According to security firm UpGuard, app developers exposed users’ data on public servers. In one case, Mexico-based company Cultura Colectiva had stored 540 million records weighing in at 146 gigabytes on Facebook users.
Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg announced that the social media giant is "exploring restrictions" for live videos after a gunman streamed a mass shooting inside a New Zealand mosque earlier this month.
Following days of criticism, Facebook has now announced that white nationalism postings will be prohibited across its platforms.
Facebook announced on Tuesday it had identified and removed a significant number of pages, groups and accounts involved for “coordinated inauthentic behavior.”
Video still exists on the dark web of a person claiming to be the shooter and a link to the Facebook page that live-streamed the fatal attacks.
Even as users worldwide battled to connect to their Facebook and Instagram accounts overnight, the New York Times broke the news that “federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world’s largest technology companies.”
Facebook has leveraged its position as a global surveillance and intelligence database to repurpose its own platform to track problematic users in realtime.
Tech giants Facebook, Twitter and Google are taking steps to police terrorists and hate groups on their sites but more work needs to be done.