Hashtag Trending: Huawei woes continue; Facebook violates privacy again; Google’s accidental ad

The Huawei saga continues with Stephen Harper chiming in; Facebook can’t seem to get out of hot water and a Google employee causes a multi-million dollar ad mistake.
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First up from Twitter: Huawei continues to make headlines. This time former prime minister Stephen Harper is giving his two sense. Global News reports that Harper appeared on Fox News on Friday stating that he agrees with the U.S. encouraging western allies to ban Huawei from 5G networks. He says when he was in government they were increasingly concerned about Huawei moving into “western democratic telecommunication networks.” Friday also marked the bail hearing for Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou. Reports from CBC and the Toronto Star report that she is accused of using a shell company called Skycom to facilitate transactions with Iran, violating sanctions. Wanzhou allegedly denied to U.S. banks that the transactions was illegal which is the cause of the fraud allegations. According to The Globe and Mail, Chinese state media expressed anger at the arrest calling it “basically kidnapping”

Next up from Reddit: Facebook just can’t seem to stay out of the headlines either. And this times it’s over concerns around personal data yet again. The social media giant apparently struck deals over personal data according to internal emails from Facebook released by U.K. lawmakers. They show Facebook struck deals with third-party apps that allowed for continued access to the data. U.K. lawmakers are continuing to investigate Facebook’s role in spreading fake news and seems unhappy saying that Facebook is failing to give straight answers.

Finally from LinkedIn: An accident from a Google employee ended up costing the company more than $1.6 million. On Tuesday a mysterious yellow box popped up on U.S. and Australia websites, lasting around 45 minutes. Apparently, an employee accidentally purchased ad units during a training session and the ad campaign reportedly cost Google more than $1.6 million in less than an hour.

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Meagan Simpson
Meagan Simpson
Meagan Simpson is a Jr. Staff Writer for IT World Canada. A graduate of Carleton University’s journalism program, she loves sports, travelling, reading and photography, and when not covering tech news she can be found cuddled up on the couch with her cat and a good book.

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