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Fake News Triggers Facebook Safety Check

Facebook’s ongoing fight against fake news is one of the biggest controversies the site has faced in years. Some more fuel was added to the fire this week when a fake news report of a bomb blast in Bankok, Thailand, caused the site’s Safety Check feature to trigger. The false alarm lasted for about an…

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Facebook’s Secret Censorship Policy Allegedly Leaked

A German newspaper this week obtained and published what it claims are excerpts from Facebook’s internal content moderation policy. While Facebook spells out some of the reasons it censors content in its public-facing guidelines, the rules that were allegedly leaked to the paper go into much greater detail — and they’re just as confusing as…

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Families Of Orlando Nightclub Shooting Victims Sue Facebook, Other Tech Companies

The family members of three people killed in June’s Orlando nightclub shooting are suing Facebook, Twitter and Google for not doing enough to curb terrorist content. The attorney representing the families, Keith Altman, is taking a creative approach to the case, arguing that the websites should be held liable for what users post because the…

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German Minister: Fine Facebook 500,000 Euros For Every Fake News Story

Here in the United States, Facebook’s fake news problem has taken on a life of its own — some experts even claim that hoax content on the site swung the outcome of the presidential election. However, lost in all the hubbub about the impact of the issue has been talk of what role, in any,…

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Facebook Now Allows You To Block Certain Kinds Of Ads

Facebook caused a privacy controversy this summer when it announced that it would begin blocking ad blockers. At the time, Facebook said that “part of the mission of the company is to create connections between people and businesses,” and ad blockers got in the way of that goal. Of course, what that really meant was…

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Facebook Launches “Parents Portal” To Help Adults Manage Their Childrens’ Online Lives

Facebook launched a new feature called Parents Portal this week as part of its Safety Center. The tool provides a set of safety guidelines and resources to help parents teach young Facebook users to get a grip on the social media site. The page includes information like a “Get to Know Facebook” section featuring simple…

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Juror’s Facebook Posts Could Jeopardize $2 Million Verdict

It’s always a good idea to watch what you post on Facebook — especially if you’re involved in a court proceeding. One Milwaukee juror learned that the hard way this week after he or she posted about a federal civil rights trial, inadvertently jeopardizing the plaintiff’s $2 million verdict. The trial in question involved a…

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Potential Bug Alert: Facebook Users Report Old Posts Reappearing On Their Profiles

According to a report in the Daily Mail, Facebook users in the U.S. and U.K. have reported seeing old posts mysteriously reappear on their profiles this week like the content is brand new. Some users initially blamed a hack, but the weird glitch apparently began occurring after Facebook’s latest iOS app update, leading many to…

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Facebook Teams Up With Other Major Tech Companies To Remove “Terrorist Content”

In a statement posted to Facebook this week, the social media giant announced that it has teamed up with Microsoft, Twitter and YouTube to help “curb the spread of terrorist content” across their platforms. The group plans to create a shared database of terrorist content flagged with so-called “hashes,” or “unique digital footprints.” That way…

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Facebook Blocks, Then Unblocks, Fake News Detector

The spread of fake news stories is one of the greatest controversies Facebook has faced in recent years, with some vocal critics even claiming the social media giant helped swing the presidential election by allowing this phony content to proliferate. One third-party plugin tried to help solve the problem by creating pop-up warning flags for…

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Woman Gets Year In Jail For Creating Fake Facebook Profile To Frame Ex-Boyfriend

A 25-year-old Las Vegas woman had her ex-boyfriend arrested four times by creating a fake Facebook profile in his name and threatening herself with it, according to prosecutors. However, when authorities investigated the “threats” further they found that they were coming from the woman’s own IP address. She pleaded guilty to two felonies and was…

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Facebook Could Use Artificial Intelligence To Filter Out Fake News

Facebook launched an initiative this week to educate users about artificial intelligence and dispel some common fears about the technology. This public relations push will consist of a series of short videos and literature detailing some of the ways AI is shaping the future of technology, including through so-called “deep learning,” language translation and Facebook’s…

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