Metawatch. (Formerly known as Facebookwatch.)

Meta tries to bully a nation-state, again. It did not go well.

Again, this was Facebook testimony up in Canada today where Mark Zuckerberg still has an active subpoena to testify.

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Meta fined record-breaking $24.6m for deliberately ignoring political ad law

Despite warnings of Chinese and Russian mischief and manipulation ahead of the US midterm elections, it seems American companies and citizens are perfectly capable of denting democracy on their own.

A Washington judge fined Meta $24.6 million this week after ruling that Facebook intentionally broke [PDF] the state’s campaign finance transparency laws 822 times. This fine was the maximum amount, we’re told, and represents the largest-ever penalty of its kind in the US.

To put the fine in perspective: it’s about half a day of Meta’s quarterly profits, which in these uncertain economic times dropped to $4.4 billion for Q3 this year.

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Because that’s working so well for Musk.

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I mean, I do want him to use it…

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Snl Season 47 GIF by Saturday Night Live

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Interesting. When your social network becomes a nightmare of targeted harassment I guess the easiest way to cope is just to file all the edges off everyone.

Surely this will solve everything

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You can’t have people trying to connect with each other based upon their backgrounds. Why would queer people want to do that?

I just read that this may be motivated by advertising & people targeting folks for financial and housing services in exclusionary and illegal ways.

Then find a way to ban your advertisers from accessing this info when purchasing from you. Make it unavailable on your sales site.

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Some commentary on how bad Horizon Meetings is from The Vergecast

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Linden Lab tried this to a lesser extent and it failed then. I just don’t get why folks keep repeating the same strategies to only have just slightly different fail states.

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Tax prep services send sensitive financial info to Facebook - and they didn’t even know they were doing it

https://pluralistic.net/2022/11/22/free-file-now/#still-the-product

If you were unfortunate enough to e-file your US tax using HR Block, Taxact or Taxslayer, your most sensitive financial information was nonconsenually shared with Facebook, where it was added to the involuntary dossier the company maintains billions of people, including people who don’t have Facebook accounts.

A blockbuster investigative report from The Markup and The Verge reveals that major tax-prep services illegally embedded the Facebook tracking pixel in their sites, configured so that it transmitted as much data as possible to the surveillance giant.

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A lawsuit filed in the High Court of England and Wales has demanded that Meta’s Facebook social media platform stops harvesting personal data for the purposes of advertising and marketing.

The suit was filed by tech and human rights activist Tanya O’Carroll, who said this amounts to “surveillance advertising” with her legal team claiming: “Meta repeatedly refused to respect … O’Carroll’s absolute right to object to being surveilled and profiled” when she tried to opt out of having her personal data being processed by Meta for the purposes of marketing.

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As some commentators have noted, the lawsuit goes to the heart of Facebook’s business model, and if there’s anything shareholders like worse than throwing billions of dollars at an unprofitable Metaverse, it’s demonetizing some of the data that fuels current ad sales, so this is one to watch.

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