Newscast Media MOSCOW—The Russian federal communications and media watchdog,
Roskomnadzor, has threatened to ban Facebook over claims the social network
advertised smoking blends designed to cause effects similar to those of illegal drugs.
Roskomnadzor spokesman Vladimir Pykov on Thursday said the social network has
been provisionally put on a list of banned Internet sites and asked it to remove the
controversial content within three days.
Pykov said several users had complained that Facebook ads were advertising illegal
products, leading to online stores selling the products.
Facebook blamed the appearance of the advertisements on a technical glitch.
Later on September 19, Facebook said the controversial ads had been removed.
Under a 2012 law, websites that publish materials propagating the use of narcotics,
child pornography, or suicide are banned in Russia.
The offending website can be blocked if it does not eliminate the problem within three
Source: Radio Free Europe
Newscast Media –The social network giant Facebook has been caught letting its users personal info slip into the hands of advertising and data firms again — however, Facebook says it wasn’t on purpose. The names of people who use some of the website’s most popular applications, such as Farmville and Texas HoldEm Poker, were “transmitted” to outside companies by those apps via the User ID, according to a Wall Street Journal investigation.
“A Facebook user ID may be inadvertently shared by a user’s Internet browser or by an application,” a Facebook spokesman told the newspaper. According to the Wall Street Journal, the Facebook User ID is a number attached to each individual, and can reveal that person’s name, and even the names of friends,” regardless of that person’s privacy settings.
The Facebook spokesman stressed, however, that the ID itself “does not permit access to anyone’s private information.”
“This is an even more complicated technical challenge than a similar issue we successfully addressed last spring on Facebook.com,” the Facebook spokesman told the Journal, “but one that we are committed to addressing.”
The social media website contends it is making efforts to “dramatically limit” the leaking of users’ personal information. http://newscastmedia.com/farmville.htm
Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg sits with ABC news and talks about what it is like to own and run Facebook.
Zuckerberg said, “It’s really the people themselves who have gotten us to this state. I mean, we’ve built a lot of products that we think are good, and will help people share photos and share videos and write messages to each other. But it’s really all about how people are spreading Facebook around the world in all these different countries. And that’s what’s so amazing about the scale that it’s at today.”
He dismissed the impending lawsuit that alleges he signed over his rights to a business partner by saying, “If we said that we were unsure, I think that was likely taken out of context. Because I think we were quite sure that we did not sign a contract that says that they have any right to ownership over Facebook.”
Newscast Media — Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has been accused by 2.5 million Muslims of ignoring their feelings, and have threatened to leave if Facebook does not reinstate their pages that were taken down. The Muslims threatened to join the social newtwork ‘madina.com’ which is a Muslim network.
A letter written by the Muslims to Zuckerberg read, “Although you have attended the world’s best communication skills courses you have been most successful in growing great hatred and hostility between you and Muslims around the world, but seriously this time you have caused an almost unrepairable damage.”
The letter also accused Zuckerberg of “Ignoring the feelings of 2.5 million Muslims.”
The letter also accused Facebook of “irresponsible behavior” for allowing “Everybody Draw Mohammed Day”. According to Muslims, there is one line in the Quran which is commonly taken to mean that it is impossible for human hands to recreate their Prophet Mohammed’s likeness. To attempt to do so is an insult to Allah, it is believed.
A spokesperson for Facebook said that the Islamic pages, which included “I love Mohammed” and “Quran Lovers”, were taken down because they were being used to ‘spam’ users, which is against the company’s policy. http://www.newscastmedia.com/facebook.htm