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CEO Zuckerberg apologizes for Facebook's privacy failures

Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Under fire for the worst privacy debacle in his company's history, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg batted away often-aggressive questioning from lawmakers who accused him of failing to protect the personal information of millions of Americans from Russians intent on upsetting the US election. During some five hours of Senate questioning Tuesday, Zuckerberg apologized several times for Facebook failures, disclosed that his company was "working with" special counsel Robert Mueller in the ...

‘My mistake, I’m sorry,’ Facebook’s Zuckerberg to tell Congress

Monday, 9 April 2018

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg will accept responsibility for the social network’s failure to protect private data and prevent manipulation of the platform, according to testimony released on the eve of his first Congressional appearance.“We didn’t take a broad enough view of our responsibility, and that was a big mistake. It was my mistake, and I’m sorry,” Zuckerberg said in his written testimony released by a House of Representatives panel. “I started ...

Released data shows Arabs not among Cambridge Analytica scandal Facebook users

Monday, 9 April 2018

The 87 million users who might have had their data shared with Cambridge Analytica will get a detailed message on their Facebook news feeds. Facebook says most of the affected users (more than 70 million) are in the US, though there are over a million each in the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK.Facebook released data on Monday showing the nationalities of the Facebook users whose information was shared by Cambridge Analytica. US users topped the list with more than 70 million users’s ...

Facebook CEO Zuckerberg to testify before congress

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg will testify before a US congressional committee on April 11 following the Cambridge Analytica scandal over alleged misuse of users’ personal data, the House Energy and Commerce Committee announced Wednesday. “This hearing will be an important opportunity to shed light on critical consumer data privacy issues and help all Americans better understand what happens to their personal information online. We appreciate Mr. Zuckerberg’s ...

Facebook controversy stokes digital privacy debate at Sharjah Forum

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

The creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Timothy Berners-Lee, has said that connecting people through internet technologies is “no longer enough in itself”.Speaking at the Sharjah International Government Communication Forum in the United Arab Emirates, he called for regulation that gives users rights over their own data and who uses it.He said it was a fundamental value of the web that data is “your own”.Former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, said companies like ...

Facebook announces new steps to protect users’ privacy

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Facebook said Wednesday it will overhaul its privacy settings tools to put users "more in control" of their information on the social media website.The updates include improved access to Facebook’s user settings and tools to easily search for, download and delete personal data stored by Facebook.Meanwhile, a new privacy shortcuts menu will allow users to quickly increase account security, manage who can see their information and activity on the site and control advertisements ...

After Analytica scandal, can Zuckerberg media blitz take the pressure off Facebook?

Thursday, 22 March 2018

In the wake of a privacy scandal involving a Trump-connected data-mining firm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg embarked on a rare media mini-blitz in an attempt to take some of the public and political pressure off the social network.But it’s far from clear whether he’s won over US and European authorities, much less the broader public whose status updates provide Facebook with an endless stream of data it uses to sell targeted ads.On Wednesday, the generally reclusive Zuckerberg sat ...

Co-founder of WhatsApp joins ‘delete Facebook’ campaign

Thursday, 22 March 2018

The co-founder of WhatsApp, which was acquired by Facebook four years ago for $19 billion, has joined the movement to delete Facebook.Brian Acton tweeted: “It’s time. #deletefacebook.”This hashtag has been trending since reports surfaced in recent days regarding the improper use of personal information on Facebook by Cambridge Analytica, a political research firm used by the Trump campaign before the election.After remaining silent for a while, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg ...

Facebook’s Zuckerberg apologizes for ‘breach of trust’, outlines fixes

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Breaking more than four days of silence, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted mistakes and outlined steps to protect user data in light of a privacy scandal involving a data-mining firm. Zuckerberg said on Wednesday that Facebook has a “responsibility” to protect its users’ data and if it fails, “we don’t deserve to serve you.” Zuckerberg and Facebook’s No. 2 executive, Sheryl Sandberg, have been quiet since news broke Friday that Cambridge Analytica ...

Egypt might have its own Facebook very soon

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Egypt has a very high number of users on Facebook that’s estimated at 33 million accounts. It’s a high number particularly when compared with the number of users in other countries in the Middle East. Egyptian Telecommunications Minister Yasser ElKady said “Egypt will have its own Facebook very soon.” The minister’s statement was made during a workshop organized by the Justice Ministry to announce that they finished preparing a cybercrime bill. The bill was ...

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