Impact of Facebook data leak hard to tell — expert
admin • March 23, 2018 • 3135
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg addresses the audience during a meeting of the APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Ceo Summit in Lima, Peru, November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mariana Bazo
Mark Zuckerberg, vows to step up to fix problems as Facebook, the social media giant, fights over a growing scandal over the hijacking personal data from 50 million of its users.
The Facebook loss came after U.S. and British media reported that the data of more than 50 million Facebook users were inappropriately used by a British data analysis company, Cambridge Analytica, in activities allegedly connected with U.S. President Donald Trump during his 2016 campaign.
But Adjunct Professor Amy Zalman of Georgetown University argued that the impact may be powerful in theories. It was hard to tell how much impact the data leak may have on the political campaigns, given the complexity of human behavior.
“Because they use our data for advertising, right? It’s what they do and how they make their money,” Zalman said.
She does not think that technology companies like Facebook will reform without some really clear incentives that come either from Washington or from citizens, from popular pressure.
“And that can be powerful but human behavior is a complicated thing. We don’t fully understand it,” said the adjunct professor.
Facebook admitted that an estimated 270,000 people had downloaded the app and shared their personal details with it. — Reuters
MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said government troops would remain alert and will continue its efforts to counter terrorists who threaten the country following the reported death of Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
In a statement, AFP spokesman Marine Brigadier General Edgard Arevalo said, the death of Baghdadi dealt a severe blow on terrorist organizations across the globe.
“We expect that his death will impact negatively on the leadership of terrorists in various parts of the world,” Arevalo said.
“The AFP will continue with our vigorous efforts to prevent or counter terrorist extremists who continue to threaten our country,” he added. “Our troops in the frontlines remain on high alert to thwart possible attempts to ride on this development.”
The military issued the statement after United States President Donald Trump announced that Baghdadi killed himself by detonating a suicide vest during a raid launched by US troops on Saturday. Baghdadi led the jihadist group in controlling and declaring a caliphate in large areas of Syria and Iraq at one point.
Arevalo also vowed to continue blocking the Daesh-inspired groups from recruiting new members and exploiting the situation in the countryside, calling their attempt towards resurgence as “futile.”
“We will build from our triumph in Marawi in frustrating ISIS move to establish a caliphate in our country,” he said.
The military also urged the public anew to stay alert and be actively involved in reporting to authorities any suspicious persons or activities in their localities.
“Vigilance will surely help security forces in our campaign to deny the ISIS foothold in our country,” Arevalo said.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Democratic leaders on Wednesday (October 16) cut short a meeting with Republican President Donald Trump after he had a “meltdown” over a House of Representatives vote condemning his Syria withdrawal and showed no signs of having a plan to deal with a crisis there.
Trump called Pelosi a “third-rate politician” and the meeting in the White House deteriorated into a diatribe, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told reporters.
Later, in remarks to reporters on Capitol Hill, Pelosi said that Trump actually called her a “third-grade” politician.
“What we witnessed on the part of the president was a meltdown. Sad to say,” Pelosi had said upon leaving.
Trump posted on Twitter on Wednesday night – “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!” with a photo of Pelosi standing up and pointing at him during the meeting.
The Democrats exited the meeting complaining that they were expecting to hear Trump provide details on a plan for dealing with an unfolding “crisis” in Syria but instead were subjected to “derogatory” language from him about congressional Democrats and Democratic former President Barack Obama.
White House spokeswoman Stephanie Grisham, in a statement, called Pelosi’s decision to walk out “baffling but not surprising.”
She added that after Democratic leaders “chose to storm out,” remaining Republican leaders held a productive meeting.
Trump’s decision to withdraw American forces ahead of a Turkish offensive last week into northern Syria against U.S.-allied Syrian Kurdish fighters, removing their protection, has been roundly criticized, even by fellow Republicans. The Americans and the Kurds had fought alongside each other against Islamic State militants, some of whom were captured and jailed under Kurdish control in Syria.
Pelosi said Trump was upset at the start of the closed meeting because so many Republicans joined Democrats to vote for a resolution condemning his decision to withdraw U.S. forces from northeastern Syria.
The vote was 354 to 60, with dozens of Trump’s fellow Republicans joining the majority Democrats. The split underscored deep unhappiness in Congress over Trump’s action, which many lawmakers view as abandoning loyal Kurdish fighters.
“I think that vote – the size of the vote, more than 2-1 of the Republicans voted to oppose what the president did – probably got to the president. Because he was shaken up by it,” Pelosi said after emerging from the White House.
“And that’s why we couldn’t continue in the meeting because he was just not relating to the reality of it.” (Reuters)
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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