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Facebook Data From More Than 500 Million Users Found Online

NEW YORK—Details from more than 500 million Facebook users have been found available on a website for hackers. While the information appears to be several years old, it’s another example of the vast amount of information collected by Facebook and other social media sites, and the limits to how secure that information is. The availability of the data set

YouTube Deleted 2.5 Million ‘Dislikes’ From Biden White House Videos, Data Indicates

YouTube has deleted about 2.5 million ‘dislikes’ from videos on the official White House channel of President Joe Biden, according to data collected and posted online by a researcher who wished to remain anonymous. YouTube recently announced that it’s testing a new page design that hides the dislike count. The Google-owned video platform allows users

Supreme Court Rejects Facebook Appeal in $15 Billion Lawsuit

The Supreme Court on March 22 rejected an appeal from Facebook that requested the court intervene in a $15 billion class-action lawsuit that alleged the firm illegally tracked the online activities of its users when they aren’t on the platform, in violation of the federal Wiretap Act. “Facebook’s user profiles would allegedly reveal an individual’s likes, dislikes, interests, and

Facebook Runs Ads for Products of Genocide in China

As lawmakers on both Capitol Hill and in Parliament in the UK meet this week to discuss legislation responding to the genocide of Uyghurs in China, The Epoch Times has received evidence linking Facebook ad revenue to Chinese companies profiting from that genocide. The advertisement of Uyghur hair on Facebook places the social media giant at odd with policymakers, human rights activists,

LINE Messaging App Exposed Users to Data Access by China-Based Company

Japan’s popular messaging app LINE recently admitted that its users’ personal data stored on its server in Japan could be accessed by China-based engineers that the company had outsourced to. In an official response, LINE admitted that user data had been accessed more than 32 times and that it is now setting up a committee to rectify

EU and Vietnam to Exclude China-Made Vaccines

The European Union is expected to exclude Chinese-made vaccines from its “vaccine passport” certification program because they are not approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). At the same time, Vietnam is reportedly buying large quantities of COVID-19 vaccines from Western countries and Russia, but not China. On March 12, Euronews reported that the EU is expected to vote on a “vaccine

Facebook Official Says Company Should Be Broken Up, Has Too Much Power

A top Facebook official told an undercover journalist that the social media giant has grown too powerful and should be broken up, according to a video released by Project Veritas on March 15. The undercover clips show Benny Thomas, Facebook’s Global Planning Lead, opining about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg having too much power, expressing concerns

Big Tech ‘Aiding’ Beijing in Its Push for Global Dominance, Sen. Blackburn Says

Big tech companies are “aiding” the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in achieving its goal of being a global superpower, said Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) during day two of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the largest annual conservative conference. Blackburn was speaking Friday afternoon about freedom of speech in the United States and abroad, when she started bringing

Experts Discuss China Tech Threat at CPAC Panel

Experts, through a primarily technological lens, discussed the national security threats posed by China and Russia during a panel discussion Friday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC)—the largest annual conservative conference. KT McFarland from the American Conservative Union Board and the moderator of the panel “Big Tech Is for Sale and China and

Canada, Australia Agree on Efforts to Regulate Digital Giants Like Facebook

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has agreed with his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to continue “coordinating efforts” to ensure digital giants will pay publishers for content shared on their platforms. According to an official statement, the two prime ministers spoke Monday on a range of topics, including the need to regulate social media companies. On Monday, Facebook reversed its

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg Expresses Concern About COVID-19 Vaccines in Leaked Footage

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made comments last year about COVID-19 vaccines that clash with policies that his platform has implemented, leaked video shows. Zuckerberg said in July 2020: “I do just want to make sure that I share some caution on this [vaccine] because we just don’t know the long-term side effects of basically modifying people’s DNA and

Facebook Will Take Down Posts With Claims About Vaccines It Deems False

Facebook announced on Feb. 8 that it will take down posts with claims about vaccines that health organizations or its fact-checkers deem false. “Today, we are expanding our efforts to remove false claims on Facebook and Instagram about COVID-19, COVID-19 vaccines, and vaccines in general during the pandemic,” said a post from the social media

Parler CEO John Matze Announces His Termination

Parler CEO John Matze announced late Wednesday that he has been terminated as the company’s CEO. Matze said that the Parler board on Jan. 29 decided to terminate his position, adding that he did not participate in the decision. The Parler board is controlled by Rebekah Mercer, the daughter of hedge-fund billionaire Robert Mercer. Matze said in

Facebook’s Zuckerberg Praised Biden’s Executive Orders: Leaked Video

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg praised executive orders issued by President Joe Biden during his first day in office, newly leaked video from a company meeting shows. “I thought President Biden’s inaugural address was very good,” Zuckerberg said during the Jan. 21 meeting. “In his first day, President Biden already issued a number of executive orders on areas that we as

Media Company Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Google, Facebook

A media company that operates several West Virginia newspapers is suing Google and Facebook for threatening the extinction of local newspapers across the country by their alleged anti-competitive business practices. HD Media Company this week filed a lawsuit asking a federal court to determine whether the two Silicon Valley companies had violated anti-trust laws. The

Facebook Hires Biden Transition, Obama-Era Official as VP of Civil Rights

Facebook has hired Roy Austin, an Obama administration veteran and a member of President Joe Biden’s transition team, as the social media company’s vice president of civil rights and deputy general counsel. Austin had been a civil rights prosecutor and served as a Department of Justice (DOJ) supervisor before becoming a deputy assistant to President

Telegram Experiences Massive Growth in January: 90 Million New Users

Messaging app “Telegram” sent a message to its users announcing that in January alone it gained 90 million new users. “In January 2021, more than 90 million new users from around the world joined Telegram,” reads the encrypted messaging app’s message. “Thank you! These milestones were made possible by users like you who invite their

Twitter CEO: Banning Trump Set Dangerous Precedent, Furthered Division

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said on Jan. 13 that the company’s decision to remove President Donald Trump was divisive and set a dangerous precedent. “Having to take these actions fragment the public conversation. They divide us. They limit the potential for clarification, redemption, and learning. And sets a precedent I feel is dangerous: the power an

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