All Things Considered for December 16, 2021 Hear the All Things Considered program for December 16, 2021

All Things Considered

Meta banned seven surveillance firms from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Thursday, accusing the firms of using the platforms to spy on about 50,000 unsuspecting people. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images

Technology

Facebook bans 7 'surveillance-for-hire' companies that spied on 50,000 users

The parent company of Facebook and Instagram says the firms used its platforms to spy on human rights activists, government critics, celebrities and journalists in more than 100 countries.

Meta banned seven surveillance firms from Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp on Thursday, accusing the firms of using the platforms to spy on about 50,000 unsuspecting people. KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images

Facebook bans 7 'surveillance-for-hire' companies that spied on 50,000 users

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1064628654/1064951753" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Karen Pittman and Cynthia Nixon star in HBO's new series And Just Like That, a follow up to the hit series Sex and the City that ran from 1998 to 2004. Craig Blankenhorn /HBO Max hide caption

toggle caption
Craig Blankenhorn /HBO Max

'And Just Like That' stars talk race, fashion and whether *that* college scene worked

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1064856620/1064951759" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Searching for a song you heard between stories? We've retired music buttons on these pages. Learn more here.

All Things Considered