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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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Mom Streams Beating Of Her Daughter In Latest Facebook Live Controversy

It seems like every day brings another story about controversial content broadcast live on Facebook. From the fatal shooting of Philandro Castile by a police officer in Minnesota to the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, Facebook is unwittingly broadcasting tons of graphic content across the web in real time. Another sad incident…

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Wikileaks Claims Facebook Censored Democratic National Committee Leaks

The Wikileaks hacking group claimed this weekend that Facebook censored information it released last Friday from the Democratic National Committee. The leaked documents caused a stir when some seemed to indicate that the DNC actively sought to undermine presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Wikileaks, which is known for stealing and releasing government and corporate information, claimed…

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Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down On “Weird Facebook” Memes

According to a report this week in The Daily Dot, Facebook is cracking down on the loose network of artists, writers and social media influencers informally known as “Weird Facebook.” These slightly kooky sites, which produce popular memes and boast tens of thousands of followers, form a strange alternative social network within Facebook — and…

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Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions

A 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud. According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious,…

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Activists Band Together To Flag Facebook Gun Sales

Even though Facebook banned private gun sales in January, firearm ads still crop up on the site faster than Facebook’s censors can catch them. That’s where a dedicated group of activists comes in. According to a report in Mashable, a group of online activists has taken it upon themselves to find and report private gun…

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Feds Monitoring Activists On Facebook Ahead Of Cleveland GOP Convention

If you’re prone to angry political opinions, you might want to be careful what you post about the Republican Convention in Cleveland this week — according to The Intercept, federal authorities are monitoring activists on Facebook and looking for signs of “violent anarchist extremist activity.” The Intercept obtained a document earlier this month that purports…

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Dallas Police Shooter Bought AK-47 On Facebook

Micah Johnson, the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week and injured seven other people, allegedly bought an AK-47 assault rifle over Facebook in 2014.   The man who sold Johnson the gun, Colton Crews, Told the New York Daily News that nothing seemed off about the future killer. (It’s also worth…

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Four Men Arrested In Detroit For Threatening Police, Supporting Dallas Shooter

Four men were arrested in Detroit over the past week for either threatening police or voicing support for the man who killed five police officers in Dallas last week. One of the men allegedly made an explicit threat, writing, “Kill all white cops” on his Facebook page, while another wrote that this “needs to happen…

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Families Of Palestinian Terror Attack Victims Sue Facebook For $1 Billion

This week, the families of five Americans who were either killed or injured in terror attacks in the Israel-Palestine conflict sued Facebook for $1 billion, claiming the social media giant “provided material support” to the Hamas terrorist organization. The lawsuit claimed that Hamas “has used and relied on Facebook’s online social-network platform and communications services…

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Facebook Clarifies Live Video Censorship Rules After Multiple Graphic Streams Last Week

Facebook restated its rules regarding censoring live-stream videos late last week after footage of several graphically violent events went viral. Last week, an African-American man named Philando Castile was shot by police in Minnesota, and his girlfriend began streaming on Facebook immediately in the aftermath of the incident. Footage was also broadcast live during the…

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Facebook Rolls Out Beta Version Of “Secret Conversations” Feature

Facebook announced this week that it will begin rolling out a beta version of its “Secret Conversations” feature to a small number of Messenger users that aims to protect communications with end-to-end encryption. Apple, WhatsApp and Google all feature similar encryption services for users, so it was high time Facebook caught up with the privacy…

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Israel Calls Facebook A “Monster” For Not Censoring Terrorists

Facebook has come under political pressure in recent months to take a stronger stance against extremists who use the site to communicate. The most recent example came last weekend when an Israeli government official called the site a “monster” for not doing more to fight terrorism. “Facebook today, which brought an amazing, positive revolution to…

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