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Facebook mistakenly switched 14 million people's post settings to public because... oops!

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Welp, Facebook screwed us again.

The advertising giant wants you to believe that you're in control of what data you share, and who you share it with. We know that's mostly an illusion built upon conflating the photos you upload with the information the company collects on you. And now, for approximately 14 million people, even that illusion has been shattered.  

The company confirmed to Mashable on Thursday that from May 18 to May 22, a Facebook bug automatically set a host of users' new post settings to "public" regardless of their selected setting. It wasn’t fixed until May 27, which led Facebook to warn its users about any content posted between the 18th and 27th. Read more...

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Chris57
13 days ago
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Facebook is getting les and less appealing with each revelation of their disregard for their users.
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McDonald's Shareholders Vote to Keep Distributing Plastic Straws

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McDonald's shareholders rejected a proposal to take the first step in banning plastic straws at its 36,000 outlets worldwide.

The proposal, published in an SEC filing in April , would have required the fast food giant to prepare a report on the business risks of using plastic straws, and the company's efforts to develop and implement more sustainable alternatives in its restaurants.


"We believe our company has an opportunity to improve its brand by demonstrating leadership in the elimination of plastic straws," the proposal states.

Despite vigorous campaigning from environmental activists, the proposal received only 7.65 percent of the vote at Thursday's annual meeting, USA TODAY reported .

The result was not surprising . The shareholders followed a recommendation from the chain's board of directors, who said the proposal would divert resources from their other environmental initiatives, such as a pledge made in January to source all packaging from renewable or recycled sources by 2025.

"[T]he requested report is unnecessary, redundant to our current practices and initiatives, and has the potential for a diversion of resources with no corresponding benefit to the company, our customers, and our shareholders, particularly in light of our ongoing packaging sustainability efforts," stated materials shared with shareholders before the meeting, th e Mercury News reported.

McDonald's distributes 95 million plastic straws around the world every day, according to the consumer advocacy group SumOfUs , which backed the proposal.

A SumOfUs online petition urging the company to ban plastic straws has gathered more than 480,000 signatures.

"McDonald's uses millions of plastic straws every single day. Used for just a few seconds, then thrown away, many end up polluting our oceans ," the petition reads. "If we can get McDonald's to ditch its dirty habit we can stop millions of plastic straws clogging up our oceans and killing the animals that live in them."

McDonald's might not be ready to take this step, but many businesses , municipalities and governments around the world are taking steps to reduce single-use plastics.

Earlier this week, Alaska Airlines announced it will stop distributing single-use plastic stirring straws and citrus picks in its lounges and on its domestic and international flights. On Wednesday, New York City Council introduced a bill to ban the use of plastic straws in the city.

In March, McDonald's said it would phase out single-use plastic straws in its UK restaurants.



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Chris57
27 days ago
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Does this surprise anyone. This company sell junk food so why would they care about the environment.
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North Korea calls US Vice-President Pence 'stupid'

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Angered by the US vice-president's comments, North Korea warns a "nuclear showdown" is still possible.
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Chris57
28 days ago
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This is the only statement from North Korea that is true and not communist BS propaganda.
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Pence calls on Mueller to wrap up' Russia probe

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The vice-president says it is time for the investigation to end "in the interests of the country".
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Chris57
42 days ago
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Muller must be getting close to the holier than thou Pence.
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Facebook says ‘passively consuming’ the News Feed will make you feel worse about yourself

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Using Facebook without contributing, in the form of messages and comments on your friends’ posts, makes you feel bad, the company said today. In a remarkable blog post, citing both internal and academic research, the company said “in general, when people spend a lot of time passively consuming information — reading but not interacting with people — they report feeling worse afterward.” At the same time, actively communicating with friends “is linked to improvements in well-being,” the company said.

The post was authored by the Facebook’s director of research, David Ginsberg, and Moira Burke, a research scientist at the company. It comes at the end of a year in which more people are questioning the effect of social media on society — and...

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Chris57
187 days ago
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Facebook wats people to more engaged so they can expand their profiles to target adverts. This is really a bullshit observation by the company.
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Egypt singer jailed for 'inciting debauchery' in music video

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Shyma, who was filmed eating a banana while in her underwear, is convicted of inciting debauchery.
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Chris57
190 days ago
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One very sexually repressed country. No wonder they can’t get the economy functioning. They are paying too much attention to non threatening behavior.
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