A popular criticism of Facebook and other technology platforms is that they never compensate users for their time, data or contributions. Facebook is one of the richest companies in the world, because the data we give it for free is the argument. Why is not it worthwhile?
Today we learned that Facebook has heard this criticism – and if you're between 13 and 35 years old, it would like to give you a gift certificate for over $ 20.
In return, all you need to give up to be able to access all the data on your phone. In addition, you may be able to scan your Amazon purchases and override the data. Josh Constine has the Scoop in TechCrunch :
Since 2016, Facebook users aged 13 to 35 years paid up to $ 20 a month plus agency fees to increase their privacy by installing iOS or Android "Facebook Research" for sale "App. Facebook even asked users to scan their Amazon Order History page. The program is managed by the beta testing services Applause, BetaBound and uTest to cloak Facebook's involvement and is referred to in some documentaries as the "Project Atlas" – an apt name for Facebook's aspirations, new trends and rivals to represent the whole world.
We asked security expert from Guardian Mobile Firewall, Will Strafach, to get involved in the Facebook Research app, and he told us, "If Facebook takes full advantage of the access they receive by asking users to You can do this by continuously collecting the following data types: private messages in social media apps, instant messaging apps chats – including photos / videos sent to others, emails, web searches, web -Browsing activities and even current location information by accessing the feeds of all the tracking applications that you may have installed. "It is not known exactly what data is on Facebook, but access to a user is almost unlimited." s device after installing the app.
As I wrote in my quick review of the story, Facebook previously collected some of that data through Onavo Protect, a VPN service it acquired in 2013. The data has proven to be extremely valuable Facebook identifies emerging competitors and buys or copies them. Facebook removed the app from the app store last summer after Apple complained that it violated the app store's data collection guidelines.
The Research App requires that users install a custom root certificate that allows Facebook to display private messages from users, emails, web searches, and browser activity. In addition, users will be prompted to take screenshots of their Amazon order history and send it to Facebook.
As Facebook reports, Facebook uses these corporate certificates in a manner that most likely violates Apple's policies – at a time when tensions between Apple and Facebook are at an all-time high:
Facebook claims it does not break against Apple's Enterprise Certificate Policy, which directly contradicts the terms of this policy. This includes developers "distributing deployment profiles only to their employees and only in conjunction with their applications for internal development and testing purposes." The policy also states that you may not use, distribute, or otherwise make your applications available for internal use to your customers unless they are monitored directly by employees or on the premises. Since Facebook customers use the app with the Enterprise certificate without supervision, Facebook seems to be an infringement.
Will Strafach, who has consulted on the history TechCrunch said in a tweet Facebook Research represented "the most defiant behavior I've ever seen, which is an App Store Developer has seen. It is amazing. I still do not know how to articulate the best I am about Facebook, because it believes they can get away with it. "
Facebook told Constine that this was just a program for gardening variety Nielsen or ComScore – none of which installed root certificates on the phones of members of the focus group. But by the end of the evening, despite protesting against the characterization of the program as a secret espionage campaign, the company agreed to terminate the program on iOS.
A generous reading of Facebook research might be that the company at least begins to recognize the value of the data the users provide, and offers some of these users in exchange for very little work on the part of the user.
However, considering the value of Onavo for Facebook, it is the $ 20 coupons that seem unlikely to be appropriate. Onavo was an early-warning system for competitors that was of great use by a company that embraced the Only The Paranoid Survive mantra. She announced the decision to purchase WhatsApp and clone Snapchat stories. After the initial success of Periscope and Meerkat, the company was encouraged to start a live video feature.
All this would make me feel better when Facebook offers its research topics thousands of dollars a month instead of hundreds. The company can afford that. But again we find out that the company is working with its most proven growth strategy – whatever it can bring.
Facebook's merger of messaging questions lawmakers and questions the power of the company
Legislators ask questions about Facebook The plan is to merge the technical infrastructure on which the three main messaging apps are based. I have discussed here on Friday. Makena Kelly reports:
"Good for encryption, but bad for competition and privacy," wrote Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), the ranking member of the Technology Committee of the Committee on Trade, yesterday . 19659019] "Once again, Mark Zuckerberg seems anxious to violate his pledges to consolidate control over the people and their data," said Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) in a statement to The Verge . 19659020] Ireland questions Facebook's plan to merge Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp
The Irish Data Protection Commission also questions the infrastructure merger process:
The commission that regulates Facebook in the European Union has understood this still in the first development and have not yet been realized. However, the Commission states that it will "ensure early on" that the plans will comply with the GDPR, the far-reaching data protection regulation of the European Union.
