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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 Gets Hit With Big Canadian Privacy Lawsuit

Facebook is no stranger to legal challenges over its privacy practices. However, these court battles usually take place in European countries with stricter privacy regulations than the U.S. But the fight came closer to home last week when the Canadian Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a class-action suit against the site. The suit was…

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Facebook Has Started Notifying Other Users About Your Behavior

At this point, it’s well understood that Facebook knows virtually everything about how you behave online. However, the social media giant recently took it to the next level when it began to notify other users about what you’re doing. You’ve probably gotten these annoying and creepy notifications yourself: they tell you how many days in…

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Facebook Introduces Tool To Prevent Profile Pictures From Being Stolen

There are many creepy scams on Facebook, but one of the most unsettling is the phenomenon of imposter profiles. This happens when a con artist or cybercriminal steals an innocent user’s profile picture and uses it either to impersonate them or create an entirely fictional profile to scam other users. However, Facebook announced a new…

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Supreme Court Protects Sex Offenders’ Right To Use Facebook

In the digital age, social media is a crucial method to stay connected with the world. It’s so important, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a law that would altogether ban sex offenders from using Facebook. While the North Carolina law only applied to registered sex offenders, the Supreme Court’s ruling…

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Facebook Exec: It’s Impossible To Completely Block Offensive Content

Facebook knows it faces an uphill battle when it comes to policing itself. After all, the social media giant has nearly 2 billion active users located in countries all around the world. With a platform that large, it’s enormously challenging to find and delete every piece of offensive content. However, one Facebook executive argued publicly…

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Facebook Is Sharing WhatsApp And Instagram Data To Find Terrorists

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Facebook user who thinks the site should do less to find and remove terrorists. However, a recent blog post from the social media giant detailed how it’s accomplishing the task, and one of its methods could prove controversial. Facebook laid out its counter-terrorism strategy in the first part of…

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Report: Facebook Accidentally Revealed The Identities Of Moderators To Potential Terrorists

The team of content moderators tasked with removing terrorist content from Facebook are forced to see a lot of terrible things, and are paid very little for their efforts. To make matters worse — and perhaps dangerous — the site also accidentally revealed the identities of its moderators to potential terrorists, according to a new…

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Facebook Wants Your Feedback On “Hard Questions” Like Censorship

For as much criticism as Facebook gets, there’s no question the platform deals with tough issues that no other company in world history has faced. From censorship to terrorism, Facebook handles an almost-governmental level of responsibility around the world. (Of course, Facebook brought many of these issues on itself — with almost two billion worldwide…

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Man Faces Three Years In Prison For Uploading Movie To His Facebook Page

When we post on Facebook, the content we put out there often feels disconnected from the real world. However, these seemingly-harmless broadcasts can have huge real-world ramifications. That was the case this week when a man was arrested and charged with copyright infringement for posting the movie “Deadpool” to his Facebook page. If convicted, he…

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Experts: Facebook Tracks You More Than You Know

Most savvy Facebook users are at least vaguely aware the social media giant is gathering their information. However, according to many prominent privacy and security experts, most of us don’t know the full extent of Facebook’s tracking. Of course Facebook knows which websites you visit, but it can also track your location in the real…

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Facebook Will Share Your Data With Disaster Relief Organizations

Facebook’s entire business model revolves around collecting private data. Without it, the site would lose value to advertisers — and lose money. However, Facebook announced a more altruistic use for our information this week with a new real-time disaster mapping tool. In the event of a crisis, Facebook will share user data with three disaster…

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Creepy Facebook Patent Reveals It Wants To Watch You Through Your Smartphone Camera

Facebook has made no secret that it wants to know more about your emotions. From introducing emoticons to manipulating our News Feeds, the site is intent on gathering the most private data of all: our feelings. That’s why it was not exactly surprising (though still creepy) when the social media giant got a patent last…

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