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Report: It Can Be Difficult To Get Fake Facebook Profiles Deleted

Facebook relies heavily on machine learning to detect and delete fake accounts, spam, malware and much more. However, there are plenty of cases illustrating that AI alone may not be enough to police the largest social network in the world. A report from NBC News this week illustrated the heartbreaking human cost of allowing these…

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Facebook Is Now Required To Stop Discriminatory Advertising

Two years ago, nonprofit journalism initiative ProPublica released a series of bombshell reports that revealed Facebook let advertisers exclude users based on race. That revelation set off widespread outrage among legal experts and politicians, and Facebook promised earlier this year that it would update its controversial ad policies on its own. However, now the company…

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Experts Weigh In On How Facebook Could Stomp Out Fake Content Once And For All

Facebook receives a ton of criticism for not doing enough to remove fake news, spam accounts and other bad actors from its platform. However, according to a host of prominent experts, there are steps the company could take to solve these problems that it either can’t or won’t. The problem, these experts say, is that…

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Facebook Fails To Protect Sexual Assault Survivor’s Group From Trolls

With over 2 billion active users, it’s not surprising Facebook has struggled keep bad actors off its platform. However, even private groups aren’t always safe from these trolls. According to a recent report from WIRED, a closed group for sexual assault survivors was crashed and destroyed by trolls who mocked the group’s members, threatened to…

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The Next Big Facebook Privacy Scandal May Be About To Hit

The Cambridge Analytica data breach was, without a doubt, one of the biggest scandals Facebook ever dealt with. During the course of that controversy, which erupted this past spring, it was revealed that about 87 million users’ data had been improperly shared with the firm for the purposes of political advertising. But that may have…

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Facebook Will Actually Begin To Enforce Its Age Policy

Facebook moved quickly this week to change its policy on underage users after an undercover reporter in the UK was told by a content moderator that they didn’t do anything to remove children. The social media giant will now be more proactive in reviewing accounts suspected of belonging to kids under the age of 13.…

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Report: Facebook Protects Far-Right Activists, Doesn’t Care About Underage Users

Facebook catches a lot of flak for the content it chooses to censor. However, just as controversial are the posts it allows to remain. That was the case again this week when a UK reporter went undercover as a Facebook moderator and discovered that the company protects content from far-right activists using a process called…

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Report: Major Privacy Loophole Allowed Marketers To Access Closed Facebook Groups

The privacy problems never stop coming for Facebook. According to a report in CNBC this week, marketers were able to access information from a private group for breast cancer gene carriers using a Google Chrome extension. The tool, which allowed marketers to retrieve the names of people in private groups, was subsequently shut down by…

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Facebook Accidentally Labels 65,000 Users As “Interested” In Treason

Facebook is by far the biggest social network in the world, so it’s understandable that it won’t get everything right. However, when a company that possesses so much of its customers’ personal information commits an error, the personal consequences can be dire. That’s what happened this week when the social media giant accidentally labeled 65,000…

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Facebook Faces Maximum Fine For Breaking UK Privacy Law

Facebook has received a ton of criticism for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data breach controversy that saw the personal information of tens of millions of users fall into the hands of a shady research firm. However, the company had yet to face any real punishment (besides a hit to its stock prices) —…

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Popular Facebook App Timehop Suffers Data Breach That Affects 21 Million Users

Facebook found its name in the news again this week regarding a major security issue, even though this time it wasn’t the social media giant’s fault. Popular app Timehop, which accesses users’ photos and posts and resurfaces them, revealed that it suffered a major data breach on July 4 that exposed the information of 21…

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Facebook Flags Declaration Of Independence As Hate Speech

Facebook relies heavily on artificial intelligence to detect spam, hate speech and more. It’s a good idea on paper, but it often leads to silly mix-ups that confuse and anger users even more. The latest example occurred this week when Facebook accidentally flagged the U.S. Declaration of Independence as hate speech. The controversy began when…

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