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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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France Orders Facebook To Stop Tracking Non-Users

Facebook is no stranger to its privacy policies meeting resistance from European countries. France joined the war of words this week when its data protection authority, the CNIL, issued a formal notice to Facebook requesting that it meet the group’s demands within three months—or face possible sanctions. While Facebook is “confident” that its privacy policies…

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Are Politicians Responsible For Their Followers’ Offensive Facebook Comments?

As election season heats up, many passionate political followers take to Facebook and other social media to vent their frustrations. However, what responsibility do the politicians themselves hold if the comments of their followers cross the line? A conservative Colorado State Representative posted an article on his Facebook page this month about the state’s speaker…

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Facebook Shuts Down Medical Marijuana Pages

Medical marijuana is legal in New Jersey, but several dispensaries in the state still have had their Facebook pages mysteriously taken down. Facebook’s terms of service prohibit ads that promote the sale or use of “illegal, prescription, or recreational drugs,” so these legal dispensaries are definitely walking a fine line. However, some patients criticized Facebook’s…

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Facebook Shuts Down Encryption Extension for Messenger

**Update** TechCrunch, Lifehacker and other blogs reported on the Crypter browser extension yesterday. It looks like Facebook has ‘Depreciated’ the Crypter extension and it is no longer functioning. A new browser extension app called Crypter has been created that allows Facebook users to completely encrypt Facebook Messenger chats. Although the app’s creators updated their website…

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Facebook “Teen Dating” Groups Draw Huge Criticism In Wake Of Teen Murder Case

Many parents and advocates have called on Facebook to remove popular “teen dating and flirting” sites, particularly in the wake of the abduction and murder of 13-year-old Nicole Lovell. The girl is alleged to have met her killer on the public page. These groups feature all kinds of offensive, dangerous and potentially illegal content, including…

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Facebook Bans Private Gun Sales

Facebook announced late last week that it will now ban users from arranging the private sale of guns on both Facebook and Instagram. The site previously allowed gun sales under a set of restrictions, but firearms will now join illegal drugs and pharmaceuticals as a completely prohibited item to sell on the social media platform.…

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Better Business Bureau: “Be Like Bill” Facebook Meme Generator Could Be A Privacy Risk

There’s no doubt you’ve already seen the “Be Like Bill” meme in your News Feed. It features a stick figure drawing with funny or cute phrases that are customized with a user’s name. It seems like another harmless meme, but the Better Business Bureau warns that it and other clickbait traps like it could be…

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New Facebook Scam Tells Users Their Profile Has Been Reported For Abuse

According to Malwarebytes, a new scam is making the rounds on Facebook that misleads users into believing their profile has been reported for “abuse.” This “Security Systems Pages” hoax tells users that their profile may be disabled if they don’t provide a ton of sensitive information to the scammers, including email address, phone number, date…

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Court Tosses Facebook Photo Tagging Privacy Lawsuit

This week, a federal judge dismissed an attempted class action lawsuit against Facebook that argued the site’s photo tagging violates Illinois privacy law. The case was brought last August by a man, Frederick Gullen, who claimed that someone uploaded a picture of him to Facebook and tagged it with his name despite the fact that…

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Dallas News Anchor Has Facebook Photos Stolen, Used In Scam

A Dallas, Texas, news anchor had his Facebook photo stolen by a scam artist who used it to create a fake profile and trick people into giving him money. The scammer, who identified as a man named Robert Williams from Savannah, Georgia, took the profile photos of WFAA anchor Ron Corning. “Robert Williams” then reached…

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Reports: WhatsApp May Want To Share Your Data With Facebook

WhatsApp could soon introduce a setting that would allow users to share their data with Facebook in a move that seemingly contradicts the popular messenger app’s stance on privacy. Developer Javier Santos recently uncovered the peculiar setting in an unreleased beta version of WhatsApp for Android. The hidden setting, which Santos found through terminal hacking,…

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Sheryl Sandberg: We Can Beat ISIS With “Likes”

Facebook has recently come under increasing scrutiny from politicians around the world for supposedly not doing enough to combat hate speech and extremism (despite the site’s new initiative in Europe). The social media giant is certainly in a difficult position; how can it both respect its users’ privacy and free speech rights while helping law…

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