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
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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?
ITN has warned that fake news is a “powerful and dangerous force in our online ecosystem” as part of its submission to a parliamentary inquiry examining the issue. The commercial broadcaster, which produces ITV News, Channel 4 News and Channel 5 News, joined rival the BBC in submitting evidence to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s “fake news” inquiry.TimelineFebruary 14, 2018Marr editor to head up live political programmes at BBC as Victoria Derbyshire editor leaves for Channel 4 DispatchesFebruary 12, 2018Sky's Esme Wren appointed BBC Newsnight editorFebruary 12, 2018Ex-Rugby League player scores BBC North West Tonight political editor job In its evidence, published online today, ITN called for more “transparency around the algorithms that create curated news feeds” such as those employed by Facebook and Google. It said: “At present there are also concerns that algorithms employed by platforms such as Facebook … [Read more...] about ITN on Facebook and fake news: Fairer online revenue share needed to protect public service journalism
News publishers will need to reduce their reliance on Facebook to survive, experts have warned, as figures show a dramatic drop in interactions with their content on the platform during the course of last year. Press Association (PA) analysis of data from social media analytics company Newswhip revealed a huge fall in engagements – a combination of reactions, comments and shares – on website content for many of the UK’s biggest news websites towards the end of 2017.TimelineJanuary 12, 2018Facebook changes mean users will see less content from media in their News FeedJanuary 10, 2018Publishers view Facebook negatively as concerns about big tech companies grow, report showsJanuary 2, 2018Facebook needs to 'open up or break up' in 2018 as tech giants face 'existential problems in liberal democracies' Seven out of eight UK news publishers analysed by PA saw year-on-year falls in both total and average engagements with content on their sites in December. … [Read more...] about News publishers told to reduce reliance on Facebook amid steep drop in user engagement with content from top news sites