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Facebook Safety Check Feature Will Now Be Completely Controlled By Users

Facebook announced this week that it will place control of its Safety Check disaster response tool completely in the hands of its users. This means that, when enough Facebook users are posting about an incident in a given area, the site will automatically generate a notification asking people in the area if they’re OK. Safety…

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Hacking Group Targets Mark Zuckerberg — Again

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg was hacked again this week by a group that also broke into his social media accounts in June, according to a report in CNET. The group, which calls itself OurMine, defaced Zuckerberg’s Pinterest account by changing his bio to read “Don’t worry, we are just testing your security.” The…

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Report: Facebook Allowed Fake News Because It Was Afraid Of Conservative Backlash

Facebook doesn’t want to become a media company, but it’s clear that the social media giant needs to step up its efforts to fight fake news content — Mark Zuckerberg himself said as much this week. However, according to a bombshell report in Gizmodo this week, the site may have intentionally allowed hoax stories to…

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Facebook Admits “There’s So Much More We Need To Do” To Fight Fake News In Wake Of Election

Facebook has long had a problem with fake news, hoaxes and scams spreading quickly on its pages. However, it has been an issue that has largely been discussed outside of the public spotlight — until this week, when many critics accused Facebook’s news algorithm of allowing the spread of fake news that influenced the U.S.…

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President Blasts Facebook For Fake Election News

If you pay any attention to Facebook’s trending news content, you’ve probably seen more than a few phony stories pop up in your feed. That has been especially true this election season, with both right-wing and left-wing blogs circulating false articles and attacks on their political opponents — and with Facebook’s recent lack of human…

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Facebook’s Quarterly Earnings Report Puts A Price On Every Facebook User

Facebook released its quarterly earnings report this week, and as usual, it was full of interesting (and often scary) nuggets. For instance, the social media giant breaks out its annual revenue per user worldwide, dividing that information by region and country. So we know that Facebook values each user in the United States and Canada…

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Facebook Blocks Car Insurance App From Profiling Users

Facebook prevented UK-based Admiral Insurance from using data to profile its users this week in a decision that could have widespread ramifications for how companies collect info on the site. Admiral planned to launch an app targeted at first-time drivers that would analyze their Facebook profiles to determine what kind of driver they are. Some…

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Study Encourages Facebook To Gather, Analyze Our Mental Health Data

Most savvy Facebook users already understand that the social media site knows everything about us. However, a group of academics who published a recent study in Lancet Psychiatry Journal actually want Facebook to gather more information about us, and regarding a sensitive subject to boot: mental health. These experts argue that the bits and pieces…

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More Than 70 Rights Groups Ask Facebook To Clarify Censorship Policies

More than 70 rights groups sent a letter to Facebook this week asking the site to clarify its content removal policies, especially regarding the social media giant’s compliance with government requests. “News is not just getting shared on Facebook: it’s getting broken there,” the letter reads. “When the most vulnerable members of society turn to…

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Report: Facebook Lets Advertisers Exclude Users By Race

Facebook allows advertisers to exclude ethnic groups from seeing ads, according to a new bombshell report from non-profit news organization ProPublica. The social media giant gives marketers many options for targeting their ads, including locations, preferences and interests. However, one of these categories is called “Ethnic Affinities” — and ads that exclude people based on…

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Facebook “Facial Recognition” Privacy Lawsuit Enters Phase Two This Week

Whenever you tag a friend in a Facebook photo, the social media giant stores their facial biometric information in a database. This (kind of creepy) data collecting practice will meet its first major test in the U.S. this week as a class action lawsuit filed against Facebook will proceed in court. This lawsuit was first…

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Study: Most Americans Distrust Facebook But Use It Anyway

A recent nationwide poll determined that 96 percent of social media users fear that social networks don’t protect their personal information. The study was a joint effort between the Red Campaign, Lincoln Park Strategies and the Craig Newmark Foundation, and served as a follow-up to a similar survey in 2014. According to this most recent…

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