Facebook Makes Quick Rebuttal to the Latest Accusatory NYT Article

Facebook Makes Quick Rebuttal to the Latest Accusatory NYT Article

At the end of March, Facebook's Cambridge Analytica scandal hit the media.

Soon the hashtag #DeleteFacebook was trending on Twitter.

“According to Facebook, data from about 300,000 users was originally collected by a Cambridge lecturer named Aleksandr Kogan in 2013 for a personality quiz app. But given the way Facebook worked at the time, Kogan was able to access data from "tens of millions" of friends of those users, Zuckerberg said. While Kogan collected the data legitimately, he then violated Facebook's terms by passing the information to Cambridge Analytica,” writes "CNET."

Facebook tried to keep the error hidden from the public because it eventually was revealed that the social network was aware of the infraction in 2015. Facebook, instead, demanded that Cambridge Analytica destroy the information immediately. As reported by "The Guardian" and "The New York Times," not all data had been deleted, according to information provided by the former data scientist for the firm and whistleblower, Chris Wylie.

Listen to the podcast below to learn more about the Facebook data debacle and it’s impact on restaurants.

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How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability

How Rich's Helps Define Clean Label and Sustainability
  • Rich’s vice president of Health and Authenticity, Jen VanDeWater, shares the company’s efforts on clean labeling and authenticity in their products.

On this episode of The Barron Report, Jen VanDewater, Vice President of Health and Authenticity at Rich Products Corporation, sits down with our host Paul Barron to discuss how a large company like Rich’s is addressing concerns over clean labeling and authenticity in their products, among other topics.

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Female-Led Funding Startup, AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

Female-Led Funding Startup, AccelFoods Helps Other Food-Focused Startups like Soozy's Thrive

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host Paul Barron speaks with Jordan Gaspar, co-founder of AccelFoods, and Susan Chen, CEO of Soozy’s, a frozen, gluten-free baked good product company that has partnered with the female-led venture capitalist group in order to grow its business.

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Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

Why East Hampton Leads The Top 50 Sandwich Innovators List

After a quick stint at law school, Hunter Pond decided his true passion laid with the restaurant business.

“I just felt this gravitational pull to the industry and it was strong enough... [that] I dropped out of law school after one semester,” said Pond. “...It was a rough three months trying to convince everybody that this was the right move for me.”

On this episode of The Barron Report, our host, Paul Barron, sits down with Hunter Pond, CEO of East Hampton Sandwich Co. to learn how this concept came to be and made its way to become the top Sandwich Innovator concept from our free Top 50 Sandwich Innovator Report.

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Twitter’s CEO Pledges to Better Protect Users and to Improve Policies Post House Hearing

Twitter’s CEO Pledges to Better Protect Users and to Improve Policies Post House Hearing

Users’ privacy on social media, in particular, has been the topic of a heated debate for the last few months. Following Facebook’s privacy scandal, social networks are being scrutinized.

Users and lawmakers have demanded that social networks take immediate action and make the necessary changes to better protect their digital community members.

As Facebook continues to deal with a PR nightmare that ignited following the Cambridge Analytica scandal that hit the media in March, other social media giants are being called upon to not only better protect users, but to also help improve policy.

Last week, Twitter's CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey appeared in a hearing held by the House Energy and Commerce where he was drilled by lawmakers.

“Twitter’s success and growth rate has been extraordinary, but it has not been without controversy,” said House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR.)

“Humans are recommending changes to Twitter’s policies. Humans can make mistakes … how Twitter manages those mistakes is critically important.”

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Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori Explains Why Simple Food Is Great

Executive Chef Giuseppe Tentori Explains Why Simple Food Is Great

“I would describe my food as very simple,” says Giuseppe Tentori, Executive Chef and Partner of GT Fish & Oyster and GT Prime. “Simple food is great. You don’t need to add too many ingredients or make your food too weird just to be like a great chef.”

Tentori enjoys various accolades after making a name for himself in Chicago redefining the American seafood restaurant experience with the opening of GT Fish & Oyster in 2011. He earned critical recognition both regionally and nationally, like three stars from the Chicago Tribune and nominations for “Best Chef: Great Lakes” by the James Beard Foundation.

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Is It Time for Your Brand to Leave Facebook?

Is It Time for Your Brand to Leave Facebook?
  • Industry Expert, Donald Burns, provides you with ways to start building a bigger social media presence off of Facebook.

  • For brands that rely on Facebook, branching out may be in your best interest.

It cannot be denied that Facebook changed the social network scene, but even giants can be brought down.

The controversy over the Cambridge Analytica drama involving Facebook has raised questions about data and your privacy. In the wake of the congressional hearings that Mark Zuckerberg testified in, many people jumped off of Facebook as a symbol to stand up for privacy. The #DeleteFacebook movement, like many others out there, is big news and it has gained some momentum.

Will Facebook disappear?

Not yet and not because of Cambridge Analytica. Social media is here to stay. That is certain.

The ability to connect with people around the world is paramount to the human race, as we are social creatures. How we connect and engage are the questions to think about. With that said, there are some revelations you need to consider...

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High-Quality Ingredients Are Fueling Our 2018 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report

High-Quality Ingredients Are Fueling Our 2018 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report

Coming soon to Foodable, our free 2018 Top 50 Sandwich Innovators guide and downloadable report will be featuring brands that focus on the artisan approach to high-quality sandwiches. Watch out for sandwich concepts with a focus on premium ingredients, scratch-cooking, and chef-inspired menus!

This mid-July report will dive into the consumer trends for the top 300 sandwich chains, by analyzing a Foodable Labs data set of over 32 thousand locations.

Be sure to watch for the Top 50 Sandwich Innovators Guide and Report soon here on Foodabltv.com.

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Summer Food Trends That Millennials Will be Showcasing on Instagram 

 Summer Food Trends That Millennials Will be Showcasing on Instagram 

With the official start of summer being only a few weeks away, consumers are going to ramp up their usage of photo-focused platforms like Instagram to get inspired on where to go and what to eat. 

"When it comes to engaging with posts that include summer related hashtags, Instagrammers are highly active—with 18-24 year olds making up the majority of the audience. And, of that, 66% of them are women. The top countries for summer related hashtags include Brazil, Australia, US, Italy, Germany and the UK. Globally, top summer hashtags included #summer, #summertime, #beach, #sun, #summervibes, #summer2017, #hot, #fun and #summerdays," writes Instagram in its Business Blog. 

With that in mind, we are going to see new food trends fill Instagram feeds this summer. 

According to a recent predictions article by "CNBC," the Instagram-able food trends foodies will be posting food pics of will feature poke, street corn, farro, and bee pollen.

But healthy trends will remain at the forefront, expect to see more consumer posts about fermented foods like kimchi, miso, and Tempeh. 

"In the last year, a number of companies promoted apple cider vinegar tonics as homeopathic remedies and a cure-all for everything from acne to hangovers," writes "CNBC." "There are already a number of products on the market that are rich in probiotics and micro-organisms and aim to support digestive and immune health. Expect to see more of these gut-healthy food items throughout the year."

Move over squid ink, it's activated charcoal's turn. 

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