FACEBOOK has quadrupled the amount of money it spends to keep Mark Zuckerberg safe since 2016. It comes after a year of public shame for the Facebook boss, who has dealt with a series of privacy scandals that left hundreds of millions of users exposed. In a recent financial filing, it emerged that Facebook had spent $22.6million (~£17.3million) on Zuck's "personal security" in 2018. That's more than double the $9.1million (~£6.9million) spent in 2017. And it's more than quadruple Facebook's spend on Zuckerberg security in 2016, which was a lowly $4.9million (~£3.7million). Facebook blamed the rising costs on "specific threats to [Zuckerberg's] safety". The billionaire boss's security arrangements are reassessed each year to make sure he's not at any risk. But Facebook reckons the threat to Mark Zuckerberg is increasing year on year. "Since the implementation of Mr Zuckerberg's overall security program, each of these assessments has identified specific threats to Mr … [Read more...] about Mark Zuckerberg’s security bill quadrupled to £17million a year as Facebook warns of ‘specific threats to his safety’
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PUBG Corp started a “a global investigation on all the currently active professional PUBG players to uncover any potential in-game bans related to the use of unauthorized programs on their accounts” on 19th December of 2018. The first ‘victims’ of this investigation were four professional players: Christian “Cuhris” Narvaez, Tyler “DevowR” Sti, Liam “Liammm” Tran, and Mark “Tefl0n” Formaro. These players are officially banned for three years, from December 31st, 2018 to December 31st, 2021, from participating in any competitive activities. The PUBG Esports tweet warns all players that if they are found to be cheating in competitive games, they will get a similar ban, from a minimum of ‘three years’ to ‘a lifetime’. 12 more players have been added to this list of Cheaters. Some of these players have been banned on the basis of ‘cheating during public matches’ and will receive a … [Read more...] about 12 PUBG Pros Banned For Direct Cheating or in Association
FACEBOOK reportedly gave "private" info to Russia's version of Google, despite reports that the organisation is linked to Kremlin spies. Russian web giant Yandex was allegedly given special information that other apps weren't allowed to access – for privacy reasons. The new details have come to light in a damning exposé by the New York Times. The report highlights secret partnerships with companies like Netflix, Amazon and Spotify, giving tech giants access to sensitive info – like a user's private messages. But it also reveals that Facebook had a secret partnership with Yandex, Russia's main search engine. Yandex is the largest technology company in Russia, and the biggest search engine in the nation too – marking it as a Google equivalent. According to the NYT report, Facebook records show that Yandex had access to Facebook's unique user IDs. This was reportedly the case as late as 2017, long after Facebook stopped sharing these with other apps. Facebook … [Read more...] about Facebook gave user data to ‘Russia’s Google’ Yandex despite its ‘direct line’ to Kremlin spies
Jason Blum likes a challenge. With a brain for spooking audiences on a tight budget, the 49-year-old producer has spent more than a decade redefining the horror genre — and changing the Hollywood business model in the process — with films like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Get Out (not to mention a slew of non-horror prestige plays and TV series). This month, his mini empire, Blumhouse Productions, will release a new sequel in the Halloween franchise, which picks back up with the masked serial killer Michael Myers and his ultimate prey, Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis). So why dabble in an established brand when you’ve got a good thing going? “There are bragging rights,” he half-jokingly tells me over the phone shortly after Halloween’s Toronto Film Festival premiere. The fact that there were nine sequels to John Carpenter’s original movie (“a couple of good ones, more bad ones,” he says) only enticed Blum more. … [Read more...] about Blumhouse has never produced a theatrically released horror movie directed by a woman — but hopes to
In the wake of renewed debate about violence and video games, I suppose I should put that sociology degree to work and explain, roughly, the academic state of play. It’s worth noting that there’s next to nothing that supports what I like to call the “monkey-see-monkey-do” model of media influence. That is: a piece of media shows a violent act, and viewers/players go out and commit the same act. The heart of the debate in the social sciences is, instead, about “aggression.” And, indeed, in the words of the American Psychological Association, “all existing quantitative reviews of the violent video game literature have found a direct association between violent video game use and aggressive outcomes.” But what, exactly, are “aggressive outcomes”? As I often tell students, the simplest words are the most devilish in science (consider how a sociologist might have to confront the idea of “love” and you’ll see … [Read more...] about Opinion: So what *does* the science say about games and violence?