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Signal Tries to Expose Facebook’s Garbage Ad Collecting Practices, Gets Banned

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We all know that Facebook collects user data for targeted advertising, but just how specific is that data? A new Instagram ad campaign by Signal shows people the uncomfortably-precise personal data that Facebook collects and sells. At least, it would, but Instagram shut the project down before it went live.

Advertisers on Facebook and Instagram can choose between several data points to target potential customers. These data points aren’t just reflections of your location or the pages you follow on social media, they’re highly specific and can include information on your hygiene, sexuality, education, relationship history, employment status, and more.

If it hadn’t been shut down, Signal’s “transparent ad campaign” would tell Instagram users the exact data points used to serve them ads. In a blog post, Signal shared some examples of these ads, which are full of invasive lines like “you have a new baby and just moved,” and “this ad thinks you do drag.”

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Facebook stopped the uncomfortable ad campaign before it went live and banned Signal from advertising on its platforms. Signal chalks this up to a moral failing, stating that Facebook is happy to collect and sell personal data “unless it’s to tell people about how their data is being used.” So long as Facebook keeps its ads business invisible, it can avoid controversy and user backlash.

Of course, Signal is a business looking for more users. The company knows that its encrypted messaging app, a popular alternative to the Facebook-owned WhatsApp, will appeal to people who are interested in this Instagram ads stunt. So I guess I’ll do the dirty work and link to Signal below. You can also learn more about Signal’s “transparent” ad campaign on the company’s blog.

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Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/81214/signal-tries-to-expose-facebooks-garbage-ad-collecting-practices-gets-banned/
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Florida passes bill prohibiting social media companies from banning politicians

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The Florida House and Senate voted this week to pass legislation that would prohibit social media companies from banning politicians.Fines for social media companies that try to ban politicians f…

Source: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/551255-florida-passes-bill-prohibiting-social-media-companies-from-banning
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Mobile Facebook Now Includes Spotify Miniplayer

Spotify-Miniplayer-Facebook-Featured.jpg This news seems to have a few different prongs to it. First, there is the ongoing battle between Facebook and Apple. Secondly, the two companies each announced competing paid podcast upgrades and competing paid audio plans. After appearing to leave Spotify out of these plans, the streaming service announced some plans of its own: a Spotify miniplayer will now be part of the mobile Facebook apps. Spotify Miniplayer on Facebook There has certainly been a boon in podcasts with people spending more time at home during the pandemic. It seems the tech world noticed. Apple is making changes… Read more14441790.gif

Source: https://tracking.feedpress.com/link/12555/14441790/mobile-facebook-includes-spotify-miniplayer
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Laura Tucker

Facebook’s Long-Stalled Digital Currency Could be Tested This Year: Report

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Facebook hopes to launch a trial of its long-stalled digital currency project by the end of this year, according to a new report from CNBC. The currency, first announced in 2019 as Libra and then renamed Diem after some bad publicity, will now be pegged to the U.S. dollar, provided the tech giant can actually get it…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/facebooks-long-stalled-digital-currency-could-be-tested-1846719510
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Twitch and Facebook Gaming Are Having One Hell of a Year. YouTube Gaming? Eh, Not so Much

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As the world descended into lockdown last year, people overwhelming tuned into livestreams to connect with others and stave off boredom while stuck in their homes. And that pandemic-fueled growth shows no signs of slowing down even as the world attempts to return to business as usual, with both Twitch and Facebook…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/twitch-and-facebook-gaming-are-already-having-one-hell-1846658990
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Alyse Stanley

Everything You Need to Know About the Facebook Data Breach

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The personal data of 533 million Facebook users leaked online. That’s a large percentage of the world’s population, so you should check to see if your account or phone number was affected. We’ll show you so you can protect yourself.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/722194/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-facebook-data-breach/
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How to Check if Your Phone Number Is in the Huge Facebook Data Leak

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Hacked data on over 553 million Facebook users was leaked online over the weekend, including names, birthdates, a Facebook user’s relationship status, the city where they live, their workplace, and sometimes even email addresses. But the most sensitive data included in the leak is arguably the phone numbers, which are…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/how-to-check-if-your-phone-number-is-in-the-huge-facebo-1846617849
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Facebook Makes Controlling Your News Feed Much Easier

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Facebook is making it easier to control what you see on your News Feed with the Feed Filter Bar, a new menu at the top of your News Feed. The Feed Filter Bar contains shortcuts to all your favorite news sources, plus the option to sort your feed chronologically and turn off political ads on the fly.

Over the last few months, Facebook has improved its News Feed with Favorites, a chronological sorting option, a Snooze tool, and various other features. These new options give you more control over what you see in the News Feed, helping you focus content that’s important to you. The new Feed Filter Bar brings all these new features and controls to one handy menu, making it easy to adjust your feed without going deep into Facebook’s confusing Settings.

Along with the new Feed Filter Bar, Facebook now lets you control who can reply to your public posts. This feature is more important for public figures and businesses than average people, but hey, it might come in handy the next time you want to arrange a garage sale or some other public activity through Facebook.

Facebook will also provide more insight in the “Why Am I Seeing This?” button, which explains why Facebook is showing certain algorithmically-chosen content on your feed. The new Feed Filter Bar is available now on Android, with iOS support coming in the next few weeks.

Source: Facebook

Source: https://www.reviewgeek.com/76129/facebook-makes-controlling-your-news-feed-much-easier/
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Facebook Working on Instagram Product for Children Under 13 Years Old

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Facebook, the social media behemoth that owns Instagram, is developing a new Instagram product for children under 13 years of age, according to leaked documents obtained by BuzzFeed. Instagram users must currently click a button declaring that they’re at least 13 years old, or that the account featuring a kid under…

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Source: https://gizmodo.com/facebook-working-on-instagram-product-for-children-unde-1846510532
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Matt Novak

How to Automatically Share Your Instagram Stories and Posts on Facebook

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Facebook and Instagram are more in sync than ever. One of the perks of this integration is that you can cross-share your Instagram stories and posts to Facebook to easily boost your content’s reach. Here’s how to do it.

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Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/711009/how-to-automatically-share-your-instagram-stories-and-posts-on-facebook/
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The Article Was Written/Published By: Shubham Agarwal

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