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Child Bride Auctioned On Facebook

Just days after Facebook announced it wanted to create an independent panel to deal with content removal, another terrible example of the site’s shortcomings occurred this week. According to children’s rights organization Plan International, an auction was held on Facebook for the rights to marry a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan. The auction, which reportedly…

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Facebook Wants An Independent Organization To Oversee Content Appeals

Facebook has received tons of criticism for its content moderation decisions, and its perceived lack of responsiveness to users who want to figure out why their posts have been removed. That’s why the social media giant announced last week that it’s making a major move to clean its hands of the issue. According to Facebook…

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Facebook Critics File Complaint Calling The Company A “Serial Privacy Violator”

With all of the scandals piling up for Facebook, it’s easy to forget the revelation just last month that over 30 million users had their accounts breached in the largest attack in the platform’s history. However, a coalition of Facebook’s critics has not forgotten, and that group has now filed a complaint against the company…

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Facebook Wants To Use Your Family Photos To Target Ads

Facebook is under fire for a whole host of privacy and security issues this week, including the revelation that it hired PR firms and lobbyists to smear its critics following the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Russian meddling and more. So it was probably not a good time for news to come out that Facebook…

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Facebook Bug Exposed Users’ Likes And Interests, And Their Friends Data Too

The existence of yet another Facebook vulnerability that affected user data was revealed this week by security company Imperva. This latest bug, which was resolved in May, allowed websites to gather private information from Facebook users—and their friends, too. Some of the information this bug exposed included likes, interests, demographics and more. According to security…

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Digital Rights Groups Want You To Know Why Facebook Posts Are Removed

Facebook often receives criticism for the hate speech, terrorist content and more that exists on its platform. And, on the flip side, the company has faced scrutiny for removing posts that it shouldn’t. But no matter the outcome, the company’s rules can cause confusion. It’s rarely clear why Facebook makes a decision one way or…

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Report: Facebook Is Encouraging Teen Girls To Befriend Middle-Aged Men

Facebook has made it its mission to connect as many users as possible around the world. One of the ways it accomplishes this is through its “Suggested Friends” feature, which offers up an array of people you may (or may not) know in order for you to send them a friend request. This has proven…

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Facebook Wants To Know When You’re Around Other Users — Even If They’re Strangers

Facebook already knows a lot about you, but now it wants to know about the people you meet in real life, too. The social media giant was granted a patent last month for technology that would allow it to discover when you’ve shared a physical space with another Facebook user — even if you have…

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Facebook Has Removed 14 Million Pieces Of Terrorist Content This Year

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook has found itself locked in a never-ending struggle to find and delete harmful or offensive content on its pages. Even content from terrorists. According to Facebook, it has removed about 14 million pieces of terrorist content this year alone—and the number keeps climbing. According to…

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Facebook “Unsend” Feature Will Give You 10 Minutes To Delete Message

Facebook has promised users the ability to delete their sent messages for almost a year. And according to release notes for the latest version of the Facebook Messenger app, the feature is finally on its way. But this helpful bit of privacy control only came about in the first place because Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

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Facebook Removes Over 100 Fake Accounts Ahead Of Elections

Facebook received intense criticism following the 2016 election for not doing enough to block fake and malicious content intended to affect the outcome. However, the social media giant appears to have taken all of that disapproval to heart; this week, the company announced it had taken down over 100 accounts on both Facebook and Instagram…

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Facebook Under Fire For “Transparency” Efforts Around Political Ads

A magnifying glass has been put up to Facebook’s political advertising practices this week because of the U.S. midterm elections—and what experts have discovered isn’t good for the company. Last week, several news outlets reported that they were able to buy political ads under any name they wanted, including ISIS and Mike Pence. And now,…

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