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Spammers and scammers using U.S. election to turn profit online, Facebook says

LONDON (Reuters) – Fraudsters from Albania to Vietnam are posting about U.S. politics and the upcoming presidential election to build fake audiences, maximise clicks and make money online, Facebook Inc said on Wednesday.

FILE PHOTO: A 3D-printed elections box and Facebook logo are placed on a keyboard in front of U.S. flag in this illustration taken October 6, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo

In a new report about so-called “inauthentic behaviour” on its platform, Facebook said the Nov. 3 election had become a common lure to trick users into visiting online stores or websites laden with pay-per-view adverts.

“If you are a financially motivated actor who’s trying to make money based on clicks, you are going to use whatever content is going to get you eyeballs,” Nathaniel Gleicher, Facebook’s head of cybersecurity policy, told Reuters.

“And obviously, there’s a lot of attention being paid to what’s happening in the United States

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“Trumpcare” doesn’t exist. But Facebook and Google cash in on misleading ads for “garbage” insurance

“Trumpcare” insurance will “finally fix healthcare,” said an advertisement on Facebook.

A Google ad urged people to “Enroll in Trumpcare plans. Healthcare changes are coming.”

The problem is, there’s no such thing as “Trumpcare.”

Facebook and Google have promised to crack down on lies and misinformation about politics in the run-up to next month’s presidential election, but they have run tens of thousands of ads in the past year containing false claims about health insurance reform and plans.

The “Trumpcare” ads don’t appear to have a political aim and don’t advocate for the reelection of President Donald Trump over former Vice President Joe Biden. Nonetheless, the Facebook ads touting these nonexistent products have been viewed some 22 million times in the past year, disproportionately in battleground states like Texas, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania, according to Facebook data.

The ads are placed by marketers targeting consumers — politically

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Facebook (FB) Instagram Commits to Fighting Hidden Ads Following U.K. Probe

Illustrations Of Facebook Inc.'s Instagram As App Changes Its Look

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Facebook Inc.’s Instagram will change the way users post advertisements as part of a wider probe by the U.K. competition watchdog to combat misleading online ads.

Facebook has committed to this “important behavior shift” following an investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority, the regulator said in a statement Friday. The changes will make it “much harder” for users to post ads without labeling them as such.

Instagram promised to prompt users “to confirm if they have been incentivized in any way to promote a product or service and, if so, require them to disclose this fact clearly,” the CMA said.

Instagram has previously faced criticism by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission over a lack of transparency in posts by users and whether they’re being paid by a company to push a product. The move also comes as Facebook has been scrambling in recent

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Facebook, Google hoard data in ‘feedback loop’ of growth: Congress

  • Big tech companies like Facebook and Google have collected so much personal data that they now use it to secure their own market dominance in an “advantageous feedback loop,” according to a House antitrust report published this month.
  • The report provides one of the most comprehensive investigations to date into the personal data market, and recommends ways that future laws could aim to give people more power over their own data.
  • Citing expert testimony and newly-surfaced internal documents from the companies, lawmakers warn that Facebook and Google use their mountain of data to improve their own products and bat away competitors.
  • Privacy has been sacrificed because there are hardly any other competing products people can use instead of Google and Facebook, the report argues.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

It’s no secret that tech giants like Google and Facebook are constantly hoovering up data on everyone who uses

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If you’re a small-business owner, chances are you spend a decent amount on promoting your business online through platforms such as Facebook and Instagram. After all, social media advertising is one of the most effective ways to segment your target audience.

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Being authentic on Facebook is better for your mental health, researchers say | Health

Exotic vacation pics. Shots of healthy meals. Flattering selfies.

Whether you’re on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat or TikTok, many people make huge efforts to curate the best version of themselves online.

But it might be better for your mental health not to craft an idealized view of yourself when using social media, according to a new study published Tuesday in Nature Communications.

There are psychological benefits associated with being authentic when it comes to Facebook posts and likes, a team of US researchers at New York’s Columbia Business School and Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in Chicago found.

“Being prompted to post in an authentic way was associated with more positive mood and affect, and less negative mood within participants,” the study said.

“Our findings suggest that all individuals regardless of personality traits could benefit from being authentic on social media.”

To reach this conclusion, the researchers did two things.

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Mark Zuckerberg and Facebook have a plan to kill the iPhone

Zuckerberg went one further on his veiled slight against Apple – which is planning to make a change to the iPhone’s software with the potential to significantly hobble Facebook’s ad revenues – and said he was keen to avoid glasses that effectively “put an Apple Watch on your face”.

For some, the Facebook chief’s ambitions remain some way into the future, and the reputational damage the social network has taken may prevent it from nailing the AR market.

“I think the underlying driver for Zuckerberg’s vision is purely business, he wants to control the whole ecosystem of people’s worlds,” says Carlton Reeve, the head of one of the world’s few dedicated augmented reality courses at the University of Bradford.

“Zuckerberg doesn’t want to rely on anyone else’s technology, it makes his business weak. I think it would be foolish to ignore the enormous weight and power that Apple exerts through

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Online Video Advertisement Market 2019 Emerging Trends and Technology- Amazon.com Inc., Alphabet Inc., Facebook Inc

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Apple to Let Facebook Online Events Temporarily Avoid 30% Cut

(Bloomberg) — Apple Inc. will let users of Facebook Inc.’s online events product use the social network’s own payment method through the end of the year, temporarily bypassing the iPhone maker’s typical 30% cut.

The Cupertino, California-based technology giant said it is making the exception as some businesses were forced to move their physical events online due to the Covid-19 pandemic. App Store apps that facilitate in-person classes or events have always been allowed to accept payment methods other than Apple’s, bypassing the fee. But once businesses moved online, almost all classes became virtual and were no longer exempt from Apple’s 30% cut.

Apple said that after the reprieve through the end of 2020, Facebook will be required to implement the in-app-purchase system. The iPhone maker noted that it gave the same exemption to Airbnb Inc. and ClassPass.

Facebook rolled out a live events feature in August that lets business

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