Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Is Asking Users Whether It’s “Good For The World”

Facebook Is Asking Users Whether It’s “Good For The World”

Facebook finally seems to be coming to grips with a simple fact: Some people just don’t trust it. That might be why some users saw a poll this week that said: “We’d like to do better. Please agree or disagree with the following statement: Facebook is good for the world.” Users can then pick options…

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Facebook Wants You To Share Even More Information About Yourself

Facebook Wants You To Share Even More Information About Yourself

Facebook introduced yet another tool this week designed to encourage you to share more personal information. The move comes in the midst of the company’s overhaul of the News Feed function. The site wants to take the feature back to its origins, emphasizing personal content from your friends and family over viral articles and shared…

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Facebook Patent Determines Users’ Social Class

Facebook Patent Determines Users’ Social Class

Facebook loves to know everything about you. The more of your data the company discovers, the more it can profit by targeting advertising at you. And some of your data that Facebook wants to show advertisers includes extremely personal info. For instance, Facebook filed a patent this week that can determine whether you are upper,…

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Lawmaker: Facebook Is A “Massive Surveillance Operation”

Lawmaker: Facebook Is A “Massive Surveillance Operation”

British lawmakers visited Washington D.C. this week and participated in a hearing on fake news. Several of the visiting politicians blasted the company during the meeting, comparing its treatment of users to an “abusive relationship” and questioning what the site does with so much user information. “Isn’t Facebook a massive surveillance operation?” British MP Rebecca…

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Child Porn Video Goes Viral On Facebook In An Effort To Catch The Man Responsible

Child Porn Video Goes Viral On Facebook In An Effort To Catch The Man Responsible

Sometimes, people’s best intentions go terribly wrong. That was the case this week when Facebook users started sharing a child pornography video in a misguided effort to catch the perpetrator, according to officials. The video spread widely with an accompanying message urging people to pass it along and identify the man responsible. Facebook finally caught…

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Facebook Hired A Pollster To Monitor Mark Zuckerberg’s Approval Rating

Facebook Hired A Pollster To Monitor Mark Zuckerberg’s Approval Rating

In case it wasn’t already clear that Facebook behaves like Big Brother, it was revealed this week that Facebook hired a full-time pollster to monitor Mark Zuckerberg’s approval rating. Tavis McGinn said he first applied to Facebook hoping to land a job in market research, and hopefully influence the way that the social media giant…

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Former Facebook, Google Employees Team Up To Warn Against The Dangers Of Social Media

Former Facebook, Google Employees Team Up To Warn Against The Dangers Of Social Media

A group of tech insiders from Facebook and Google have joined forces to challenge the companies they helped create. The former Silicon Valley employees have created an organization called The Center for Humane Technology, which seeks to warn against the dangers of social media and tech addiction.   The nonprofit is primarily concerned with the…

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Facebook Goes To Court Over Alleged Censorship Of Nude Painting

Facebook Goes To Court Over Alleged Censorship Of Nude Painting

A 59-year-old French school teacher has sued Facebook for allegedly disabling his account because he posted an image of a 19th-century nude painting. Facebook denied it censored the man’s profile and fought for five years to keep the case out of court, but it was allowed to move forward this week. Frederic Durand-Baissas is accusing…

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Expert: We Need To Do Something About Facebook Tracking Us Online

Expert: We Need To Do Something About Facebook Tracking Us Online

Facebook has recently dealt with criticism from individuals within the tech industry, including former company employees, regarding its handling of users and their privacy. That was the case again this week when startup founder Gabriel Weinberg wrote an op-ed for CNBC encouraging users to raise concerns with how Facebook and Google track our behavior around…

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Health Experts Urge Facebook To Get Rid Of “Messenger For Kids”

Health Experts Urge Facebook To Get Rid Of “Messenger For Kids”

Facebook was criticized this week for “irresponsibly” targeting young kids with a new Snapchat-like app called Messenger Kids. A group of children’s health advocates wrote an open letter to the company urging it to pull the plug on the new tool, which targets under-13 users. The letter to Facebook founder and COO Mark Zuckerberg was…

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