Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Protects Far-Right Activists, Doesn’t Care About Underage Users

Report: Facebook Protects Far-Right Activists, Doesn’t Care About Underage Users

Facebook catches a lot of flak for the content it chooses to censor. However, just as controversial are the posts it allows to remain. That was the case again this week when a UK reporter went undercover as a Facebook moderator and discovered that the company protects content from far-right activists using a process called…

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Report: Major Privacy Loophole Allowed Marketers To Access Closed Facebook Groups

Report: Major Privacy Loophole Allowed Marketers To Access Closed Facebook Groups

The privacy problems never stop coming for Facebook. According to a report in CNBC this week, marketers were able to access information from a private group for breast cancer gene carriers using a Google Chrome extension. The tool, which allowed marketers to retrieve the names of people in private groups, was subsequently shut down by…

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Facebook Accidentally Labels 65,000 Users As “Interested” In Treason

Facebook Accidentally Labels 65,000 Users As “Interested” In Treason

Facebook is by far the biggest social network in the world, so it’s understandable that it won’t get everything right. However, when a company that possesses so much of its customers’ personal information commits an error, the personal consequences can be dire. That’s what happened this week when the social media giant accidentally labeled 65,000…

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Facebook Faces Maximum Fine For Breaking UK Privacy Law

Facebook Faces Maximum Fine For Breaking UK Privacy Law

Facebook has received a ton of criticism for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data breach controversy that saw the personal information of tens of millions of users fall into the hands of a shady research firm. However, the company had yet to face any real punishment (besides a hit to its stock prices) —…

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Popular Facebook App Timehop Suffers Data Breach That Affects 21 Million Users

Popular Facebook App Timehop Suffers Data Breach That Affects 21 Million Users

Facebook found its name in the news again this week regarding a major security issue, even though this time it wasn’t the social media giant’s fault. Popular app Timehop, which accesses users’ photos and posts and resurfaces them, revealed that it suffered a major data breach on July 4 that exposed the information of 21…

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Facebook Flags Declaration Of Independence As Hate Speech

Facebook Flags Declaration Of Independence As Hate Speech

Facebook relies heavily on artificial intelligence to detect spam, hate speech and more. It’s a good idea on paper, but it often leads to silly mix-ups that confuse and anger users even more. The latest example occurred this week when Facebook accidentally flagged the U.S. Declaration of Independence as hate speech. The controversy began when…

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Facebook Bug Causes Unblockings For 800K Users

Facebook Bug Causes Unblockings For 800K Users

If a Facebook user blocks someone, there’s probably good reason for it. As Facebook itself notes, this is often because, at best, they find the content being shared annoying. However, blockings often occur for far more serious reasons, like bullying and harassment. So it was pretty troubling when Facebook revealed this week that a bug…

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Yet Another Facebook App Exposed The Data Of 120 Million Users

Yet Another Facebook App Exposed The Data Of 120 Million Users

Right when Facebook’s last data controversy seemed to be dying down, another one took its place this week when a security researcher discovered that a popular quiz app called “Nametests” exposed the data of over 120 million users. The researcher, Inti De Ceukelaire, uncovered the flaw that would’ve allowed anyone to pull information for all…

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Study: Facebook Wants To Trick You Into Giving Up Your Data

Study: Facebook Wants To Trick You Into Giving Up Your Data

It’s not exactly a secret: Facebook and other major tech companies make most of their money from your personal data. After all, that’s what advertisers want most—and they’re willing to pay a pretty penny for it. However, the real issue lies in how these companies go about collecting your information. According to a new study…

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Survey: Majority Of Facebook Users Don’t Trust It To Obey The Law

Survey: Majority Of Facebook Users Don’t Trust It To Obey The Law

Facebook knows it has a public relations problem when it comes to issues of privacy and user data. That’s why the company is constantly announcing new ways for users to take control of their settings, learn more about what the site knows about them, and protect their data. However, if a new survey released this…

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