News by Press Association 10/04/2019, 12:15 pm Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter A new privacy assistant app claims it can help users “fix the privacy mess” by automatically tightening privacy controls on social media and removing old posts. Jumbo, which has launched on Apple’s iOS and will shortly also arrive on Android, asks users to connect their Twitter and Facebook accounts to the app in order to help them manage the data they put on both platforms. For Twitter, users choose to delete tweets on a time frame of their choosing – for example removing them after a month – with the removed posts backed-up to an archive found inside the Jumbo app, only accessible to the user. It also claims to help with the “confusing” privacy settings on Facebook by asking users who opt-in to select one of three settings for their Facebook privacy, the app automatically tweaking more than 30 Facebook settings as a … [Read more...] about New privacy app claims it can ‘fix’ social media’s privacy issues
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Silicon Valley has enjoyed years of popularity and growing markets. But 2018 has been rocky for the industry. Data breaches, controversies over offensive speech and misinformation — as well as reports of foreign operatives’ use of their services — have left many people skeptical about the benefits of social media, experts say. Worries about social media in Congress meant tech executives had to testify before committees several times this year. “2018 has been a challenging year for tech companies and consumers alike,” said Pantas Sutardja, chief executive of LatticeWork Inc., a data storage firm. “Company CEOs being called to Congress for hearings and promising profusely to fix the problems of data breach but still cannot do it.” An apology tour Facebook drew the most scrutiny. The social networking giant endured criticism after revelations that its lax oversight allowed a political consulting firm to exploit millions of its users’ data. … [Read more...] about Social Media’s Year of Falling From Grace
24 December 2018 TechnologySocial Media Exploitation by tech firms is not inevitable, suggests Vanessa Baird. Data, we are told, is the new gold, the new oil. The most valuable commodity of all. How much is it worth? Hard to say, but the profits of companies that have been most successful at mining it provide a clue. In 2017 Facebook made $40 billion revenue, $39.9 billion of which came from targeted advertising using the personal data it had amassed from users. Google, the other giant in the data-based digital advertising world, has a different method of accumulation, serving up ads based on keyword searches. But its profits from such activities are similarly eye-watering. Compared with, say, big retailers like Walmart the digital giants employ few people. This is because we – the users of their ‘free services’ – are doing most of their work for them for free. We are data serfs, enthralled to surveillance capitalism by companies that have sneakily and … [Read more...] about What if social media firms paid us?
Facebook wants the world to be connected, but some individuals and groups say they're feeling a giant disconnect. Some consumers are either deleting or deactivating their accounts in the wake of numerous data breaches and privacy issues, which have caused some critics to question whether they want to expose their personal information to the tech giant. On Thursday, the NAACP organized a protest called #LogOutFacebook, which urges consumers to log out of their Facebook and Instagram accounts for the day, in the wake of the Senate report on Russian interference, which found the Russian government specifically targeted African-American communities on Facebook and Instagram.To be sure, protests from disgruntled consumers aren't likely to make a dent in Facebook's massive size, which counted nearly 1.5 billion daily active users in September. But the NAACP actions, as well as the decision this week from prominent tech journalist Walt Mossberg to publicly announce he's quitting … [Read more...] about #LogOutFacebook: The social media giant faces protests and canceled accounts
Shay Mitchell has opened up about the dark side of social media and how she takes precautions to protect herself from over-zealous fans. In a new interview with Cosmopolitan UK, the Pretty Little Liars actor revealed: “When I go out, I don’t say where I am in that exact moment. “I won’t post about where I am until I leave. I’d advise the same for everyone – you don’t have to be a celebrity to get unwanted attention.” Join Indpendent Minds For exclusive articles, events and an advertising-free read for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent With an Independent Minds subscription for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial Get the best of The Independent Without the ads – for just £5.99 €6.99 $9.99 a month Start your free trial The 31-year-old stars in the up-coming Netflix thriller, You, about an aspiring writer called Joe who becomes … [Read more...] about Shay Mitchell reveals why she refuses to post live location on social media