Social media icons appearing on the display of a smartphone (Photo by Muhammed Selim Korkutata/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) “Social Media Roundup” is a weekly roundup of news pertaining to all of your favorite websites and applications used for social networking. Published on Sundays, “Social Media Roundup” will help you stay up-to-date on all the important social media news you need to know. Bumble Parent Company Rimberg International Mulling IPO Rimberg International, the parent company of Bumble, is currently mulling an IPO in the U.S. as part of a plan to become the world’s largest dating company. This was revealed by Rimgberg founder Andrey Andreev in an interview with Bloomberg. Andreev told Bloomberg that the company is in “deep discuss
Social media behemoth Facebook announced Thursday it would take down hundreds of pages and accounts for spreading false information prior to the midterm elections and creating fake accounts in order to increase traffic to their websites, including conservative and liberal-leaning pages or accounts.The announcement came as Facebook—as well as other top social media companies like Twitter and YouTube—continued to face accusations of a bias towards conservatives.The company took down conservative page Right Wing News, denying its 3.1 million followers, as well as liberal pages the Resistance and Reverb Press, according to The New York Times. The pages were not run by Russians, who were blamed for using social media to meddle in the 2016 election, but Americans.The report explained how Righ
Shiva Ayyadurai, an independent candidate challenging Sen. Elizabeth Warren in her bid for re-election, is labeling a report from BuzzFeed News that details the apparent use of fake Facebook accounts to build his support as "fake news."According to the report, Facebook recently took down multiple fake accounts that appeared to support Ayyadurai.BuzzFeed contributor Nina Jankowicz, who wrote the story, joined Morning Edition to discuss it. She is a global fellow at the Wilson Center's Kennan Institute in Washington, D.C.Editor's note: This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.Bob Oakes: As I understand it, you found several Facebook accounts for apparent supporters of Ayyadurai. Tell us about it.Nina Jankowicz: Normally I research Russian disinformation, and I was familiarizing...
I’m going to quit using Facebook to log in to apps and sites online. You should, too.That’s the most reasonable way to respond to Facebook’s announcement last week that a security breach allowed hackers to infiltrate the accounts of at least 50 million users, and possibly tens of millions more. The hack gave attackers access to not just your Facebook account but also possibly the many accounts you used Facebook to log in with — services like Instagram, Spotify, Airbnb, Tinder, Pinterest, Expedia, The New York Times and more than 100,000 other places online.I say “possibly” because neither Facebook nor third-party sites seem to know the precise extent of the damage. In a statement on Tuesday, Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of product management, said the company had “no evidence” t
On Friday, Facebook revealed that it had suffered a security breach that impacted at least 50 million of its users, and possibly as many as 90 million. What it failed to mention initially, but revealed in a followup call Friday afternoon, is that the flaw affects more than just Facebook. If your account was impacted it means that a hacker could have accessed any account that you log into using Facebook.That's a lot of them. You can read a fuller accounting of the hack here, but essentially it combines three bugs relating to Facebook’s “View As” feature, which lets users see what their profiles look like when other people view them. A video upload tool—intended to enable “Happy Birthday” videos—would erroneously appear on the “View As” page, and provide the access token of whomever the
The company said those flaws were compounded by a bug in Facebook’s video-uploading program for birthday celebrations, a software feature that was introduced in July 2017. The flaw allowed the attackers to steal so-called access tokens — digital keys that allow access to an account.It is not clear when the attack happened, but it appears to have occurred after the video-uploading program was introduced, Facebook said. The company forced more than 90 million users to log out early Friday, a common safety measure taken when accounts have been compromised.The hackers also tried to harvest people’s private information, including name, sex and hometown, from Facebook’s systems, Mr. Rosen said. The company could not determine the extent of the attackers’ access to third-party accounts, he sai
By Malathi Nayak (Bloomberg Law)Big patent holding company Intellectual Ventures is selling part of its patent trove following some litigation setbacks and patent law changes. The move has put corporations such as Facebook Inc. and AT&T Inc. into new legal crosshairs. IV, founded in 2000 by former Microsoft Corp. Chief Technology Officer Nathan Myhrvold to buy patents and offer licenses to companies seeking patent protection, has turned to selling its patents to smaller companies with more of an appetite to sue. The array of smaller, litigation-prone plaintiffs leaves potential defendants with a tough choice: strike a licensing deal with Intellectual Ventures or risk that it sells the patent to a new, lesser-known holding company that’s ready to go to court. It can
Facebook, Google and others have agreed voluntary measures to tackle fake news due to concerns they can influence elections, the European Commission says, a move intended to stave off more heavy-handed legislation. With EU parliament scheduled for May next year, the EU executive wants to thwart foreign interference following allegations of meddling in the US presidential election and the referendum in which Britons voted to leave the European Union. Earlier this year, the Commission told the tech industry, including Facebook and Google, and the advertising industry to draft a code of practice or face regulatory action over what it said were their failure to do enough to remove misleading or illegal content. Facebook, Google, Twitter, Mozilla and advertisers have responded wi...
"Apple is a small company, we don't have as many resources as Microsoft."I've had people who work at Apple tell me this, with utter sincerity; often people who have worked at Apple for a long time, especially under Steve Jobs. A small company perched on top of a Matterhorn of cash, I usually reply. But Apple really does see itself as a small company that might die at any minute. In terms of engineering numbers, Apple is restricted by the amount of office space in Cupertino; even though the new spaceship campus is up and running, Apple hasn't actually closed any of its other offices in the area because it needs them. Not having remote workers and putting almost everything in Cupertino (except for the things like the s...
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