Internet Safety & Privacy

Experts Call On Facebook To Take More Responsibility For Influence, User Privacy

Experts Call On Facebook To Take More Responsibility For Influence, User Privacy

Facebook is by far the largest social platform in the world, with over 2 billion active users sharing pictures, posts and comments every day. With that size and worldwide scope, Facebook is responsible for dealing with a host of thorny ethical issues, ranging from user privacy to news to content censorship. However, some experts think…

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Facebook Launches “Did You Know” Questionnaire To Gather Even More Of Your Data

Facebook Launches “Did You Know” Questionnaire To Gather Even More Of Your Data

There’s no doubt about it: Facebook knows a ton about how you tick. From the content we share to the photos we post, the world’s largest social network possesses a vast array of information about how we think and feel. However, it wants to know even more. That’s why Facebook is launching a new feature…

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Facebook Political Ads Often Carry Scams And Malware

Facebook Political Ads Often Carry Scams And Malware

Facebook is still dealing with blowback from the revelations that Russian operatives sought to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election with fake Facebook posts and advertising. However, according to a new report from ProPublica, political Facebook ads are also being used for a far more mundane purpose: scamming users and infecting them with malware. There…

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Facebook Bans Women For Calling Men “Scum”

Facebook Bans Women For Calling Men “Scum”

Following the recent avalanche of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men, many women have taken to Facebook to share stories and frustrations. However, some were shocked to discover that Facebook suspended their accounts for writing things like “men are scum” and “men continue to be the worst.” Several women shared their Facebook banning…

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Actor Chris Pratt Discovers Fake Facebook Profile Being Used To Lure Female Fans

Actor Chris Pratt Discovers Fake Facebook Profile Being Used To Lure Female Fans

It’s not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up imposter accounts using the photos and identity of everyday people. However, celebrities are particularly vulnerable to this kind of scam, as actor Chris Pratt learned this week. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor discovered a fake Facebook profile set up in his name that was being used…

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Update: Facebook Finally Stops Racially Discriminatory Advertising

Update: Facebook Finally Stops Racially Discriminatory Advertising

The saga of Facebook allowing racially discriminatory ads took another twist this week when the company abruptly announced it would put the feature on hold until a technical solution can be found. ProPublica first uncovered the feature last year, which gave housing advertisers the ability to target Facebook ads based on race, religion and more.…

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Facebook Is Asking Users To Upload A Selfie To Verify Identity

Facebook Is Asking Users To Upload A Selfie To Verify Identity

Facebook may soon take its security efforts a step further, and in a big way. According to a report this week, since confirmed by WIRED, Facebook will begin asking users to upload a selfie if their profile is flagged for suspicious activity. A Twitter user shared a screenshot of the identity test that asked to…

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Report: U.S. Government Wants To Track Facebook Profiles Of Foreign Visitors

Report: U.S. Government Wants To Track Facebook Profiles Of Foreign Visitors

According to a bombshell report from ProPublica, the Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has inquired if tech companies could use algorithms to track the Facebook activity of visa holders in the United States. The government posed this question to a room full of technology contractors brought together by the Government Technology & Services…

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Facebook Rolls Out Tool To Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Even Reported

Facebook Rolls Out Tool To Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Even Reported

Facebook is often accused of behaving like Big Brother, closely monitoring and tracking user behavior across the web. However, that creepy watchfulness can have positive ramifications too. For instance, the company announced this week that its suicide prevention AI technology has advanced to the point where it can detect suicidal posts from users even before…

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Report: Facebook Still Allows Racially Discriminatory Housing Ads

Report: Facebook Still Allows Racially Discriminatory Housing Ads

It didn’t receive the same attention as some of Facebook’s other recent controversies, but the company was rocked last year by a bombshell report from ProPublica that discovered advertisers could request racially discriminatory ads. Now, a follow-up report from the publication found that the practice is still going on. Facebook promised in February that it…

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