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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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Digital Rights Groups Want You To Know Why Facebook Posts Are Removed

Facebook often receives criticism for the hate speech, terrorist content and more that exists on its platform. And, on the flip side, the company has faced scrutiny for removing posts that it shouldn’t. But no matter the outcome, the company’s rules can cause confusion. It’s rarely clear why Facebook makes a decision one way or…

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Report: Facebook Is Encouraging Teen Girls To Befriend Middle-Aged Men

Facebook has made it its mission to connect as many users as possible around the world. One of the ways it accomplishes this is through its “Suggested Friends” feature, which offers up an array of people you may (or may not) know in order for you to send them a friend request. This has proven…

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Facebook Wants To Know When You’re Around Other Users — Even If They’re Strangers

Facebook already knows a lot about you, but now it wants to know about the people you meet in real life, too. The social media giant was granted a patent last month for technology that would allow it to discover when you’ve shared a physical space with another Facebook user — even if you have…

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Facebook Has Removed 14 Million Pieces Of Terrorist Content This Year

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook has found itself locked in a never-ending struggle to find and delete harmful or offensive content on its pages. Even content from terrorists. According to Facebook, it has removed about 14 million pieces of terrorist content this year alone—and the number keeps climbing. According to…

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Facebook “Unsend” Feature Will Give You 10 Minutes To Delete Message

Facebook has promised users the ability to delete their sent messages for almost a year. And according to release notes for the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app, the feature is finally on its way. But this helpful bit of privacy control only came about in the first place because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

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Facebook Removes Over 100 Fake Accounts Ahead Of Elections

Facebook received intense criticism following the 2016 election for not doing enough to block fake and malicious content intended to affect the outcome. However, the social media giant appears to have taken all of that disapproval to heart; this week, the company announced it had taken down over 100 accounts on both Facebook and Instagram…

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Facebook Under Fire For “Transparency” Efforts Around Political Ads

A magnifying glass has been put up to Facebook’s political advertising practices this week because of the U.S. midterm elections—and what experts have discovered isn’t good for the company. Last week, several news outlets reported that they were able to buy political ads under any name they wanted, including ISIS and Mike Pence. And now,…

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Private Messages Stolen From 81,000 Facebook Accounts By Browser Extension

Facebook reportedly suffered another major data breach this week, though this time it wasn’t the company’s fault. According to a report from the BBC, hackers stole the private messages of 81,000 accounts and are now selling access to them for $.10 per account. The perpetrators behind the alleged attack first contacted the BBC Russian Service,…

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Facebook Founder Called To Explain Privacy Practices In Front of UK Parliament

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had a rough year for his public reputation. Not so long ago, the social media chief was reportedly considering a run for president. However, after waves of privacy and data scandals, plus disastrous appearances testifying before U.S. lawmakers, that seems all but impossible. And now things are getting…

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Facebook Bans Startup From Advertising After It Criticized Company’s Privacy Practices

Facebook has a tough time regulating the content users post, but it has an equally difficult time determining what advertisements it should block from its platform. And because Facebook’s removal rules are so unclear, it can set off a firestorm when the company does decide to take something down. That’s exactly what occurred earlier this…

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Even Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Don’t Believe The Site Can Be Cleaned Up

With the U.S. midterm elections right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever for Facebook to detect and eliminate fake news from its platform. However, according to one of the company’s most prominent fact-checking partners, that may be an impossible goal. After Facebook was rocked by disinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential election, the…

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Facebook Takes Down Network Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran

There’s a lot of fake content and spam on Facebook, and as the Russian propaganda scandal proved during the 2016 election, some of it is created by hostile foreign powers to influence us. Facebook revealed the existence of another such campaign this week when it announced it has taken down 82 pages and accounts with…

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