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British Parliament: Facebook Should Issue Warnings Like Those on Cigarette Packs

According to a group of British Members of Parliament (MPs), Facebook should be forced to feature privacy warnings similar to the mandatory health warnings on cigarette packs. The British government, angry over the site’s lack of ability to detect terrorist threats, have vocally criticized the social media giant with increasing regularity in recent weeks. The…

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Facebook Accused of Harboring Terrorists in Death of British Soldier

According to a report from the Commons Intelligence and Security Committee, the 2013 murder of British soldier Lee Rigby might have been prevented if Facebook had flagged the graphic messages posted by the two extremists who murdered him in the days leading up to the attack. The report said that Michael Adebowale, one of the attackers,…

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Facebook Threat Case Will Head to the Supreme Court

Next week, the U.S. Supreme Court will take on the case of a man, Anthony Elonis, who made threats against his wife on Facebook. A lower court ruled that Elonis’ comments represented a “true threat” to his wife, though Elonis and his defense team claim that he was simply “blowing off steam.” In 2010, Elonis’…

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New York Teen Identifies Mugger on Facebook

Law enforcement officials frequently turn to Facebook to solve crimes or gather evidence. However, the victims of crimes themselves are also using the site to help catch perpetrators, like a 15-year-old New York boy did this week to identify his mugger. On October 27, the victim had his wallet and cell phone snatched at a…

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“Europe Vs. Facebook” Group Challenges U.S. Safe Harbor Agreement

Privacy advocacy group Europe vs. Facebook, headed by Austrian law student Max Schrems, widened its scope this week to take aim at the United States. Specifically, the group has targeted the E.U.-U.S. agreement called “Safe Harbor” that allows U.S. companies to take data from European users. According to Schrems, Safe Harbor violates European privacy laws…

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Facebook Tells Page Owners to Stop Spamming News Feeds

Facebook announced this week that it has once again tweaked its News Feed algorithm based on a user survey, and will now devalue “overly promotional page posts.” According to Facebook, they want to get rid of spammy page posts that push people to buy a product or download an app, encourage them to enter contests…

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U.S. Woman Arrested for Promoting ISIS on Facebook

A 29-year-old U.S. woman and mother, Heather Elizabeth Coffman, has been arrested and charged with making a false statement regarding an offense involving international or domestic terrorism. Coffman, who lives in Virginia, is accused of promoting the terrorist group ISIS on her Facebook page. FBI agents began looking into Coffman around April this year after…

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Report: Facebook Wants to Create “Facebook at Work”

According to a report in The Financial Times, Facebook is currently working on a service called “Facebook at Work” that will stand apart from the common consumer site and serve instead as a hub for employees. According to the FT, the site would allow employees to collaborate with each other on projects, connect with people…

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Study: 24 Percent of Facebook Ads for Luxury Goods are Selling Counterfeits

A new study by cybersecurity researchers has found that 24 percent of Facebook ads selling luxury goods, like Ray Ban sunglasses or Louis Vuitton handbags, are hocking counterfeit products. To conduct their study, the researchers set up 12 fake Facebook accounts and looked at a sample of 180 Facebook ads for luxury goods. 43 of…

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Facebook Simplifies Privacy Policy – Again

This week, Facebook announced another tool designed to further simplify its privacy policy and make it understandable to the layperson. The feature, called “Privacy Basics,” is a set of interactive guides that walk users through basic security questions, like how to delete content from the site and how to limit visibility in search. In addition…

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Civil Liberties Group Accuses Facebook of Complicity in Censorship

After Facebook released its government requests report late last week, digital civil liberties group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) took issue with Facebook’s willingness to bend to the demands of governments around the world. Though the site is not required to operate under the laws of the various countries it’s in, it often does, removing content…

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Buzzfeed: How Facebook Decides What Apps Get Your Data

This past spring, Facebook implemented a new app review policy to ensure only functional and honest apps made it on to the site. In particular, the process was created to target apps that asked for too much personal information from users. Now, according to Buzzfeed, the preliminary results of the review process are in, and…

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