Twitter is making some progress in terms of policing content. The social network has introduced significant changes to its ads policy, which aims to improve how it discloses political ads, who’s paying for them, and who they’re targeting.
Internet October 25, 2017
Google has officially announced that it’s going to stop scanning users’ emails for targeted ads but will continue scanning their other online behavior. Here’s how you can opt out of Google’s targeted ads practice.
Google June 24, 2017
A recent report sparked serious questions regarding Facebook's ethics, revealing research to target emotionally vulnerable users. Facebook now admits to the research, but says it never targeted users based on their emotional state.
Internet May 2, 2017
Facebook has been steadily purchasing user data from third-party data brokers, including information such as household income estimates, shopping habits, and more to serve better targeted ads. Opting out is not impossible, but it's rather cumbersome.
Internet December 31, 2016
Facebook got wrapped up in yet another controversy, this time involving its targeted ads practices. The company allows advertisers to easily exclude entire 'Ethnic Affinities,' discriminating by race.
Apps/Software October 28, 2016
Instagram just topped 500K active advertisers on its platform, and the milestone is more than twice what the social media banked in February. The company explained that a few reasons stand behind the surge of Instagram Ads.
Business Tech September 23, 2016
WhatsApp will begin sharing its user data with parent company Facebook to help the social network build better targeted ads. Tech Times shows you how to opt out of sharing your WhatsApp personal info with Facebook.
Apps/Software August 25, 2016
P&G, the world's biggest ad spender, will veer away from using targeted ads on Facebook after realizing the strategy 'went too narrow' but didn't prove effective. Facebook will, however, continue to deliver ad content to its users as it bypasses ad blockers on desktop.
Business Tech August 9, 2016
Commission Nationale de l’Informatique et des Libertés, the French authority for digital privacy, warned Facebook to change its practices. Facebook was repeatedly accused of collecting and using sensitive user data, even of people who do not own a Facebook account.
Internet February 9, 2016
Facebook now offers the 'Ad Settings' page for users to more conveniently block ads. The company also announced that it will take statistics from the 'Like' button and similar features to generate ads.
Internet September 20, 2015
Google is testing a new buy button in its service 'Puchases On Google" that will let users buy products directly from shopping ads, with the ability to search for results using Google Voice.
Internet July 15, 2015
AT&T offers GigaPower subscribers a way to opt out of targeted ads, though that option won't come free. Paying $30 each month to avoid targeted ads won't stop GigaPower users from being tracked, however.
Internet February 19, 2015
Verizon says it will start giving subscribers a way to opt out of its system of persistent tracking. It says it never shares customer data with advertisers, although the Feds and privacy watchdogs disagree.
Internet February 2, 2015
The 178-year-old jeweler Tiffany & Co. is featuring a gay couple for the first time, as it takes a more "modern approach" to love.
Internet Culture January 12, 2015
A U.S. judge has given the green light to a class action lawsuit that alleges Facebook scans private messages to create targeted advertisements. The plaintiffs claim that the social networking website violated several state and federal statutes.
Legal December 26, 2014
After trying them out, AT&T has been phasing out its use of the permanent trackers known as supercookies. Roughly two years into its own use of supercookies, Verizon is showing no signs of following AT&T's lead.
Phones/Tablets/Mobile Tech November 16, 2014
Verizon and AT&T are hiding tracers in subscribers' data plans, allow advertisers to assemble a browsing history and send out targeted ads. Though it's just now coming to light, Verizon has been using the supercookies since 2012.
Internet November 5, 2014
Digital marketing companies are searching, studying and storing images from popular photo-sharing sites to collect data to be used by advertisers.
Internet Culture October 10, 2014
Snapchat will soon roll out ads on its Stories feature. The popular self-destructing photo and video app may be the next big market for advertising, as a reported 700 million users send self-destructing snaps.
Internet Culture October 10, 2014
Snapchat will begin serving ads through the Stories section of its app. Despite this, ads will not be targeted and users will be able to opt-out of advertising whenever they want.
Apps/Software October 9, 2014
The creator of the first pop-up ads apologizes, saying he had good intentions. In an essay, programmer Ethan Zuckerman writes that while ads helped online profits, the current advertising model on the web is broken and needs to be rebooted.
Internet Culture August 15, 2014
Facebook is changing how users control ads. The move gives users the ability to say no more to certain ads they don't want appearing on their pages.
Internet June 12, 2014
Google will no longer scan student Gmail accounts for data to sell targeted ads. A lawsuit was recently filed over privacy concerns from students and their parents.
Internet April 30, 2014
A man from Canada got his message across that Google violated his privacy by serving him sleep apnea ads. Google said, it's not sleeping on the job.
Legal January 18, 2014