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How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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Photographer Banned From Facebook For Body-Positive Nude Series

Photographer Julia Busato started a project one year ago to photograph nude women posing with a mannequin. According to Busato, the series was designed to emphasize the positive message that beauty should not rely on societal standards. However, Facebook apparently saw it differently — the social media giant suspended her account after users reported it.…

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Professor: Facebook Needs To Do More To Fight “Revenge Porn”

It was recently revealed that a private Facebook group called Marines United has been sharing nude or invasive photos of women without their consent. Some of the victims include other service members, ex-girlfriends and strangers.  The original group has closed, but many others have popped up to replace it. U.S. laws haven’t exactly caught up…

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Zuckerberg Calls Reports That Facebook Profits From Fake News “Crap”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk at North Carolina A&T State University this week on a variety of wide-ranging topics. During his address, he got a little heated and sounded off on his site’s ongoing fake news controversy. Culminating in the presidential election in November, Facebook has been under increasing fire for…

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Germany Threatens Facebook With $53 Million Fine If It Doesn’t Remove Hate Speech

Many Facebook users both in the United States and around the world have questioned the site’s content removal policy. When users flag offensive or sometimes even illegal content, Facebook often reacts slowly to take it down. But there’s a new proposed law in Germany that might serve as a template for other countries around the…

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Hoax App: Facezam Claimed Users Could Find Strangers With Only A Photo

A new app called Facezam was announced this week that promised to let users identify strangers on Facebook using only a photo. Thankfully, the app doesn’t exist and the launch has turned out to be a publicity stunt by a viral marketing agency. As part of the ruse, the app falsely claimed to scan billions…

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Facebook Data Can No Longer Be Used To Build Surveillance Tools

Facebook announced this week that it will change its developer policy to ban the use of Facebook and Instagram data for surveillance tools. The social media giant faced a ton of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice after reports that law enforcement agencies were…

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Pipeline Protesters Fight Warrant For Their Facebook Data

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a challenge this week to a warrant in Washington that sought to gather the private Facebook data of Dakota Access pipeline protesters. The warrant, which was granted by a judge, asked for the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information” of the protesters, and even allowed for…

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Court Rules Against Syrian Refugee In Facebook Slander Case

A German court ruled this week to dismiss the case brought against Facebook by a Syrian refugee who wanted the social media giant to find and delete posts incorrectly labeling him a terrorist. The controversy began in in 2015 when 19-year-old Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Another photo was also…

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Police Department Posts Question About Drugs On Facebook, Gets Blocked

The police department in the city of Oneida, New York, decided to have some fun with its Facebook page and post a joking request for drugs. However, they didn’t expect their post to land in hot water with Facebook itself. The cops, borrowing the idea from a Pennsylvania police department, posted a status saying “Does…

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BBC Report: Facebook Failed To Remove Sexual Images Of Children

In a bombshell report this week, the BBC accused Facebook of failing to remove “sexualized images” of children. The case took an even stranger turn when Facebook reported BBC investigators to authorities for themselves possessing the materials. The BBC first reported last year that closed Facebook groups were being used by pedophiles to trade child…

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Facebook Rolls Out “Disputed News” Tag

After taking criticism for months for not doing enough to curb the spread of fake news, Facebook finally introduced a feature this week that will “dispute” the authenticity of hoax content. In one example noticed by Gizmodo, a fake story is spreading on Facebook from “The Seattle Tribune,” a purveyor of viral clickbait content, claiming…

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Police: Live-Streaming Shooting Death On Facebook Is Not Illegal

Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, have decided not to charge a person who streamed a shooting victim’s dying moments on Facebook Live. According to the officials, the person responsible for the video was not involved in the shooting and didn’t actually break any laws.  The video was filmed at a motel after 27-year-old Calvin Louis…

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