We’re here with our weekly round-up of the top social media news stories from the week. We summarise the latest social updates in quick snippets so that you can stay up-to-date with all things social.
Our top story this week is that the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook. Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the commission has officially opened an investigation into Facebook. They’ve taken recent press reports very seriously, and now their goal is to double-check whether Facebook are sticking to their promised stronger privacy practices. (via Recode).
Facebook’s cleaning up its act by removing third-party data providers from ad targeting. Small brick and mortar businesses without a data set may have found the info from third party services like Experian and Acxiom useful for their targeted advertising. Amidst all of the allegations however, Facebook have decided to cut them off. Put simply, Facebook don’t have proper control over how these third parties obtain their data, so it’s easier for them to get rid rather than risk any potential legal headaches. (via Recode).
Rest assured, Facebook denies that it’s not collecting call and SMS data from phones without permission. For those who have given permission however, undoubtedly you might be worrying about your privacy given the recent news, but Founder Mark Zuckerberg has publicly announced ‘We have a responsibility to protect your information. If we can’t, we don’t deserve it’. So, it’s seemingly in safe hands and with constant scrutiny from the press and investigations by the commision, there’s no margin for any kind of hiccups. (via TechCrunch).
Facebook’s testing private comments on public posts. They’re listening to your privacy concerns and they also know that you’d rather comment about public news with your real friends rather than strangers. So, they’re currently testing a private comment box under public posts. It’s another way of fulfilling Facebook’s goal of helping you to better connect with your friends and family. (via TheNextWeb).
Snapchat’s aiming for a map based newsfeed with Snap Map. A new Explore feature will let you see where your friends are and where they’re traveling based upon their movements. Sound a bit intrusive? Well, for those worried about privacy, this has an opt-in option. It’ll help you to read your Snap Map updates in a more methodical way. (via TechCrunch).
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