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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 Wants To Know Your “Line” On Controversial Content

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg published a 6,000-word essay last week detailing what he sees as the future of Facebook. Zuck’s screed touched on many topics, including how he thinks Facebook can help alleviate poverty, promote peace and understanding, and even spread freedom. However, lost in all the lofty ideas was a pretty radical…

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Facebook Deletes Accounts That Stole Image Of 3-Year-Old, Promoted Cancer Scam

Facebook deleted two accounts this week that stole photos of a 3-year-old boy affected by chickenpox and used them to scam users. The cybercrooks falsely claimed the boy in the photos had cancer, and said Facebook would donate money for the boy’s surgery if people liked and shared the posts. According to The Daily Dot,…

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New Tool Creates Creepy Personality Profile From Your Facebook Data

A new browser plug-in called Data Selfie lets curious Facebook users “hack” their own data to see what personal information they leave behind when they use the site. The answer, as you might expect, is a lot. The free tool, which will also be available as an iPhone app when both tools launch in three…

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Why You Should Hide Your Date Of Birth On Facebook

Many users who are fed up with Facebook and want to delete their profiles end up not following through for one simple reason: birthdays. Indeed, among all of the site’s many features, Facebook’s birthday notifications might be the most invaluable for people who no longer keep tabs on friends’ occasions the old-fashioned way. However, even…

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New Tool Calls Attention To Facebook’s Creepy Graph Search Feature

Facebook launched a feature called Graph Search in 2013 that allowed users to search through pretty much every piece of public content on the site while using just about any criteria you could think of, including photos a particular friend has liked, places they’ve been and events they’ve attended. While this creepy tool is still…

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Facebook Says Users, Not The Site, Are Responsible For Spread Of Fake News

Facebook has faced an incredible amount of pressure to take accountability for the spread of fake news on the site, and while the social media giant has introduced tools that allow third-party apps to detect hoax content, Facebook said this week that users must take responsibility for the stories they share. “At the end of…

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Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Scams can take many forms on Facebook, from con artists impersonating military personnel to acting like a potential romantic partner to solicit money. However, a new scam in Detroit seeks to take advantage of people down on their luck by impersonating a district court clerk’s office. The con involves fake Facebook pages offering a discount…

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Court: Facebook Does Not Have A First Amendment Right To Text You

Facebook recently lost a First Amendment challenge that claimed the site could send users unsolicited birthday texts under its free speech rights. However, the court disagreed, and now the social media giant is left to find another defense strategy. The case began in 2015 when Facebook user Colin Brickman received a text from Facebook notifying…

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Ohio Attorney General Issues Warning About Facebook Romance Scams Ahead Of Valentine’s Day

Facebook “romance” scams, where a con artist seduces and then tricks an unsuspecting user into handing over money, are among the most common scams on the site. They’re so common, in fact, that the Ohio Attorney General felt the need to issue a warning about them in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. “Scam…

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Facebook Updates Ad Policies To Prevent Racial Targeting

Facebook came under intense scrutiny from civil rights advocates and law makers last fall when it was revealed that Facebook let advertisers exclude users based on race. After the controversy, Facebook announced it would change its ad policies to prevent potential discrimination, and now that update is finally rolling out. At first, Facebook defended the…

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Police Request Facebook Data On Inauguration Protesters

Over 230 protesters were arrested in Washington D.C. on January 20 as President Trump was inaugurated. Many even had their phones taken away. Now, a report claims that D.C. police have asked Facebook to hand over information on the arrestees. But here’s the interesting part: Facebook has allegedly not kept this request a secret, notifying…

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Facebook Fights For Privacy Of 9/11 First Responders In Fraud Case

Facebook will fight for the privacy rights of 9/11 first responders in New York’s high court this week as prosecutors investigate alleged Social Security fraud. The case began in 2013 when the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent 381 search warrants to Facebook to snoop around first responders’ profiles. The responders were suspected of defrauding the…

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