Personal Contributions
December 2018 – Do you still believe in social media?
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Addiction & Mental health

July 2018 – Social media apps are ‘deliberately’ addictive to users
August 2017 – Irresistible: Why you are addicted to technology and how to set yourself free
January 2019 – Mental health: UK could ban social media over suicide images, minister warns

Racism, hate and discrimination, abuse

July 2018 – Facebook gives special protections to racist pages and allows extreme content to be shared, investigation shows
November 2018 – Ex-Facebook manager: black staffers face discrimination and exclusion
October 2018 – A Genocide Incited on Facebook, With Posts From Myanmar’s Military
November 2018 – Facebook criticised for post promoting child bride auction
December 2018 – Zuckerberg must end far right’s fundraising on Facebook – Tom Watson
March 2019 – Instagram biggest for child grooming online – NSPCC finds
October 2019 – Facebook includes Breitbart in new ‘high quality’ news tab
November 2019 – Maids for sale: How Silicon Valley enables online slave markets
December 2019 – Inside the hate factory: how Facebook fuels far-right profit
November 2019 – Amnesty International latest to slam surveillance giants Facebook and Google as “incompatible” with human rights
We called out Facebook and Google but still need them. That’s exactly the problem.
May 2020 – Facebook dominates cases of recorded social media grooming
June 2020 – Mark Zuckerberg criticised by civil rights leaders over Donald Trump Facebook post
June 2020 – Facebook Employees Stage Virtual Revolt Against Zuckerberg’s Inaction On Trump’s ‘Shooting’ Post
June 2020 – Facebook faces advertiser revolt over failure to address hate speech
June 2020 – List of #STOPHATEFORPROFIT avertisers
June 2020 – Third of advertisers may boycott Facebook in hate speech revolt
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2020/jun/30/third-of-advertisers-may-boycott-facebook-in-hate-speech-revolt
July 2020 – Charities to curb spend on social platforms that publish hate speech
https://www.theguardian.com/media/2020/jul/06/charities-to-curb-spend-on-social-platforms-that-publish-hate-speech

Privacy and data

2006-2018 – A timeline of Facebook’s privacy issues — and its responses
March 2018 – Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach
November 2018 – Seized documents reveal that Facebook knew about Russian data harvesting as early as 2014
November 2018 – Facebook appeals against Cambridge Analytica fine
October 2019 – Facebook agrees to pay Cambridge Analytica fine to UK
December 2018 – Facebook’s latest app data bug exposed the private photos of 6.8m users
December 2018 – Ability to read users’ private messages and to see the names, contact details and activities of their friends.
May 2019 – Facebook’s contract workers are looking at your private posts to train AI
January 2019 – Facebook paid teenagers to mine device data
February 2019 – Facebook attacked over app that reveals period dates of its users
September 2019 – Facebook confirms 419m phone numbers exposed in latest privacy lapse
September 2019 – Facebook isn’t secretly listening to your conversations, but the truth is much more disturbing
Apps were automatically taking screenshots of themselves and sending them to third parties. In one case, the app took video of the screen activity and sent that information to a third party
September 2019 –  New Instagram Security Exclusive: Confirmed ‘Bug’ Exposed Accounts And Phone Numbers

Fake news

December 2018 – ‘They don’t care’: Facebook fact-checking in disarray as journalists push to cut ties
February 2019 – Key fact-checkers stop working with Facebook
October 2019 – Facebook moderation firm Cognizant quits
October 2019 – Facebook challenged over political ad policy

PR and lies

November 2018 – Delay, Deny and Deflect: How Facebook’s Leaders Fought Through Crisis
November 2018 – Damage Control at Facebook: 6 Takeaways From The Times’s Investigation
April 2018 – 14 years of Mark Zuckerberg saying sorry, not sorry
November 2018 – MPs’ fury over Mark Zuckerberg ‘no-show’

(No) Tax

October 2018 – Facebook’s UK tax bill rises to £15.8m – but it is still just 1% of sales
October 2019 – Facebook paid just £28m tax after record £1.6bn revenues in UK
December 2019 – New study deems Amazon worst for ‘aggressive’ tax avoidance

OTHER LINKS

April 2019 – Amazon, Apple and Google all employ staff who listen to customer voice recordings from their smart speakers and voice assistant apps.
December 2019 – Whatsapp not legal for businesses / professional usage
February 2020 – Councils let firms track visits to webpages on benefits and disability
Full report from Brave

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