Facebook ramps up its rules for U.S. political advertisers ahead of U.S. presidential elections

With social media increasingly playing a pivotal role during elections, Facebook is ramping up efforts to uncloak U.S. political advertisers. Ahead of the U.S. president elections in November 2020, Facebook Inc has begun tightening its political ad rules in the United States, said the social media giant on Wednesday. The new disclosures rules are applicable…

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Sony acquires Insomniac Games Inc for undisclosed amount

Insomniac Games Inc is known for developing the Spider-Man game of which 13.2 million copies have been sold as of the end of July 2019. Sony Interactive Entertainment disclosed it would acquire privately held Insomniac Games Inc, known for developing games such as third-person shooter “Ratchet & Clank” and Marvel’s “Spider-Man” for an undisclosed amount.…

Third party contractors transcribed Facebook’s audio data

Tech companies are coming under increasing scrutiny over data privacy issues revolving around their voice assistants. According to a report from Bloomberg which cites sources familiar with the matter at hand, Facebook Inc has been paying outside contractors to transcribe audio clips from subscribers of its services. In a statement, Facebook confirmed that it had…

Facebook to pay $5 billion fine as part of a sweeping settlement with the FTC

While the settlement resolves a major regulatory overhead for Facebook, the embattled social media giant still faces potential antitrust probes from the FTC and Justice Department. On Wednesday, in a significant development, the Federal Trade Commission stated, Facebook Inc has agreed to pay $5 billion as part of a sweeping settlement to create a board…

Justice Department opens antitrust probe on all major digital tech firms

Given bi-partisan concerns over the market power of these major digital technology companies, which include Google, Amazon, Facebook and Apple, their potential downsizing is very much a possibility. In a significant development that marks the latest sign of the Trump government stepping up is scrutiny over big tech firms, the U.S. Justice Department disclosed that…

Facebook to launch new video chatting devices in 2019 Autumn

The chat devices fits snugly into Facebook’s focus towards private messaging by encryption of conversations on more of its messaging services. In the autumn of 2019, Facebook Inc plans to release new versions of its Portal video chatting devices, said Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s vice president of AR/VR, in an interview at the Code Conference in…

Facebook approaches settlement with the FTC over consumer data data breach violations

The focus of the FTC’s investigation into Facebook’s data breach was whether the sharing of personal data of 87 million users with British political consulting firm Cambridge Analytica violated its 2011 agreement with the FTC wherein it had pledged to safeguard user’s privacy. As per a report from the Wall Street Journal citing sources familiar…