Facebook fined for $5 billion by FTC over privacy violations in 2019
The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in February 2020 released a report
stating the data security and privacy enforcement actions taken during the year
2019. The FTC implemented enforcement actions against a variety of privacy
issues in a wide range of industries. These issues included over 130 spyware
and spam cases and 80 privacy lawsuits7;p2.
Facebook is an American social media company1with a customer base of over 2.45 billion in 20192. During the same year, Facebook’s total revenue was $70.697 billion, compared to $55.8 billion in 20183.
Facebook probes multiple dummy accounts issue in the Philippines
Filipino Facebook users across the country reported the existence of new multiple dummy accounts under their names. Users who encountered this issue are journalists and students of the country's national state university who became vocal on social media about their disapproval of the newly proposed anti-terrorism bill3. It is said to have started with student activists who were arrested because of their peaceful protest held inside their university2, and then sooner, even non-activist students found themselves having multiple accounts2.
Tech giant Facebook's content moderation practices fail to protect employees
Tech giants are struggling to filter traumatic content on their platforms safely. When content filter machine learning algorithms fail, due to content or language constraints, human moderators are responsible for determining if the content meets the threshold for removal.1
Facebook’s water withdrawal increased by 334% since 2015
Water availability is one of the most important concerns for climate change in the present world. As per the report of World Water Development, the usage of water around the world is growing by 1% each year 1. The water usage in the U.S. data center is quite high as nearly 626 billion liters of water are used in a single year 2.
Facebook developed SPLC which helped the company to save 4 billion gallons of water in 2019
According to a report, globally, 785 million people don’t have access to safe water1. Water scarcity could displace 700 million people by 20302. To generate 1 kWh of energy in the US, around 7.6 liters of water is consumed and then to utilize the same energy data centers use another 1.8 liters of water3.