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Facebook is ready to prove the harmlessness of its algorithms for users

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In order to prove that its algorithms are working as expected, the company is ready to submit them for verification.

Facebook is ready to provide supervisory authorities with their algorithms for verification in order to prove that they work as expected and do not harm users.

This was announced by the vice president of international relations at Facebook Nick Clegg (Nick Clegg) in response to accusations that the company values ​​profit more than the interests of users.

Algorithms “should be held accountable if required by law so that people can compare what our systems say and what they should do with what actually happens,” Clegg told State of the Union. on the American television channel CNN.

According to the vice president, Facebook is poised to amend the 1996 US law exempting companies from liability for publishing users. The tech giant is willing to give up this indulgence if allowed to properly enforce its systems and policies.

Recall that last week, former Facebook product director Frances Haugen (Frances Haugen) disclosed tens of thousands of internal documents of the US Securities and Exchange Commission and the Wall Street Journal. Speaking to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Haugen accused the company of promoting hatred and mental harm to young users by its pursuit of profit.

Haugen’s testimony served as the impetus for the adoption of a law that more strictly regulates the activities of large social networks. Legislators are currently considering bills that, among other things, will limit the protection of such companies from lawsuits and increase the protection of user privacy.

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Chinese TikTok adds 5-second pauses between videos to combat addictions

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5-second warning clips will remind you to “put the phone away” or “go to bed”.

Douyin, the Chinese app “twin” of TikTok, owned by the same ByteDance company, is introducing measures to combat its own algorithms, tuned to keep users’ attention as long as possible. Now those who “stick” in the application for too long will be revived by forced pauses between clips. Reported by the South China Morning Post.

On the social network, there are five-second pauses between videos that cannot be missed. During such pauses, users will be forced to watch videos reminding them of the need to “put the phone away”, “go to bed” or that “work tomorrow”. They will appear when the user spends too much time in the application.

Previously, Douyin had already limited video viewing – then the changes affected the children’s audience. Teenagers under 14 were allowed to watch videos for a maximum of 40 minutes a day, and were also banned from entering the application from 10 pm to 6 am.

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Trump’s social network developers accused of illegal use of program code

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The Software Freedom Conservancy claims Trump Media and Technology Group copied the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon, created a new social network based on it.

The Software Freedom Conservancy (SFC), a not-for-profit organization that enforces the rights of open source software developers and the rules for using open licenses, accused in violation of the AGPLv3 license of the Trump social network developers Truth Social.

The Software Freedom Conservancy says that the developers of the service used the open source code of the decentralized social network Mastodon in violation of the license agreement.

Although the Mastodon code is free and free, the projects using it must comply with the terms of the Affero General Public License (or AGPLv3), among which is the mandatory availability of the project source code for all its users. Trump’s media company does not yet provide such an opportunity to TRUTH Social users and calls the social network a proprietary development.

The Software Freedom Conservancy gave Trump Media and Technology Group 30 days to improve, writes The Verge. Otherwise, the use of open source Mastodon will be prohibited for the company.

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Facebook end-to-end encryption will give foreign intelligence services surveillance capabilities

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Former Facebook employee Frances Haugen criticized the company’s decision to transfer correspondence in its services to end-to-end encryption.

The introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook messengers could negatively affect the privacy of users and lead to increased surveillance by intelligence agencies. This opinion was expressed by a former employee of Mark Zuckerberg’s company, Frances Haugen, reports TASS.

According to her, after the launch of encryption in the Messenger application and the social network Instagram, which are owned by Facebook, the company will lose the ability to track possible “malicious operations of special services representatives.” “End-to-End Encryption Will Allow Facebook to Eliminate [от модерирования контента] and serve as an excuse for inaction, “Haugen said ahead of her October 25 speech in the British Parliament as part of discussions on online security bill.

The social network itself does not agree with this point of view. In their opinion, the introduction of end-to-end encryption in Facebook Messenger and Instagram applications, on the contrary, is aimed primarily at protecting the privacy of users and will protect them not only from foreign surveillance, but also from hackers.

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