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Facebook and Google Aren’t the Only Ones Tracking Your Clicks

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A report by the Danish privacy consulting firm Cookiebot says that 112 ad-tracking companies collect information about visitors to government and public sector websites in European Union countries, even though the websites are not ad-supported. Government websites are often built on the cheap and include all kinds of third-party components. So not even the governments of EU member states comply with the union’s General Data Protection Directive, which requires site administrators to make sure users consent to the collection of their data. If you visit a national health service website with questions about whether you are HIV positive, pregnant or sliding into alcoholism there’s a good chance you’re being watched in order to be targeted with ads. It has developed a technology to scan web pages for trackers, and it’s selling tools to ensure sites are GDPR-compliant. If you administer a site, Cookiebot wants you to worry about unauthorized trackers and potential large fines for GDPR noncompliance. But if privacy regulators decided to use a similar technology to check all sites for compliance, they’d be swamped and most violators would never be fined. Sure, Facebook has the resources to fight back against anti-tracking technology in browsers, engaging in a cops-and-robbers game with the likes of Apple, according to the Cookiebot report. And sure, ubiquitous Google is the most active user of trackers. But the tracking won’t stop if the activity of the giants is regulated. Nor will clearer rules for cookie consent, as proposed in the EU’s still-to-be-enacted ePrivacy Regulation, eliminate the constant surveillance; they’ll likely just make it harder to detect.

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5 Top Stock Trades for Tuesday: Facebook, Tilray, Overstock

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After big gains last week, bulls are showing some hesitancy ahead of the Federal Reserve’s announcement later this week. We won’t put too much time on the financials like Bank of America (NYSE:BAC), JPMorgan (NYSE:JPM) and Goldman Sachs (NYSE:GS), but all are moving nicely on Monday. A break below $65 would send Tilray to levels it hasn’t seen since August while a breakout over $78 could catapult the stock up to $100. Shares are down $15 or 8.5% in hurry, as they now rest on the 50-day moving average. For bulls who believe in more upside, this gives them a low-risk long entry.

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This Just In: Facebook Stock Downgraded

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Rich Smith, The Motley FoolMotley FoolMarch 18, 2019, 7:40 PM GMT. Today, we're taking one high-profile Wall Street pick and putting it under the microscope... Last week began with good news for Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) investors, as investment banker Nomura Instinet upgraded the stock to buy, helping to push up Facebook shares by more than 1% -- but easy come, easy go. StreetInsider.com reported it at $170 in December, and in today's note, the analyst indicates that the stock's approach to "within 2% of our price target" suggests this has not changed. Neither, says Needham, is it changing its expectations for Facebook's sales or earnings over the next couple of years. To get a glimpse of what the future might hold for Facebook, Needham suggests investors examine what it happening inside Facebook's corporate offices, where the analyst sees a "Negative Network Effect" hollowing out its team of top executives.

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Facebook plans more fact-checking ahead of European Parliament election

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BERLIN (Reuters) - Facebook plans to ramp up efforts to fight misinformation ahead of the European Parliament election in May and will partner with German news agency DPA to boost its fact-checking, a senior executive said on Monday. Facebook has been under pressure around the world since the U.S. election in 2016 to stop the use of fake accounts and other types of deception to sway public opinion. The European Union last month accused Alphabet's Google, Facebook and Twitter of falling short of their pledges to combat fake news ahead of the European election after they signed a voluntary code of conduct to stave off regulation. Facebook also announced it is teaming up with Germany's biggest news agency, DPA, to help it check the accuracy of posts, in addition to Correctiv, a non-profit collective of investigative journalists that has been flagging fake news to the company since January 2017.

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Facebook stock has worst day of 2019 after executive exodus, AG investigations and analyst downgrade

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Facebook stock has worst day of 2019 after executive exodus, AG investigations and analyst downgrade. Facebook shares had their worst day of the year on Monday, falling nearly 4 percent and extending last week's losses. Analysts at Needham downgraded the stock on Monday over growing concern that more top executives could follow the leads of Cox and Chris Daniels, the head of WhatsApp, who also resigned. Cox, one of the earliest Facebook employees and someone insiders called the "heart and soul of the company," left as CEO Mark Zuckerberg decided to shift the company's focus towards private messaging instead of open posts on the News Feed.

