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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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Facebook Shuts Down White Supremacist’s Profile In Wake Of Charlottesville Violence

Facebook cracked down on hate speech this week following deadly violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last weekend. It even shut down the Facebook and Instagram accounts of one white nationalist who was prominently featured in a widely-shared Vice News documentary about the hate rally. The man, Christopher Cantwell, helped lead the…

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Early Facebook Investor Says The Company Now “Terrifies” Him

When Facebook launched in 2004 as a platform for college students to connect with one another, no one could’ve foreseen its massive future. The once-small site is now a global service with over 2 billion users—and a ton of responsibility to protect the privacy of those users. However, the site has made our data its…

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Facebook Won’t Change Terms Of Service Following Charlottesville Protests

Over the weekend, a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, turned violent when one of the members of a hate organization drove into a crowd of counter-protesters, killing one and injuring 19 others. However, Facebook said it has no plans to change its guidelines following the racially-motivated violence. This is notable in the wake of…

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Report: Facebook Is Tracking Snapchat Users, Too

It’s no secret that Facebook tracks users across the Internet to observe their behavior, gather info and target advertising. However, a new report in The Wall Street Journal claims that Facebook’s tracking goes even further than originally thought. According to the report, Facebook uses an outside firm to monitor people’s app and website usage habits,…

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New Malware Promises To Help You Steal Facebook Passwords, But Steals Yours Instead

There is a new strain of malware making the rounds on Facebook that packs a unique punch. Dubbed “Instant Karma” by researchers, the bug comes packaged in a fake software program that promises users the ability to hack other people’s profiles. In other words, the malware’s victims are themselves up to some pretty shady business.…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Practice Of “Cloaking” Scam Pages

There are many tricks that Facebook scammers use to avoid being detected by the company. Facebook vowed this week to crack down on one such practice, called “cloaking,” that allows malicious publishers to hide the true nature of their content. Fraudulent marketers will often show Facebook a different, clean version of their pages right off…

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ACLU Sues Maine Governor For Censoring His Facebook Followers

 Facebook often gets in trouble for stifling user voices. Government officials can use it as a tool for speech suppression, too—though thankfully there are groups like the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to call them out when they try. That’s what happened this week when the ACLU of Maine filed suit against the state’s governor…

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Proposed UK Law Could Give Facebook Users Greater Control Over Their Own Data

UK legislators proposed a bill this week that would grant Facebook users broad control over their own privacy and data. If passed, the legislation would require social media platforms to remove posts from a user’s childhood if the user requested it. It would also allow a user to ask for all posts to be removed,…

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Facebook Rolls Out “Related Articles” Feature In Fight Against Fake Content

Facebook struck yet another blow in the fight against fake news this week, rolling out its “Related Articles” feature across the platform. Here’s how the tool works: when a controversial or disputed story appears in your News Feed, Related Articles will display a series of stories from other publishers beneath it. This will include other…

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Report: Smugglers Of People Openly Advertise Services On Facebook

With over 2 billion active users around the world, Facebook is a vital tool for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. However, that also includes individuals who may be promoting an illegal service. A new report from Sky News this week detailed how many human traffickers are openly using Facebook to advertise their services and tout…

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Report: Smugglers Of People Openly Advertise Services On Facebook

With over 2 billion active users around the world, Facebook is a vital tool for entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. However, that also includes individuals who may be promoting an illegal service. A new report from Sky News this week detailed how many human traffickers are openly using Facebook to advertise their services and tout…

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Facebook Prevents Woman From Sharing Racist Verbal Abuse She Suffered

Facebook touts itself as a platform built for the open sharing of thoughts and opinions. However, it often finds itself in trouble for the content it allows on its pages — and the posts it takes down. That’s what happened this week when the site censored a post from a black woman detailing a racist…

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