Category Archives: Facebook

Manchester United end 13-year wait for official YouTube channel

Lure of video-sharing site’s 1.3bn users finally has club ready to play catchup with football rivals

Manchester United is to launch an official YouTube channel after a 13-year absence as it looks to build its brand and commercial income in a deal with the world’s biggest video-sharing site.

Manchester United is the only Premier League team, and the only one of the world’s biggest clubs, not to create an official channel since YouTube launched in 2005.

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Facebook ordered to stop collecting user data by Belgian court

Social network instructed to delete illegally collected data or face €100m in fines after it loses case over consent and tracking

Facebook has been ordered by a Belgian court to stop collecting data on users or face daily fines of €250,000 a day, or up to €100m.

The court ruled on Friday that Facebook had broken privacy laws by tracking people on third-party sites in the latest salvo in a long-running battle between the Belgian commission for the protection of privacy (CPP) and the social network.

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'Parents killed it': why Facebook is losing its teenage users

This year more than 3 million under-25s in the UK and US are expected to leave the site

When Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook he was a 19-year-old living in a dorm in his second year at university. Fast-forward 14 years and it is the young people he was so successful in luring to Facebook to propel it to become the world’s biggest social networking site that are now his biggest problem.

This year more than 3 million under-25s in the UK and US will either quit Facebook or stop using it regularly, and they are pretty vocal about why.

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Help us monitor political advertising on Facebook in your state

You can help make political advertising more transparent by recording ads and the associated targeting information

Are you Tasmanian, South Australian or Victorian and care about holding politicians to account? If so, we need your help.

During the current and upcoming state election campaigns you may be targeted with political advertising on Facebook.

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Facebook is coding a whole new class system | Arwa Mahdawi

Forget income – the new class signifiers are internet-connected devices and home ownership, according to the social network

If you do your shopping on Ocado and have a penchant for avocados, you’re probably fairly posh, right? In the worst-case scenario, you’re at least moderately middle-class, surely? Once upon a time, that was almost certainly true, but I’m afraid I’m here to burst your Boden-lined bubble and tell you that everything you know about class is outdated and irrelevant. Facebook is coding a whole new class system and, well, you’re going to have to adjust your self-worth and position on the social ladder accordingly.

It has recently been reported that Facebook has patented technology that uses artificial intelligence to determine its users’ social class without relying on anything as vulgar as their income. That Facebook is analysing its users’ data in nefarious ways is hardly news; it’s the company’s business model. However, this latest development is noteworthy for a couple of reasons.

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Facebook should 'get back to baby pictures', says YouTube CEO

Google’s Susan Wojcicki joins chorus attacking Facebook, while social network says it doesn’t know what people ‘find meaningful’

YouTube’s chief executive, Susan Wojcicki, joined a lineup of tech and media executives lambasting Facebook at a conference in California.

Wojcicki, whose own company is facing intense criticism over its handling of shock-jock vlogger Logan Paul, suggested Facebook should head further down the path it started on when it announced plans in January to de-prioritise news content.

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The Oxfam scandal shows colonialism is alive and well | Suzanne Moore

Privileged white men giving devastated, impoverished women of colour money for sex is vile exploitation, not prostitution

The sexual abuse of women and girls by certain men who worked for Oxfam is clearly despicable. Let us not muddy the waters by describing this as “the use of prostitutes” or by pretending this is the first time “do-gooders” have done wrong. Prostitution implies choice and consent. It is not clear how any choice was made, in the devastating aftermath of the Haiti earthquake, when women had so little that they were bought for the price of a meal or a cheap pair of shoes.

Abuse is the result of a power imbalance and it happens in places where those caring for the powerless break the implicit trust. In care homes, in boarding schools, in religious institutions, in all these places that operate in their own unique moral universes, the most vulnerable have been abused by their so-called protectors. We know how phenomenally slow and reluctant many of these institutions have been to react to abuse scandals, preferring instead to see the ruining of lives as an internal matter. The relocation of abusive Catholic priests to other dioceses, for instance, is a form of absolute denial about the harm that has been done.

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Facebook personal data use and privacy settings ruled illegal by German court

Firm to appeal decision by Berlin regional court which upholds complaints that users not given informed consent

Facebook’s default privacy settings and use of personal data are against German consumer law, according to a judgement handed down by a Berlin regional court.

The court found that Facebook collects and uses personal data without providing enough information to its members for them to render meaningful consent. The federation of German consumer organisations (VZBV), which brought the suit, argued that Facebook opted users in to features which it should not have.

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Marmite maker Unilever threatens to pull ads from Facebook and Google

One of world’s biggest advertisers says it will avoid platforms that ‘create division’

The consumer goods multinational Unilever is threatening to withdraw its advertising from online platforms such as Facebook and Google if they fail to protect children, promote hate or create division in society.

In a speech later today, Keith Weed, the Unilever chief marketing officer, will say that, as a brand-led business, Unilever “needs its consumers to have trust in our brands”.

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Is Facebook for old people? Over-55s flock in as the young leave

A forecast 700,000 UK teenagers and young adults will leave the social media site in 2018

It’s official: Facebook is for old(er) people. Teens and young adults are ditching Mark Zuckerberg’s social network as popularity among the over-55s surges, according to a report.

In 2018, 2.2 million 12- to 17-year-olds and 4.5 million 18- to 24-year-olds will regularly use Facebook in the UK, 700,000 fewer than in 2017, as younger users defect to services such as Snapchat, according to eMarketer.

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