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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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Sheryl Sandberg Admits There Are Financial Incentives For Fake News

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg went on the defensive this week to answer criticisms about the site’s role in the spread of fake news. However, she made several interesting admissions in her statements, including a comment that fake news is financially motivated. To this point, Facebook has downplayed the idea that its algorithms and…

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Facebook AI Still Isn’t Smart Enough To Catch Violent Content By Itself

Facebook believes Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the answer to almost every issue it faces, from proposing dinner recommendations to censoring content. However, the social media giant faced its own technological limitations this week when a Facebook user live-streamed a murder. Mark Zuckerberg himself weighed in on the murder while speaking at the F8 developer conference…

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Facebook Takes Three Hours To Remove Gruesome Murder Video

Facebook’s live video streaming platform Facebook Live has been repeatedly used to broadcast violence and other disturbing content. However, the service may have reached a crisis point this week when a man appeared to live stream a murder he committed — and Facebook took hours to remove the footage. The site has understandably received fierce…

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Facebook Takes Down Major Fake Account Ring

Facebook often finds itself under fire for not doing enough to combat the spread of fake content and malware on its pages. However, the site announced this week that it has broken up a major spam operation that it’s been fighting for six months. According to Facebook, the ring of scammers created tons of fake…

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Mark Zuckerberg Shares Strategy For Dealing With Controversy

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg insists that his creation started as an innocent attempt to connect the world — nothing at all controversial about that. However, since its beginnings in 2004, the site has ballooned to almost 2 billion users (out of 7 billion human beings on earth), and like any entity that big,…

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Woman’s Facebook Friend From High School Steals Baby Photos, Uses Them For Scam

There are many kinds of scams on Facebook, but one increasingly common one involves a con artist stealing a victim’s photos and using them to set up fake pages. These pages can be used to charm unsuspecting users into a fake romantic relationship, or, like in a recent case in Missouri, be used to play…

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Facebook AI Assistant Will Begin Inserting Itself Into Your Private Conversations

Facebook announced this week that its Artificial Intelligence (AI) assistant program, M, will now be able to make suggestions to users within private messages. The social media giant first introduced the concept of M more than a year and a half ago, promising a do-it-all virtual assistant. “Unlike other AI-based services in the market, M…

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New Facebook Stories Feature Lets You See Who’s “Stalking” You

Facebook’s new Stories feature, which allows users to customize pictures and video with a variety of filters, drawings, stickers and more, has been derided as a Snapchat clone. However, there is another crucial similarity between the two social media tools that some users are beginning to notice: when you post a Facebook Story, you can…

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Facebook Introduces New Tech To Fight “Revenge Porn”

Facebook introduced a new feature this week that will use photo-matching technology to help prevent so-called “revenge porn” from being shared. When a Facebook user shares intimate photos of someone else without their permission, other users will be able to report it. Representatives from Facebook’s Community Operations team will then review the post and remove…

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Facebook Loses Court Battle To Protect User Info From Search Warrants

New York’s highest court handed Facebook a legal setback this week when it ruled in a 5-1 decision that a warrant for digital information cannot be appealed by the company, and that they must be appealed by individual defendants themselves. The case stems from an investigation by the Manhattan District Attorney’s office into more than…

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Facebook, Other Tech Leaders Dedicate $14M To Fight Fake News

These days, Facebook faces near-constant criticism for not doing enough to get rid of fake news. The site has pledged to step up its efforts to curb the problem, and it has, taking several steps including adding warning flags to suspicious content before users share it. However, the site put its money where its mouth…

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Electronic Frontier Foundation: Make All Of Your Past Posts Ever Private

There is an easy, one-click way to improve your Facebook privacy that many users don’t know about, according to a new video tutorial from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). This simple setting allows you to change the privacy settings on every piece of content you’ve ever posted simultaneously, from “public” or “friends of friends” to…

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