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Facebook Agrees to Pay 500,000 Pound Fine as Part of Settlement with UK’s Data Protection Watchdog

But finally, Facebook has agreed to pay the 500,000 pound fine but has made no admission of liability in relation to the fine

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The social networking giant had initially appealed the penalty. The ICO then pursued its own counter-appeal. Pixabay

Facebook has agreed to pay 500,000 pound fine as part of a settlement with UK’s data protection watchdog over the Cambridge Analytica scandal.

In 2017, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) commenced a formal investigation into the misuse of personal data in political campaigns.

The social networking giant had initially appealed the penalty. The ICO then pursued its own counter-appeal.

But finally, Facebook has agreed to pay the 500,000 pound fine but has made no admission of liability in relation to the fine.

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In 2017, the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) commenced a formal investigation into the misuse of personal data in political campaigns. Pixabay

“The ICO welcomes the agreement reached with Facebook for the withdrawal of their appeal against our Monetary Penalty Notice and agreement to pay the fine,” said James Dipple-Johnstone, Deputy Commissioner of the ICO.

“The ICO’s main concern was that UK citizen data was exposed to a serious risk of harm. Protection of personal information and personal privacy is of fundamental importance, not only for the rights of individuals, but also as we now know, for the preservation of a strong democracy.”

“We are pleased to hear that Facebook has taken, and will continue to take, significant steps to comply with the fundamental principles of data protection,” Dipple-Johnstone said.

Facebook said it wished it had “done more to investigate claims about Cambridge Analytica in 2015.”

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“We are pleased to have reached a settlement with the ICO,” said Harry Kinmonth, Director and Associate General Counsel, Facebook. (IANS)

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Photos-only Mode On Facebook’s Mobile App Under Testing

Facebook's in-app 'photos only' mode is under testing

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A photos-only mode for Facebook's mobile application is under testing. Pixabay

A photos-only mode for Facebook’s mobile application is under testing and it would let users see algorithmically suggested photos in a feed similar to its photo sharing platform Instagram.

The feature, named “Popular Photos”, affixes an endless scroll of algorithmically selected images from friends beneath the full-screen view of a photo opened from the News Feed. The result is an experience that is similar to Instagram feed, TechCrunch has recently reported.

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Facebook already has Stories, messaging, profiles, and its IGTV-esque Watch video hub. Pixabay

A mode was first spotted in October and the trial has since concluded. The new feature is being worked on with future tests in mind.

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The company refused to disclose more details or its motives for Popular Photos. Given Facebook already has Stories, messaging, profiles, and its IGTV-esque Watch video hub, it’s only the Explore tab and a dedicated media feed that are missing from it being a full clone of Instagram, the report added. (IANS)