San Francisco, Oct 9 (AP/UNB) — Twitter says it mistakenly used the phone numbers and email addresses people provided for security purposes to show advertisements to its users.
The company said Tuesday that it "inadvertently" used the emails and phone numbers to let advertisers match people to their own marketing lists. Twitter is not saying how many users were affected.
The company also says that it did not share personal data with advertisers or other third parties. Twitter says it fixed the problem as of September 17.
Facebook settled with the Federal Trade Commission earlier this year over its privacy missteps. In addition to a $5 billion fine, the settlement included limits on how Facebook shares data with third parties.
Facebook also agreed not to use phone numbers given for security purposes to advertise to people.
Oakland, Oct 8 (AP/UNB) — Facebook has agreed to pay $40 million to advertisers who said it inflated the amount of time its users watched videos.
The San Jose Mercury News says the California-based social media giant denied any wrongdoing in a lawsuit settlement. The settlement notice was filed Friday by the plaintiffs in Oakland federal court.
Advertisers sued Facebook in 2016 over user metrics that supposedly measured the average length of time consumers spent viewing posted video ads. The lawsuit said that the time was inflated by up to 900 percent and that helped convince advertisers to buy Facebook's video advertising services.
Facebook publicly acknowledged an error in the formula. The company denied allegations that its engineers knew about problems for more than a year and did nothing.
Dhaka, Oct 2 (UNB)- Robi and Military Institute of Science and Technology (MIST) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aiming to collaborate for enhancing the knowledge and skills of MIST students in the latest digital technologies.
Robi’s Chief Human Resources Officer, Md Faisal Imtiaz Khan and MIST’s Acting Department Head of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE), Brig. Gen. Mohammad Sajjad Hossain recently signed the MoU on behalf of their respective organisations at the MIST Campus located in Mirpur Cantonment. Robi’s Chief Strategy Officer, Ruhul Amin was present on the occasion.
Under the agreement, Robi and MIST will work jointly in academic collaboration, joint research and data analytics. MIST students will also be guided into the latest developments in data analytics, block chain, Internet of Things (IoT) technologies, as part of the agreement.
Besides, Robi will facilitate the MIST students to come up with the innovative digital business ideas to address the problems faced by the private and public sectors of the country.
Robi’s Vice President, Enterprise Business Intelligence, Hasib Mustabsir, Vice President, Resourcing and Employer Branding, Md Zaved Parvez were also present on the occasion.
Decked in a tutu, the mom, two-year-old Cozette's photoshoot went viral online, after their photographer, Cristal Malek of Cristal Malek Photography shared the images online.
As more and more would-be parents opt for maternity photoshoots to welcome their unborn child, there’s is a craze to make it unique and adorable all at the same time. And one such photoshoot of Cozette & Boudreaux from El Campo, Texas is winning the internet. Wondering why? Well, it’s because the sweet couple is a pair of French Bulldogs!
Yes, the cute couple posed in an adorable ‘What to expect when you’re expecting’ photoshoot and the results are heartwarming. Decked in a tutu, the mom, two-year-old Cozette’s photoshoot went viral online, after their photographer, Cristal Malek of Cristal Malek Photography shared the images online.
“And they call it puppy love,” the professional photographer wrote on Facebook. According to local KTRK, Malek has experience photographing dogs, but this was her first canine maternity shoot.
The dogparent Crystal Canion said her French bulldogs randomly bred together and she wanted to capture the pregnancy in a beautiful way. The cute would-be parents posed in front of a “we’re pregnant” sign, sealing it with a kiss, while in another photo the pooch is seen reading a book on pregnancy.
“Cozette loves to get dressed up and be fancy. She was just ecstatic. She loved all the different looks,” Malek told ABC News about her unique maternity photoshoot experience.
“The second the camera came out, Boudreaux posed the entire time,” Canion told InsideEdition. “He poses for all of his pictures, even when I take them at home.”
While Boudreaux knows what it takes to pose and create a magic on screen, their mother said that Cozette is the boss around the house of all four of dogs. “She keeps all these boys in line,” Canion added.
As the world fell in love with the parents, the couple welcomed three little girls and Malek went back to capture the newborns.
London, Sept 14 (BBC/UNB)- Facebook has launched a new feature allowing Instagram users to flag posts they think contain fake news to its fact-checking partners for verification. But questions remain as to whether it goes far enough to counter the amount of disinformation on the image-sharing platform, reports BBC.
The move is part of a wider raft of measures the social media giant has taken to tackle the problem of fake news on social media.
Facebook announced in May that it would start reducing the reach of false content on Instagram and gradually extend its fact-checking partnership to include the image-sharing platform. It also said it would start blocking hashtags and posts that spread anti-vaccine misinformation. Most recently, it tightened its political advertising rules ahead of next year's US presidential election.
Launched in December 2016 following the controversy surrounding the impact of Russian meddling and online fake news in the US presidential election, Facebook's partnership now involves more than 50 independent fact-checkers in over 30 countries.
The new flagging feature for Instagram users was first introduced in the US in mid-August and has now been rolled out globally.
Users can report potentially false posts by clicking or tapping on the three dots that appear in the top right-hand corner, selecting "report", "it's inappropriate" and then "false information".
Facebook provides fact-checkers with a dashboard of flagged posts. Fact-checkers can also check content of their own choosing. They use a rating system to determine whether it contains false or misleading information.
The usual procedure on Facebook is that stories that are rated false, contain a mixture of accurate and inaccurate claims, or have false headlines will appear less prominent in users' news feeds. Accounts, pages and groups that repeatedly share misleading stories will be notified and face restrictions on distribution and their ability to make money from advertising.
Instagram's new flagging tool uses a similar dashboard and rating system. Posts rated as false by fact-checkers will be downgraded on its hashtag search and explore pages, two big methods people use to find new posts on the platform.
Facebook says that if a fact-checker rates a story as false on Facebook and it then appears on Instagram, an extra button can be clicked to rate it on there as well.
One notable difference is that an Instagram user whose content is reported and rated will not be notified.
Stephanie Otway, a spokeswoman for Instagram, said: "This is an initial step as we work toward a more comprehensive approach to tackling misinformation."