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Ads attacking Trump’s coronavirus response could backfire

"We shouldn't be making this a political food fight."

Facebook ads and Shopify stores still hawk overpriced N95 masks

Health care workers need N95 masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus. But people are selling them on Shopify and advertising them on Facebook and Instagram—despite those platforms' rules.

Facebook data misuse and voter manipulation back in the frame with latest Cambridge Analytica leaks

More details are emerging about the scale and scope of disgraced data company Cambridge Analytica’s activities in elections around the world — via a cache of internal documents that’s being released
Gift Guide: Essential security and privacy gifts to help protect your friends and family

Gift Guide: Essential security and privacy gifts to help protect your friends and family

There’s no such thing as perfect privacy or security, but there’s a lot you can do to lock down your online life. And the holiday season is a great time to encourage others to do the same. Some people
Sex tech companies and advocates protest unfair ad standards outside Facebook’s NY HQ

Sex tech companies and advocates protest unfair ad standards outside Facebook’s NY HQ

A group of sex tech startup founders, employees and supporters gathered outside of Facebook’s NY office in Manhattan to protest its advertising policies with respect to what it classifies as sexual

How to go to market in middle America

There comes a time for many startup companies where they either realize they need to do a nationwide roll-out, or they need to actively target buyers in the middle of the country...

Protecting the integrity of US elections will require a massive regulatory overhaul, academics say

Ahead of the 2020 elections, former Facebook chief security officer Alex Stamos and his colleagues at Stanford University have unveiled a sweeping new plan to secure U.S. electoral infrastructure and
Google fined €1.49BN in Europe for antitrust violations in search ad brokering

Google fined €1.49BN in Europe for antitrust violations in search ad brokering

The European Commission has just announced another antitrust fine for Google. The latest fine — €1.49BN (~$1.7BN) — relates to its search ad brokering business, which involves Google selling

How a small French privacy ruling could remake adtech for good

A ruling in late October against a little-known French adtech firm that popped up on the national data watchdog’s website earlier this month is causing ripples of excitement to run through privacy
Digital ads have gotten too aggressive and intrusive for some people

Digital ads have gotten too aggressive and intrusive for some people

Aggressive. Intrusive. Annoying. Those were some of the words people in the US used to described ads on the internet, according to a new report…

Audit Facebook and overhaul competition law, say MEPs responding to breach scandals

After holding a series of hearings in the wake of the Facebook -Cambridge Analytica data misuse scandal this summer, and attending a meeting with Mark Zuckerberg himself in May, the European Union
Google Is Taking Down Tech Support Scammers

Google Is Taking Down Tech Support Scammers

Google is launching a new verification program and limiting tech support ads.
Google Is Taking Down Tech Support Scammers

Google Is Taking Down Tech Support Scammers

Google is launching a new verification program and limiting tech support ads.
These Are Facebook’s Latest Plans to Make Online Ads ‘More Transparent’

These Are Facebook’s Latest Plans to Make Online Ads ‘More Transparent’

Facebook’s latest step to make amends over its recent data privacy blunders.
These Are Facebook’s Latest Plans to Make Online Ads ‘More Transparent’

These Are Facebook’s Latest Plans to Make Online Ads ‘More Transparent’

Facebook’s latest step to make amends over its recent data privacy blunders.

There’s an access code for Visible in its online ad

Sometimes it pays to click on the ads. Verizon’s poorly kept startup secret, Visible, the new app-based phone service that provides all-in voice, data and text for $40 does have an access code for the

Can data science save social media?

The unfettered internet is too often used for malicious purposes and is frequently woefully inaccurate. Social media -- especially Facebook -- has failed miserably at protecting user privacy and
Why won’t Reddit do more to stop alt-right hate speech? It makes big ad money

Why won’t Reddit do more to stop alt-right hate speech? It makes big ad money

Reddit has a problem. The website has always played host to unsavory content, with subreddits including r/Jailbait (sexualized pictures of underage women) and r/Creepshots (sexualized…
Facebook ban on cryptocurrency ads curbs education. Bad actors still thrive.

Facebook ban on cryptocurrency ads curbs education. Bad actors still thrive.

What's the difference between BITCOIN and BITC0IN? Well, using latter might help you reach millions of people thanks to Facebook's poorly enforced rules of advertising cryptocurrencies. Facebook
Finally, Instagram is getting serious about influencers tagging #ads

Finally, Instagram is getting serious about influencers tagging #ads

Instagram wants more people to share when they're being paid to post. The Facebook-owned app announced Tuesday it will expand its official branded content program. Now, more users will have access to