Tuesday, 24 April, 2018

Now you can earn money via Facebook exposing data abuse

Things on Facebook You Must Delete Facebook comes under attack for tracking internet users who don't have a Facebook account
Velma Reese | 17 April, 2018, 16:19

"This is because other apps and sites don't know who is using Facebook", Baser said in his post as part of Facebook's Hard Questions series.

The Facebook Audience Network links non-Facebook sites and apps to Facebook advertisers, and honestly, The Social Network™ only needs all that data it gathers for technical reasons like making sure the ads display correctly (fingerprints again), to encourage victims visitors to sign up to Facebook, and to hammer people with ads for similar products to the advertiser they viewed/clicked on.

"It also gets cookies, which are identifiers that websites use to know if you've visited before".

In its blogpost, the company said it believes that "once a story is rated as false, we have been able to reduce its distribution by 80 per cent, and thereby, improve accuracy of information on Facebook and reduce misinformation". The executive wrote: "These companies-and many others-also offer advertising services".

"A website typically sends two things back to your browser: first, content from that site; and second, instructions for the browser to send your request to the other companies providing content or services on the site".

In return for that information, Facebook helps those websites serve up relevant ads or receive analytics that help them understand how people use their services. "This can help with things like saving items in your shopping cart", Baser explained. When a user clicks on a like button on a website or app, for the data to reflect on the website, Facebook has to send it to the browser and for that it needs the IP address.

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In the Commons on Monday, Ms Rudd acknowledged the Home Office had become "too concerned with policy and strategy" at the expense of the individual.

"We require these security measures for the company's benefit because of the importance of Mr. Zuckerberg to Facebook", the filing states.

Facebook is calling it the Data Abuse Bounty.

There are three main ways in which Facebook apparently uses the information it receives.

An Ad Preferences setting shows you advertisers whose ads you might be seeing, and you can remove those advertisers, or opt out of those types of ads entirely (and opt out of using Facebook interests to show you ads on other websites apps).

"I don't want to vote to have to regulate Facebook, but by God I will", Senator John Kennedy (R), from Louisiana, said in the hearing Wednesday. "He is central to Facebook's future success and as founder and CEO of the company has a high public profile". "For example, receiving data about the sites a particular browser has visited can help us identify bad actors", he posted. "If you've looked at travel sites, we can show you ads for hotels and rental cars", he said.

Last week, the company had revealed that the data of about 87 million users on its platform were harvested without authorisation by Cambridge Analytica (CA). He acknowledged that Facebook should not have trusted Cambridge Analytica's assurance that it will stop using user's personal information it collected.

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