Social Media


FTC cracks down on Ukrainian dating apps


The FTC has removed dating apps from Apple’s App Store and Google’s Google Play Store following allegations they allowed children as young as 12 to access them.


New compromise in SEC, Elon Musk battle


A new proposal to combat Tesla CEO Elon Musk’s bad behavior has some at the SEC shaking their heads after Musk breached last year’s SEC agreement.


EU data supervisor warns online providers about Ts & Cs


The European Data Protection Supervisor is warning social media and tech companies that their consumer terms and conditions may soon come under increased scrutiny if they fail to comply with the agency’s rules.


Facebook appoints new general counsel


Facebook has appointed both a new general counsel and a vice president of communications as the social media giant faces mounting regulatory and public scrutiny—mostly around its privacy practices.


U.K. gets tough on social media firms


Social media companies should beware new U.K. rules that say they’ll be subject to a new statutory duty of care making them responsiblie for their users’ safety.


Facebook’s Zuckerberg supports U.S. version of GDPR


On his own company blog, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg voiced his support for implementing a U.S. version of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation.


HUD charges Facebook with facilitating housing discrimination


The Department of Housing and Urban Development is charging Facebook with violating the Fair Housing Act by “encouraging, enabling, and causing housing discrimination through the company’s advertising platform.”

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Avenatti arrest fallout: don’t confuse whistleblowing with extortion


A high-profile arrest of Michael Avenatti for an extortion scheme against Nike raises difficult questions of corporate responsibility regarding whistleblower initiatives.


Facebook settles housing discrimination suit, ends ad ‘exclusions’


Facebook will pay $5 million and implement a series of anti-discrimination policies to settle a lawsuit brought against it by national fair-housing advocates.


SEC’s Twitter war with Elon Musk escalates with contempt claims


The SEC made its final pitch to a federal court that Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk should be held in contempt of a previous order and settlement over what it says is unrepentant tweeting.

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Facebook: Can a data privacy dog really learn new tricks?


Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, wrote a long, detailed blog post on Wednesday to announce new data security and privacy initiatives. Has he seen the light, or is this yet another false promise from the social media giant?

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Data-bungling Facebook has to earn back our trust


It was a tight race, but we are officially declaring Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg as the executive most in need of a compliance makeover in 2019.

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Top ethics and compliance failures of 2018


The biggest ethics and compliance failures of 2018 feature some big names, such as Wells Fargo, Danske Bank, and Tesla, and highlight some key lessons for compliance officers.


MPs release ‘secret’ Facebook e-mails


The U.K.’s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Committee has released 250 pages of e-mails that show Mark Zuckerberg and other senior executives at Facebook gave certain app developers special access to user data.