Facebook said Friday that it has suspended "tens of thousands" of apps made by about 400 developers as part of an investigation following the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The announcement came the same day that unsealed legal documents in Massachusetts disclosed that Facebook had suspended 69,000 apps. In the vast majority of cases, however, the suspensions came not after any kind of serious investigation but because app developers had failed to respond to emailed information requests. Starting in March 2018, Facebook began looking into the apps that have access to its users' data. The probe came after revelations that data mining firm Cambridge Analytica used ill-gotten data from millions of Facebook users through an app, then used the data to try to influence U.S. elections.
International students in Massachusetts are calling an ICE policy that could force them to leave the country "cruel" and "malicious" as Attorney General Maura Healey jumps on board to sue the Trump administration and shut down the rule. It is malicious and the effect on human life has been poorly thought out," said Fara Afify, an immigrant and student at Harvard University, outside the steps of the State House on Monday. Afify, joined by other students and Healey, rallied against recent guidelines from Immigration and Customs Enforcement that say international students can't live in the United States and take all of their classes online during the pandemic. The rally at the State House comes just one day ahead of a hearing for a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT that argues ICE issued the policy without offering any justification and without allowing the public to respond. "Even amid a pandemic and unprecedented global chaos, the Trump administration is somehow capable of continuously finding new ways to terrorize our most vulnerable communities," said Afify.
Some personal injury law firms now automatically target online ads at anyone who enters a nearby hospital's emergency room and has a cell phone. The ads may show up on multiple devices for more than a month. Some personal injury law firms now automatically target online ads at anyone who enters a nearby hospital's emergency room and has a cell phone. The ads may show up on multiple devices for more than a month. Patients sitting in emergency rooms, chiropractors, and pain clinics in the Philadelphia area may start noticing the kind of messages typically seen along highway billboards and public transit on their phones: personal injury law firms looking for business by casting mobile ads at patients.
Gun rights advocates in Massachusetts are turning up the heat against the state's attorney general, who they say potentially made thousands of citizens "felons in waiting" with her recent enforcement notice that changed the legal definition of assault weapons. The latest rally by gun rights advocates against state Attorney General Maura Healey's change attracted hundreds of people on Monday. The Call to Action Rally featured signs that read "Healey Hurts Families" and "We Stand With GOAL." The Gun Owners' Action League, or GOAL, is the Massachusetts-based Second Amendment group that organized the rally and several others in recent weeks. Healey's enforcement notice was posted online while the Massachusetts legislature was on break for the national party conventions.