Internet Safety & Privacy

How to Stop Your Facebook Apps From Spamming Your Friends

How to Stop Your Facebook Apps From Spamming Your Friends

It’s hard to avoid downloading apps on Facebook. Try as you might to avoid them, there’s always some third-party app on the site that your friends bombard you with invitations to join, or some game that your connections challenge you to play. Problems don’t arise from downloading these apps, but users can run into trouble…

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Tech Blog: Facebook Testing Privacy Check-Up Feature

Tech Blog: Facebook Testing Privacy Check-Up Feature

According to tech blog SlashGear, Facebook is testing a privacy check-up feature that will intermittently send warnings to users regarding their privacy and sharing settings if they’re not using them. According to the privacy check-up screenshot SlashGear provided on their blog, the site tells users that “You haven’t changed who can see your posts recently,…

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Facebook Announces “DeepFace” Photo Matching Technology

Facebook Announces “DeepFace” Photo Matching Technology

Facebook has announced a new technology program called “DeepFace” that can determine whether two face photos belong to the same person. The site says the technology is correct 97.25 percent of the time, while a live human being scores just slightly higher at 97.53 percent. You may not realize it, but Facebook is already sophisticated…

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Facebook Security Chief: There is a “Silver Lining” to Edward Snowden Leaks

Facebook Security Chief: There is a “Silver Lining” to Edward Snowden Leaks

While Edward Snowden’s revelations last year about the government’s online spying efforts rattled many members of the public, Facebook chief security officer Joe Sullivan says it hasn’t changed the way that the site approaches privacy and security. In fact, he says, the leaking incident may even ultimately help the cause of online privacy by raising…

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Facebook: “Jewish Ritual Murder” Page Does Not Violate Community Standards

Facebook: “Jewish Ritual Murder” Page Does Not Violate Community Standards

Abraham H. Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, published a scathing criticism of Facebook this weekend for refusing to take down a Facebook page called “Jewish Ritual Murder.” The page propagates the ancient allegation that Jewish people murder Christian children to use their blood for ritual sacrifices. Obviously this is untrue, but Facebook’s community…

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Mark Zuckerberg Calls Out Govt. Interference with Facebook

Mark Zuckerberg Calls Out Govt. Interference with Facebook

Facebook and other tech companies have been critical of the government for much of the past year for allowing the NSA’s spying efforts online to continue. Facebook has repeatedly pressured the government to allow them to release information to the public about the spying program, claiming that the lack of transparency has hurt the public’s…

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Report: NSA Impersonates Facebook to Spread Malware

Report: NSA Impersonates Facebook to Spread Malware

After the spying scandal with the NSA and tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft broke last year, many Internet users became concerned that their data was falling into the government’s hands without their knowledge. However, a new layer to the NSA’s relationship to Facebook was revealed this week when a report was published at FirstLook.org…

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Privacy Advocates Look to Block Facebook’s WhatsApp Purchase

Privacy Advocates Look to Block Facebook’s WhatsApp Purchase

Facebook’s $19 billion purchase of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging app that’s wildly popular overseas, raised many eyebrows not only for the exorbitant price but for the potential privacy implications the transaction could hold for WhatsApp users. The app has over 450 million users, all of whom had no idea their data and information would one…

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Update: Facebook Introduces New Firearms Policy

Update: Facebook Introduces New Firearms Policy

Facebook announced this week that they will institute a new firearms policy for on both Facebook and Instagram that will make it much harder for people to acquire firearms. An advocacy group, Moms Demand Action, had gathered over 230,000 signatures on a petition asking the site to take a stronger stance on preventing the illegal…

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Facebook in Talks to Buy Drone Company

Facebook in Talks to Buy Drone Company

According to a TechCrunch report this week, Facebook is in talks to buy Titan Aerospace, a company that manufactures solar-powered drones that can fly for five years without needing to land. The site’s interest in the company is speculative at this point, though it’s assumed Facebook wants the technology for the Internet.org initiative, which aims…

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