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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 Bug Exposed 6.8 Million Users’ Unposted Photos

Facebook has had a brutal year in the court of public opinion, and things might be about to get even worse for the social media giant. Late this week, the company quietly admitted that a bug in its code exposed the photos of 6.8 million users to third-party apps — including photos that users never…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Sex Speech With Confusing New Policy

Facebook’s content removal rules often lead to confusion among the platform’s users, many of whom are unsure how or why their posts have been taken down. The social media giant recently introduced a new policy that will surely add to the uncertainty. This new section in the site’s Community Standards places strict limits on discussing…

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Facebook Wants To Guess Your Future Location

As one of the largest technology companies in the world, Facebook files a lot of patents. Only a fraction of these filings ever become real — but they do tell a story about where Facebook’s priorities lie. For instance, it was revealed this week that the company has filed several patent applications for technology that…

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How Facebook Works To Stop Ad Blockers

Facebook likes to make a big deal about giving users more control over their privacy, but the company’s support ends the moment you begin using a tool offered by someone else. According to a recent report from the BBC, Facebook works hard behind the scenes to make it as difficult as possible for users to…

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Report: 2018 Marked Turning Point In How People Thought About Online Privacy

It feels like a million years ago, but it was only this past spring when the Facebook Cambridge Analytica scandal rocked the online world. The controversy, which revolved around a since-defunct data analytics firm that gathered the information of some 87 million Facebook users without their permission, entered the mainstream in a way no Facebook…

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Report: Facebook Knew It Looked Bad To Track Users’ Calls And Texts

Facebook engages in many creepy practices to obtain user data, but one of the creepiest is its “Read Call Log Permission” feature. This allows the site to make friend recommendations based on who Android users have called or texted. And now, according to leaked internal Facebook documents, the site was aware of how bad this…

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Internal Documents Reveal Facebook Makes Deals For User Data

Damaging internal documents from Facebook continued to trickle into public this week after being obtained by British lawmakers, including a batch of emails detailing how the company struck deals with companies for access to users’ personal data. Facebook has always strongly claimed that it does not sell user data, and nothing contained in the leaked…

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Hackers Target Nonprofits On Facebook

Facebook is an unprecedented tool for connecting people around the world. However, that also makes it a target for cybercriminals. And one of the very worst kinds of social media scam is when these crooks take advantage of users’ charity and goodwill. According to a new report in WIRED, nonprofit groups are often an easy…

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Facebook-Owned Instagram Launches Battle Against Spam

Facebook is dealing with a major fake content problem — the company revealed last month that it removed 1.5 billion phony accounts between April and September this year alone. And while it’s encouraging that Facebook is detecting these fakes, there’s also a greater overall number of spam profiles hitting the platform, which means Facebook is…

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Internal Documents Reveal Facebook Thought About Selling User Data  

The first of the internal Facebook documents recently seized by UK lawmakers has been released, and as expected, they contain damaging information for the social media giant. According to extracts obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook at one time considered selling access to user data. This revelation is the last thing Facebook needs after…

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Facebook Bug Resurfaces Years-Old Messages

There was a strange problem with Facebook this week that caused the platform to automatically resurface users’ old chats, forcing some to confront moments from their past they wished to forget. At first, the issue triggered fears of a security breach, but Facebook was quick to announce that the bug only stemmed from software updates.…

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UK Politicians Seize Documents From Facebook Over Data Scandal

Facebook has had a rough year in the public eye, coming in for criticism from lawmakers and the public alike for its handling of user privacy and data. Now the company may see even more of its dirty laundry aired, as UK politicians have obtained internal company documents—which could include correspondence between Facebook executives—in order…

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