Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Accidentally Censors Local News

Facebook Accidentally Censors Local News

Facebook came under fire again this week for mistakenly blocking content. First, the company pulled a post from the Anne Frank Center that included an image of nude Holocaust survivors. Now a new report from WIRED details the harmful effects that can occur when the social media giant accidentally blocks small local news outlets. According to the report,…

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Privacy Measure Causes Temporary Deletion Of Old Twitter Cross-Posts From Facebook

Privacy Measure Causes Temporary Deletion Of Old Twitter Cross-Posts From Facebook

Earlier this week, many Facebook users were confused and angered to discover that the old content they cross-posted from Twitter had been deleted without an explanation. At first, it was believed the mass deletion occurred because of Facebook’s recent move to restrict developers’ API access and protect user privacy. And that was sort of the case — Twitter removed…

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Facebook Wants To Help Write A Federal Privacy Law

Facebook Wants To Help Write A Federal Privacy Law

The need for a federal privacy law governing Facebook and other tech companies has felt like a necessity for a while now. However, Facebook isn’t about to let the government oversee it without heavily influencing the process; according to a report last weekend in The New York Times, major tech companies are lobbying to basically create their own regulations.…

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Facebook Cracks Down On “Alternative” Health Pages

Facebook Cracks Down On “Alternative” Health Pages

In an effort to crack down on spam, fake news and malware, Facebook often takes down content it shouldn’t. But Facebook’s own censorship policies are unclear, and sometimes the content itself exists in a gray area. For instance, this week Facebook cracked down on dozens of pages dedicated to alternative and holistic health and medicine. There’s no doubt that…

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Facebook Bug Turns Off Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook Bug Turns Off Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook touts two-factor authentication as one of the best security measures users can take to protect their information. That means you’re required to provide not only a user name and password, but also something that only you have, like a piece of information. Normally that level of security is preferable to the minimum — but…

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Facebook Security App Pulled From App Store Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook Security App Pulled From App Store Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook was dealt a stinging blow this week when Apple forced the company to pull its security app Onavo from the App Store. According to Apple, the tool violated the store’s guidelines on data collection. Before Apple’s action, Onavo had already attracted plenty of criticism for its privacy practices. The tool serves as VPN security…

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Facebook Removes 5,000 Ad Targeting Options

Facebook Removes 5,000 Ad Targeting Options

Facebook’s ad platform has received a ton of criticism, including from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), alleging that the site’s targeting options make it easy for advertisers to discriminate against users. The company responded in a big way this week, announcing the removal of over 5,000 ad targeting options to prevent…

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Report: Facebook Is Judging Your Trustworthiness

Report: Facebook Is Judging Your Trustworthiness

Facebook possesses a ton of information about you that it uses in all sorts of creepy ways, from guessing your income to determining whether or not you’re looking for a relationship. And according to a report from The Washington Post, the company has even assigned a score to users based on their trustworthiness. According to…

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Report: U.S. Government Wants To Wiretap Facebook Messenger

Report: U.S. Government Wants To Wiretap Facebook Messenger

Facebook knows if it wants to keep users happy, it needs to keep our information secure. That’s the real reason the company goes out of its way to strengthen privacy rules: it doesn’t want its image damaged by the kind of scandal that has rocked it for the past year. But according to an exclusive…

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New Tool Lets Facebook Users Block Creepy Ad Targeting

New Tool Lets Facebook Users Block Creepy Ad Targeting

If you’ve ever seen an ad on Facebook that seemed creepily tailored to your interests, you know exactly what the company is doing with your data. That’s why data researcher Rebecca Ricks teamed up with two of her colleagues to create a new browser extension that lets Facebook users set their ad preferences in just…

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