Sunday, 17 February, 2019

WhatsApp Hires EFF's Nate Cardozo as Privacy Policy Manager

Facebook Privacy Updates and Interest Based Ad Model Perfect timing: Facebook hires top privacy law activists
Laurie Berry | 01 February, 2019, 05:21

"We're going to get to a point soon where people feel like Facebook is about communities as much as it's about your friends and family - where nearly everyone is in a group that is meaningful to them and that community is a central part of their experience".

Facebook has intentionally kept ad unit pricing for Stories 20 percent to 50 percent lower than News Feed as it works to improve performance and could bring a double-barreled benefit to ad revenue growth if it can improve ad efficacy, Morgan Stanley analysts said.

After 18 months of distraction defending itself over privacy and its role as a platform for electoral manipulation, Facebook Inc is focusing squarely on products after its strong fourth-quarter results won back investors, who sent its shares up almost 12 percent on Thursday.

"We put most of our energy into security over the past 19 months", Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said on a call with investors.

Facebook's most recent concern came to light just a day ago (29 January).

"The Irish DPC will be very closely scrutinizing Facebook's plans as they develop, particularly insofar as they involve the sharing and merging of personal data between different Facebook companies", DPC said in a statement.

Nintendo delays its very first Mario Kart game for mobile
It was the first time that Mario had been playable on another game platform. "The app will now launch in Summer 2019". Nintendo has confirmed that the launch of Mario Kart Tour has been pushed back to this summer.

Shares of the social media network rose almost 12 percent to $168 in trading before the bell on Thursday, with at least 17 analysts raising their price targets on the stock.

Nathan White, from Access Now, previously criticized a Senate Commerce Committee hearing which he said featured witnesses from big tech companies but no consumers groups.

A Facebook responded to the report: "Key facts about this market research program are being ignored". In addition, it's spent a lot of time building out apps not called Facebook: namely, Instagram and WhatsApp. "And that's who they want managing privacy at WhatsApp'".

Daily active users on the site reached 1.52b, up 9% compared to previous year and led by growth in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.

The hire comes at the flawless time, as Facebook recently announced its plans to merge Messenger, Instagram, and WhatsApp leaving some questioning whether user privacy and data will be at risk.

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