Monday, April 1, 2019

Facebook in Dire Straits

The New York Times reported on March 13 that US federal prosecutors are conducting a criminal investigation into data deals Facebook struck with some of the world's largest technology companies. 

A grand jury in New York, US of A has subpoenaed records from at least two prominent makers of smartphones and other devices, the newspaper reported, citing people familiar with the requests and without naming the companies. 

Both the companies are among the more than 150, including, Apple and Microsoft, that have entered into partnerships with Facebook for access to the personal information of hundreds of millions of its users, according to the report. 

Facebook are facing a slew of lawsuits and regulatory inquiries over their privacy practices, including ongoing investigations by the US Federal Trade Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission and two state agencies in New York. 

In addition to looking at the data deals, the probes focus on disclosures that the company shared the user data of 87 million people with Cambridge Analytica, a British consulting firm that worked with US President Donald Trump's campaign. 

Facebook said they are cooperating with investigators in multiple federal probes, without addressing the grand jury inquiry specifically. 

The online social media and social networking service company have defended the data-sharing deals, first reported in December, saying none of the partnerships gave companies access to information without people's permission. 

That, of course, is a lot of bull! It’s time Facebook are held accountable for their mercenary actions! 

It appears that Liverpool will be dishing out one anxiety-ridden 90 minutes after another, for the remainder of the season – until silverware and glory are won in heroic fashion – or lost in heartbreaking despair. 

On Sunday, Roberto Firmino got Liverpool off to the perfect start in the sixteenth minute – after latching onto a pinpoint delivery from Andy Robertson. But sloppy play and a lack of a clinical edge in the final third invited Tottenham Hotspur into the game. And the visitors proceeded to dominate the opening stages of the second half as Liverpool again labored and struggled to grab a foothold in proceedings – and which led to Lucas Moura’s equaliser in the seventieth minute. 

The state of play made it look as though the Reds were set to leave Anfield with only one effing point – only for Mohamed Salah to force a mistake as Spurs’ Toby Alderweireld's bundled the ball over his own line in the ninetieth minute to hand Liverpool a priceless victory and put them back on top of the Premier League. Luck is on our side.

Another game to face, another challenge to take on, another step to move closer to our ultimate dream goal. And we have six more heart attacks to endure!

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