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Facebook labelled 'digital gangsters' by report on fake news

By the Guardian

Company broke privacy and competition law and should be regulated urgently, say MPsRead full story

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  • The UK Parliament has moved quickly to address its priorities with respect to Facebook: election integrity and privacy. This is a very important first step. I hope they will extend the inquiry to other platforms and other failure modes.

    With luck, the UK Parliament report will prompt our own government to take action.

  • There is no country that has been more victimized by Facebook’s business practices than England. Brexit likely would not have passed were it not for Cambridge Analytica, the Russians and the Mercer family doing everything they did to weaponize the platform to target vulnerable people to spread misinformation

    There is no country that has been more victimized by Facebook’s business practices than England. Brexit likely would not have passed were it not for Cambridge Analytica, the Russians and the Mercer family doing everything they did to weaponize the platform to target vulnerable people to spread misinformation. All the while, absolutely no warning or intervention by Facebook to stop the abuses. Yeah, I think the report gets it right.

  • The 108-page report makes excoriating reading for the social media giant, which is accused of continuing to prioritise shareholders’ profits over users’ privacy rights.

  • People have an insatiable desire for a validation. Facebook has an insatiable need to mine our data. It is a very 21st Century Faustian bargain.

  • Which is easier? Educate a population or regulate one company?

    This is not the same thing as the government requiring seat belts, ABS and air bags in production vehicles because it makes them safer...

    This is tantamount to the government regulating a publication because it sells advertisement that

    Which is easier? Educate a population or regulate one company?

    This is not the same thing as the government requiring seat belts, ABS and air bags in production vehicles because it makes them safer...

    This is tantamount to the government regulating a publication because it sells advertisement that goes against the zeitgeist...

    It’s a fine line to cross. If FB violates its terms of service, it deserves swift and clear punishment.

    I’d rather put my tax dollars in education so that social media is only one more thing and not THE thing people use for information.

  • There really should be bi-partisan agreement regarding regulating Facebook. The left is inherently unable to accept Facebook's surveillance capitalism, among other things. The right should rein in in defence of a free and fair market … this report confirms yet again that Facebook is "using its market dominance to crush rivals".

  • “Democracy is at risk from the malicious and relentless targeting of citizens with disinformation and personalised ‘dark adverts’ from unidentifiable sources..."

  • Legislative action against Facebook to regulate will eventually become government monitoring Facebook. I did feel safe with Facebook, but not to the point of stupidity.

  • No surprise. Big Data is lucrative and media manipulation has existed before any of us were born.

  • Looks like #EU got the right idea on how to rein in big tech 😎 #GDPR #DeleteFSBook

  • How to make Facebook feel unwelcome. Another business alienated.

  • Brexit roars

  • Oh please.

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