Facebook facing maximum fine for data breaches
Britain’s data protection watchdog intends to fine Facebook £500,000 for failing to safeguard users’ information – the maximum amount it can levy.
Fortnite: the video game taking the world by storm
It’s got kids obsessed, parents tearing their hair out and some schools calling for it to be banned. Fortnite is the video game of the year. It’s an astonishing success, but sparking lots of debate about gaming addiction, as the NHS opens its first clinic specialising in the condition. As a parent myself, I know…
Car industry issues warning over post-Brexit trade
Death by a thousand cuts – that’s what the UK car industry warned could be its fate if it doesn’t get clear government guidance on post-Brexit trading. Today, motor industry bosses said investment has already slumped as the chance of a “no deal” EU departure remains on the table. They also have to deal with…
Jaron Lanier interview on how social media ruins your life
Jaron Lanier, the Silicone Valley ‘computer philosopher’, thinks social media is ruining your life. In this interview Jaron Lanier talks about Facebook, YouTube, Google and how the tech and social media giants are using algorithms to record data about their users – and how internet algorithms shape how we see the world and what we’re…
Cambridge Analytica whisteblower Chris Wylie reacts to testimony of former boss
Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Chris Wylie discusses Alexander Nix’s appearance in front of MPs.
Reaction as former Cambridge Analytica CEO is grilled by MPs
Alexander Nix said he was “tricked” into boasting to an undercover reporter – working for this programme – that his political strategy firm used honeytraps and bribery to smear political opponents. The former Cambridge Analytica boss Alexander Nix said he had lied to impress our reporter, who was posing as a potential client. He blamed…
Ex-Cambridge Analytica boss speeds off to avoid questions
The former boss of Cambridge Analytica screeched off in his Audi when we tried to ask about the company being wound up in the wake of a joint investigation by Channel 4 News and The Observer. Authorities say the firm is still under investigation, despite closing down. The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, tells us why…
How Facebook privacy changes could strengthen its power
They know us better than we know ourselves: that’s the impression you might get from the Facebook data harvesting scandal. And while the crisis has dented the social media giant’s reputation, it has vowed to clean up its act when it comes to users’ personal details. But some of the controls Facebook has brought in…
How Twitter users were wrongly labelled as Russian bots after a government briefing
Media reports claimed a “government analysis” had linked specific Twitter accounts to the Kremlin – and highlighted two “bot” accounts in particular. But people who run these accounts have both denied it, and even appeared on camera to prove they are real people. So what’s caused the confusion?
How Facebook users are reacting to data scandal
As well as dealing with increased scrutiny from politicians, Facebook’s public profile has also taken a knock. Calls to delete Facebook and demands for greater regulation have wiped billions off Facebook’s share price, but will it change people’s day to day interaction with the platform ? I found a mixed reaction in Washington to what’s…
Jessica Lessin on Facebook: ‘On trial is how you govern the internet’
Jessica Lessin, founder and editor-in-chief of the tech news website The Information, discusses Facebook.
Mark Zuckerberg in 2008: ‘We’ve learned…just exactly how important privacy is’
Neither Mark Zuckerberg nor anyone from Facebook has appeared on Channel 4 News since our revelations about 50 million profiles being harvested.
Revealed: Cambridge Analytica data on thousands of Facebook users still not deleted
Facebook said it took steps to ensure harvested campaign data had been “destroyed”. But Channel 4 News has now discovered that data on thousands of people in Colorado is still circulating – and Channel 4 News has been to speak to those whose privacy was breached.
Long read: Does the UK’s case against Russia stack up?
When a former Russian spy and his daughter were found slumped on a park bench in Salisbury, it wasn’t long before investigators started looking at the Kremlin with suspicion. But how strong is the UK’s evidence against Russia? And what do the experts think?
Exposed: Undercover secrets of Trump’s data firm
An investigation by Channel 4 News has revealed how Cambridge Analytica claims it ran ‘all’ of President Trump’s digital campaign – and may have broken election law. As the report went on air, the firm announced it has suspended chief executive Alexander Nix, pending a full investigation.