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Facebook Rolls Out Tool To Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Even Reported

Facebook is often accused of behaving like Big Brother, closely monitoring and tracking user behavior across the web. However, that creepy watchfulness can have positive ramifications too. For instance, the company announced this week that its suicide prevention AI technology has advanced to the point where it can detect suicidal posts from users even before…

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Report: Facebook Still Allows Racially Discriminatory Housing Ads

It didn’t receive the same attention as some of Facebook’s other recent controversies, but the company was rocked last year by a bombshell report from ProPublica that discovered advertisers could request racially discriminatory ads. Now, a follow-up report from the publication found that the practice is still going on. Facebook promised in February that it…

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Facebook Wins Key Privacy Suit Over Tracking Users

Facebook prevailed in a key legal battle late last week that saw a group of users allege that the site violated their privacy by tracking them across the web. A California judge ruled that the users who filed the suit cannot proceed with the allegations, and can’t even revise their case to try again. The…

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Former Facebook Privacy Manager Slams Company For Not Protecting Users

Facebook is no stranger to criticism regarding its privacy practices. However, the harshest critiques usually come from outside advocates — not the company’s former privacy manager. Yet that’s exactly what happened this week when Sandy Parakilas wrote a harsh takedown of his former employer in The New York Times opinion section. Parakilas advocated for government…

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Facebook Removes “Delete Post” Option From Desktop Version

Facebook loves to talk about all the privacy control it gives us. However, some eagle-eyed users noticed the site quietly ditched an important feature in its desktop version this week — the ability to delete posts. It’s unclear if the change is a mistake, but the “Delete” option is missing from Facebook for Desktop. Fortunately,…

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Facebook Launches “Trust Indicator” Feature To Fight Fake News

Facebook took another small step this week to fight the spread of fake news, though some experts involved with the creation of the company’s fact-checking tools expressed concern that all of its new features are already failing. The latest effort from Facebook to combat fake news is the addition of so-called “Trust Indicators” to articles…

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Couple’s Wedding Photos Stolen, Used On Fake Facebook Profiles

There are a lot of scams on Facebook, but one of the creepiest involves cybercriminals stealing photos from innocent people and using them to set up imposter profiles. That’s exactly what happened to a married couple in Kirkland, Washington, who discovered their wedding photos had been used to set up hoax accounts. Cheyenne Gillooly discovered…

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Study: Facebook Can Target You With Just One “Like”

Facebook possesses a ton of information about its users, but a recent study conducted in the U.S. and UK discovered that it hardly needs it to effectively target advertising to us. Indeed, the researchers discovered that the social media giant could successfully target ads using just one “Like.” The researchers used this single “Like” per…

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Facebook Plans To “Hash” Nude Photos To Fight Revenge Porn

Facebook has been in the news a lot lately for the many ways it has failed to keep spammy and malicious content off its pages. However, the site also quietly announced a positive step it’s taking to remove so-called “revenge porn” this week. The strategy Facebook is using is similar to one law enforcement employs…

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Senators Create Fake Facebook Page To Prove A Point

Facebook was summoned to Capitol Hill this week to spar with U.S. lawmakers over the ongoing Russian propaganda controversy. Many senators and representatives asked tough questions about the company’s actions (or lack thereof) during the 2016 presidential election, and several — including Senator Mark Warner —have grown frustrated by the site’s obfuscation. That led Warner…

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Facebook Gets Grilled By U.S. Lawmakers

After months of controversy and political outrage, Facebook has finally been called to appear in front of U.S. lawmakers to explain its role in allowing Russian propaganda to influence the 2016 Presidential election. And so far, it’s safe to say it’s not going well for the social media giant. Earlier this week, Facebook revealed to…

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Ad Blocker Is Successfully Defeating Facebook — For Now

When it comes to interacting with users, almost everything Facebook does is meant to gather our data. That information is critically important to the company’s bottom line; the more it knows about you, the more money it can make by targeting advertising at you and your specific interests. So it makes sense why Facebook is…

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