A US federal judge in California ruled Monday that Facebook will have to face a class action suit over allegations it violated users' privacy by using a facial recognition tool on their photos without their explicit consent. Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool, (AFP Photo/Brendan Smialowski) The ruling comes as the social network is snared in a scandal over the mishandling of 87 million users' data ahead of the 2016 US presidential election. The facial recognition tool, launched in 2010, suggests names for people it identifies in photos uploaded by users -- a function which the plaintiffs claim runs afoul of Illinois state law on protecting biometric privacy. Judge James Donato ruled the claims by Illinois residents Nimesh Patel, Adam Pezen, and Carlo Licata were "sufficiently cohesive to allow for a fair and efficient resolution on a class basis. "Consequently, the case will proceed with a class consisting of Facebook users located in Illinois … [Read more...] about Facebook hit with class action suit over facial recognition tool
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A court in Ho Chi Minh City has halted a case brought by Uber B.V. against the municipal tax department, as the local company claiming to legally represent the ride-hailing service is in fact not authorized to do so.Tran Ngoc Tam, head of the Ho Chi Minh City tax department, confirmed to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper on Thursday that he was informed of the lawsuit suspension by the municipal People’s Court in the morning.The court rejected the case as the entity that had filed the lawsuit lacks the eligibility to do so, Tam said.The suit, a show of protest by the ride-sharing app after it was asked to pay VND66.68 billion (US$2.95 million) in back taxes by the city's taxman, was filed on December 20, 2017 by Chu Xuan Binh, a representative of Uber Vietnam Co. Ltd.Uber Vietnam is authorized by the Netherlands-based Uber B.V. to oversee its business in the Southeast Asian country.However, the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Court said that the … [Read more...] about Ho Chi Minh City court suspends Uber lawsuit against local taxman
LONDON: Facebook said it wanted to make its social media platform a "hostile environment" for terrorists in a statement issued after attackers killed seven people in London and prompted Prime Minister Theresa May to demand action from internet firms. Three attackers rammed a hired van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby on Saturday night in Britain's third major militant attack in recent months. May responded to the attack by calling for an overhaul of the strategy used to combat extremism, including a demand for greater international regulation of the internet, saying big internet companies were partly responsible for providing extreme ideology the space to develop. Facebook on Sunday said it condemned the London attacks. "We want Facebook to be a hostile environment for terrorists," said Simon Milner, Director of Policy at Facebook in an emailed statement. "Using a combination of technology and human review, we work aggressively to remove … [Read more...] about After London attack, Facebook says aims to be ‘hostile environment’ for terrorists
Facebook Inc said on Wednesday it had found that an operation likely based in Russia spent $100,000 on thousands of U.S. ads promoting divisive social and political messages in a two-year-period through May. Facebook, the dominant social media network, said 3,000 ads and 470 "inauthentic" accounts and pages spread polarizing views on topics including immigration, race and gay rights. Another $50,000 was spent on 2,200 "potentially politically related" ads, likely by Russians, Facebook said. U.S. election law bars foreign nationals and foreign entities from spending money to expressly advocate the election or defeat of a candidate. Non-U.S. citizens may generally advertise on issues. Other ads, such as those that mention a candidate but do not call for the candidate's election or defeat, fall into what lawyers have called a legal gray area. Facebook announced the findings in a blog post by its chief security officer, Alex Stamos, and said that it was cooperating with … [Read more...] about Facebook says likely Russian-based operation funded US ads with political message
by Trung Hieu In recent years, a number of parents and teachers have expressed worries over how some Vietnamese students were using Facebook. The students in question had expressed themselves on the social networking site too freely, using vulgar words, curses and insults against others, including their own parents and teachers, and speaking ill of, isolating and threatening friends. "Living with our children in the virtual world is not easy at all," admitted Nguyen Thu Hang, a mother residing in Ha Noi. "I used to know nothing about information technology. While all of my colleagues have accounts in Facebook, I didn't care about it," she said. "But after my daughter, a fifth grade student, joined Facebook, I had to join too." Hang managed to learn how to create and use her own Facebook account. She agreed to allow her daughter to use Facebook only if she gave her password to her parents and included them among her Facebook friends. "Moreover, my daughter must promise to aim and work … [Read more...] about Who decides the dos and don’ts of Facebook use?