Facebook’s secrecy putting kids at risk

Original article by Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 2 : 7-Feb-20

Child protection groups have urged Facebook not to proceed with end-to-end encryption across Messenger and its other platforms. The groups state that introducing such encryption will lead to "more serious and sustained sexual abuse", and that Facebook should only proceed with the encryption if it adopts measures to scan for child abuse images and consents to share data with governments and child safety experts. Sonya Ryan, the CEO of the Carly Ryan Foundation, has described the potential impact of Facebook’s end-to-end encryption plans as "frightening".

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, CARLY RYAN FOUNDATION

Facebook News a powerful precedent

Original article by Zoe Samios
The Australian – Page: 23 & 25 : 28-Oct-19

News Corporation CEO Robert Thomson has praised Facebook’s news service initiative, which has been launched in the US with a test audience of 200,000 users. Thomson says the Facebook News tab will help ensure that media publishers are paid for quality journalism, adding that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg deserves "genuine credit" for the new initiative. Facebook has struck a deal to include content from News Corp publications such as ‘The Wall Street Journal’ in its news service.

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NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED

Privacy warning on Facebook currency

Original article by Leo Shanahan
The Australian – Page: 4 : 6-Aug-19

An Australian-led initiative has seen privacy regulators from around the world write an open letter to Facebook, in which they voice concerns about its proposed Libra digital currency. The letter states that Facebook has not provided sufficient information on how Libra would protect the data of Facebook users. They are also concerned that Facebook has indicated that it intends to promote the use of Libra in developing countries, many of which lack suitable data protection regulations.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COMMISSIONER, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION

MPs warn Facebook over China

Original article by Simon Benson, Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 1 & 6 : 7-Jun-18

Social media giant Facebook is under scrutiny over revelations that its users’ personal data was shared with Chinese technology company Huawei. Labor MP Anthony Byrne has described Facebook’s actions as "completely unacceptable". The deputy chairman of federal parliament’s joint committee on intelligence and security has also raised the possibility that Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg could be asked to appear before the committee. Zuckerberg has previously appeared before US and European legislators in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES COMPANY LIMITED, AUSTRALIA. JOINT PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTEE ON INTELLIGENCE AND SECURITY, AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, LENOVO GROUP LIMITED, OPPO ELECTRONICS CORPORATION, TCL CORPORATION, AUSTRALIAN STRATEGIC POLICY INSTITUTE LIMITED, COMMUNIST PARTY (CHINA), AUSTRALIA. DEPT OF THE PRIME MINISTER AND CABINET, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, APPLE INCORPORATED

Facebook’s reckoning is fast approaching

Original article by John McDuling
The Age – Page: 20 : 6-Apr-18

Despite the recent data breach controversy involving Cambridge Analytica, Facebook boss Mark Zuckerberg still believes that he is the right person to run the social media company, while he does not seem to think the scandal has affected Facebook’s advertising business to any great extent. Zuckerberg will shortly testify before the US Congress, and Facebook’s executives in Australia are also likely to face scrutiny given that more that 300,000 local users may have been affected by the scandal. Facebook is also the subject of investigations by the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission and the Federal Privacy Commissioner.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA LLC, AUSTRALIA. OFFICE OF THE FEDERAL PRIVACY COMMISSIONER, AUSTRALIAN COMPETITION AND CONSUMER COMMISSION, GOOGLE INCORPORATED

Power to the irresponsible

Original article by Mark Ritson
The Australian – Page: 25 : 6-Nov-17

The extent to which Russian operatives attempted to influence the 2016 US presidential election and destabilise American society has been revealed by US social media companies. According to evidence presented by Facebook, Google and Twitter executives to Congress in the week ending 3 November, Russian operatives created close to 36,750 Facebook sites during the 2016 campaign, along with 1,000 YouTube videos, 36,000 bots and 2,752 Twitter accounts. Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, basically conceded it really had no way of knowing the identity of all of its advertisers.

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FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, TWITTER INCORPORATED

Google, Facebook exert dominance

Original article by Darren Davidson
The Australian – Page: 24 & 26 : 6-Nov-17

Google and Facebook increased their average revenue per user by 10.6 per cent over the June quarter, as the two companies continue their dominance of digital advertising revenue. However, some traditional media publishers were able to lift their revenue per user, including Fairfax Media, "The New York Times", and Dow Jones, which publishes the "Wall Street Journal". News Corp CEO Robert Thomson, which owns Dow Jones, says it is pleasing that Google at least is beginning to show a willingness to support traditional journalism.

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GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, THE NEW YORK TIMES COMPANY, DOW JONES AND COMPANY, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS

Twitter secures deal to stream Melbourne Cup

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 11 : 13-Oct-16

Social media giant Twitter will stream the 2016 Melbourne Cup live to a global audience via a revenue-sharing arrangement with the Victoria Racing Club. The Seven Network will supply Twitter’s live coverage, which has attracted Sportsbet and AAMI as sponsors. Twitter has previously secured live streaming rights to some US National Football League matches, and it is keen to gain more sports broadcasting rights. Seven will also offer streaming coverage of the Melbourne Cup.

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TWITTER INCORPORATED, THE EMIRATES MELBOURNE CUP, SEVEN NETWORK LIMITED, SEVEN WEST MEDIA LIMITED – ASX SWM, SPORTSBET AUSTRALIA, AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED MOTOR INSURERS LIMITED, VICTORIA RACING CLUB LIMITED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, SINGTEL OPTUS PTY LTD, ENGLISH PREMIER LEAGUE, NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION