caught blocking AP and Guardian stories about the their massive data
a massive data breach has exposed the personal information of 50 million
Facebook users to hackers. A companyblogreports
that nearly 90 million users were forced to log out out of their accounts
as a security precaution and provided little detail on what personal
information attackers were able to access.
to circulate on Twitter that Facebook was blocking a Guardian story about
the breach from beingpostedon
to circulate that an Associated Press story about the breach was being
blocked as well:
users and journalists struggled to make sense of why Facebook was
censoring this massive news story for over an hour until reports once
again surfaced on Twitter suggesting that the block had beenresolved:
it appears as though Facebook’s effort to block the story was an anti-SPAM
glitch, it’s hard to imagine how this day could have gone much worse for
breach and censorship news comes on the heels of multiple privacy scandals
for the social media giant, including a new SECinvestigationinto
Facebook’s statements regarding Cambridge Analytica, and revelations that
numbers used to enable two-factor authentication that makes online
accounts more secure.
liberties and digital rights groups have longdemandedtech
companies like Facebook minimize the amount of data they store on users.
Today’s news is a powerful reminder of why this is so important, and adds
new urgency to calls for federal lawmakers to consider strict penalties
and new liabilities for companies who fail to adopt technical safeguards
for sensitive user data—likethosein
California’s new privacy bill.
data harvesting business model just put 50 million people in danger.
Rather than shoring up their security, companies like Facebook have been
spending millions lobbying against real privacy and data security
protections for Internet users. We need real laws that protect people, not
ones that the companies write themselves behindcloseddoors.
need to minimize the amount of data they collect and be held accountable
when they put people at risk. That’s the only thing that will prevent them
from collecting this much data in the first place. The tech industry is
facing a reckoning. It needs to change.
must push back on corporations or governments that try to undermine our
human rights to privacy, security, and liberty. Join us in making this a