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A brief timeline of Facebook's recent privacy issues

A brief timeline of Facebook's recent privacy issues

It seems like Facebook has been battling crisis after crisis over the numerous privacy issues it has had to deal with in the last year. But the company has never been too good at privacy — after all, when we share more, the company is able to make more money — and it all started back in 2006, just when the company was getting its footing. This all caused the FTC to become involved, launching a lawsuit that forced the company to not make “misrepresentations about the privacy or security of consumers' personal information” and “obtain consumers' affirmative express consent before enacting changes that override their privacy preferences.” Now because of the recent issues Facebook has faced, the company is being re-examined for breaking its promises.

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We should've known Mars One was a scam from the beginning

We should've known Mars One was a scam from the beginning

Mars One was a controversial startup with a simple mission of sending humans to the big read planet on a one-way trip. Most of the technology that they had planned to use has yet to be invented and the majority of the funding was to be made through a giant worldwide reality television show, assuming a company would actually be interested in broadcasting such a thing. The company, promising to send four astronauts to space in 2023, pegged the cost at a measly $6 billion — much less than many other estimates thrown around.

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The main takeaways from Facebook's internal documents that the UK released

The main takeaways from Facebook's internal documents that the UK released

British Parliament published a 250-page internal Facebook document on the Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport Committee website, which is investigating the company’s privacy standards as a portion of its report on disinformation and fake news. Previously the documents had been sealed in US courts, but they can now provide a rare look into Facebook’s policies on privacy, user data, how it handles competitors and more.

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