In 2016, Facebook tried to share the personal user data collected by WhatsApp with the larger ones. However, the plan was annulled following an investigation by the UK Data Protection Supervisor.
Facebook creates "war zone" to fight fake news, says Nick Clegg
I missed it yesterday: Facebook's plan to protect the platform during the 2019 European Parliament elections, another conference room will be set up, Alex says Hern:
In his first speech as Facebook's top public face [Nick]Clegg said the company would establish an "election-focused operations center" in Dublin this spring integrity. " The center will build on the company's past experience of having a "campaign room" in its US office, coordinating efforts to oversee the platform during the US mid-term and Brazilian presidential elections.
Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Cuts Facebook, Google and Microsoft in Climate
Democratic representatives in Congress are crazy that technology giants sponsor events that promote denialism against climate change:
On Monday, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY )) and Chellie Pingree (D-ME) asked the leaders of Facebook, Google and Microsoft to pledge their companies' support for science, suggesting that climate change has a significant negative impact on the environment.
Lawmakers wrote the letter to News broke out last week that companies had sponsored a conference, LibertyCon, which promoted denial of climate change. At the Libertarian conference, a speaker from the Coalition coalition gave a talk arguing that the effects of climate change on the environment were exaggerated.
I've cut Google off my life. Everything screwed up
In the third week of their fantastic series "Goodbye Big Five", Kashmir Hill tries to give Google up and hate it. This series is a master class that shows rather than tell: Hill has proven that most Americans, when trying to avoid just five companies for a week, have no viable alternatives to using their services while staying online:
In some cases: The Google block means apps do not work at all, like Lyft and Uber, or Spotify, whose music is hosted in Google Cloud. However, the more common effect of Google blocking is that the Internet itself is dramatically slowing down for me.
Most of the sites I visit have frustratingly slow load times, as many rely on Google resources and become confused if my computer does not let them communicate with the company's servers. Photos are not loaded on Airbnb. New York Times articles are not displayed until the site has attempted to load Google Analytics, Google Pay, Google News, Google Ads, and as Doubleclick trackers.
How Google's Jigsaw Tries To Detoxify The Internet
Rob Marvin Profile Perspective, a project of the alphabet daughter Jigsaw, which works on the development of artificial intelligence content moderation software. The company is using a yearlong, respectful debate in the Reddit Forum Change My View, which hosts some of the most differentiated discussions on the Internet:
For the past six years, Turnbull and the other mods have done all this manually via the Internet queue for AutoModerator reports (tagged keywords) and user reports. Jigsaw spent years commenting on violations committed by moderators who tracked them through a browser extension, and created perspective models based on those data in combination with some of Perspective's existing toxicity models. Over the course of 2018, the CMV mods provided feedback on issues such as overly false false positives, and jigsaw improved the thresholds for rating as more CMV rules were further modeled. […]
Change My View is currently the only subreddit currently using Perspective ML models for moderation, although Adams said the team has received access requests from several others. The special rules for CMV made it an ideal test case, but perspective models are malleable. Individual subreddits can adapt the rating algorithm to their community guidelines.
Deepfake Videos: In the Pentagon Fight Against Disinformation
CNN offers a clever package where you can see the state of the art in deepfakes and expert interviews about the potential threats they pose.
The Pentagon is partnering with several of the country's largest research organizations through DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) to break the low point.
But to learn, like spotfakes, you have to do it first. This happens at the University of Colorado, Denver, where researchers working on DARPA's program want to create compelling deep-fake videos. These are later used by other researchers who develop technologies to find out what is real and what is wrong.
Facebook's Messenger Kids: Nursing Advocates Call for Shutting Down App
Advocacy Groups Call Facebook Again on Messenger Kids Shut Down This Time Over (basically unrelated?) Revelations that some employees encouraged children to spend all their money Queenie Wong reports:
"The documents seem to prove that Facebook is ready to actually harm children and families in their search for profit," the stakeholders said in a letter to Facebook. Chef Mark Zuckerberg. "Therefore, Facebook is unable to create a platform or product for kids, especially one for Messenger Kids."
These creators are owed $ 1.7 million, and they probably will never get it
Julia Alexander has stopped breaking the onset of multichannel network collapse on YouTube with a focus on Defy Media:
Defy Media was released in the Closed on November, but there were still stories of closing down YouTube creators – including popular channels like Smosh and Adams in recent months. Several lawsuits have been filed against Defy Media, both among employees and several investors, for various reasons, including fraud.
