Facebook fined the equivalent of 7 minutes of revenue for Cambridge Analytica scandal

Earlier this year, Facebook was rocked by a scandal that would’ve devastated a smaller company that hadn’t found a way to work its grubby fingers into every aspect of our lives, as a whistleblower revealed that a company called Cambridge Analytica had stolen the personal data of 87 million Facebook users for Donald…

Facebook kills its "trending" feature, pledges to find fresh new ways of being bad at showing you news

Facebook continues to grapple with its role as a primary news source for people whose other primary news sources are things like “Stuff my uncle forwarded me” and “What details of the outside world I can half-derive from memes,” with Deadline reporting that the social media network has now shuttered its…

Congressional inquiry reveals we'll believe any damn thing about Mark Zuckerberg, as long as it sucks

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was subject to one of the harshest punishments America can reserve for one of its rich white executives today, when the U.S. Congress forced him to have a five-minute, inescapable conversation with Texas senator Ted Cruz. Cruz—who seemed extremely upset at the idea that Facebook might have…

Zuckerberg issues another apology ahead of Congressional testimony

On any given day, it seems safe to assume that Mark Zuckerberg is probably very sorry. Maybe he’s sorry for how miserable Facebook makes us in general, maybe he’s sorry for allowing a firm working with the Donald Trump campaign to steal profile data from 50 million—make that 87 million—people, and maybe he’s sorry …

Whoops, the Facebook data breach was even bigger than previously reported

Things seemed bad enough for Facebook when it had to admit that a consulting firm working with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign had used an app to pull profile data from 50 million of the site’s users, a breach so bad that it forced Mark Zuckerberg to issue one of his usual unsatisfying apologies, prompted the FTC …

The next stop on Mark Zuckerberg's apology tour: Testifying before Congress

Attention, David Fincher: The framing device for the Social Network sequel we never really thought about until recently but sounds more intriguing every day has arrived. CNN Money reports that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has, in the news outlet’s words, “come to terms with the fact” that he’s going to have to testify…

Here’s how a study about Smiths fans being neurotic helped elect Trump

In what’s either a chilling demonstration of the predictive power of data mining or a totally obvious conclusion you didn’t have to pillage the social-media accounts of thousands of people to find out, Pitchfork reports on a 2015 study from Stanford University and Cambridge University’s Psychometrics Center that…

Mark Zuckerberg's data breach apology has not exactly been well-received

Mark Zuckerberg has been having a bad week, which is something we can all relate to. Who among us, after all, has not had to face up to our massive social network allowing 50 million users’ personal information to fall into the hands of companies who then used that data to help elect Donald Trump as President Of The…

Facebook says it's your own dang fault if the Trump campaign used your profile data during the 2016 election

Facebook entered into a war of words with The New York Times today, disputing claims that a “data breach” allowed a third-party company working for the Trump campaign to harvest psychological information from as many as 50 million users’ profiles. The NYT story in question focuses on the rise of Cambridge Analytica,…

Use Facebook’s fancy new algorithm to torture your friends

Anyone who regularly engages on social media (i.e. almost everybody) knows that algorithms have an inordinate amount of control over their emotional well-being. These heavily shrouded systems of 1’s and 0’s can make you feel jealous of your best friend, dump you in a wasteland of targeted advertising, or, as a recent …