Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook is Testing “Unsend” Message Feature

Facebook is Testing “Unsend” Message Feature

It’s difficult to remember now after Facebook’s many data and privacy scandals over the past year, but there was a minor uproar last spring when it was revealed Mark Zuckerberg deleted some of his Facebook messages from the recipients’ inboxes. After this incident was discovered, Facebook announced it would be building an “Unsend” feature for…

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Facebook: Hackers Stole Personal Information From 30 Million Users

Facebook: Hackers Stole Personal Information From 30 Million Users

This week, Facebook revealed the full extent of the recent hack that constituted the biggest security breach in the company’s history. While it was originally reported that 50 million users had been affected, Facebook revised the total to 30 million — which is obviously still a staggering amount of people. The attackers were able to…

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Facebook Still Wants Your Personal Health Data

Facebook Still Wants Your Personal Health Data

Earlier this year, Facebook backed off a plan to share user health data with doctors and hospitals after it was already embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. But, according to reports this week, the idea hasn’t gone away within Facebook. Facebook’s head of health research, Dr. Freddy Abnousi, called for researchers to have…

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Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Suffers Serious Security Bug

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Suffers Serious Security Bug

Facebook has had a bad week when it comes to privacy news. First, the company was widely panned for launching its Portal home video device shortly after a data breach that affected 50 million users. Now, a new report details a security bug discovered in the Facebook-owned WhatsApp chat tool that allowed hackers to take…

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Facebook Draws Harsh Criticism For Home Video Camera

Facebook Draws Harsh Criticism For Home Video Camera

After months of rumors, Facebook finally released its answer to the Amazon Echo this week — the Portal home device. And, predictably, the company’s announcement was met with almost universal outrage. Running through most of the responses was a common thread: why would anyone want to give Facebook access to their home when the platform…

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Facebook Wants To Take Your Location History From Instagram

Facebook Wants To Take Your Location History From Instagram

On its never-ending quest to gather as much information about you as possible, Facebook reportedly wants to gather location data from Instagram. Several top executives recently resigned from the popular photo-sharing app, which is owned by Facebook, because they reportedly felt a lack of independence working for the social media giant. This recent report does…

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Facebook Will Now Make Users Wait A Full Month To Delete Their Accounts

Facebook Will Now Make Users Wait A Full Month To Delete Their Accounts

It’s not uncommon for companies to use stall tactics when you try to stop using their services. It makes sense; they want to keep your business, after all. And Facebook is no different. That’s why the social media platform quietly took a step this week to make it harder for users to permanently get rid…

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Woman Sues Facebook For Allegedly Enabling Sex Trafficking

Woman Sues Facebook For Allegedly Enabling Sex Trafficking

Facebook has an unprecedented amount of power to bring people together from all around the world. But that also means the platform can be easily abused by bad guys. That’s why a human trafficking survivor from Texas is suing Facebook and claiming the company enables trafficking. According to the woman’s lawsuit, she was friended on…

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Outrage Continues Over Facebook Data Breach Affecting 50 Million Users

Outrage Continues Over Facebook Data Breach Affecting 50 Million Users

Late last week, Facebook quietly revealed that hackers had obtained access tokens for over 50 million user accounts — one of the biggest data breaches in the platform’s history. What’s worse, Facebook also revealed on a conference call this week that the hack was bigger than previously thought, affecting third-party apps like Spotify, Tinder and…

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Report: Facebook Is Using Your Phone Number To Target Ads

Report: Facebook Is Using Your Phone Number To Target Ads

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your online accounts is to sign up for two-factor authentication. This simple security measure requires a site knowing your contact information so it can inform you if a hacker attempts to access your account. To its credit, Facebook encourages its users to sign up for…

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