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Norwegian Data Protection Authority orders Meta to stop tracking Facebook and Instagram users for targeted advertising

July 19, 2023 -

According to the DPA order sent to Meta on July 14, the temporary ban that will take effect in August and last for three months aims to protect the privacy and data rights of Norwegian users. (Related: EU authorities slap Meta with record $1.3B fine for data privacy law violations.)

Facebook and Instagram can still display customized ads to users but only based on the "about" section of their profiles. And if Meta fails to do so, the company would face daily fines of 1 ...

Actress Sarah Silverman SUES Meta, OpenAI for copyright infringement

July 13, 2023 -

Silverman was joined by authors Richard Kadrey and Christopher Golden in two copyright infringement lawsuits filed July 7 in a San Francisco federal court. The three plaintiffs accused Meta and OpenAI of using copyrighted material to train their chat bots. According to them, the two defendants used their books without permission to develop their so-called large language models (LLMs).

The comedian alleged that ChatGPT is able to accurately summarize her 2010 autobiography, ...

Former Meta director says Instagram FAILED to protect teen users

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Arturo Bejar worked on well-being for Instagram from 2019 to 2021. From 2009 to 2015, he said that he was a director of engineering for Facebook's Protect and Care team. Bejar testified before the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology and the Law at a hearing about social media and its impact on teen mental health.

In written remarks made available before the hearing, Bejar said he is testifying because the public and parents must "understand the true level ...

Sperm counts rapidly declining on all continents, meta-analysis finds

March 08, 2023 -

The new meta-analysis, published in the journal Human Reproduction Update, analyzes sperm count data from 38 studies conducted on six continents. From 1972 to year 2000, sperm counts have decreased by an average of 1.16% every year. Since 2000, infertility rates have continued, at over twice that rate. Total sperm count has declined by 2.64% annually over the past 22 years! The male infertility epidemic spans North America, Europe, and Australia, and also South and Central America, ...

EU authorities slap Meta with record $1.3B fine for data privacy law violations

May 26, 2023 -

The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) announced the decision to penalize Meta on May 22. It followed an extensive investigation into the operations of Facebook in the continent. The investigation was launched by the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) back in August 2020.

The DPC is in charge of regulating all of Meta's operations within Europe. Its May 22 ruling, however, alleged that the parent company of Facebook and Instagram violated Article 46(1) of the General ...

EU slaps Meta with antitrust charges for allegedly squeezing out classified ad rivals

December 21, 2022 -

On Monday, Dec. 19, the European Commission issued a statement of objections to Meta, which is now facing potential fines or charges if it does not change how it runs its business.

"With its Facebook social network, Meta reaches globally billions of monthly users and millions of active advertisers. Our preliminary concern is that Meta ties its dominant social network Facebook to its online classified ad services called Facebook Marketplace," said European Commission ...

Mark Zuckerberg announces plan to cut 10,000 Meta employees in the next 2 months

March 17, 2023 -

On Tuesday, March 14, Zuckerberg announced the company's plan to cut 10,000 employees in the next two months – just short of the 11,000 it laid off in November, which equated to roughly 13 percent of Meta's overall staff at the time. (Related: Meta's Mark Zuckerberg fires more than 11K employees, takes blame for overestimating company's growth prospects.)

Zuckerberg earlier said that Meta plans "on cutting projects that aren't performing or may no longer be crucial." The ...

Meta intentionally got children and teens ADDICTED to social media to exploit them for profit

20 days ago -

This is the accusation levied against the Big Tech company several weeks ago by dozens of state attorneys general, who filed a lawsuit against Meta Platforms Inc. and three of its subsidiaries for allegedly harming children by getting them addicted to Meta's social media platforms, including Facebook and Instagram. (Related: 42 Attorneys general SUE Meta over "highly addictive" social media platforms they say harm young people.)

This bipartisan group of 42 states alleges ...

Twitter threatens to sue Meta over intellectual property theft allegations following its launch of Threads

July 11, 2023 -

In a letter addressed to Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Twitter lawyer Alex Spiro accused the company of engaging in the "systematic, willful, and unlawful misappropriation of Twitter's trade secrets and other intellectual property." (Related: Zuckerpunch: Meta launches new text-based app to rival Twitter, then immediately begins censoring "wrongthink.")

"Twitter intends to strictly enforce its intellectual property rights and demands that Meta take immediate steps to stop using ...

Meta launches Twitter rip-off “Threads” application, immediately starts censoring users for voicing unapproved thoughts

July 09, 2023 -

Shaney Yricch of "The Street Poller" was notified that a thread he posted on Threads was removed just moments after he shared it "because it goes against our Community Guidelines."

