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Experts: Facebook Dating App Could Be Ripe For Scammers

Experts: Facebook Dating App Could Be Ripe For Scammers

When Facebook announced that it’s working on a dating app that will launch later this year, many privacy experts expressed concern. After all, Facebook already knows nearly everything about us — does it need to know the intimate details of our romantic lives, too? But there’s another, less obvious issue that has some experts sounding…

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Facebook Flaw Means Fake Messenger Profiles Can’t Be Reported

Facebook Flaw Means Fake Messenger Profiles Can’t Be Reported

Because of its simplicity and cost-free use, Facebook is fertile ground for scammers and con artists. However, Facebook typically provides users with methods to defend themselves or report an issue if they fall victim to a scam. But occasionally, a flaw in the system allows cybercriminals to take advantage of innocent users without consequence. One…

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No, Facebook Is Not Limiting Your News Feed To 26 Friends

No, Facebook Is Not Limiting Your News Feed To 26 Friends

The latest viral hoax sweeping across Facebook claims the site will limit the content you can see in your News Feed to 26 friends. This fake article claims Facebook will “choose the people” for you. Of course, this sounds silly on its face, but Facebook still went on the record this week to deny it.…

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Man Finds Out About His Own “Death” In Facebook Scam

Man Finds Out About His Own “Death” In Facebook Scam

A man in Mesa, Arizona, fell victim to a nasty holiday scam on Facebook this week when he discovered a GoFundMe page raising money for his own funeral. Jared Aguilar’s Facebook page was tagged in the post, and it was shared 15 times by family and friends. The scam was attempting to raise $5,000 for…

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Facebook Scam Tries To Take Advantage Of Hurricane Victims

Facebook Scam Tries To Take Advantage Of Hurricane Victims

It’s a sad reality of Facebook: after tragedy strikes, you can be sure con artists will try to trick people into handing over their hard-earned cash. That’s what happened last week when a Facebook scam offering to send victims of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey on a cruise went viral. The post, which was shared…

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New Malware Promises To Help You Steal Facebook Passwords, But Steals Yours Instead

New Malware Promises To Help You Steal Facebook Passwords, But Steals Yours Instead

There is a new strain of malware making the rounds on Facebook that packs a unique punch. Dubbed “Instant Karma” by researchers, the bug comes packaged in a fake software program that promises users the ability to hack other people’s profiles. In other words, the malware’s victims are themselves up to some pretty shady business.…

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Facebook Unveils Another News Feed Change To Fight Spam

Facebook Unveils Another News Feed Change To Fight Spam

Facebook’s News Feed feature is a great way to stay connected and engage with your friends. However, the more spam content that floods your feed, the less likely you’ll be to keep coming back. That’s why Facebook unveiled another change to its algorithm this week that will shove content from spammy users so far down…

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Facebook Strikes Back Against Clickbait Once Again

Facebook Strikes Back Against Clickbait Once Again

Facebook has had a busy few months fighting clickbait and spam. This week, it announced another set of sweeping changes to its News Feed policy that show the site is intent on eradicating phony content forever. The policy tweak will drill down to a post-by-post level to fight spammers and scammers by examining if a…

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Facebook Announces Crackdown On Spammy Links

Facebook Announces Crackdown On Spammy Links

When people talk about Facebook’s problem with fake news and spammy content, what they’re really discussing is the site’s News Feed algorithm. After all, that’s what allows these malicious posts to reach users in the first place. So, it was big news this week when the social media giant announced it will roll out a…

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Facebook, Google Fall Victim To $100M Scam

Facebook, Google Fall Victim To $100M Scam

Facebook catches a lot of criticism for not doing enough to protect its users. However, a recent criminal case shows that the tech giant might not always be great at safeguarding itself, either, as it recently admitted to falling for a $100 million scam. The massive scheme was allegedly orchestrated by a Lithuanian man, Evaldas…

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