Just over a year ago, Facebook announced it would create a database of advertising and make it available for the benefit of researchers, journalists, and the public. After a successful test in Canada, Facebook introduced the archive to the United States earlier this year, and plans to introduce a modified version in the United Kingdom shortly. Of all the steps Facebook has taken in the wake of the 2016 election to improve trust in the platform, the political ads archive has been among the most effective. It allows anyone to see what ads are running, how much money is being spent on them, and who is being targeted by them. It also requires anyone who wants to buy political ads to register with a government ID, using a code mailed to their address. Collectively, the ads tell a story about how people are using Facebook to influence behavior, while taking steps to ensure advertisers are who they say they are. Facebook has said that it plans to improve the archive over time. And in the … [Read more...] about A new kind of dark money on Facebook is influencing elections
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// Categories Accounting Collaboration and Project Management Home and Office Mobile Office, General Office Suites Organization Social Media Management Accounting Collaboration and Project Management Home and Office Mobile Office, General Office Suites Organization Social Media Management Get off of email. Stop wasting time in meetings. Work smarter, not harder. You've heard it all before. The advice and mantras all over the internet about making yourself more productive could fill libraries. But there's no one-size-fits-all solution to being more productive. It depends so much on who you are and how you process information, not to mention the details of your work and life: What do you do, and how do you do it? That's why this list of the best productivity apps is nearly 60 items long. Some productivity tools help you handle email because a big part of your life is handling email. Others automate various aspects of your life so you can get back to doing hard work … [Read more...] about The Best Productivity Apps of 2018
I know a lot of people in the security industry, and I know a lot of people who enjoy Facebook. However, there's not much overlap between these groups. As someone who's part of both groups, I'm a bit of an oddity. Many security experts either always steered clear of the social network or are currently advocating deleting it. I follow security topics and products closely, and I also use Facebook, carefully. I don't see any need to delete my Facebook account. But now that Facebook has made it so easy to download everything the social network has about me, I went ahead with that process. Perusing the resulting archive, I ran into some surprises, both positive and otherwise. I'm Careful, Really I Am I've known for years that with Facebook, I'm not the customer, I'm the product. I keep my profile private except to friends. I don't post a lot in my visible profile, and not all of what I display is true. For example, while it's true that I studied Existentialism in college, I'm not actually a … [Read more...] about How to Download Your Facebook Data (and 6 Surprising Things I Found)
Every so often, someone complains about a PC meltdown made all the more catastrophic because they had no data backups. At this point, there's no excuse for that, except laziness. Inexpensive hard disks are available everywhere, while apps and programs will auto-backup your files to the Internet. But recently the complaints have begun: people are losing data in the cloud. Someone gets kicked off their account, and the data is destroyed. Or someone makes some crazy mistake and the data is over-written, destroyed, or never archived properly. There's also the possibility that the company housing your data will fold abruptly. It has probably already happened to some of you. But what if that happened to Facebook? Nobody ever thinks of a behemoth like Facebook shutting down. When a company like LiveJournal is still operating just fine, the likelihood of Facebook collapsing is remote. But what would you do if it did? Do you have important data on Facebook—status updates, video, photos, … [Read more...] about What if Facebook Is Hacked Next?
The rollout of Facebook Messenger 'secret conversations' is reportedly complete, providing end-to-end encryption and some Snapchat-like features to the 900 million users of the social network's messaging app. In July, Facebook announced that it is testing end-to-end encryption with select users to better support conversations about sensitive topics. Now, as Wired pointed out, Secret Conversations is live for everyone. As David Marcus, Head of Messenger, explained in July, Secret Conversations mode "means the messages are intended just for you and the other person—not for anyone else, including us". Meanwhile, it will also "enable you to set a timer to control how long each message you send stays visible in the conversation on both devices: yours and your recipient's." "To be clear, your existing 'regular' messages and calls on Facebook Messenger already benefit from strong security systems as it uses secure communications channels—just like banking services—all … [Read more...] about Encrypted ‘Secret Conversations’ Roll Out on Facebook Messenger