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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 Ordered To Explain Why It Deleted Deceased Man’s Profile

Facebook is known to keep a lot of rules close to its chest when it comes to removing content. The company has published these guidelines in the past, but it has so many different and seemingly-conflicting rules that releasing them has only added to the confusion about what the site does and does not allow.…

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How Much Is Your Facebook Data Worth?

By now, most savvy Facebook users understand the company makes money off our information. Almost all of the controversies that surround Facebook have to do, in one way or another, with the company’s handling of our data privacy. However, Facebook isn’t exactly forthcoming with this information, and it’s unclear just how much our data is…

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Facebook Won’t Say How Often Its Algorithms Are Wrong

Facebook increasingly relies on artificial intelligence to weed out scams, fake news and offensive content. However, as Forbes writer Kalev Leetaru pointed out in a recent column, the social media giant refuses to say just how accurate these algorithms really are. For instance, the company recently said that it detects and eliminates 99 percent of…

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Facebook Won’t Rule Out Tracking Eye Movement, Listening To Your Convos In The Future

Facebook finally answered some questions posed to it by U.S. lawmakers this week, though the company was still vague in many of its answers. For instance, the social media giant left wide-open the possibility that it will one day track your eye movements and even listen in to your conversations. These notable non-answers came as…

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Facebook May Begin Banning Scam Advertisers

Facebook announced a new feature this week that could go a long way toward stopping scammers from fooling users with advertisements. This new tool will let users review businesses they have interacted with, and share the reviews with other users, too. Facebook wants to use this feedback to help businesses create better ads and weed…

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Facebook Reveals Every Way That It Tracks You

Facebook has found itself under increasing pressure from members of the public, advocates and lawmakers following a slew of recent revelations about its data and privacy practices. Some of the toughest questions the social media giant has faced came from U.S. Senators and members of Congress who grilled CEO Mark Zuckerberg when he appeared before…

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Advocacy Group: Teen Facebook Users May Be Disproportionately Harmed By Data Policies

Facebook’s privacy woes just keep getting worse. This week, the advocacy group Common Sense Media sent a letter to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking the organization to investigate how Facebook has handled the data and privacy of teenage users. The nonprofit group is arguing that young users may have been most at risk to…

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Facebook Bug Caused 14 Million Users’ Sharing Settings To Go Public

Facebook’s privacy problems continued to mount this week when the company revealed that a bug may have led to 14 million users publically sharing posts that they thought were private. The bug, which was active from May 18 to May 27, accidentally changed the suggested privacy settings for status updates. That means 14 million people…

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Facebook Shared User Data With A Chinese Company Considered A National Security Threat

Facebook’s ongoing scandal over its disclosure of user data to more than 60 companies got even worse this week; The New York Times reported that one of those companies is a Chinese electronics firm that has been flagged by U.S. officials as a national security threat. While Facebook normally faces public blowback for this kind…

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Report: Facebook Gave User Data To More Than 60 Companies

Facebook is just recovering from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that rocked it this spring, but the social media giant may already have another massive privacy controversy on its hands. Over the weekend, The New York Times published a report that said Facebook provided “privileged access” to over 60 device makers, like Apple, Samsung…

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Facebook User Tries To Auction His Personal Data On eBay

There have been plenty of stories in the news lately about how Facebook is profiting off our private information. That’s why one user decided to take matters into his own hands by putting his Facebook data up for auction on eBay. The user, a U.K.-based writer and developer named Oli Frost, started the bidding at…

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Complaint Accuses Facebook Of Using “Tricks” To Get Users To Accept Privacy Policy

The European Union recently introduced a sweeping new privacy law called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that has had far-reaching effects for companies around the world. It’s the reason you’ve probably received so many privacy notices in your email inbox in recent weeks. Facebook was one of the companies that agreed to comply with…

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