The man who Mark Zuckerberg says taught him about the power of encryption is leaving the Facebook family. The departure of WhatsApp CEO and cofunder Jan Koum comes after Facebook’s biggest privacy scandal to date. And six months after WhatsApp cofounder Brian Acton left the company and joined

5 questions Mark Zuckerberg should answer at Facebook’s congressional hearings

Clearly, deep in thought.Image: Alex Wong/Getty By Jack Morse2018-04-10 00:14:34 UTC Mark Zuckerberg is going to testify, but the question remains as to whether or not he’ll really say anything of substance. The CEO is in Washington D.C. this week to assure lawmakers and the concerned citizens of Facebook Nation that he knows he needs to do better, that he is going to make it all OK, and that —

Cambridge Analytica CEO talks bribery and honeypots on hidden camera

Alexander Nix, shown here not discussing using escorts to entrap politicians.Image: Bryan Bedder/getty By Jack Morse2018-03-19 22:48:52 UTC ProTip: When discussing nefarious techniques to entrap politicians and swing elections, first make sure you’re not secretly being filmed.  That, apparently, was a memo the CEO of Cambridge Analytica, Alexander Nix, missed. The executive was caught on film by investigators with London’s Channel 4 News discussing all the ways his company can

Facebook's latest scandal knocked $40 billion off its market value

Facebook’s stock plummeted in the wake of its latest privacy scandal.Image: Getty Images By Michael Nuñez2018-03-19 22:41:17 UTC It’s not a great time to own Facebook stock. The social media company’s market valuation fell by roughly $40 billion on Monday following the revelation that the Trump-linked, U.K.-based company Cambridge Analytica harvested information from 50 million Facebook profiles without user consent. The company’s stock price was down 6.8 percent by the

Zuckerberg’s silence reminds us that, in his eyes, we’re all just 'dumb f*cks'

Use the mic, Zuckerberg.Image: DAVID RAMOS/GETTY IMAGES By Kerry Flynn2018-03-19 22:25:05 UTC Facebook’s getting rocked by yet another electioneering crisis, but we still haven’t heard anything from its commander-in-chief. Mark Zuckerberg has yet to issue a public statement following revelations this weekend that a Trump-aligned data firm was able to abuse his platform to manipulate 50 million people. The Facebook CEO commands massive reach on his public profile page, and