"Following our guidelines is the only way to prevent your account from being deleted, including your posts, archive, messages and followers," a prompt further threatened Yricch.

The post in question had to do with the recent discovery of a baggie of cocaine at the White House during a ...

Zuckerpunch: Meta launches new text-based app to rival Twitter, then immediately begins censoring “wrongthink”

July 07, 2023 -

Twitter has had to deal with many challenges since Elon Musk officially took over as the social media platform's owner, from mass layoffs late last year to frequent system outages and a problematic rollout of a new verification system. These challenges have prompted investors to repeatedly lower their estimations of the company's value since Musk's purchase. (Related: SHRINKING BIRD: Twitter now worth just one-third of what Elon Musk paid to purchase it.)

During the past ...

Biden administration officials pressured Meta to censor private WhatsApp messages of COVID-19 vaccine skeptics

March 30, 2023 -

The emails, which were obtained in discovery in a multi-state lawsuit accusing the administration of colluding with tech firms to suppress people’s First Amendment rights, showed how Biden’s Director of Digital Strategy, Rob Flaherty, tried to convince Facebook executives to censor Americans’ speech on the platform.

In response to Flaherty's pressure, a representative from Meta, the company that owns Facebook and WhatsApp, told the White House that it had been making moves ...

42 Attorneys general SUE Meta over “highly addictive” social media platforms they say harm young people

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Of these 42 attorneys general, 33 filed a combined lawsuit in a federal court in northern California. Nine more attorneys general have filed individual cases against Meta in their own home states, including the District of Columbia.

The bipartisan suit was filed by attorneys general from Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New ...

Senate report: Meta has been harvesting personal and financial data from tax prep companies for years

July 14, 2023 -

A probe led by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren has found that the tax prep companies had potentially violated privacy laws by sharing taxpayers' sensitive personal and financial data with Meta for years. Violating taxpayer privacy laws can lead to fines of up to $1,000 per violation and up to one year in prison.

The privacy breach was first reported last year by the nonprofit journalism outlet The Markup. (Related: Google and Meta caught harvesting your sensitive financial ...

SMOKING GUN: Rep. Jim Jordan presents evidence showing how the Biden administration pressured Zuckerberg’s Meta to censor Americans

August 02, 2023 -

According to Jordan, the documents outline how the Biden administration forced Facebook and Instagram to censor content and stifle open discourse on public issues. An email dating back to April 2021 addressed to Zuckerberg and Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg can prove that the White House is constantly pressuring the company to remove certain posts.

"These never-before-released internal documents prove that Facebook and Instagram censored posts and altered their content ...

Large meta-analysis finds that natural immunity is BETTER than covid vaccines at offering protection against re-infection

February 21, 2023 -

After the mRNA vaccine experiment was unleashed, governments did not recognize naturally-acquired immunity and falsely shamed healthy individuals for being the cause of a never-ending “pandemic.” Vaccine mandates and passports were used to segregate individuals from society. Individuals with natural immunity and individuals who could readily attain natural immunity were even told to take faulty experimental vaccines multiple times, or lose their freedoms.

Now, a new ...

Budweiser sales PLUMMET after company pushed Bud Light male-in-drag trans advertising

April 12, 2023 -

In a video that is going viral on social media, a self-proclaimed merchandiser and Anheuser-Busch affiliate claims that nobody is buying the company's beer anymore and his own business is suffering.

Like clockwork, the revelation that Anheuser-Busch supports the transgender mutilation of children has sent millions of American beer drinkers packing in search of alternatives. The result is that Budweiser and Bud Light sales are now in the tank – watch the video below:

Anheuser-Busch ...

OceanGate STILL advertising $250K trips to see Titanic wreckage weeks after its Titan submersible imploded

July 05, 2023 -

A page titled "Titan Expedition – Explore the Titanic" was still available on July 4, offering a chance to dive into the shipwreck in the company's submersible via its expensive diving trips.

"Intrepid travelers will sail from Canada's Atlantic coast for an eight-day expedition to dive on the iconic wreck that lies 380 miles offshore and 3,800 meters below the surface," the page stated. "Your dive will provide not only a thrilling and unique travel experience but also help ...

A3P’s Mike Davis says Google’s control of online advertising is linchpin of Big Tech MONOPOLY

March 21, 2023 -

"Google's online advertising monopoly is the linchpin to all of Big Tech's monopoly. If you break that up, you're really going to see Big Tech start to function properly," he said during his March 15 appearance on "Bannon's War Room."

"Remember: The whole point of antitrust 100 years ago is a free market. [It] requires a functioning market, and when you have a monopolist using their market power to crush competition [and] to crush competitors – you no longer have a free ...

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