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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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Palestinian Man Arrested In Israel After Facebook Mistranslates Post From “Good Morning” To “Attack Them”

Though it might mean well, Facebook can often cause serious headaches for users around the world. That was the case this week when Israeli police arrested a Palestinian man after Facebook mistranslated his post in Arabic from “good morning” to “attack them.” The man in question, a Palestinian construction worker, posted a picture of himself…

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Lawmakers Seek To Regulate Facebook

Tech giants like Facebook have long enjoyed the inability of U.S. courts to figure out how laws, many written long before the Internet, should apply to them. However, that might be changing in a big way: there is an increasing push on Capitol Hill to regulate Facebook, in particular its advertising, since the discovery that…

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Facebook Tests Self-Destructing Status Updates

In a move intended to give some privacy control back to users, Facebook began testing disappearing text-only status updates this week. This feature is a throwback to an earlier era of Facebook, before users’ Newsfeeds were dominated by videos and articles. These new status updates will let users post 101-character messages that will disappear from…

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Facebook Is Letting Brands Study Your Posts And Comments

Facebook might be free to use, but there’s no doubt we pay for the platform with our information. Indeed, Facebook knows just about everything about us—and by extension, so do Facebook’s advertisers. And that’s about to become even more true. According to a new report from Ad Age, Facebook is currently testing the ability for…

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Black Lawmakers Are Fed Up With Facebook

Last week, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg went to Washington D.C. to meet with the Congressional Black Caucus and pledge Facebook will do more to fight foreign interference on its platform. What she encountered was a group of lawmakers fed up with the social media giant—and its excuses. While the controversy over Russian-bought Facebook…

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Man Who Was Acquitted For Creating Fake Police Facebook Page Now Suing Police Department

When 28-year-old Anthony Novak created a fake Facebook page for the Parma, Ohio, police department in 2016, he couldn’t have foreseen the wide-reaching consequences of his prank. He was arrested on felony charges for “disrupting a public service” before eventually being acquitted. Now, he’s turning the tables on the police and suing them for alleged…

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Facebook Scrubs Data Related To Russia Investigation

Facebook loves to tout its own openness and transparency. However, the company doesn’t seem to be so forthcoming when it’s under the microscope itself. According to social media analyst Jonathan Albright, the site scrubbed data and thousands of posts related to the ongoing Russian ad controversy. Albright discovered this when he challenged Facebook’s assertion that…

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Facebook Accidentally Outs Sex Workers’ Identities

Facebook does everything it can to connect you with people it perceives to be in your social circle—even when you might not want it. That’s what happened recently to an anonymous sex worker interviewed by Gizmodo who began to see clients pop up on her personal Facebook profile’s “People You May Know” feature. The woman,…

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Is Facebook Spying On Our Conversations?

There’s no denying that Facebook knows a ton about you. But just how much of your info does it have, and how does the company go about getting it? The social media giant closely follows your activity both on the web and in real life in order to target advertising at you—but some users think…

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Wanted Criminal Challenges Police Department On Facebook And Fails Miserably

Facebook is proud to tout the fact that its platform is completely open and free to everyone. Of course, that can be both its biggest flaw and greatest strength. However, this free-flowing public dialogue can lead to humorous instances like the one that occurred this week when a wanted criminal challenged a police department to…

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Facebook Bans Woman For Sharing Breastfeeding Article—On A Breastfeeding Page

Facebook can’t seem to catch a break with how it treats users. The social media giant again stirred up anger this week when it banned a woman for sharing an article about breastfeeding—on a breastfeeding support page, no less. Karen Gill-Rich received the ban for posting in a private Facebook group. The article she shared…

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Man Who Streamed Son’s Birth On Facebook Live Loses Case Against Media, Ordered To Pay 120K

It’s always a good idea to think twice before you post to Facebook, and it’s even more important to consider the consequences of what you do publish. A man named Kali Kanongataa learned that the hard way this week when he was ordered to pay $120,000 in fees after losing a court case against media…

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