Facebook: Cambridge Analytica Sent Warning to Users
Facebook users across the country can find out if were they among the 87 million users whose data was shared with Cambridge Analytica. Every account holder received one or two notices from Cambridge Analytica informing them if their data has been breached.
Facebook also said that users have been shown what apps they used and what data those apps might gather and use.
Needless to say, Facebook has suspended data analytics companies who collected data for academic purposes but used that data for commercial purposes.
Cambridge Analytica used a personality quiz “You are what you like” to gather data and use that data during the last election. The company stated that the data was used for academic and business purposes and users were informed that data might be used for “business purposes.”
Mark Zuckerberg revealed how he plans to start two days of testimony in Washington regarding recent scandals. Mark claims that he never let advertisers or developers be more important than connecting people worldwide. Well, many people using Facebook ads know what type of personal information they might find online targeting specific group of people based on their marketing goals and monetary profits.
Cubeyou is a company helping advertisers and publishers to target their audience on Facebook. Cubeyou is also blocked on Facebook due to their connection with Cambridge Analytica.
Sex Advert Caught Attention of FBI
FBI got involved with a classified adverts website accused of their involvement in sex trafficking. The website Backpage.com was previously shut down in the US. Critics alleged that prostitution ads just simply moved to other pages. The site caught the FBI’s attention when they realized that one in 20 relevant posts on the website could have some type of involvement with sex slavery victims. The co-founder of the website, Michael Lacey was arrested at his home last week. The details of charges are still unknown and no one from the Backpage.com has provided any comments in the light of recent allegations.
Prostitutes have defended Backpage.com explaining that the website offered them safety and a good alternative to find clients. However, the allegations are getting serious. Senate has also claimed that in 2017, Backpage.com had “knowingly concealed evidence of criminality” by using software to identify phrases in adverts that were linked to child abuse.
Recently, the US Congress has passed a new law, the Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act (Fosta). According to a new law: “websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts.”
Other websites have taken some counter-measures such as Craigslist. They have shut down their personal dating section after reports of having a few ads for prostitution. Also, Reddit closed their escorts message board.
Backpage.com denied that they knowingly had sex trafficking ads on their website.
YouTube Broke Child Protection Laws
YouTube has always been strict about the content shared on their website. However, YouTube has recently been accused of violating child protection laws by collecting data from children who are under 13 years old. It seems that YouTube was “skirting the law and profiting off of children without parents’ knowledge or consent”. Google released a statement saying that YouTube is not for children.
The group behind the allegations included the Campaign for Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC). They claim that YouTube is extremely popular among children and that Google is most definitely aware of this.
The group alleges that YouTube keeps collecting location data and the browsing history of their users, even if their users are children. Collected data is usually being used for advertising.
Google defended their policy, claiming that YouTube is for people who are 13 years or older and that people who create an account must be 13 years old. They also said that their advertiser tools do not include the option to target young people who are 13 years or younger. Google went one step further offering to design YouTube for children.