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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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Judge Explodes At Facebook For Sending Rookie Lawyer To Handle Terrorism Case

Facebook has faced intense criticism around the world in recent months for not doing enough to fight terrorist activity on its pages. A dramatic example of this anger toward the social media giant occurred this week when a federal judge exploded in court, accusing Facebook and its defense lawyers of not taking the issue seriously…

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Facebook Will Expand Program To Fight Hate Speech

In January, Facebook announced a program called the Online Civil Courage Initiative that offers free advertising to activists who fight back against hate speech on the site. Now, Facebook announced this week that it will expand the program beyond its initial test run in Germany, France and the U.K. to include a broader array of…

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Facebook Winning Battle Against Ad Blockers

In the ongoing fight between Facebook and ad blocking software, the social media giant appears to be winning. Adblock Plus (ABP), one of the leading ad blocking software companies, has struggled to create workarounds fast enough to match Facebook maneuvers, and the site’s ads have regularly slipped through ABP’s anti-ad measures. Facebook first announced its…

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Dallas Man Busts Himself For Drugs On Facebook Live

It started as a simple traffic stop, but after 24-year-old Dallas man Dominique Desha Green live streamed his encounter with Dallas police on Facebook Live, he ended up getting hit with 11 charges — including drug possession — based off his own video. Green was originally pulled over for failing to wear a seat belt…

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Facebook Says It Will Roll Out More Tech To Fight Fake Trending News Stories

In recent months, Facebook has faced several heated controversies regarding its Trending Topics news feed.  First, there was the report by Gizmodo that alleged the feature’s human editors held a bias against conservative news stories. Then, Facebook fired all of its human editors. And finally, mere days after the site did that, a completely fake…

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Facebook Censors Live Stream Video Of Dakota Pipeline Protesters

Facebook has repeatedly run into trouble in recent months for removing controversial live video streams. First, the site temporarily removed footage of the aftermath of a fatal police shooting in Minnesota, and then it took down video being shot by an African American woman in the middle of a standoff with police. Now, Facebook stands…

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Teenager Sues Parents For Posting Childhood Photos On Facebook

An 18-year-old woman in Austria is suing her parents for posting pictures of her on Facebook for seven years without her permission. The woman’s lawyer says that her parents have posted about 500 childhood pictures of her on the social media platform without her consent, and that if she can successfully prove the photos “violated…

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Teen Girl’s Lawsuit Against Facebook Over Nude Photo Will Go Ahead

This week, a high court in Belfast, Ireland, struck down Facebook’s legal bid to prevent a 14-year-old girl from suing the site for hosting a nude picture of her. The girl’s photograph was allegedly posted on a so-called “shame page” several times over the past several years. Her lawyers are arguing that Facebook had the…

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Update: Facebook Apologizes For Removing Vietnam War Photo

Last week, Facebook came under fire for removing an iconic photo from the Vietnam War depicting a nude child running from a village that had been bombed with napalm. Despite the criticism, Facebook initially defended its decision, releasing a statement that read in part: “While we recognize that this photo is iconic, it’s difficult to…

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Facebook Criticized For Censoring Iconic Photo From Vietnam War

Facebook’s rules on what images users can and can’t post are often confusing, but the site’s enforcement of these rules is often even more baffling. That was the case recently when the site censored an iconic photo from the Vietnam War featuring a naked young girl running away from a napalm attack on her village.…

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Study: Facebook Live Could Change How Privacy Laws Are Created

Facebook’s live streaming video feature has played a major role in several recent violent incidents, most notably when the aftermath of the fatal police shooting of Philando Castile, a black man, was broadcast with the tool. Now, several professors have released a study examining the legal rights of people to live-stream video – and the…

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Florida Man Arrested After Using Own Wanted Poster As Facebook Profile Picture

These days, many police departments use Facebook and other social media platforms to catch criminals. While law enforcement snooping on Facebook can present an ethical dilemma, this practice can also provide moments of unexpected humor – like when a man was arrested this week while he had his own “wanted” poster displayed as his profile…

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