Facebook Details Several Privacy Changes Coming in the Wake of Cambridge Analytica Scandal

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Facebook Chief Technology Officer Mike Shroepfer today wrote a blog post outlining several changes that are being made to Facebook APIs to limit the amount of data apps can collect from Facebook users.

Changes are being made to the Events, Groups, and Pages API to cut down on what apps can see. With the Events API, for example, apps will no longer be able to access attendees or posts on the event wall, and the Groups API will no longer provide member lists or names associated with posts or comments.


Facebook will also now need to approve third-party access to both Groups and Pages APIs, and, as mentioned previously, all apps that access information like check-ins, photos, posts, and videos. Apps will no longer be able to see religious or political views, relationship status, education, work history, and tons more, all of which was previously readily available.

It is also no longer possible to search for a person’s phone number or email address to locate them on Facebook. Facebook says “malicious actors” have used this feature to “scrape public profile information” using data pulled from search and account recovery options.

For Android users, Facebook had been collecting call and message logs to enable Messenger features. Facebook says it will delete all logs older than a year and will upload less data to its servers going forward.

Starting next Monday, Facebook will also introduce a link at the top of the News Feed to let all users see what apps are installed and what information has been shared with those apps to make it easy for less technically savvy users to remove apps.

The Facebook privacy changes come in the wake of the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal, where Cambridge Analytica used personal data acquired from Facebook in an illicit manner by a third-party app to create targeted political advertisements during the 2016 election.


Originally, Facebook said Cambridge Analytica was able to collect data on 50 million Facebook users, but today, Facebook clarified that it actually had access to the Facebook data from up to 87 million people, with 70 million of those in the United States.

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2018 iPad teardown finds few major changes beyond A10 Fusion processor, Apple Pencil support

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The new, education-focused iPad device offers two major changes, as well as a few minor ones, according to iFixit’s iPad 6 teardown, released Tuesday
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What’s new in iOS 11.4 beta 1? Hands-on with new features and changes [Video]

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The first iOS 11.4 beta was seeded to developers earlier this afternoon, and it brings back several features that were found in previous betas. Watch our hands-on video walkthrough inside for a brief look at what’s included. more…

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iOS 11.4 Beta 1 Release Notes And Changes: What’s New In This Release?

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Here are iOS 11.4 beta 1 release notes and changes that you need to know about, in short, here’s what is new in this release.

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New OnePlus 5/5T Open Beta brings Weather and Gaming mode related changes

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OnePlus has started pushing out a new Open Beta build to its OnePlus 5 and 5T smartphones. Arriving as Open Beta 7 and 5, respectively, the update brings along changes related to Launcher, Weather, and Gaming mode. Starting with Weather-related changes, the accuracy of current location has been improved along with addition of new icons and updated UI. Moving on to Launcher, the update adds a recent search tag in search app section of the app drawer. As for Gaming mode related changes, the release notes say “Network boost in Gaming mode – network priority for gaming App in the…

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Instagram announces new changes to the timeline based on feedback

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Instagram has announced new changes to the timeline based on user feedback. One of these changes is the introduction of ‘New Posts’ button that lets you manually refresh. This prevents the previous automatic refreshing of the timeline that had a habit of yanking you out of whichever part of the app you were in and throwing you at the start of your timeline. Users can now manually refresh whenever they want without the app doing it for them. The other change is a slightly more chronological timeline. Instagram introduced an algorithmic timeline that sorted posts based on what it…

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Two major Instagram feed changes: new posts will show up first & no auto refresh

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Apple updates Apple Store app with new Sessions tab, design changes

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Apple on Thursday rolled out a revamped version of its Apple Store app for iOS, introducing a new Sessions tab for easy access to Today at Apple events and app-wide design tweaks.
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Instagram Turns Off Auto Feed Refresh, Changes Feed Algorithm to Focus on Newer Posts

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Instagram today announced that it’s making changes to the Instagram feed algorithm to address concerns users have had with the feed for quite some time now.

Instagram originally used a chronological feed, showing the newest Instagram posts first when you opened up the app, but the company changed that in June of 2016 to display posts based on relevancy. The change caused days-old posts to be displayed in some situations, which users were unhappy with.

Starting today, Instagram is planning to focus more on surfacing newer posts, a change the company is making based on user feedback. It won’t be the same as the original chronological feed, but Instagram says new posts will show up first.

Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.

Instagram is also disabling the feature that causes the Instagram feed to automatically refresh. Instead, Instagram is testing a “New Posts” button that will let users decide when to refresh a feed.

Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.

Instagram says additional feed improvements will be introduced over the course of the next few months.
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