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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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Study: Facebook One Of Most Hated Tech Companies Because Of Privacy

According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Facebook was one of the three most hated tech companies in America last year, along with Twitter and LinkedIn. The index works by collecting data on customer loyalty and satisfaction every year. Facebook has dealt with a slew of privacy-related PR issues over the past several years,…

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The Atlantic: Should Police Use Facebook To Track People?

As more social interactions occur online, it stands to reason that more criminals would also use social media platforms to communicate. However, as discussed at length in a column in The Atlantic this week, there are many potential problems that could stem from law enforcement officials using the site to track crooks. According to The…

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New App Offers to Clean Facebook History Of Job Seekers

A new app called Clear was announced this week that seeks to clean compromising posts from your social media history. It connects with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and searches posts with potentially offensive language using algorithms and an IBM supercomputer. The app was the brainchild of Ethan Czahor, who was fired from his position with…

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Brazil Threatens to Sue Facebook Over Censored Image

The Brazilian Ministry of Culture announced late last week that it intends to sue Facebook for blocking a photograph of a nude native woman originally taken in 1909. The ministry accused Facebook of trying to “illegally and arbitrarily” impose their standards on Brazil, and that the blocked photograph violated the Constitution of Brazil itself. “The…

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Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Fake Likes

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it has made “big strides” in its fight against fake likes over the past six months, tripling the number of fake likes it has detected and blocked before they’ve even reached a Page. In October of last year, the site shared its strategy for stopping fraudulent…

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Police Department Forced To Restore Critical Comments It Deleted

The Vineland Police Department in New Jersey has been forced to restore comments to its Facebook page that were critical of the department for its role in the shooting death of Phillip White, a man who died in police custody. White was arrested when police were called to respond to a man “freaking out.” A…

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Facebook And CIA-Backed Company Deny Scanning Private Facebook Messages

A developer made big waves this week when he claimed on a Hacker News message board that a third party is scanning private Facebook messages for information. The company, online risk assessment firm Recorded Future, also has financial ties to the CIA’s investment arm. However, both Facebook and the company have denied snooping on messages.…

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Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook Has Too Much Control Over News

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), regarded as one of the premier journalistic watchdog organizations in the country, expressed concern in a column this week over Facebook’s partnership with major news organizations. The arrangement, made between Facebook and several publications like Buzzfeed and The New York Times, will allow the organizations to post news directly to…

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Web Browsing Data Shared With Facebook Does Not Violate Privacy

A 62-year-old California woman has sued the AMC television network for sharing with Facebook her personal web browsing info on the TV channel’s site, which enables “social plugins” that allow Facebook to track what its users are watching. The suit claimed that this practice violates the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that has…

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Time Magazine: Parents Should Be Careful With Facebook Scrapbook

Last week, Facebook introduced a new feature called Scrapbook that lets parents organize and keep track of their children’s pictures on the site. However, some critics have pointed out that privacy-minded parents shouldn’t upload pictures of their kids to the social media site at all. Time Magazine responded to the new feature with a column…

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U.S. News & World Report: Is It Safe To Send Money Via Facebook?

Facebook is rolling out a peer-to-peer payment system over the next few months that will allow users to store debit card information on the site and send money to their friends via Facebook Messenger. However, some have expressed skepticism about the payment feature, including a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report that…

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Facebook Creates 11 New Security Guides

Facebook published 11 new interactive visual guides to its privacy and security settings this week. The subjects of the guides include “Hacked Accounts,” “Spam,” “Phishing” and “How You’re Protected.” The site says it wants to help users secure their accounts. It also wants to educate users about what Facebook does to protect their profiles and…

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