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Facebook fined £500,000 in UK for failing to safeguard users' data

Wednesday, July 11th 2018 - 08:25 UTC
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The chairman of the U.K. Parliament's media committee says the government office that investigated the Cambridge Analytica scandal has fined Facebook £500,000 for failing to safeguard users' data. Read full article

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  • Patrick Edgar

    THERE IS A MUCH WORSE PROBLEM with facebook right now in the area of civil communications rights.
    No user is safe to freely use the network, though Facebook has placed itself in the singularly important traditional space of functionality and real need the phone or post office services have had in society as a civil right, until today. Hundreds of thousands of users are relying on it, not as a social entertainment network, but as their sole means to talk and communicate with others and with people who matter a great deal to them in organizing their social, professional or educational lives, taking on an emotional dimension at the social scale of life's importance. To give an example, some people only relay on Facebook to stay in touch with an ill bed ridden relative who may need assistance or care at any given time. Other people are on “work stand by” with many of their contacts ... Facebook itself offers you to inform others of important events or group activities, involving even money.
    The Problem is that absolutely ANYONE, has the means by which to harm you and have you suspended from accessing all CONTACTS AND ACTIVITIES for indefinite periods of time. It's an egregious Facebook flaw and loophole that incredible nothing is being done about. People can lie for instance, and say they don't know you, when you ask for their friendship, and get you in trouble. Anyone can do a search for words or phrases that are considered a “transgression” you've said to anyone, it doesn't matter who or when, and get you suspended. Moreover Facebook creepily hides from your friends and contacts when you have been “punished” so that no one knows about it, and no one can vouch for you, or question Facebook's decision.
    The “rules, reporting and reprimand” facebook system is in reality a device to silence control people's speech and information, by hiding the person who reports you, and making it possible for facebook to be the one to do it, but make it look like a member reported you

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 03:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Only an IDIOT would entrust any aspect of their lives to something so utterly beyond their ability to influence, control or easily replace.

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 04:11 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Voice

    Have you been barred again Patrick...;-)

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 10:44 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    I think he should get a blog. He can link it from his Facebook profile and people can find him there, plus he can dispense his pearls of wisdom without having to worry about a 2000 character limit like we have here.

    Jul 11th, 2018 - 11:49 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    DT, why are you so ashamed of your birthplace?

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 02:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    You should ask Patrick that instead, I bet he will have a 2000 character answer for you.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 08:56 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    Poor, DT.

    The shame of origin must hang heavy.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 05:28 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • DemonTree

    Thank you Chronic, I wanted to post again.

    @Voice
    Not just barred, his page has been deleted. Seems a tad harsh, it's not like he was promoting genocide or something, and apparently Facebook has no appeal.

    Jul 12th, 2018 - 05:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • chronic

    DT, have you even met your biological parents?

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  • The Barron

    The question is why is this piece appearing in Mercopenguin, a British government propaganda organ supposedly devoted to America, South America and the “South Atlantic”?

    Posted 5 days ago - Link - Report abuse 0

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