2018 wasn’t an annus horribilis for Facebook. It was an annus horribilis for us, the people who actually faced the surveillance and dishonesty and abuse. It was an annus horribilis for us because of Facebook. – Brian Philips, The Ringer
How to Stop Facebook Abuse
The Guardian: Is 2019 the year you should finally quit Facebook?
The Ringer: The Cost of Living in Mark Zuckerberg’s Internet Empire
A year of staggering revelations is a reminder of how much Facebook has corrupted life online, with the effect of making the internet seem a little less bearable and a little less human
TechWyse: 66 Facebook Acquisitions – The Complete List (2018)! [INFOGRAPHIC]
(as of January 4, 2018)
“We have a lot of competitors,” said Mark Zuckerberg during his appearance in front of the Senate in April – though he failed to actually name any. With WhatsApp and Instagram also on its books, there is no real alternative to Facebook – and if there was, the company would probably just buy it. – David Lee, What 2019 holds for Facebook
BuzzFeed: Literally Just A Big List Of Facebook’s 2018 Scandals
Mark Zuckerberg began the year promising that he would fix Facebook. He didn’t, and 2018 has only presented more problems.
Consumer Reports: How Facebook Tracks You, Even When You’re Not on Facebook
NYT: As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants Dec. 18, 2018
Internal documents show that the social network gave Microsoft, Amazon, Spotify and others far greater access to people’s data than it has disclosed.
PJ Media: Facebook-Owned Security App Caught Snooping on iPhones
Facebook is facing another embarrassment for once again violating user privacy, this time from one of its apps being sold on the Apple App Store.
Zacks Research: Facebook Under Fire for Collecting Data From Android Apps
As soon as users opened these popular apps, the pre-installed Facebook Software Development Kit (SDK) automatically collected details of user activity in the app without their consent. Some of the apps include Kayak, Spotify, Duolingo and TripAdvisor among others.
Slate: Who Controls Your Facebook Feed
No one outside Facebook knows for sure how it does this, and no one inside the company will tell you. And yet the results of this automated ranking process shape the social lives and reading habits of more than 1 billion daily active users—one-fifth of the world’s adult population.
The Sun: ZUCKED UP Mark Zuckerberg halts Facebook stock sale as value PLUMMETS over privacy scandals
BILLIONAIRE Mark Zuckerberg has halted the sale of his Facebook stock after the company’s value collapsed last year.
NYT: Facebook’s Role in Data Misuse Sets Off Storms on Two Continents
Facebook on Sunday faced a backlash about how it protects user data, as American and British lawmakers demanded that it explain how a political data firm with links to President Trump’s 2016 campaign was able to harvest private information from more than 50 million Facebook profiles without the social network’s alerting users.
NYT: Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: What You Need to Know as Fallout Widens
Cambridge Analytica, a political data firm hired by President Trump’s 2016 election campaign, gained access to information on 50 million Facebook users as a way to identify the personalities of American voters and influence their behavior.
NYT: How Trump Consultants Exploited the Facebook Data of Millions
Christopher Wylie, who helped found the data firm Cambridge Analytica and worked there until 2014, has described the company as an “arsenal of weapons” in a culture war.
Daily Beast: Facebook: 87 Million Users May Have Been Impacted by Cambridge Analytica Data Scandal
“In total, we believe the Facebook information of up to 87 million people—mostly in the US—may have been improperly shared with Cambridge Analytica,” the statement read.
NYT: Did Facebook Learn Anything From the Cambridge Analytica Debacle?
An even bigger data breach suggests it didn’t.
Fox News: Facebook’s Zuckerberg blasted for ‘out of touch’ year-end post after scandal-plagued 2018
As he looked back on a year that saw his company’s stock price drop and scores of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle calling for new, strict privacy regulations in the wake of Cambridge Analytica, Zuckerberg spent a chunk of his note boasting that 2 billion people now use one of Facebook’s services and the tech giant has empowered countless small businesses.
NYT: Inside Facebook’s Secret Rulebook for Global Political Speech
Under fire for stirring up distrust and violence, the social network has vowed to police its users. But leaked documents raise serious questions about its approach.
The Guardian: Facebook says nearly 50m users compromised in huge security breach
Attack gave hackers ability to take over accounts in what is believed to be largest breach in Facebook’s history
CBS News: Does Facebook’s News Feed control your world view?
Facebook, however, has challenged that notion. And now Facebook researchers are behind a study that for the first time attempts to quantify the company’s role in the phenomenon.
BBC: Facebook emotion experiment sparks criticism
Facebook is facing criticism after it emerged it had conducted a psychology experiment on nearly 700,000 users without their knowledge.
The Guardian: Facebook reveals news feed experiment to control emotions
Protests over secret study involving 689,000 users in which friends’ postings were moved to influence moods
The Verge: Facebook gave Spotify and Netflix access to users’ private messages
Partnerships with tech giants went way further than previously disclosed, says new report
The Verge: WhatsApp co-founder Jan Koum is leaving Facebook after clashing over data privacy
The messaging app’s CEO pushed back against Facebook’s approach to user data, advertising, and encryption
Ad Age: WhatsApp to Allow Marketing and Share Data With Facebook
No Longer Anti-Advertising, WhatsApp Opens to Marketing and Sharing Data With Facebook
The Blaze:Former Facebook exec: ‘You don’t realize it, but you are being programmed. It was unintentional
Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya is sharing how the social network is ripping society apart. In fact, he feels so guilty about it that he’s speaking out against the “short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created” that he says “are destroying how society works.”
The Beat Goes On
NYT: We Should Be Able to Take Facebook to Court
If you applied Facebook’s twisted interpretation of the law in this case to other contexts, sharing your intimate messages without your permission or handing over detailed profiles of you to political operatives without your consent — even if in direct violation of the law — alone shouldn’t cost the company a penny in court. Facebook is paradoxically arguing that privacy itself has no price, even in cases where it’s this precise lack of privacy that allows it to turn a profit.
Daily Beast: Trump Campaign Consultants Cambridge Analytica Found Guilty of Breaking Data Laws
The British analytics company employed by the Trump campaign has been fined for refusing to disclose to an American voter how much data they held on him and how they used it.
500ish Words: F*ckedbook
While Facebook used to also have a positive aura around them, this has clearly turned in recent months. At a high level, I do think there’s something to the notion that while Facebook provides certain services that are nice — or even very nice — to have, such as connecting remotely with friends and family, none of it is a must-have. And, in fact, a lot of it now makes people feel worse about their lives. Either because of the content they’re seeing or because they’re simply using the services too much.