Facebook and other social networks did not fare well in a new study on public perceptions of privacy from the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project, as 81 percent of respondents said they felt “not very” or “not at all secure” using social media sites when sharing private information with other trusted people or organizations.
Confirming last week’s predictions, the European Commission, the central antirust authority of the European Union, approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging application WhatsApp, which was originally announced in February.
Facebook finally began officially addressing concerns about the permissions and privacy settings in its Messenger applications, with some mobile users seeing posts atop their News Feeds titled, “Messenger: Myths vs. Facts,” containing a “Learn More” button that brings users to a post by Peter Martinazzi, a product manager on the Messenger team.
Why the mistrust? Yet another survey – this one of 4,000 U.S. adults, conducted by MyLife– found that respondents believe Facebook is less trustworthy with their personal information than the government (hello, does anyone remember the National Security Agency and Prism?), LinkedIn or Google.
Security outfit MyPermissions released version 3.0 of its Android application, which provides users with a dashboard displaying all apps on their devices that are accessing personal data, including via Facebook and other social networks.
Federal Wiretap Charges Vs. Facebook, Zynga Dismissed, But Facebook Still Faces Breach-Of-Contract Claims
It was a mixed bag for Facebook at the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco Thursday, as Reuters reported that federal wiretap claims against the social network and game developer Zynga were dismissed, but breach-of-contract claims under California state law were revived.
Most mobile applications include social logins, and Facebook Login is the most-used one by a healthy margin. At its F8 global developer conference in San Francisco Wednesday, the social network introduced a new Anonymous Login feature for developers to include in their apps, as well as a new version of its standard Login, and a redesigned app control panel.
As previously speculated, the Federal Trade Commission approved Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform messaging service WhatsApp, stressing that WhatsApp must honor its commitment to maintain its pre-Facebook privacy practices.
Calling someone a jerk is rude to start off with, but launching a since-shuttered website that collected personal information from Facebook users was definitely a jerk move in the eyes of the Federal Trade Commission, as CNET reported that the FTC filed a complaint against Jerk.com Monday.