The complaint says the hackers scraped public profile information and non-publicly viewable lists of friends, in addition to serving their own ads instead of official Facebook-approved ones. REUTERS Facebook has sued two Ukrainian men for allegedly using quiz apps to scrape Facebook users' private data and inject advertisements into their News Feeds. The lawsuit, filed Friday, accuses Gleb Sluchevsky and Andrey Gorbachov of running a years-long hacking scheme, The Verge wrote. Between 2017 and 2018, they enticed users to install malicious browser plugins promising horoscopes or "character and popularity" tests, apparently infecting around 63,000 Facebook users' browsers. Sluchevsky and Gorbachov allegedly operated four web apps including "Supertest" and "FQuiz," mostly targeting Russian and Ukrainian users. According to court filings, the apps offered personality quizzes like "Who are you of modern vampires?" (illustrated by a poster for Twilight) and "Who is yours [sic] … [Read more...] about Facebook sues Ukrainian quiz-makers for stealing user data with malware plugins – media
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opinion Sam Wineburg Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EST Feb 12, 2019 In 2016, months before the presidential election, my research team surveyed nearly 8,000 students from middle school through college on their ability to judge material from the internet. We concluded that students’ ability to navigate online information could be captured in one word: bleak. We released our findings two weeks after Donald Trump’s election and were immediately swept up in the media maelstrom. Our most reported finding was that 82 percent of middle school students couldn’t tell the difference between an ad and a news story. But putting it that way isn’t really fair to kids: While dozens of outlets reported this nugget, none mentioned an industry study that showed 59 percent of adults couldn’t tell the difference, either. We are all in the same boat. That boat is taking on water. In the wake of mass confusion caused by the internet and social … [Read more...] about Education needs a major overhaul to fight internet, social media chaos
Who will fact check for you before and after referenda and elections? Who will tell you that 6,000 people need repeat smear tests? Mark Zuckerberg?, writes Joyce Fegan.I WENT to college with a girl whose mother did not believe in couples living together before marriage.“Why buy the cow when you get the milk for free?” was the nuts and bolts of her mother’s argument. Romance aside, it’s a bit like our rocky relationship with news. Whether you think you have one or not, you do.You might be a purchaser of newspapers, if only on a Sunday. You could have a monthly subscription to a news site. You perhaps only consume online news that’s available to you for free, save for the time it took to skim read the site’s headlines.Maybe you don’t fit into any of these three categories and you’re one of those people who say: “Oh, I never read the news, it’s too negative.” Chances are though, that a meme about Donald Trump or a video … [Read more...] about Journalism or social media? The decision is yours
While agreeing that such a ban at the right time could prove effective, the Ministry for the Environment said the ban should be gradual and allow for a transitional period. Last month the European Parliament overwhelmingly backed a wide-ranging ban on single-use plastics in an effort to tackle marine pollution. Under the proposed directive, items such as plastic straws, cotton swabs, disposable plastic plates and cutlery would be banned by 2021, and 90 per cent of plastic bottles recycled by 2025. The items covered by the ban make up over 70 per cent of marine litter. The regulations will now have to be approved in talks with member states, some of which are likely to be against the strict new rules, foreign media reports have stated. Under the new rules, member states would also have to ensure that tobacco companies cover the cost of cigarette butt collection and processing in a bid to reduce the number entering the environment by 80 per cent over the next 12 years. Similar measures … [Read more...] about How will Malta cope with the proposed EU ban on single-use plastics?
At five seconds past midnight, Ian Power became the owner of the first gram of recreational cannabis to be sold in Canada. After waiting for hours in the cold, Power strode excitedly into the only cannabis store open in St. John’s, Newfoundland and made his purchase. “I think it’s one of the biggest moments of my life,” he told the crowd of reporters gathered to witness the transaction at the Tweed store. “There’s a tear in my eye. No more back alleys.” Power said he intended to frame his purchase rather than smoke it. Three years after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was elected with a mandate to legalise marijuana, residents in Canada can now legally purchase the drug, putting an end to nearly a century of prohibition in the country. Banned in 1923, cannabis first became legal in 2001, when the government approved it for medicinal purposes only. “There’s no question the world is watching.” Jody Wilson-Raybould, the … [Read more...] about On a high: Canada celebrates cannabis being legalised