Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Criticized For Hosting Scam Ads

Facebook Criticized For Hosting Scam Ads

Fraudulent ads are one of the most common methods scammers use to take advantage of Facebook users. These ads are a nuisance at best, and can link to harmful malware at worst. The company has vowed to crack down, but these promises weren’t enough for one British lawmaker who slammed the social media giant this…

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Facebook Underage Sex Post Leads To Over 1,000 People Getting Charged

Facebook Underage Sex Post Leads To Over 1,000 People Getting Charged

Facebook has made a very public effort to combat so-called “revenge porn,” or the unwanted sharing of nude photos, on its platform. Those efforts got taken to a whole new level this week when the social media giant tipped off U.S. authorities about the existence of a video that purported to show two 15-year-olds having…

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Report: Facebook Wants To Enter Your Home With Portal Video Device

Report: Facebook Wants To Enter Your Home With Portal Video Device

Facebook is used to dealing with privacy concerns, but the company is reportedly about to introduce a product that will bring a whole new level of scrutiny. According to a report from online news network Cheddar this week, Facebook is preparing to launch a home device to rival the Amazon Echo Show. That means, if…

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Facebook Settles Landmark Case With Teen Girl Over Naked Photos

Facebook Settles Landmark Case With Teen Girl Over Naked Photos

Facebook is no stranger to dealing with litigation from its users. However, users rarely win these cases. That’s why the recent settlement between the social media giant and a teenage girl in Ireland is so monumental. The case began when nude photos of the girl were allegedly posted on a “shame” Facebook page several times…

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Facebook Bug Exposed Users’ Phone Numbers To Advertisers

Facebook Bug Exposed Users’ Phone Numbers To Advertisers

Facebook might be a free platform, but there is a hidden cost for users: personal information. Indeed, the company says that by providing it with your email address and phone number, you can ensure your account’s security. But a recently-exposed flaw shows that wasn’t exactly the case. A team of security researchers recently discovered a…

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Mark Zuckerberg Vows To “Fix” Facebook In 2018

Mark Zuckerberg Vows To “Fix” Facebook In 2018

New Years is a time of reflection for many of us, and it seems as though Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is no different. This year, Zuckerberg promised to fix the host of problems that plagued Facebook over the course of 2017. Indeed, no matter your opinion of the social media giant, there’s no…

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ACLU Accuses Police Dept. Of Using Facebook Unconstitutionally

ACLU Accuses Police Dept. Of Using Facebook Unconstitutionally

It’s no surprise that law enforcement agencies are increasingly using Facebook as a tool of surveillance. However, they can also use Facebook as a tool of unconstitutional censorship, according to a letter sent by the ACLU on behalf of a user permanently blocked from posting on a police department’s page. The ACLU sent the letter…

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Facebook Bans Video Of Mothers Giving Birth

Facebook Bans Video Of Mothers Giving Birth

The three-minute-long clip was shared by Monet Nicole, a Colorado-based birth photographer and videographer. It depicts a series of diverse mothers giving birth in a variety of settings. Nicole first posted the video in May 2017 to celebrate Mother’s Day, but it wasn’t until this week that Facebook suddenly removed it. Nicole first discovered her…

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Report: Facebook Is Deleting Accounts At The Direction Of U.S., Israeli Governments

Report: Facebook Is Deleting Accounts At The Direction Of U.S., Israeli Governments

Facebook has over 2 billion active users in countries around the world, making it impossible for the platform to obey every nation’s interests. However, according to a new report from The Intercept, Facebook seems particularly responsive to the U.S. and Israel, even deleting user accounts at the governments’ request. In Israel, security agencies monitor Facebook…

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Facebook Apologizes For Handling Of Hate Speech

Facebook Apologizes For Handling Of Hate Speech

With a platform as large as Facebook, it’s no surprise that offensive content falls through the cracks. That’s why the watchdog organization ProPublica decided to send Facebook a sample of 49 posts containing hate speech and see what the company had to say for itself. The result: Facebook admitted it made a mistake in allowing…

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