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Facebook expects to pay FTC up to $5 billion (!!!) for privacy violations

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We now know just how high Facebook’s “record-setting” FTC fine could be.

Facebook expects to pay between $3 billion and $5 billion to the FTC as the result of an investigation into its privacy policies. The company disclosed the potential fine to investors in its first quarter earnings report. 

It was previously reported to be a “record-setting” fine by the Washington Post, which recently reported the agency is also seeking to hold Mark Zuckerberg personally accountable for Facebook’s privacy violations. Facebook’s Q1 disclosure marks the first time the company has commented publicly on the amount of the fine. Read more…

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Slack will let you message coworkers who don’t use Slack

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Slack’s latest feature is one you might not expect: email. 

A new feature, announced during the company’s Frontiers conference, allows Slack users to message coworkers via email in an update designed to “bridge” the gap between Slack and email.

The feature, which will be rolling out over the next couple months, is meant to give people who don’t use Slack a way to keep up with conversations their coworkers are having inside the messaging app. 

“When they’re mentioned by username in channels or sent a direct message, Slack will route those messages into their email inbox so they don’t miss out on important information while they’re getting themselves set up,” Slack writes in a blog post. Read more…

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New study explains why Twitter feels like one big echo chamber

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If you’ve ever felt like your Twitter feed is one big echo chamber, that’s because it is. Now, a new study helps explain why. In short: most of Twitter really is the same people talking. 

A new study from the Pew Research Center proves, once again, that what you see on Twitter isn’t even close to representative of how most people think or act. One big reason for that: most people on Twitter still don’t tweet that much. According to Pew, about 80 percent of tweets are sent by just 10 percent of users.

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