Facebook users in the United States between May 24, 2007, and December 22, 2022 may be eligible for a class action settlement. Visit the settlement site www.facebookuserprivacysettlement.com to submit a claim or view more information.
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Facebook finds malicious Android and iOS apps targeting credentials
Facebook has reported finding more than 400 malicious Android and iOS apps intended to copy Facebook login credentials from users who run these apps. Facebook contacted Apple and Google regarding these apps found in their app stores. A list of the apps may be found here.
Facebook responds to prior data scraping of 530 million user accounts
Facebook has released a response to recent reports of 530 million user accounts made publicly available in an unsecured database. Facebook states that their systems were not hacked, but user data was scraped from its platform prior to September 2019. Facebook also states that the issue was corrected at that time and should not happen again.
Update: Facebook has changed its corporate name to Meta in October of 2021.
Downdetector shows outage information for websites and services
Downdetector shows outage information and status for widely used websites and services such as mobile and internet service providers, social media sites, banking and financial services, etc. This includes:
- Most recent outages
- List of all companies tracked
- Facebook, Facebook Messenger and WhatsApp
- Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and Snapchat
- Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint
- AT&T, Comcast / Xfinity, Spectrum, CenturyLink, Frontier and Cox
- Google, Gmail, Google Cloud, and Google Hangouts
- Google Drive, OneDrive, Dropbox and Box
- Apple Maps, iCloud, iMessage, and iWork
- Office 365, Outlook, Sharepoint, Skype and Skype for Business
- Visual Studio, Microsoft Teams, Azure, and Exchange
- Amazon Web Services (AWS), Cloudflare, and Zoom
PowerOutage.us is a different website that tracks electricity power outage data from utilities all over the United States.
Facebook Manage Activity and Photo Transfer Tool
Facebook will soon release a new feature – Manage Activity – that will allow users to archive or delete their user activity in bulk. Archived items can be still be made available, and deleted items can still be recovered up to 30 days later before they are permanently deleted.
Facebook also has a Photo Transfer Tool that will allow users to transfer their photos in bulk to a new website. This tool only works for Google Photos for now but other options will become available.
Google Meet, Skype Meet Now and Facebook Messenger Rooms video meeting tools
Google, Microsoft and Facebook all announced changes or updates to their video meeting tools in April 2020. These are alternatives to the popular Zoom video chat software.
Video meeting tool Google Meet is now available free of charge for all users. This will be a gradual rollout within the next few weeks. Users must sign in with their Google account, but Meet works entirely in a web browser and does not require downloads first.
Skype Meet Now is a different video meeting tool which does not require a sign-up or installation. A unique Meet Now link can be requested from Skype or a web browser. Meet Now appears as a Windows 10 TaskBar icon.
Facebook has also announced its new meeting tool – Facebook Messenger Rooms. Invited attendees do not need a Facebook account to attend the video meeting and downloads are not required. Rooms is not end-to-end encrypted. This is in addition to their Facebook Workplace and Facebook Work Groups services.
Facebook app will have more privacy features
Facebook will prompt its users to review their privacy settings within the next few weeks as part of a rollout of new and revised privacy features:
- An updated Privacy Checkup tool;
- An Off-Facebook Activity tool with a summary of data from third-party sites used for targeted ads, with an option to delete this data;
- A new Alerts for Third-Party Logins feature that allows you to see how your Facebook login is being used by other apps and services.
Facebook stored millions of unencrypted user passwords on internal servers
Facebook released a notice in March 2019 stating several million user passwords were kept in a readable unencrypted format on their own internal servers. However, Facebook maintains that this data was never publicly available or misused and will notify individual users affected by this issue.
Facebook reports data breach of millions of user accounts
Facebook reported a data breach of at least 50 million user accounts on September 28th 2018. This was related to Facebook’s “View As” feature, which has been temporarily disabled while the company continues its investigation. Facebook has reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts affected by the breach, as well as another 40 million accounts that had a “View As” look-up in the last year. These 90 million users will now have to log back in to Facebook.
Facebook posted a second update on October 12th regarding this data breach. They now believe 30 million user access tokens were affected instead of 50 million. The data breach did not affect Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger, Messenger Kids, Workplace, Pages, payments, third-party apps, Oculus, or advertising or developer accounts. Facebook users can check if their account was affected at www.facebook.com/help/securitynotice?ref=sec while logged into their Facebook account.
Technology companies collaborate on Data Transfer Project
Some of the world’s largest technology companies are working together on the Data Transfer Project (DTP). The purpose of this project is to build an open source common framework that can allow users to easily transfer data between any two data platforms.
Most of the major technology companies are represented, including:
More information is available at https://datatransferproject.dev and at the project’s GitHub page https://github.com/google/data-transfer-project.