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Sheryl Sandberg: We Can Beat ISIS With “Likes”

Facebook has recently come under increasing scrutiny from politicians around the world for supposedly not doing enough to combat hate speech and extremism (despite the site’s new initiative in Europe). The social media giant is certainly in a difficult position; how can it both respect its users’ privacy and free speech rights while helping law…

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Nonprofit Supporter Has Facebook Profile Pic Stolen, Used On Scam Page

A prominent nonprofit supporter in Colorado Springs, Colorado, fell victim to a common Facebook scam recently when she discovered that a cybercriminal had stolen her profile picture and used it to create a fake profile in her name. Vicki Dimond, an editor at Colorado Springs Style Magazine, discovered that a profile impostor had been set…

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Facebook Launches Campaign Against Extremist Speech

Facebook announced a new campaign this week to fight extremism and hate speech in Europe. The campaign, called Online Civil Courage Initiative (OCCI), is a partnership between Facebook and several international groups. OCCI will work to fund NGOs that are already combating online extremism, develop best practices for dealing with it, and launch research to…

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Facebook Selfie Lands Felon In Jail For 15 Years

A Tennessee criminal recently found out the hard way that over sharing on Facebook can carry a steep price. 41-year-old Malik First Born Allah Farrad, formerly Marvin Buckles, was sentenced last week to a 188-month federal prison sentence because of a single selfie. The ex-con was convicted of drug and gun charges in 2000, and…

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Woman Could Face Year In Jail After Tagging Ex-Sister-In-Law On Facebook

A New York woman could face a year in jail for tagging her ex-sister-in-law in a Facebook post. The woman had previously been barred from contacting her former in-law by “electronic or any other means.” Maria Gonzalez tried to argue that the protection order, which stemmed from a divorce between her and the protected party,…

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Attention, Students: Colleges Are Snooping On Facebook More Than Ever Before

According to a recent survey from Kaplan, 40 percent of college admissions officers say they visit the Facebook profiles of applicants to learn more about them. This marks a record high since Kaplan started tracking that information in 2008, when only 10 percent of admissions officers said they snooped on social media. Thankfully for would-be…

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Vain Fugitive Sends Selfie To Cops After Seeing “Terrible” Mugshot On Facebook

A 45-year-old Ohio man named Donald “Chip” Pugh is wanted for failure to appear in court regarding a drunken driving case, and is also a person of interest in several other cases involving arson and vandalism. Thankfully for police, Pugh is more vain than your run-of-the-mill fugitive; when he saw his mug shot that police…

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How Much Does Facebook Know About You? Here’s How To Find Out

If you use Facebook, you know that the site possesses a ton of your private information. But just how much does the site know about you—and how can you control the info it has? Most of the data Facebook collects is used for one simple purpose: targeting ads at users. The site gets this information…

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Court Upholds $20 Million Privacy Suit Against Facebook

This week, a U.S. Court of Appeals upheld a $20 million class action settlement that claimed Facebook’s former “Sponsored Stories” ads violated the privacy of users. The three judges ruled unanimously to uphold the settlement that would pay about $15 a piece to the 614,000 users who joined the suit. About $2 million of the…

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Israeli NGO Says Facebook’s Content Blocking Is Biased Against Jewish State

An Israeli NGO group recently conducted a Facebook experiment using two phony profiles to determine if the site had any political biases. The group, called Shurat HaDin, created two pages with nearly identical content called “Stop Israelis” and “Stop Palestinians,” swapping the words “Jews/Israelis” and “Arabs/Palestinians” where necessary. Then, on December 29, the group started…

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Report: Facebook Crashed Android App To Test User Addiction

According to a new bombshell report, Facebook conducted a secret test on its users several years ago to determine just how addicted they were to using the site’s Android app. According to the report from The Information, Facebook intentionally crashed its Android app without telling users in order to track their “resilience”—AKA, what alternative routes…

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Facebook Censors Photo Of Famous Nude “Little Mermaid” Statue

This past weekend, Facebook censored a photo of iconic Danish statue The Little Mermaid for showing “too much bare skin or sexual undertones.” The image was shared by Danish politician Mette Gjerskov as part of a blog post promotion. “I hadn’t seen it coming that our national treasure would be categorized on the same level…

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