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US Judge Asks Facebook to Hand Over Data Privacy Records

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg survived a leadership vote at the social networking giant’s annual general meeting on Thursday to step down as Chairman

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FILE - The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square, March 29, 2018. VOA

A US judge has asked Facebook to hand over data privacy records related to the massive Cambridge Analytica scandal.

According to a report in Engadget on Friday, Facebook shareholders in September 2018 sued the social networking platform to obtain information pertaining to the data leak of 87 million users.

“Today, a US judge sided with shareholders, ordering Facebook to release the documents,” said the report.

According to the judge in Delaware Chancery Court, the shareholders have a “credible basis” to suspect that Facebook board members may have committed wrongdoing.

The shareholders had sued Facebook to obtain records related to the British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica and other privacy breaches.

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Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg speaks at the Viva Tech start-up and technology summit in Paris, France, May 24, 2018. VOA

The irony is that Facebook argues that privacy doesn’t actually exist on Facebook.

At a separate hearing in a class-action lawsuit over the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook attorney Orin Snyder argued that there is “no expectation of privacy” on the platform.

“There is no invasion of privacy at all, because there is no privacy,” Snyder told the US District Court Judge Vince Chhabria, arguing that users had given consent to share their data with third parties.

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“You have to closely guard something to have a reasonable expectation of privacy,” he was quoted as saying in a Digital Trends report.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg survived a leadership vote at the social networking giant’s annual general meeting on Thursday to step down as Chairman. (IANS)

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Wikipedia Co-founder Launching Social Media Website “WT: Social”

Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named "WT: Social" which will compete Facebook and Twitter

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Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social media website names "WT: Social". Pixabay

Intended to get right what Facebook and Twitter have so far been getting wrong, Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales is launching a social-media website named “WT: Social” which will compete with both the social media platforms.

Instead of going for an ad-funded model, Wales aims to finance it through donations, just like Wikipedia.

Like those platforms, WT:Social will let users share articles. But WT:Social will be funded by donations, rather than advertising.

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Like other social media platforms,Wikipedia’s WT:Social will let users share articles. Pixabay

“The business model of social media companies, of pure advertising, is problematic. It turns out the huge winner is low-quality content,” Wales was quoted as saying by Financial Times, according to an Engadget report.

It started as Wikitribune — a site that published original news stories with the community fact-checking and sub-editing articles. The venture never gained much traction, so Wales is moving it to the new platform with a more social networking focus.

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WT:Social will be free to join, but at the moment, you either have to sign up for a waitlist, donate or invite friends. Just a month old, it already has 50,000 users, the Engadget report added. (IANS)