Category: Social Networks

How to blow the whistle on Facebook – from someone who already did

Two years ago, I did something I almost never do: I put on a dress. Then I dropped my phone and other electronics off at the home of friends who had agreed to tell anyone who asked that I was at their place the entire time, and headed to the Oakland offices of the Guardian…

The whistleblower who plunged Facebook into crisis

After a series of leaks last month that represented the most damaging insight into Facebook’s inner workings in the company’s history, the former employee behind them has come forward. Frances Haugen has given evidence to the US Congress – and been praised by senators as a ‘21st century American hero’. In this episode, Nosheen Iqbal…

Missing apostrophe in Facebook post lands NSW real estate agent in legal hot water

A real estate agent’s failure to use an apostrophe in a Facebook post could prove costly after a New South Wales court declined to dismiss a defamation case against him on the basis it was trivial.Late on 22 October last year, Anthony Zadravic posted that another real estate agent was “selling multi million $ (sic)…

Facebook and Instagram say issues now fixed after second outage in a week

Facebook has said that issues that blocked access to its apps and services for some users have been fixed.The problems, which lasted around two hours on Friday, came days after the social media giant suffered a six-hour outage triggered by an error during routine maintenance on its network of data centres.On Friday, some users were…

The Guardian view on Facebook: the anti-social network | Editorial

In its early days, the internet was described as an information superhighway. The metaphor has fallen out of use, but it captures an important truth. Highways have rules – speed limits; no drunk driving – because a free-for-all would be deadly.The damage caused by reckless or malicious use of an information network is not as visible…

Facebook whistleblower’s testimony could finally spark action in Congress

The testimony of Frances Haugen, a former Facebook employee, is likely to increase pressure on US lawmakers to undertake concrete legislative actions against the formerly untouchable tech company, following years of hearings and circular discussions about big tech’s growing power.In a hearing on Tuesday, the whistleblower shared internal Facebook reports with Congress and argued the…

Facebook explains error that caused global outage

Facebook has said an error during routine maintenance of its network of data centers caused a cascade of problems that took down its platforms for more than six hours on Monday.In a blogpost published on Tuesday, Santosh Janardhan, vice-president of engineering, said the global outage that saw Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp go dark for billions…

Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp hit by global outage

Facebook has admitted that its users are having “trouble accessing our apps” after its network of services, including Instagram and WhatsApp, were hit by an outage in several countries, including the UK and the US, affecting millions of people.Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp became inaccessible for large numbers of people at about 5pm UK time, with…

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen identifies herself as whistleblower

Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen went public on Sunday as the whistleblower who leaked a cache of internal documents to the Wall Street Journal.In an interview with news program 60 Minutes, Haugen explained her decision to file complaints with US law enforcement and share with the Wall Street Journal proof that Facebook has willfully ignored…

Donald Trump asks Florida judge to force Twitter to reinstate account

Donald Trump, the former US president, has asked a federal judge in Florida to force Twitter to reinstate his account.In July Trump sued Twitter, Facebook and Google, as well as their chief executives, alleging they unlawfully silence conservative viewpoints.Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction against Twitter was filed late on Friday in Miami, claiming the…

CNN disables Facebook page in Australia after high court defamation decision

CNN has become the first major news organisation to disable its Facebook page in Australia, citing a high court decision which said publishers are legally responsible for comments posted below their stories.The US-based news network, owned by telecommunications giant AT&T, said it was “disappointed” Facebook declined a request to help disable public comments below CNN…

What makes me thankful? I grew up in a world before Instagram | Arwa Mahdawi

Sorry kids, no carefully curated data-extraction experience for you quite yet. On Monday, Facebook announced that it is “pausing” controversial plans to create Instagram for Kids, a version of its photo-sharing app designed for children under the age of 13.Does this mean Facebook has realised that it might not be in children’s best interest to…

Most Popular: