Facebook faces £500,000 fine from UK data watchdog

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-44785151 The UK’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for data breaches – the maximum allowed. The Information Commissioner’s Office said Facebook had failed to ensure another company – Cambridge Analytica – had deleted users’ data. The ICO will also bring a criminal action against Cambridge Analytica’s defunct parent company SCL Elections. And it has raised concerns about political parties buying personal information from “data brokers”. Specifically it named one company used by the Labor Party, Emma’s Diary, which gives medical advice and free baby-themed products to parents. […]

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Dr. Seuss museum to replace mural after complaints of racism

The first national museum dedicated to the beloved children’s author and illustrator Dr. Seuss has opened in his hometown of Springfield, Mass. But Theodore Geisel’s early controversial political illustrations are conspicuously absent. (June 5) AP SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts museum dedicated to Dr. Seuss says it will replace a mural featuring a Chinese character from one of his books after three authors said they would boycott an event due to the “jarring racial stereotype.” The mural features illustrations from the author’s first children’s book, And to Think That […]

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US ‘fake news’ kingpin Paul Horner found dead at 38

Speaking on CNN, Paul Horner defended his work as “political satire” A writer who became notorious for peddling “fake news” during the 2016 US election campaign has died at 38. Paul Horner was found dead in his bed in Laveen, Arizona, on 18 September, after a suspected drug overdose, officials said. Horner, who published fraudulent articles on Facebook and websites he set up, claimed he was the reason Donald Trump was elected in November. Fake news was a major concern during and after the US presidential campaign. A surge of […]

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