The social network just revamped its ad preference settings to make them significantly easier for users to understand. They’ve also launched a new ad education portal, which explains, in general terms, how Facebook targets ads.
“We want the ads people see on Facebook to be interesting, useful and relevant,” a Facebook spokesperson said.
But it remains to be seen whether users are pleased or frightened by the new information they suddenly have.
There is another option, of course: If Facebook tracking freaks you out, simply don’t use it.
Since at least 2013, Facebook has been making noises about connecting the entire world to the internet. But even Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s operations head, admits that there are Facebook users who don’t know they’re on the internet. So is Facebook succeeding in its goal if the people it is connecting have no idea they are using the internet? And what does it mean if masses of first-time adopters come online not via the open web, but the closed, proprietary network where they must play by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s rules?
Verwirrung und Verwunderung vielorts: Am Freitagabend gegen 18 Uhr deutscher Zeit ist Facebook ausgefallen – offenbar sowohl im Web als auch in Mobil-Apps. Das Problem war offenbar ein globales.
Die Nutzer wichen indes auf die Plattform Twitter aus – und suchten Hilfe bei den Behörden. Der Polizist Burton Brink aus Los Angeles bat schließlich um etwas Ruhe: „Bitte hören Sie auf, uns anzurufen. Wir wissen auch nicht, wann Facebook wieder online ist!“
Facebook has deleted the University of Warwick female crew team’s page from its network for posting nude photographs. (All of the subjects covered their private parts with life vests, oars, and other props, so the images weren’t sexually explicit.) The problem? The male crew team’s page wasn’t deleted even though it posted similar photographs, which means that Facebook is once again demonstrating the disconnect between its censorship of the male and female body.
Just to drive that point home, Facebook deleted the New Yorker’s page because it posted a drawing of a naked woman in which “female nipple bulges” — I really can’t get over the horror of that phrase — were clearly visible. The man’s nipples, which were also ink blots made to look like some portion of the human anatomy, were fine. That is the epitome of ridiculousness.
It was the first public comment on the study by a Facebook executive since the furor erupted in social-media circles over the weekend.
“This was part of ongoing research companies do to test different products, and that was what it was; it was poorly communicated,” Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, said while in New Delhi. “And for that communication we apologize. We never meant to upset you.”
Facebook wurde groß mit einer „ausgeprägten Hacker-Kultur“ – so sagt es Gründer Zuckerberg. Diese Zeiten sind vorbei: Alles deutet darauf hin, dass die Geldmaschine jetzt erst richtig loslegt.
[…] „Move fast and break things“, so lautete bislang das Firmenmotto. Sei schnell, egal ob dabei auch mal was kaputt geht. Zuckerberg sagt, diese Zeiten seien vorbei, das Motto gelte ab sofort nicht mehr. Stattdessen brauche es nun Stabilität und Seriosität.