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Woman Ordered To Pay $500,000 For Defamatory Facebook Post

A judge in North Carolina ordered a woman to pay $500,000 in damages after she accused an acquaintance on Facebook of killing her own son. The target of the post, Davayne Dial, lost her child years ago in a gun accident involving another boy. However, the malicious poster, Jacquelyn Hammond, accused Dial of shooting her…

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New App Shows Who Unfriended You On Facebook

Thankfully, Facebook never included the function for users to see who has unfriended them — after all, who wants that kind of insulting info shoved in their face? However, that hasn’t stopped developers. One new app seeks to give curious users the answer, even if it’s one they may not like. The app, called Who…

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Court: Man Defamed By Ex-Girlfriend On Facebook Is Owed Even More

When an Ohio woman wrote terrible things about her ex-boyfriend on Facebook, he took her to court and won. However, another court recently ruled that the slandered ex deserves even more money in damages than he originally received. In 2012, the angry woman posted that her ex-boyfriend was “hooked on porn [and] watches dirty movies…

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‘Fake News’ Stories May be Used to Spread Viruses

Facebook introduced a new tool this week to help curb the spread of fake news. The feature will flag false stories and discourage users from sharing them. While the subject of fake news has become a political flashpoint, there is also a practical reason Facebook wants to fight back against it: these links often contain…

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Facebook Wants To Know Even More About Your Private Messages

When Facebook launched its “Reactions” emoji buttons last February, many experts warned that it was just another way for Facebook to harvest user data — in this case, information about our emotions. Now, the social media giant has taken its quest for our private info to the next level by introducing Reactions in Facebook Messenger.…

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What Should You Do If You See A Crime On Facebook Live?

It seems like every week a new terrible crime is streamed on Facebook Live, and this week was unfortunately no exception. This latest case involved the gang-rape of a 15-year-old girl on Facebook Live that was witnessed by dozens of people — and reported by no one. This is obviously extremely troubling, but it does…

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Photographer Banned From Facebook For Body-Positive Nude Series

Photographer Julia Busato started a project one year ago to photograph nude women posing with a mannequin. According to Busato, the series was designed to emphasize the positive message that beauty should not rely on societal standards. However, Facebook apparently saw it differently — the social media giant suspended her account after users reported it.…

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Professor: Facebook Needs To Do More To Fight “Revenge Porn”

It was recently revealed that a private Facebook group called Marines United has been sharing nude or invasive photos of women without their consent. Some of the victims include other service members, ex-girlfriends and strangers.  The original group has closed, but many others have popped up to replace it. U.S. laws haven’t exactly caught up…

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Zuckerberg Calls Reports That Facebook Profits From Fake News “Crap”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg gave a talk at North Carolina A&T State University this week on a variety of wide-ranging topics. During his address, he got a little heated and sounded off on his site’s ongoing fake news controversy. Culminating in the presidential election in November, Facebook has been under increasing fire for…

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Germany Threatens Facebook With $53 Million Fine If It Doesn’t Remove Hate Speech

Many Facebook users both in the United States and around the world have questioned the site’s content removal policy. When users flag offensive or sometimes even illegal content, Facebook often reacts slowly to take it down. But there’s a new proposed law in Germany that might serve as a template for other countries around the…

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Hoax App: Facezam Claimed Users Could Find Strangers With Only A Photo

A new app called Facezam was announced this week that promised to let users identify strangers on Facebook using only a photo. Thankfully, the app doesn’t exist and the launch has turned out to be a publicity stunt by a viral marketing agency. As part of the ruse, the app falsely claimed to scan billions…

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Facebook Data Can No Longer Be Used To Build Surveillance Tools

Facebook announced this week that it will change its developer policy to ban the use of Facebook and Instagram data for surveillance tools. The social media giant faced a ton of pressure from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Color of Change and the Center for Media Justice after reports that law enforcement agencies were…

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