TikTok quietly tests ads
ByteDance has reportedly struggled to meet its sales targets, and now reports Kerry Flynn The company is already experimenting with app-install extensions in its 6-month-old US app TikTok:
The Advertisement appeared shortly after a user launched the app and, according to Chris Harihar, a TikTok user, it took about 5 seconds to partner with Crenshaw Communications. Users were able to skip the ad instantly with a button in the top right corner of the screen, shown in this screenshot provided by Harihar.
"Learn to Code": The Twitter Meme Attacking Media
Molly McHugh examines the coordinated campaign of Twitter death threats against recently released journalists, which is what really happens in this broken world:
It's not just the time of the repulsive unsolicited advice that brings him to a place of abuse – it is also the goal. "It's easy to spam them," he says in a way that should be "cruel and hurtful." Through this lens, tweeting "learning to code" can be considered as a similar use of the right-wing extremist use of parentheses to label people or how racists turned Pepe, the frog, into a hate symbol – a way of somebody in a way and manner Harassing a way that is hard to spot for Twitter. Before you copy "Coding Learn" as a harmless joke, it is important to remember that the President of the United States is thrown into a profession that has at best mitigated and at worst supported violence. "Learning code" is not a viral phrase that is faked by unemployed journalists. it is a targeted attack disguised as a meme.
Telegram is used as a platform for test preparation in India, but has a problem of piracy.
Telegram has come to India in part because of its reputation as a good place for exams, Nilesh Christopher reports: & # 39; belongs to thousands of community-driven exam preparation groups and channels that have emerged at Telegram. Their membership may seem insignificant compared to the hundreds of thousands of subscribers to entertainment and film-focused groups and channels, but the most popular are almost always engaged in activity. The India Bhai Channel, which focuses on preparing for public sector examinations, has only 2,000 subscribers, but the "Niti Aayog Strategy" document shared on it had more than 37,000 views. A ridiculously high proportion of subscribers to impression.
CrowdTangle for Scientists and Researchers
Yesterday I wrote about the balancing act Facebook has to do when researchers seek access to user data. I did not mention that CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned company that makes social analytics tools, said this week it would work with a handful of academic partners looking to expand access in the future. This is good news:
The University of California, Berkeley, uses CrowdTangle to investigate the spread of disinformation in Myanmar and other countries. Duke University is measuring the impact of Facebook groups in North Carolina on recent emergencies. The University of Münster pursues false information and the integrity of the elections. The Atlantic Council used CrowdTangle to track cases of electoral fraud in Brazil. In addition, Pew Research has used CrowdTangle to track and explore media trends.
The Institute for Strategic Dialogue used CrowdTangle to pinpoint where the misinformation came from and to identify top media coverage in recent local elections in Sweden and Germany. At the heart of her research was real-time tracking, a key feature of CrowdTangle.
Mark Zuckerberg's Delusion of Consumers
People are still somehow talking about the Wall Street Journal by Zuckerberg . ed, in which he explained that Facebook is an advertising business on the Internet. Two professors here say that their own research suggests that people hate personalized ads:
In one of our surveys, we asked four hundred and fifty Americans four different questions: Whether they wanted the sites you visited (1) tailored to them are ads for products and services, (2) custom discounts, (3) bespoke news, and (4) customized political ads. If a respondent answered yes to any of the above questions, we went deeper and asked if adapting to his interests would be acceptable if the user's behavior on the website the user visited, browsing the user on other websites and offline was activities like shop shopping or magazine subscriptions.
61 percent of respondents said no, they did not want custom ads for products and services, 56 percent did not say tailor-made news, 86 percent did not say tailor-made political ads, and 46 percent rejected customized rebates. However, when we added to the results of the second set of questions about finding people on the company's website, other websites, and offline usage, the percentage that was ultimately decided not to adapt was political ads between 89 and 93 percent. 68% to 84% for commercial ads, 53% to 77% for discounts and 64% to 83% for news.
And finally …
Billard Starbucks founder Howard Schultz is exploring a run-up to the presidency. and recently started a Twitter account to measure interest in his campaign. Unfortunately, people were primarily interested in roasting him for Schultz – and as Ashley Feinberg of HuffPo noted, he could be the first Twitter user to be condemned in any of his tweets. Everything he says generates more answers – most of them negative – than hearts or retweets.
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