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Facebook Partners With RiseIQ To Fight Fake Ads

Facebook and digital security firm RiskIQ announced a deal this week that will see the private company monitor millions of Facebook advertisers for malicious behavior. The strategic partnership isn’t a surprising one; eight of the ten largest financial institutions in the country already use the service, as do five of the seven leading Internet companies.…

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Study: Facebook, Social Media A Factor In One In Seven Divorces

Facebook aims to be an online reflection of our everyday lives. According to researchers hired by Slater and Gordon, a multinational law firm headquartered in Australia, which also includes the end of marriages. “Five years ago Facebook was rarely mentioned in the context of a marriage ending, but now it has become commonplace,” said Andrew…

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Facebook Will No Longer Give Your Friends’ Data To Apps

Before this week, when a Facebook user logged on to certain apps for the first time, they were given a diabolical choice: let Facebook access the data of their Friends, or don’t use the app at all. While many apps let users opt out of revealing sensitive information, the fact that Facebook could access the…

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Single Mom Fired From Daycare Over Facebook Post

A 27-year-old Texas woman and single mother was fired from her job at a daycare before her first day of work because of a Facebook post. The woman, Kaitlyn Walls, wrote that she didn’t like working in childcare, and her post soon spread to an 8,000-member yard sale group in the community. “I start my…

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What Is The Impact Of Facebook’s Quest For Your Data?

These days, pretty much every major tech company is seeking new ways to collect and use your data. As a column in Salon this week notes, this is often done with stated goals that are noble and humanitarian, like Facebook’s mission to connect the world to the Internet or its recent Amber Alert feature. However,…

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Facebook Pushes Back Against Government Request for Encryption Backdoors

Speaking at the world’s largest computer security event this week, U.S. Secretary for Homeland Security Jeh Johnson said that strong online encryption is hurting law enforcement’s ability to operate. “Our inability to access encrypted information poses public safety challenges,” he said. “Encryption is making it harder for your government to find criminal activity.” However, the…

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Study: Facebook One Of Most Hated Tech Companies Because Of Privacy

According to the American Consumer Satisfaction Index (ACSI), Facebook was one of the three most hated tech companies in America last year, along with Twitter and LinkedIn. The index works by collecting data on customer loyalty and satisfaction every year. Facebook has dealt with a slew of privacy-related PR issues over the past several years,…

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The Atlantic: Should Police Use Facebook To Track People?

As more social interactions occur online, it stands to reason that more criminals would also use social media platforms to communicate. However, as discussed at length in a column in The Atlantic this week, there are many potential problems that could stem from law enforcement officials using the site to track crooks. According to The…

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New App Offers to Clean Facebook History Of Job Seekers

A new app called Clear was announced this week that seeks to clean compromising posts from your social media history. It connects with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and searches posts with potentially offensive language using algorithms and an IBM supercomputer. The app was the brainchild of Ethan Czahor, who was fired from his position with…

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Brazil Threatens to Sue Facebook Over Censored Image

The Brazilian Ministry of Culture announced late last week that it intends to sue Facebook for blocking a photograph of a nude native woman originally taken in 1909. The ministry accused Facebook of trying to “illegally and arbitrarily” impose their standards on Brazil, and that the blocked photograph violated the Constitution of Brazil itself. “The…

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Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Fake Likes

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it has made “big strides” in its fight against fake likes over the past six months, tripling the number of fake likes it has detected and blocked before they’ve even reached a Page. In October of last year, the site shared its strategy for stopping fraudulent…

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Police Department Forced To Restore Critical Comments It Deleted

The Vineland Police Department in New Jersey has been forced to restore comments to its Facebook page that were critical of the department for its role in the shooting death of Phillip White, a man who died in police custody. White was arrested when police were called to respond to a man “freaking out.” A…

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