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We Can’t Trust Facebook to Regulate Itself

Sandy Parakilas, operations manager on the platform team at Facebook in 2011 and 2012, writes:

‘I led Facebook’s efforts to fix privacy problems on its developer platform in advance of its 2012 initial public offering. What I saw from the inside was a company that prioritized data collection from its users over protecting them from abuse. As the world contemplates what to do about Facebook in the wake of its role in Russia’s election meddling, it must consider this history. Lawmakers shouldn’t allow Facebook to regulate itself. Because it won’t.

Facebook knows what you look like, your location, who your friends are, your interests, if you’re in a relationship or not, and what other pages you look at on the web. This data allows advertisers to target the more than one billion Facebook visitors a day. It’s no wonder the company has ballooned in size to a $500 billion behemoth in the five years since its I.P.O…’

via New York Times

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McMaster to Oracle CEO: Trump Has Intelligence of a ‘Kindergartner’

hmxbrxul5miiml29on45‘Citing “five sources with knowledge of the conversation,” Buzzfeed News reports that National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster called his commander-in-chief an “idiot” and a “dope” during a private dinner with Oracle CEO Safra Catz. Catz has had a notably close relationship with the Trump administration and denied the comments when asked by Buzzfeed…’

via Gizmodo

‘…[And he] isn’t the only member of Trump’s war cabinet who seems to feel that way.

via Vox