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WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and who you're talking to on the Facebook-owned app

WhatsApp-tracking apps are letting people figure out when you're sleeping and who you're talking to on the Facebook-owned app

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.WhatsApp prides itself on its approach to privacy.But the user data that the Facebook-owned messaging app shares publicly is allowing dozens of outside apps to track aspects of WhatsApp users' online activity — including whom they're likely talking to, when they're sleeping, and when they're using their devices. These apps and services use the "online" signaling feature within WhatsApp to enable their users to monitor the digital habits of anyone using...

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Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that Facebook is not a monopoly. But in 2012, it boasted that it held '95% of all social media in the US.'

Mark Zuckerberg told Congress that Facebook is not a monopoly. But in 2012, it boasted that it held '95% of all social media in the US.'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.As Facebook faces mounting antitrust scrutiny, CEO Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly asserted that the company faces intense competition and is not a monopoly.But eight years ago, the company was telling a very different story.In a marketing presentation from 2012, Facebook boasted about its market dominance — claiming to make up "95%" of total social media in the United States.The claim was made in a chart that compared Facebook's market share to those of...

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Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before Congress about Facebook and antitrust. Read his full prepared remarks here.

Mark Zuckerberg is about to testify before Congress about Facebook and antitrust. Read his full prepared remarks here.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will warn Congress that attempts to regulate his company's power under antitrust law risks helping China.On Wednesday, that will also feature the CEOs of Apple, Amazon, and Google. All four American companies are facing intensifying scrutiny over their outsize market power and their impacts on the competition, and face an array of antitrust probes both domestically and abroad.Ahead of the hearing, Facebook has released a copy of...

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Mark Zuckerberg publicly promises to re-examine Facebook's rules on posts related to state violence

Mark Zuckerberg publicly promises to re-examine Facebook's rules on posts related to state violence

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has publicly promised to re-examine the social network's policies on state violence after an unprecedented week of protests across the US — and among Facebook employees.In a note to employees that he also shared on his public-facing Facebook page on Friday, Zuckerberg said "As we continue to process this difficult moment, I want to acknowledge the real pain expressed by members of our community … Based on feedback from employees,...

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The White House's unproven claims on Facebook and Twitter that antifa activists are placing bricks to incite riots have been taken down

The White House's unproven claims on Facebook and Twitter that antifa activists are placing bricks to incite riots have been taken down

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.The White House spread an unproven conspiracy theory on social media blaming far-left groups and "antifa" for placing pallets of bricks at protests following the death of George Floyd to incite anti-police violence.On Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, the official White House accounts wrote, "antifa and professional anarchists are invading our communities, staging bricks and weapons to instigate violence," alongside a video of piles of bricks found in...

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A Facebook software engineer publicly resigned in protest over the social network's 'propagation of weaponized hatred'

A Facebook software engineer publicly resigned in protest over the social network's 'propagation of weaponized hatred'

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.A Facebook software engineer in California has publicly resigned over the company's handling of posts from President Donald Trump about the US protests, saying Facebook is "on the wrong side of history."On Monday, Timothy Aveni announced on Facebook and LinkedIn that he was leaving the company in protest as numerous Facebook employees launched an unprecedented virtual "walkout" protest to challenge leadership.As protests over police brutality have engulfed...

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The remote work boom will make it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to recruit top talent. That's a good thing.

The remote work boom will make it harder for big tech companies like Facebook and Google to recruit top talent. That's a good thing.

The words "Business Insider".Two crossed lines that form an 'X'. It indicates a way to close an interaction, or dismiss a notification.Facebook is launching an ambitious push into remote working, and expects to have as much of 50% of its tens of thousands of employees working remotely by 2030.CEO Mark Zuckerberg believes that the move will bolster the company's hiring efforts, saying on Thursday it "open[s] up a lot of new talent that previously wouldn't have considered moving to a big city."But the opposite might be true: The coming remote work revolution might actually hamper big tech...

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A survey of thousands of SF Bay Area techies found that 2 out of 3 would consider leaving if they could permanently work remotely

A survey of thousands of SF Bay Area techies found that 2 out of 3 would consider leaving if they could permanently work remotely

A survey of thousands of San Francisco Bay Area tech workers found that two-thirds would consider leaving the region if they were given the option to work from home permanently.Blind, an anonymous work-focused social network, asked 4,400 workers — about 2,800 in the Bay Area and 1,600 elsewhere — for their thoughts on working remotely and how it would affect their choice of where to live.The results, which Blind shared with Business Insider, offer a glimpse into how extensively the coronavirus pandemic has affected attitudes among workers in America's tech capital in just a few months and...

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Facebook is taking on Amazon and eBay with its new 'Shops' feature. The risks to its reputation are greater than ever.

Facebook is taking on Amazon and eBay with its new 'Shops' feature. The risks to its reputation are greater than ever.

Facebook is gearing up to go toe-to-toe with Amazon. It's high risk — and high reward.On Tuesday, the Silicon Valley-headquartered social networking giant announced Facebook Shops — a new feature for Facebook and Instagram that will allow businesses to create digital storefronts and list catalogs for products for sale through the social network.It's a move that takes Facebook into more direct competition with long-established online shopping platforms that allow third-party sellers, from the behemothic Amazon to eBay and crafts-focused Etsy.The new feature may help to diversify Facebook's...

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Mark Zuckerberg suggests Facebook might have helped prevent the war in Iraq

Mark Zuckerberg suggests Facebook might have helped prevent the war in Iraq

Facebook might have been able to help prevent the Iraq War had it existed at the time, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg claimed in a high-profile speech that attempted to recast the controversial origins of the social network in a more noble light.        , the 34-year-old billionaire chief executive gave , pushed back against calls for tighter moderation controls on the social network, and criticized China's authoritarian censorship.But the start of his speech has also drawn attention — because of how Zuckerberg framed early Facebook as being influenced by the Iraq War."When I was in college,...

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Facebook is asking users to pick which news outlets are 'trustworthy' — and will demote the losers in your feed

Facebook is asking users to pick which news outlets are 'trustworthy' — and will demote the losers in your feed

Facebook says it will start sorting news sources by how "trustworthy" its users think they are — a major change as the social media giant continues to come under fire over the spread of misinformation on its platform. On Friday, the California tech giant announced that it would alter the algorithm for picking news to show in its News Feed based on whether the news is considered "trustworthy," whether it is "informative," and whether it is "relevant to people's local community." Facebook won't be assessing the trustworthiness of news outlets itself. Instead, users are being polled on which...

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