Vivek Wadhwa, a research professor at Stanford University, published a diatribe on LinkedIn a few months ago titled, “Facebook Is Doomed.” Contributing to the debate on the medium- and long-term sustainability of one of the biggest social networks is undoubtedly a healthy endeavor. However, this excessive public statement distinguishes itself with rather frivolous arguments on Wadhwa’s part.
Facebook’s $19 billion acquisition of cross-platform mobile messaging company WhatsApp, announced last month, became the target of privacy groups, as the Electronic Privacy Information Center and the Center for Digital Democracy filed a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission, alleging that the privacy of current WhatsApp users will be affected by Facebook’s use of their information.
Facebook and Instagram reacted swiftly to appeals last week by advocacy groups Mayors Against Illegal Guns and Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, announcing new educational and enforcement measures regarding discussions on the social networks about commercial activity, particularly when it involves regulated items, such as guns.
It’s not quite Throwback Thursday, but a throwback Facebook scam is back for another go-around, as Sophos’ Naked Security blog reported that the “girl killed herself video” bait-and-switch scam is worming its way around the social network for the fifth consecutive year.
The newest solution to help brands protect their online reputations and social media assets comes from social relationship platform HootSuite, which announced the launch of its Managed Security and Compliance Services.
Facebook To Leave Privacy Settings Of Memorialized Accounts Unchanged; Create ‘A Look Back’ Videos For Deceased Users
Facebook announced two changes to the way it handles the accounts of users who have passed away: The privacy settings of memorialized profiles will now remain unchanged, rather than automatically being restricted to friends only; and users can request A Look Back videos for their deceased loved ones.
Facebook is caught in the middle of conflicting rulings by courts in Germany, as a decision by the Higher Court of Berlin that the social network’s friend finder violates the country’s law clashes with an April 2013 ruling by the Administrative Court of Appeals of the State of Schleswig-Holstein, which stated that Germany’s data-protection laws should not apply to Facebook, as its European headquarters are in Ireland.
How serious is Facebook about privacy? Attribution analytics provider HasOffers and mobile analytics provider Kontagent found out the hard way, as AdExchanger reported that the two companies were booted out of the social network’s mobile measurement partner program for violating its policies.
The settlement last August of the class-action lawsuit against Facebook over its use of users’ images in sponsored stories is about to face more opposition, as nonprofit advocacy group Public Citizen said it will file a legal brief with the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, stating that the settlement violates laws in seven states, The New York Times reported.