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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 Create An Emoji — Of You

According to a patent filed earlier this month, Facebook may soon create personalized emojis of users’ faces. The feature would use Facebook’s facial recognition technology to scan through all of your photos to find a match with an emoji you intended to use. For example, if you typed the symbol for a smiley-face, Facebook could…

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Facebook Bans Promoting Of Post With Plus-Sized Model Picture For Violating “Health And Fitness” Standards

An Australian feminist group received a rude surprise this week when it tried to promote a post featuring an image of a plus-sized model on Facebook — and was subsequently rejected by the site. The picture, which was ironically included as part of a Facebook event to promote body sensitivity, allegedly violated the site’s “health…

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Facebook Message-Scanning Privacy Case Moves Forward

A lawsuit claiming Facebook violated federal privacy laws by scanning the content of private messages was partially certified for class action this week in a Northern California court, meaning the case is one step closer toward going to trial. The lawsuit centers on Facebook’s practice of scanning URLs sent in private messages. While this is…

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Judge: Don’t Change Your Privacy Settings During Litigation

A judge in a Fair Housing Act lawsuit reprimanded the plaintiff in the case this week for making her Facebook account private during litigation. The lawsuit alleges that the defendant, a landlord, did not rent an apartment to the plaintiff after learning that two of the plaintiff’s children would be living with her. The plaintiff’s…

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Is More Accurate Than The FBI’s

Facebook’s facial recognition technology has grown increasingly controversial in recent weeks. First, a judge ruled that Facebook must face a lawsuit alleging that the technology violates user privacy. Then, the feature was removed altogether from Facebook’s Moments app in Europe and Canada. Now NPR has reported that Facebook’s ability to recognize your face in photos…

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Zuckerberg To Meet With Conservative Media Leaders To Discuss Alleged Trending News Suppression

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will meet with prominent conservative media members and leaders this week to discuss recent reports that the site deliberately suppresses conservative news in its Trending News section. A Facebook spokesperson said that this group of “conservative thought leaders” will meet with Zuckerberg on Wednesday. The group includes media pundit Glenn Beck,…

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Court Ruling: High School Can Suspend Student Over Facebook Comment

A Pennsylvania court ruled last week that a 15-year-old high school freshman could be suspended for a Facebook post about an existing bomb threat that school administrators interpreted as another bomb threat. The boy’s parents argued that his suspension violated his rights to free speech, noting that the school’s student handbook doesn’t cover off-campus conduct.…

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Facebook Wants To Teach Hacking Skills For Web Security Education

Facebook announced this week that it will open-source its Capture the Flag (CTF) platform to help teach students and developers how to hack — and how to guard against online security threats. CTF competitions are a common occurrence in the cyber security industry. These simulations are used to teach security professionals how to deal with…

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Update: Facebook Denies Suppressing Trending Stories While Senator Calls On Site To Answer Allegations

The controversy over whether or not Facebook deliberately suppresses or promotes stories in its “trending news” section continues to rage this week, as conservative users and politicians express concerns over the allegations of censorship. However, Facebook has finally commented on the firestorm and issued a strong denial. “Facebook does not allow or advise our reviewers…

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Report: Facebook Suppressed Conservative News In Trending Topics, Artificially Promoted Black Lives Matter

Last week, Gizmodo reported that Facebook news curators have a huge amount of power to decide what news topics trend. This week, the publication dropped another bombshell from a former staffer who claimed the social media giant intentionally suppressed conservative news while artificially promoting other causes like Black Lives Matter. While this kind of biases…

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Facebook Must Face Photo Tagging Privacy Lawsuit

In a huge victory for Facebook privacy advocates, a federal judge has rejected Facebook’s request to toss a lawsuit alleging that Facebook’s facial recognition technology violates user privacy. “The Court accepts as true plaintiffs’ allegations that Facebook’s face recognition technology involves a scan of face geometry that was done without plaintiffs’ consent,” U.S. District Judge…

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Facebook Privacy Hearing Gets Heated, Doesn’t Reach A Conclusion

Last week, U.S. District Judge Edward Davila called a hearing on Facebook’s motion to dismiss a long-running privacy case against it. The case began in 2012, and features a group of plaintiffs seeking $15 billion in damages for Facebook’s alleged violation of the Federal Wiretap Act, plus numerous other violations. The case was dismissed last…

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