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US STOCKS-Wall St treads water as Boeing, Facebook weigh; Fed meeting on tap

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March 18 (Reuters) - U.S. stocks flitted between gains and losses on Monday, with losses in Boeing and Facebook limiting gains while investors waited for the Federal Reserve's policy meeting later this week for further clues on the pace of interest rate hikes. "A lot of it right now is just investors sitting on their hands waiting to see what the Fed has to say which is definitely the highlight of the week," Ryan Nauman, market strategist at Informa Financial Intelligence in Zephyr Cove, Nevada. Keeping the S&P 500 and Dow's gains in check was Boeing Co, which fell 2.1 percent after Ethiopia said an initial analysis of black boxes showed "clear similarities" in the March 10 plane crash with October's Lion Air accident in Indonesia. The dovish stance along with hopes that the United States and China will reach an agreement to end their bitter trade dispute boosted the S&P 500 and Nasdaq to five-month highs on Friday and helped notch their best weekly gain this year.

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Facebook stock falls as worry of ‘negative network effects’ prompts downgrade

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Shares of Facebook fall toward a third straight loss after Needham analyst Laura Martin downgrades the social-media giant, citing concerns that “negative network effects” could speed up the destruction of value for investors.

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One Year After Cambridge Analytica: Where Is Facebook Stock Now?

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One March 19, 2018, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) investors slammed the ‘sell’ button on Facebook stock indiscriminately. So indiscriminately in fact, that the scandal led to a broader market selloff, especially in tech stocks. Source: Shutterstock As long-term investors are wondering whether the social media giant will be able to take the necessary steps to get FB stock its next major leg up, I believe the stock may suffer increased volatility and selling in the near term. What Has the Last Year Been Like for FB Stock? The price volatility and decline in Facebook stock overall reflects the company’s continuing difficulties in containing the damage caused by the start of the data breach and privacy scandal. In early 2019, it felt like Facebook shareholders were becoming cautiously optimistic that FB management would after all get on top of the problems. However, in the last month the tech giant has once again been hit with difficult headlines that are frustrating Wall Street. On March 8, Senator Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democratic Presidential candidates, said that, “today’s big tech companies have too much power — too much power over our economy, our society, and our democracy.“ She announced a potential regulatory plan to break up these companies, including Facebook and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN). While analysts feel that this topic is not going to simply go away but instead will be further discussed in the next two years, investors are wondering what the effect of continued debates would be on the fate of FB stock.

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Facebook Is Working to Become a Safer Place

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Facebook(NASDAQ: FB) has made it possible to share your stunning vacation pictures, a shot of your meal at a gourmet restaurant, or any other image from your life. When done as intended, that sharing is a wonderful thing that connects friends and family no matter where they are. On the innocent end of the scale, your parents might share a mildly embarrassing childhood photo of you, or your friends may post a picture of you in an outfit from the past you wished had been forgotten. But not all sharing is designed to be positive, or to poke only mild fun at people you love. Some people use Facebook to humiliate others, and the company has begun a new effort to stop that from happening. "When someone's intimate images are shared without their permission it can be devastating," wrote Facebook's global head of safety Antigone Davis in a blog post. "To protect victims, it's long been our policy to remove non-consensual intimate images (sometimes referred to as revenge porn) when they're reported to us -- and in recent years we've used photo-matching technology to keep them from being reshared. To find this content more quickly and better support victims, we're announcing new detection technology and an online resource hub to help people respond when this abuse occurs."

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Facebook downgraded as analyst warns its executive exodus could be contagious

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Facebook downgraded as analyst warns its executive exodus could be contagious. Facebook dropped Monday after a Wall Street brokerage downgraded the stock to a hold rating and warned clients that the recent departure of 11 senior managers could spark further flights from the social media giant. Needham analyst Laura Martin wrote that Facebook's pivot toward privacy and encrypted messaging, rising regulatory risk and the upload of disturbing content will accelerate the management exodus in what she called a "Negative Network Effect." "A Negative Network Effect suggests that departures will continue, and since we believe that people are a key competitive advantage of FAANG companies, this implies accelerating value destruction until senior executive turnover ends."

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