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From The Guardian:/Revealed: Facebook let children run up huge bills to boost revenues

Facebook has settled a class action lawsuit that had accused it of allowing children to run up huge bills on their parents’ credit cards as part of a concerted effort to maximise revenues.

Court documents obtained by the US-based Center for Investigative Reporting, initially sealed as part of a lawsuit filed in 2012, revealed Facebook staffers discussing what to do with the “whales”, as they referred to the high-spending children, before deciding to refuse refunds.
 
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Innula Zenovka: unfortunately this is by far means nothing new. When there was still Jamba around selling ring tones in 2004 they exactly used the same strategy to generate revenue.

And just in case you don't remember Jamba - which was a big thing in Europe back then:

 
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Wtf is wrong with this company, let me count the ways...

Facebook has been paying teens $20 a month for total access to their phone activity
Facebook has run a program to collect intimate user data from paid volunteers for the past three years, according to a new report. TechCrunch reported that the company has been paying people ages 13 to 25 as much as $20 month in exchange for installing an app called Facebook Research on iOS or Android, which monitors their phone and web activity and sends it back to Facebook. The company confirmed the existence of the research program to TechCrunch.

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The Research app requires that users install a custom root certificate, which gives Facebook the ability to see users’ private messages, emails, web searches, and browsing activity. It also asks users to take screenshots of their Amazon order history and send it back to Facebook.
 

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In case you thought Google would never do something as creepy as Facebook...

Google also monitored iPhone usage with a private app
Google distributed a private app that monitored how people use their iPhones, in much the same way that Facebook did — and got in trouble for. Google’s app, reported today by TechCrunch, rewards users with gift cards for letting Google collect information on their internet usage. The app has since been disabled.

The app relied on Apple’s enterprise program, which allows for the distribution of internal apps within a company. That could be a problem: Apple says these apps should only be used by a company’s employees, and companies that violate the policy could be banned, having all their internal apps disabled. That’s exactly what happened to Facebook today.
Google said it was a mistake that it used Apple's enterprise program and they've disabled it on iOS devices. Meanwhile, it still exists as an Android app. No mistake there.
 
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Despite Facebook's recent scandals, such as the site's biggest data breach, the social media company managed to beat Wall Street's estimates in its Q4 earnings. "Facebook hit 2.32 billion monthly users, up 2.2 percent from 2.27 billion last quarter, speeding up its growth rate," reports TechCrunch. "Facebook climbed to 1.52 billion daily active users from 1.49 billion last quarter for a 2 percent growth rate that dwarfed last quarter's 1.36 percent." From the report: Facebook earned $16.91 billion off all those users with a $2.38 GAAP earnings per share. Those numbers handily beat Wall Street's expectations of $16.39 billion in revenue and $2.18 GAAP earnings per share, plus 2.32 billion monthly and 1.51 billion daily active users. Facebook's daily to monthly user ratio, or stickiness, held firm at 66 percent where it's stayed for years, showing those still on Facebook aren't using it much less. Facebook shares had closed today at $150.42 but shot up over 9 percent following the record revenue and profit announcements to hover around $162. A big 30 percent year-over-year boost in average revenue per user in North America fueled those gains. Yet that's still way down from $186 where it was a year ago and a peak of $217 in July.
Oh well. I am sure Facebook totally learned their lession from all those scandals. Right?

....right?
 
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I saw that story. It is weird because that is not news. Most Android phones come with pre installed apps that can be disabled but can't be removed. I don't remember if Facebook is one of them.
I am pretty sure it is as I do not remember installing it.
 

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Facebook’s controversial factchecking program has lost one of its major US partners. The news website Snopes.com announced on Friday it was cutting ties with the social network.

The departure of Snopes, which has collaborated with Facebook for two years to debunk misinformation on the platform, doesn’t come as a surprise. Numerous journalists working for Facebook’s factchecking initiative have said the partnership was failing to have an impact.

Snopes, which was paid by Facebook, announced in a short post that it had been evaluating the ramifications and costs of providing third-party factchecking services. “We want to determine with certainty that our efforts to aid any particular platform are a net positive for our online community, publication and staff,” it said.
Snopes quits Facebook's factchecking program amid questions over its impact
 

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Were spied upon big time. That's all.
Carry on.
 

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Facebook uses its apps to track users it thinks could threaten employees and offices
In early 2018, a Facebook user made a public threat on the social network against one of the company's offices in Europe.

Facebook picked up the threat, pulled the user's data and determined he was in the same country as the office he was targeting. The company informed the authorities about the threat and directed its security officers to be on the lookout for the user.

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The incident is representative of the steps Facebook takes to keep its offices, executives and employees protected, according to more than a dozen former Facebook employees who spoke with CNBC. The company mines its social network for threatening comments, and in some cases uses its products to track the location of people it believes present a credible threat.
 

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The Guardian's headline writer wants shooting for this -- Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by fake news report should be something like "Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by inquiry into fake news" -- but anyway:
Facebook deliberately broke privacy and competition law and should urgently be subject to statutory regulation, according to a devastating parliamentary report denouncing the company and its executives as “digital gangsters”.

The final report of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee’s 18-month investigation into disinformation and fake news accused Facebook of purposefully obstructing its inquiry and failing to tackle attempts by Russia to manipulate elections.

“Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources, delivered through the major social media platforms we use every day,” warned the committee’s chairman, Damian Collins.
The full report is here: Disinformation and 'fake news': Final Report - Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee - House of Commons and a .pdf is here.