Internet Safety & Privacy

Man Criticizes Police On Facebook, Then Gets Arrested For It

Man Criticizes Police On Facebook, Then Gets Arrested For It

Facebook has access to an unprecedented amount of your information, and it often finds itself under fire for what it does with that data. However, Facebook isn’t the only party interested in gathering details about you online. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies are using the platform to keep tabs on users, search for evidence, and even…

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Report: Germany Will Order Facebook To Stop Gathering Some User Data

Report: Germany Will Order Facebook To Stop Gathering Some User Data

Following a year marred by privacy controversies, Facebook has never been under more pressure from regulators and lawmakers to take better care of its users’ info. That pressure ratcheted up even further this week with a report that a German antitrust watchdog may soon order Facebook to stop gathering some user data. According to the…

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Lots Of Popular Android Apps Are Sending Data To Facebook Without Your Permission

Lots Of Popular Android Apps Are Sending Data To Facebook Without Your Permission

Facebook has a bottomless appetite for people’s data, whether or not those people are logged in to the platform or even have an account at all. Even more evidence of this need arrived this week with a study from Privacy International that tested 34 Android apps, and found that 20 send sensitive information to Facebook…

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Some Samsung Users Say They Can’t Delete The Facebook App — And They’re Furious

Some Samsung Users Say They Can’t Delete The Facebook App — And They’re Furious

Facebook was rocked by so many privacy and data scandals last year that a user-led movement to “#DeleteFacebook” actually became a thing. However, according to a report in Bloomberg this week, some Samsung users are finding that even if they want to delete the platform from their phones, they can’t. The reason for this is…

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Expert: Users Should Be Able To Sue Facebook For Privacy-Related Damages

Expert: Users Should Be Able To Sue Facebook For Privacy-Related Damages

Privacy controversies continue to pile up for Facebook, including the revelation last month that the company has shared the personal information of millions of consumers with other major tech companies like Spotify, Google and more. This has caused many users to consider leaving Facebook, though according to a new op-ed in The New York Times,…

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Study: It Would Take $1,000 To Get People To Quit Facebook

Study: It Would Take $1,000 To Get People To Quit Facebook

It’s become increasingly common to see Facebook users threatening to quit the platform over its many privacy and security problems. However, when push comes to shove, the vast majority of these disgruntled users don’t follow through. A new study from PLOS One aimed to find out why — and just what it would take to…

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Report: Facebook Could Soon Be Able To Predict User Breakups

Report: Facebook Could Soon Be Able To Predict User Breakups

As Facebook users, we take it as a given that the company already knows more about us than it should – including the details of our personal lives. Indeed, the social media giant is keenly interested in its users’ dating habits, even going so far as to launch its own online dating service. However, according…

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Mark Zuckerberg Criticized For End-Of-Year Facebook Message

Mark Zuckerberg Criticized For End-Of-Year Facebook Message

It can’t be argued that 2018 was the worst year yet for Facebook. From the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring to the revelation in September that the company lost the data of 50 million users, Facebook found itself squarely in the spotlight for its privacy problems. That’s why Mark Zuckerberg’s end-of-year Facebook post…

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Facebook Apologizes For Blocking Prominent Evangelist

Facebook Apologizes For Blocking Prominent Evangelist

Facebook is frequently criticized for its unclear rules regarding content removal. The company stumbled into another such controversy recently when it blocked a prominent Christian evangelist for 24 hours, then had to promptly backtrack and apologize. Last week, Facebook took down the profile of evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, for a two-year-old post…

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Facebook Voted Least-Trusted Tech Company

Facebook Voted Least-Trusted Tech Company

2018 may be remembered as the year Facebook finally began to lose its grip on the public’s social media use. Another indication that the company is bleeding credibility arrived earlier this month, when consumer research company Toluna announced the results of a survey that overwhelmingly named Facebook the least-trusted tech company. Toluna recently surveyed 1,000…

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