Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook “Unsend” Feature Will Give You 10 Minutes To Delete Message

Facebook “Unsend” Feature Will Give You 10 Minutes To Delete Message

Facebook has promised users the ability to delete their sent messages for almost a year. And according to release notes for the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app, the feature is finally on its way. But this helpful bit of privacy control only came about in the first place because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

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Facebook Removes Over 100 Fake Accounts Ahead Of Elections

Facebook Removes Over 100 Fake Accounts Ahead Of Elections

Facebook received intense criticism following the 2016 election for not doing enough to block fake and malicious content intended to affect the outcome. However, the social media giant appears to have taken all of that disapproval to heart; this week, the company announced it had taken down over 100 accounts on both Facebook and Instagram…

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Facebook Under Fire For “Transparency” Efforts Around Political Ads

Facebook Under Fire For “Transparency” Efforts Around Political Ads

A magnifying glass has been put up to Facebook’s political advertising practices this week because of the U.S. midterm elections—and what experts have discovered isn’t good for the company. Last week, several news outlets reported that they were able to buy political ads under any name they wanted, including ISIS and Mike Pence. And now,…

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Facebook Founder Called To Explain Privacy Practices In Front of UK Parliament

Facebook Founder Called To Explain Privacy Practices In Front of UK Parliament

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has had a rough year for his public reputation. Not so long ago, the social media chief was reportedly considering a run for president. However, after waves of privacy and data scandals, plus disastrous appearances testifying before U.S. lawmakers, that seems all but impossible. And now things are getting…

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Facebook Bans Startup From Advertising After It Criticized Company’s Privacy Practices

Facebook Bans Startup From Advertising After It Criticized Company’s Privacy Practices

Facebook has a tough time regulating the content users post, but it has an equally difficult time determining what advertisements it should block from its platform. And because Facebook’s removal rules are so unclear, it can set off a firestorm when the company does decide to take something down. That’s exactly what occurred earlier this…

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Even Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Don’t Believe The Site Can Be Cleaned Up

Even Facebook’s Fact-Checkers Don’t Believe The Site Can Be Cleaned Up

With the U.S. midterm elections right around the corner, it’s more vital than ever for Facebook to detect and eliminate fake news from its platform. However, according to one of the company’s most prominent fact-checking partners, that may be an impossible goal. After Facebook was rocked by disinformation campaigns during the 2016 presidential election, the…

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Facebook Takes Down Network Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran

Facebook Takes Down Network Of Fake Accounts Tied To Iran

There’s a lot of fake content and spam on Facebook, and as the Russian propaganda scandal proved during the 2016 election, some of it is created by hostile foreign powers to influence us. Facebook revealed the existence of another such campaign this week when it announced it has taken down 82 pages and accounts with…

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Facebook Supports U.S. Privacy Regulation

Facebook Supports U.S. Privacy Regulation

Facebook has repeatedly stressed how important user privacy is to the future of its company. After all, if people don’t trust the platform to keep them safe, they may not continue using it. That’s why the social media giant just took its biggest step yet to reassure lawmakers and the public alike that it has…

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Facebook Removed 8.7 Million Photos Of Child Exploitation In Three Months

Facebook Removed 8.7 Million Photos Of Child Exploitation In Three Months

Because it’s completely open and free to use, Facebook is a platform that’s easy to exploit for cybercriminals, hackers and scammers. And that means Facebook has its hands full when it comes to hunting down and eliminating offensive content. For example, the company said this week that its moderators have removed 8.7 million images of…

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Facebook User Sues Over Location Tracking

Facebook User Sues Over Location Tracking

Facebook has a never-ending appetite for user data to provide to advertisers, and that means tracking your behavior and habits—both online and off. Indeed, it’s no secret Facebook is interested in where and how you spend your time IRL. But at least one user is fed up with this sort of tracking. So fed up,…

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