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HUD complaint accuses Facebook ads of violating Fair Housing Act – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-19T15:54:23+00:00 August 19th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

A new complaint filed Friday by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) accuses Facebook of helping landlords and home sellers violate the Fair Housing Act. According to the grievance filed by the department, Facebook’s ad settings let sellers disregard laws by targeting specific demographics. HUD says that the ability to

Movado Group acquires watch startup MVMT – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-17T21:56:26+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

The Movado Group, which sells multiple brands including Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger and Hugo Boss, has purchased MVMT, a small watch company founded by Jacob Kassan and Kramer LaPlante in 2013. The company, which advertised heavily on Facebook, logged $71 million in revenue in 2017. Movado purchased the company for $100 million. The acquisition

Facebook’s Kodi box ban is nothing new – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-17T16:46:55+00:00 August 17th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

According to recent reports, Facebook has updated its Commerce Policy to specifically ban the sale of Kodi boxes on its site – that is, devices that come with pre-installed Kodi software, which are often used for illegally streaming digital content. However, the ban is not a new one – Facebook confirms its policy on

Facebook awards $200K to Internet Defense Prize winners – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-17T00:13:46+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Facebook announced today the winners of its annual Internet Defense Prize and awarded first-, second- and third-place winners a total of $200,000 for research papers that addressed topics of internet security and privacy. Combined with $800,000 in Secure the Internet Grants awarded to security and privacy researchers earlier this week, the company has now

Facebook is going back to college – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T21:08:12+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

More posts by this contributor Broadening education investments to full-stack solutions College for the 21st century Kids these days take a greater interest in practical things than we give them credit for. For example, this summer my 12-year-old son Leo was at sleepaway camp in Canada. When we received his first letter home,

Crimson Hexagon regains Facebook data access – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T18:04:44+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Analytics company Crimson Hexagon says Facebook has reinstated its data access to Facebook and Instagram. That access was suspended last month, with Facebook saying it was investigating whether the company had violated any of its data use policies. (The social network, of course, has been dealing with the fallout from a separate controversy

Facebook says birthday fundraisers have raised more than $300 million over the past year – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-16T06:45:20+00:00 August 16th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Facebook marked the first anniversary of its birthday fundraisers by revealing that more than $300 million in donations have been raised through the feature, which lets users mark their birthdays by creating a donation drive for an organization of their choice. About 750,000 non-profits currently have access to Facebook’s fundraising tools (but not

Facebook buys Vidpresso’s team and tech to make video interactive – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-13T21:58:40+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Zombie-like passive consumption of static video is both unhealthy for viewers and undifferentiated for the tech giants that power it. That’s set Facebook on a mission to make video interactive, full of conversation with broadcasters and fellow viewers. It’s racing against Twitch, YouTube, Twitter and Snapchat to become where people watch together and

Messenger Kids rolls out passphrases so kids can initiate friend requests themselves – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-13T17:54:24+00:00 August 13th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Facebook is making it easier for kids to add their friends on its under-13 chat app, Messenger Kids. Starting today, the company is rolling out a new feature that will allow kids to request parents’ approval of new contacts. To use the feature, parents will turn on a setting that creates a four-word

Facebook is the recruiting tool of choice for far-right group the Proud Boys – TechCrunch

By | 2018-08-11T04:21:16+00:00 August 11th, 2018|Categories: Facebook|

Twitter may have suspended the Proud Boys and their controversial leader Gavin McInnes, but it was never their platform of choice. The Proud Boys, a self described “Western chauvinist” organization that often flirts with more hard-line groups of the far right, runs an elaborate network of recruiting pages on Facebook to attract and