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Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

Facebook will verify the location of U.S. election ad buyers by mailing them postcards

Breaking News
 Facebook’s global director of policy programs says it will start sending postcards by snail mail to verify buyers of ads related to United States elections. Katie Harbath, who described the plan at a conference held by the National Association of Secretaries of State this weekend, didn’t reveal when the program will start, but told Reuters that it would be before the… Read More
Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Facebook to verify ads with postcards after Russian meddling

Breaking News
MENLO PARK, Calif. (AP) — Facebook will soon rely on centuries-old technology to try to prevent foreign meddling in U.S. elections: the post office. Baffled in 2016 by Russian agents who bought ads to sway the U.S. presidential campaign, Facebook’s global politics and government outreach director, Katie Harbath, told a meeting of the National Association of Secretaries of State in Washington on Saturday that the company would send postcards to potential buyers of political ads to confirm they reside in the U.S. The recipient would then have to enter a code in Facebook to continue buying the ad. The method will first apply to ads that name candidates ahead of the midterm elections in November, said Facebook spokesman Andy Stone. The plan was unveiled a day after special counsel Robert Muell
Trump cites Facebook exec’s comments downplaying Russian ad influence on election

Trump cites Facebook exec’s comments downplaying Russian ad influence on election

Breaking News
 You’d be forgiven for missing Donald Trump’s multiple retweets of Facebook executive Rob Goldman over the weekend. Perhaps you were spending time with family, watching Black Panther or just attempting to forget politics for a moment by ignoring the manic flurry of social media updates from the leader of the free world. But in amongst a deluge of tweets that blamed Democrats for… Read More
Facebook didn’t mean to send spam texts to two-factor authentication users

Facebook didn’t mean to send spam texts to two-factor authentication users

Breaking News
 Facebook Chief Security Officer Alex Stamos apologized for spam texts that were incorrectly sent to users who had activated two-factor authentication. The company is working on a fix, and you won’t receive non-security-related text messages if you never signed up for those notifications. Facebook says it was a bug. But calling it a bug is a bit too easy — it’s a feature that… Read More
How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

How ad-free subscriptions could solve Facebook

Breaking News
 At the core of Facebook’s “well-being” problem is that its business is directly coupled with total time spent on its apps. The more hours you pass on the social network, the more ads you see and click, the more money it earns. That puts its plan to make using Facebook healthier at odds with its finances, restricting how far it’s willing to go to protect us from the harms… Read More
Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling

Politics
The Russian influence operation designed to tamper with the 2016 U.S. presidential election used a combination of old-school espionage tactics and 21st-century technologies that will not be easy to stop, even now that the methods have been exposed, experts said. The post Facebook faces big challenge to prevent future U.S. election meddling appeared first on Politicus USA.
Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

Facebook forges ahead with kids app despite expert criticism

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NEW YORK (AP) — Facebook is forging ahead with its messaging app for kids, despite child experts who have pressed the company to shut it down and others who question Facebook’s financial support of some advisers who approved of the app. Messenger Kids lets kids under 13 chat with friends and family. It displays no ads and lets parents approve who their children message. But critics say it serves to lure kids into harmful social media use and to hook young people on Facebook as it tries to compete with Snapchat or its own Instagram app. They say kids shouldn’t be on such apps at all — although they often are. “It is disturbing that Facebook, in the face of widespread concern, is aggressively marketing Messenger Kids to even more children,” the Campaign For a Commercial-Free Childhood said i