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Meta reaches privacy settlement, denies any wrongdoing



Meta reaches privacy settlement, agreeing to pay $37.5 million in compensation

There are new reports Meta, the parent company of Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp, has reached a $37.5 million privacy settlement.

Filed earlier this week in San Francisco’s Federal Court, the settlement is in response to a class action accusing Facebook of violating both California state law and its own privacy policy.

Meta allegedly collected consumer data despite users shutting off location services on their mobile devices. 

Whilst agreeing to pay, Meta continues to deny any wrongdoing as the deal awaits a judge’s final approval.

In 2018, then-Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg admitted that location data was used to help advertisers reach their target audiences.

Zuckerberg said the data was useful to assist advertisers in serving more targeted promotions to users within a specific geographic area.

While some people find this feature helpful, others have complained that the move is highly invasive.  

Much has changed in the world of user data collection since this lawsuit was first lodged. Apple now allows consumers to turn off the ability for apps, like Facebook, to track activity. While Facebook is also allowing users to clear their history on the app.

Of course, people who have switched off these functions have impeded advertisers’ capability in accurately measuring ad performance.

It remains unclear if Meta has reached this settlement in a bid to make this case to disappear or if it is acknowledgement of former poor practices that have now been rectified.   

Dr Karen Sutherland is a Senior Lecturer at the University of the Sunshine Coast where she designs and delivers social media education and research. Dr Sutherland is also the Co-Founder and Social Media Specialist at Dharana Digital marketing agency focused on helping people working in the health and wellness space.

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Fans struggle to buy Beyonce concert tickets



If you’re struggling to get Beyonce tickets, you’re not alone

O2 customers in the U.K. were reporting problems with the company’s app and website.

For those who were able to get through, they paid anywhere from £56-199.

For those who are super keen, there are V.I.P. packages with front row seats. But that’ll set you back £475.

Some fans took to social media to vent their frustrations over the ticketing fiasco.

It’s Queen B’s first solo tour in seven years, and will take her across Europe and North America.

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Liverpool to host Eurovision Song Contest



After months of build-up, the British city of Liverpool has finally taking the reins as the official host of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest

Competing countries have also found out which semi-final they will be in and who their rivals will be.

Germany, Italy and France will all vote in the first semi final, while, the U.K., Spain and Ukraine will all cast their votes in the second semi-final.

Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest contest last year and should be this year’s host – but the ongoing war means the country is unable to.

The semi-finals, and the final, will be held in Liverpool in May.

Eurovision 2023 marks the first year ever that non-participating countries can vote.

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Pet fish playing Nintendo Switch rack up credit card bill



Pet fish playing a video game in Japan have managed to log on to the Nintendo Switch store, change their owner’s avatar, set up a PayPal account and rack up a credit card bill

And it was all seemingly livestreamed on a YouTube channel, in real time.

The channel owner, Mutekimaru, had previously installed sophisticated motion detection tracking software in fish tanks, enabling the fish to remotely control a Nintendo Switch console.

But the technology, led to an unexpected turn of events earlier this month while the owner was live-streaming a game of Pokémon.

The fish managed to change the name of their owner’s Switch account before twice logging into the Nintendo store.

They also managed to “check” legal terms and conditions, downloaded a new avatar and even set up a PayPal account from the Switch.

The fish were also seen adding 500 yen to the Switch account from the owner’s credit card during the livestream – exposing his credit card details in the process.

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