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Three users sue Facebook over call, text data scraping

Apple chief Tim Cook and IBM chair Ginni Rometty have also called for more measures to ensure user data protection

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Facebook warned investors that there may be more such data breaches in the future. Pixabay
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  • Three Messenger users have sued Facebook
  • Users alleged that the social media giant has violated their privacy
  • Apparently, Facebook scraped data of their phone calls and text messages

Three Messenger users have sued Facebook in a class action suit alleging that the social media giant has violated their privacy by scraping data of their phone calls and text messages.

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Social media app is in news for all the wrong reasons lately. VOA

The development comes at a time when Facebook is facing heat from all quarters over the leak of personal and other data of some 50 million users to political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica.

The three users, who have filed the lawsuit in a US federal court in the Northern District of California, have asked for unspecified damages, CNBC reported on late Tuesday. Facebook on Sunday acknowledged that it had been logging call and text history of Android users but said it does not save the data without users’ permission who have an option to opt-out from it.

Also Read: We don’t save Android users’ data without permission: FB

The social media giant has been in news for wrong reasons lately. Last week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that the social media giant “made mistakes” over the Cambridge Analytica scandal and a “breach of trust” had occurred between it and its users.

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# users sued the social media app for scraping their data from the messengers. VOA

He apologized for the data debacle that upended the social media giant and said he was ready to testify before Congress. The US Federal Trade commission (FTC) has already confirmed that it was investigating Facebook after the leak of personal and other data. The FTC said on Monday that it “takes very seriously recent press reports raising substantial concerns about the privacy practices of Facebook”.

Additionally, Katarina Barley, Justice Minister in German government, said the social media giant would get stricter regulations in the country. Apple chief Tim Cook and IBM chair Ginni Rometty have also called for more measures to ensure user data protection. IANS

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Facebook Introduces New Tools to Protect Elections Globally

In April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Senate, saying they were too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference

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Facebook expands security tools to protect elections globally. Pixabay

In order to further secure candidates and campaign staff vulnerable to hackers and nation-state actors during the elections, Facebook has introduced additional tools to protect political campaigns in the US and around the world.

The social media giant has launched a pilot programme to expand its existing protections for users associated with US political campaigns ahead of the 2018 mid-term elections.

“Candidates for federal or statewide office, as well as staff members and representatives from federal and state political party committees, can add additional security protections to their Pages and accounts,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Head of Cybersecurity Policy at Facebook, wrote in a blog post late on Monday.

“We’ll help officials adopt our strongest account security protections, like two-factor authentication, and monitor for potential hacking threats,” Gleicher added.

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Facebook App on a smartphone device. (VOA)

Over the past year, the company has invested in new technology and more people to stay ahead of bad actors who are determined to use Facebook to disrupt elections.

“This pilot programme is an addition to our existing security tools and procedures, and we will apply what we learn to other elections in the US and around the world,” said Facebook.

“As we detect abuse, we will continue to share relevant information with law enforcement and other companies so we can maximise our effectiveness,” it added.

According to a report in Download, a working paper released last week revealed a significant drop-off in the engagements 570 fake news sites received on Facebook since the 2016 US presidential elections.

“At its peak, there were 200 million monthly engagements with the sites. As of July 2018, that’s dropped to 70 million,” the report added.

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Facebook, social media. Pixabay

In April, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testified in front of the US Senate, saying they were too slow to spot and respond to Russian interference.

“Our sophistication in handling these threats is growing and improving quickly. We now have about 15,000 people working on security and content review. We’ll have more than 20,000 by the end of this year,” he told the lawmakers.

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The Facebook CEO apologised for what happened and took responsibility for everything. He also said that there is an online propaganda “arms race” with Russia and it was important to make sure no one interferes in any more elections, including in India.

“The most important thing I care about right now is making sure no one interferes in the various 2018 elections around the world,” he testified before a 44-Senator panel. (IANS)