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Housing groups say Facebook ads still allow discrimination in new lawsuit

Housing groups say Facebook ads still allow discrimination in new lawsuit

"In short, advertisers use Facebook technologies, such as the Facebook pixel, to help them show adverts to people who have visited their website or used their mobile app", Facebook said in an email to Dehaye.

In the wake of Cambridge Analytica scandal, where it was revealed millions of users' data gathered on Facebook was improperly accessed by a third party to possibly influence the United States election, I explored the settings page on my Facebook profile to discover what Facebook knew about me. So don't be surprised if you like some brand's clothing on Instagram and see the same ads on your Facebook timeline. It got me to think "what categories of my Facebook data is not available to me?"

Facebook faced a lot of flak when it came to light that British firm Cambridge Analytica allegedly used the Facebook data of almost 50 million users for questionable purposes.

This is rather surprising, considering the perceived popularity of the #DeleteFacebook movement which has been trending on social media platforms such as Facebook ever since-the likes of the WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton and Tesla co-founder and CEO Elon Musk have also waded into the debate, urging users to exit Facebook by deleting their accounts, business pages and more.

But the amount of data Facebook has stored on you doesn't stop there, unfortunately.

"Oh wow my deleted Facebook Zip file contains info on every single phone, cellphone call and text I made for about a year", wrote ‏Twitter user Mat Johnson. In case you want to prevent Facebook from tracking your online activity then Mozilla Firefox has a solution for you.




And while Facebook executives, including Mark Zuckerberg, say the users gave their permission for the data that's being used, those claims ring hollow. You could argue that Facebook's previous settings and policies weren't doing that. So, for example, a psychiatrist told me her patients were being recommended to each other as friends on Facebook, and that's because Facebook has all this contact information, and it's kind of chaining it together.

"There is no reason for it, I want to go back to the U.S. election, I want to go back to Brexit, all those circumstances that there is doubts on how information was used and weaponized", he said. Three users of the Facebook Messenger have filed lawsuits against the company for violating their privacy.

This lack of transparency is a big part of what is causing Facebook so much trouble. Because of the Android API loophole, Apple iOS users were not affected. Facebook says that once you opt out, all of your data will be wiped from Facebook's servers.

Make your account more secure: You can add more layers of protection to your account, like two-factor authentication. There were contacts included in the data list that I didn't talk to anymore.

Suddenly lots of people are waking up and asking themselves questions about Facebook.

-All my searches on Facebook over the years, the names of my followers and facial recognition of me and my friends.


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