By Mary MorrissyI'm living in an abusive relationship, where I’m treated badly and it’s difficult to leave. It’s not a personalrelationship but an institutional one. No, not my bank, although there are familiar echoes. I’m on Facebook.Is there a support group for people like us? If not, there should be.Lately, I’ve been wondering — should I give up Facebook? The simple and principled answer to that question has to be yes.It’s a time-wasting, addictive enterprise that sucks you in, steals your data and flogs it to the highest bidder. It controls what you see and manipulates your options as a consumer. True, it’s got over 2bn followers, and even if your personal following is only a tiny portion of that, it’s a platform that makes you feel warm and wanted, and most of all, liked.Its stated goal is to keep people connected, but on recent evidence, it treats those people, its users, with contempt.Last week’s Channel 4 Dispatches … [Read more...] about Should I stay or should I go? Not easy to break up with Facebook
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DEADLY liquid “Spice” vapes are being widely sold by drug dealers on social media, The Sun can reveal. The vape oil drugs have boomed on social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram due to the difficulty police have detecting the substances. They can be made odourless or fruit-flavoured which masks their potentially fatal potency and is an emerging crisis according to experts. Our investigators found dealers selling the drugs containing psychoactive chemicals linked to a string of deaths in recent months. They brazenly advertise on social media pages and typically under names such as “canna vapes” – meaning cannabis - or “THC oils”. THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) is the main, natural psychoactive substance in cannabis but can be more potent as an isolated chemical. Dealers are flogging the vape liquids to Facebook and Instagram users before simply sending them by recorded delivery in the post. We were able to buy three vape cartridges for … [Read more...] about Drug dealers on Facebook and Instagram are openly selling deadly liquid Spice vapes
Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg has apologised for fake news, election interference and hate speech on the social media site. And in a written statement to the US Congress he said the social network "didn't do enough" to protect user data in a written statement to the US Congress. Ahead of appearances before US Congress committees on Tuesday and Wednesday, Mr Zuckerberg said he took responsibility for recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal, as well as the platform's issues with fake news and abusive content. Facebook has confirmed it believes up to 87 million people had their data harvested by the political consultancy via a personality quiz app. "It's clear now that we didn't do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm as well," Mr Zuckerberg's written statement said of the platform. "That goes for fake news, foreign interference in elections, and hate speech, as well as developers and data privacy. "We didn't take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg makes grovelling apology for fake news on Facebook
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been receiving special coaching on how to present himself when he appears before politicians demanding to know what he is doing to protect users’ data and how Russia was able to use his platform to allegedly meddle in the 2016 election. Amid continuing controversy over the inappropriate harvesting of the data of 50m Facebook users by British political consulting firm Cambridge Analyitca, Mr Zuckerberg will try and reassure politicians he is taking the concerns of them and the general public seriously. He will also try to deflect the efforts of those who favour more stringent government regulation. “It’s clear now that we didn’t do enough to prevent these tools from being used for harm,” he is expected to tell the House Energy and Commerce Committee, according to written testimony released ahead of his appearance. “We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg gets special coaching for gruelling Congress hearing on Facebook data breach
As the Cambridge Analytica/Facebook scandal unfolds, Nicola Adam asks – should we be deleting Facebook? Or is too late? READ MORE: What information is held by Facebook? How to find out what Facebook knows about you?On Friday October 4. 2013, at 8.14pm I began a message-based conversation with four friends to organise a restaurant and wine night out.I’d forgotten all about it. They’d forgotten all about it. But Facebook has very much remembered.Every single word in fact. Not just that, they learned I have a preference for Prosecco, my friend prefers red wine, another is looking forward to a big juicy steak and another is sick of work. I replied to that with an angry face emoji.Also recorded, all of their individual contact information, their avatars and every piece of information shared including the restaurant we frequented.And this is just a tiny fraction of the information held in the little zip file that has arrived on my desktop.It looks small but contained in … [Read more...] about Should we be deleting Facebook? Or is it too late?