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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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Expert Warns Against Trusting Facebook With Our Data

Facebook is, without question, the world’s largest social media platform. With over 2 billion active users around the globe, the company possesses a truly unprecedented amount of humanity’s personal data. And according to one expert, that could pose a problem in ways we can’t even imagine yet. Jeramie D. Scott, a cybersecurity and privacy expert…

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Facebook Vulnerability To 19-Year-Old Attack Discovered

It’s a good thing Facebook offers money to so-called “bug bounty hunters” to discover weaknesses in its own defenses. The holes these security experts discover are often startling, like the one researchers recently uncovered that exposed Facebook to a cyberattack method first used in 1998. Facebook paid out a bounty to a trio of security…

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Former Facebook VP Says Company Is “Ripping Apart” Society

Yet another former high-profile Facebook employee went public this week with stinging criticism of the company. This time, former vice president of user growth Chamath Palihapitiya blasted the site for programming us to think a certain way, creating a “vicious circle” of sharing and validation, and  even disrupting how society is supposed to work. “I…

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Facebook Appears To End Ticker Feed That Tracked Your Friends’ Activity

Facebook is constantly tweaking its interface to encourage more user interaction, and it seems like the “Ticker” feed is just the site’s latest casualty. The Ticker, which appeared to the right of your News Feed, was the steady stream of updates that creepily detailed in real time what your friends were doing on the platform.…

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Experts Call On Facebook To Take More Responsibility For Influence, User Privacy

Facebook is by far the largest social platform in the world, with over 2 billion active users sharing pictures, posts and comments every day. With that size and worldwide scope, Facebook is responsible for dealing with a host of thorny ethical issues, ranging from user privacy to news to content censorship. However, some experts think…

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Facebook Launches “Did You Know” Questionnaire To Gather Even More Of Your Data

There’s no doubt about it: Facebook knows a ton about how you tick. From the content we share to the photos we post, the world’s largest social network possesses a vast array of information about how we think and feel. However, it wants to know even more. That’s why Facebook is launching a new feature…

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Facebook Political Ads Often Carry Scams And Malware

Facebook is still dealing with blowback from the revelations that Russian operatives sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election with fake Facebook posts and advertising. However, according to a new report from ProPublica, political Facebook ads are also being used for a far more mundane purpose: scamming users and infecting them with malware. There…

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Facebook Bans Women For Calling Men “Scum”

Following the recent avalanche of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men, many women have taken to Facebook to share stories and frustrations. However, some were shocked to discover that Facebook suspended their accounts for writing things like “men are scum” and “men continue to be the worst.” Several women shared their Facebook banning…

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Actor Chris Pratt Discovers Fake Facebook Profile Being Used To Lure Female Fans

It’s not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up imposter accounts using the photos and identity of everyday people. However, celebrities are particularly vulnerable to this kind of scam, as actor Chris Pratt learned this week. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor discovered a fake Facebook profile set up in his name that was being used…

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Update: Facebook Finally Stops Racially Discriminatory Advertising

The saga of Facebook allowing racially discriminatory ads took another twist this week when the company abruptly announced it would put the feature on hold until a technical solution can be found. ProPublica first uncovered the feature last year, which gave housing advertisers the ability to target Facebook ads based on race, religion and more.…

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Facebook Is Asking Users To Upload A Selfie To Verify Identity

Facebook may soon take its security efforts a step further, and in a big way. According to a report this week, since confirmed by WIRED, Facebook will begin asking users to upload a selfie if their profile is flagged for suspicious activity. A Twitter user shared a screenshot of the identity test that asked to…

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Report: U.S. Government Wants To Track Facebook Profiles Of Foreign Visitors

According to a bombshell report from ProPublica, the Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has inquired if tech companies could use algorithms to track the Facebook activity of visa holders in the United States. The government posed this question to a room full of technology contractors brought together by the Government Technology & Services…

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