Facebook, Twitter say user data was exposed to app developers

Robie de Guzman   •   November 26, 2019   •   291

San Francisco, USA – Facebook and Twitter announced Monday that an app store bug allowed hundreds of users’ personal data to be accessed by third-party developers of some applications downloaded from the Google Play store.

While the companies did not directly expose user information, they said a bug in a development software managed by One Audience allowed the breach. It gave outside developers access to users’ personal information including email addresses, usernames and shared content.

“While we have no evidence to suggest that this was used to take control of a Twitter account, it is possible that a person could do so,” Twitter wrote on a blog post about the matter.

Facebook and Twitter reported the finding in their statements, saying they were aware hundreds of people were affected and that they planned to notify those concerned that their data may have been accessed without their explicit consent.

Personal data may have been accessed after users used their Facebook or Twitter account to sign up for applications created by One Audience downloaded from the Google Play store.

Although both social media companies avoided mentioning specific applications, US media pointed out that at least two could be photo editing programs Giant Square and Photofy.

“After investigating, we removed the apps from our platform for violating our platform policies and issued cease and desist letters against One Audience and Mobiburn,” Facebook wrote Monday in a statement. EFE-EPA

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Facebook agrees to provide documents in California data privacy probe

Robie de Guzman   •   November 22, 2019

San Francisco, USA – American tech giant Facebook on Thursday agreed to hand over further documents to Californian state authorities in its data privacy investigation.

The move by the Menlo Park company comes after the state’s attorney general, Democrat Xavier Becerra, earlier this month publicly accused Facebook of not cooperating with investigation carried out by his department.

Becerra had termed the responses sent by the company as “inadequate” and his office asked a court to take action to compel Facebook to respond to subpoenas.

On Thursday Facebook agreed to provide at least some of the requested documents next week.

The investigation was opened in June 2018, just a few months after the scandal involving British consultancy Cambridge Analytica, which used an app to collect the personal data of millions of Facebook users without their consent and for political ends. EFE-EPA

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Istorya: A superhero story of a boy who wants to save his dad

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 16, 2019

Unlike most of the kids his age, Lance Abarquez is not used to playing.

While 12-year-olds like him would run around or play ball, Lance would prefer selling tinapa or smoked fish.

At the tender age of 12, Lance is doing everything he can to succeed in life.

“Hindi po ako sanay maglaro po, iyong nanay ko po kasi mahirap din po (I was never used to playing because my mom was poor),” he said.

Lance started selling when he was eight years old. Similar to some superhero backstory, he never knew his biological parents. Instead, Lance was able to find a home with Soledad Reyes and Eduardo Abarquez.

Unfortunately, his foster mother, Soledad passed away while his father got diagnosed with tuberculosis.

Despite the struggles at an early age, Lance continues to face his everyday life with hope and perseverance—like most superheroes. He wakes up at 6:00 a.m. to study and will go home as late as 9:00 p.m. for selling smoked fish.

His superhero goal? Save up for college and to help his sick father.

Lance said he wanted to give back the love and support he received from his father.

“Masuklian ko siya sa pag-aalaga niya po sa akin dati (I want to repay him for taking care of me),” he said.

Lance recently went viral on social media after a netizen posted his story on Facebook.

Get to know more about Lance’s story on Istorya at 5:00 p.m., Saturday.—AAC

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MMDA Spokesperson Celine Pialago sues 3 Facebook page administrators for cyberlibel

Freema Gloria   •   October 9, 2019

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago

MMDA Spokesperson Asec. Celine Pialago has filed a complaint before the PNP Anti-cybercrime group against the administrators of three Facebook pages who allegedly have been disseminating false information about her.

In a post of Pinoy laugh page, it stated that Pialago has allegedly advised commuters to better stay at home if they were having difficulty commuting to work.

Pialago vehemently denied saying such a statement.

Aside from the said administrators, the MMDA spokesperson is also planning to hold the twitter page users responsible for spreading fake news about her.

The PNP Anti-cybercrime group is now looking into the identities of the said Facebook page administrators. —FSG (with details from April Cenedoza)

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