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Columbia Journalism Review: Facebook Has Too Much Control Over News

The Columbia Journalism Review (CJR), regarded as one of the premier journalistic watchdog organizations in the country, expressed concern in a column this week over Facebook’s partnership with major news organizations. The arrangement, made between Facebook and several publications like Buzzfeed and The New York Times, will allow the organizations to post news directly to…

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Web Browsing Data Shared With Facebook Does Not Violate Privacy

A 62-year-old California woman has sued the AMC television network for sharing with Facebook her personal web browsing info on the TV channel’s site, which enables “social plugins” that allow Facebook to track what its users are watching. The suit claimed that this practice violates the Video Privacy Protection Act, a 1988 law that has…

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Time Magazine: Parents Should Be Careful With Facebook Scrapbook

Last week, Facebook introduced a new feature called Scrapbook that lets parents organize and keep track of their children’s pictures on the site. However, some critics have pointed out that privacy-minded parents shouldn’t upload pictures of their kids to the social media site at all. Time Magazine responded to the new feature with a column…

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U.S. News & World Report: Is It Safe To Send Money Via Facebook?

Facebook is rolling out a peer-to-peer payment system over the next few months that will allow users to store debit card information on the site and send money to their friends via Facebook Messenger. However, some have expressed skepticism about the payment feature, including a recent article in the U.S. News & World Report that…

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Facebook Creates 11 New Security Guides

Facebook published 11 new interactive visual guides to its privacy and security settings this week. The subjects of the guides include “Hacked Accounts,” “Spam,” “Phishing” and “How You’re Protected.” The site says it wants to help users secure their accounts. It also wants to educate users about what Facebook does to protect their profiles and…

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How to turn off Facebook’s photo recognition software

Facebook has a feature that uses facial recognition software to “help” your Facebook friends tag you in their photos. If you have this option enabled, any time one of your friends uploads a photo, Facebook will “suggest” you as a match based on the recommendations of the software. It is important to note that your…

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New York Court: Woman Can Use Facebook To Serve Divorce Papers

In a landmark ruling that could have big ramifications for future romantic breakups, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice has ruled that a woman can serve her hard-to-find husband divorce papers via private Facebook message. The woman, a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo, married her husband in a civil ceremony in 2009. However, according to Baidoo’s lawyer,…

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Washington Post: How Does Facebook Know Who All Of Your Friends Are?

If you’re a Facebook user, you’ve probably experienced that feeling of shock when a long-forgotten friend or ex pops up in the site’s “People You May Know” section. This week, The Washington Post took a deep look into how the site can know so much about your relationships. The paper’s article mentioned a Reddit user…

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Lawsuit: Facebook Facial Recognition Technology Violates Illinois Law

A man in Cook County, Illinois, is suing Facebook and claiming that the site has violated Illinois privacy law. The man, Carlo Licata, says that Facebook’s facial recognition technology has “secretly amassed the world’s largest privately held database of consumer biometrics data.” Licata filed a lawsuit this week that said the site violated state law…

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Facebook Study Wants to Test User DNA

A medical research study called Genes for Good launched this week with the goal of analyzing the DNA of at least 20,000 people. How are they going to find such a large pool of volunteers? Facebook, of course. The researchers want participants to send a sample of their spit to a lab at the University…

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Report: Facebook Tracks Everyone, Violates EU Law

The Belgian data protection agency commissioned a report, released this week, looking into Facebook’s privacy practices in the European Union after an initial report found the site in violation of the EU’s data and privacy laws. However, the findings of the group’s second report are even more troubling. The researchers behind the study claim that…

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Privacy Concerns Raised Over New “Business on Messenger” Facebook Feature

At its F8 developer conference last week, Facebook announced a new feature for its Messenger chat service called “Business on Messenger.” The goal of the feature, according to the site, is to streamline communications between companies and consumers by combining things like customer service, package tracking and order changes onto one platform. While it could…

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