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Court: Facebook Users Can’t Sue As A Group In Privacy Case

In a setback for Facebook users trying to band together in legal action against the site, a federal judge ruled late last week that a group seeking to file a class action lawsuit against the social media giant for alleged privacy violations cannot move forward because the plaintiffs don’t have enough in common. “Because the…

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Scam Facebook Profile Pretends To Be Missouri Senator, Solicits Money From Users

Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill is a noted advocate for consumers, taking a strong stand against scams and falsely-advertised products. It was unfortunately ironic, then, when she recently became the subject of a phony Facebook profile scam. The fake Sen. McCaskill Facebook page looked close to the real thing, featuring an official picture of her and…

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Report: Facebook Friend Suggestion Violates Privacy Of Psychiatrist’s Patients

According to a report this week from Fusion.net, the patients of a psychiatrist had their privacy compromised when Facebook’s “People You May Know” tool began recommending they add each other as friends. At first, according to the therapist, she began noticing her patients being recommended to her as friends. Most of her patients are senior…

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Facebook Automates Trending Topics, Fake Story Begins Trending Soon After

Last Friday, Facebook announced in a blog post that it would change the way its Trending Topics news feed works. Now, instead of humans writing the descriptions for news stories, the copy will be automatically generated. “Making these changes to the product allows our team to make fewer individual decisions about topics,” the company said.…

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New Facebook App For Teens Has Massive Privacy Holes

Facebook recently launched an app designed for users under the age of 21 to share videos and connect with each other locally. It’s an innovative idea, and one designed to challenge Snapchat’s supremacy in the market, but there’s one major problem: the app has virtually no privacy settings. The app, called Lifestage, launched last week,…

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Facebook Has Labeled You – Thinks It Knows Your Political Views

With the introduction of its ad preferences tool earlier this month, Facebook has made it easier than ever for users to control the advertisements they see in their Newsfeeds. However, this newfound transparency also means that you can now see all of your private information that Facebook has gathered for advertisers, including data about your…

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WhatsApp Reverses Stance On User Privacy, Begins Sharing Data With Facebook

When Facebook acquired the hugely popular messaging app WhatsApp in 2014, many users were concerned what the merger could mean for the privacy of their data. WhatsApp declared strongly at the time that it would not collect or store user information, but that changed this week when the company announced that it will begin sharing…

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Facebook Knows Much, Much More About You Than You Probably Realize

Facebook recently introduced ad education portal to help users understand how the site targets its ads. However, the site’s new transparency also revealed the amount of your information that Facebook provides to advertisers — 98 personal data points in all. As most savvy users already know, Facebook tracks your on-site activity, your device and location…

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Hackers Can Use Your Facebook Photos To Trick Facial Recognition Technology

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a way that hackers could use photos from your Facebook account to bypass facial recognition technology. The team of researchers collected photos online from 20 volunteer subjects, then created 3D models of the volunteers’ faces based off the photos. They then added facial animations and manipulated…

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Facebook Messenger Bots Can Now Send You Limited Promotions And Ads

Facebook announced a policy change this week that will allow Messenger chat bots to send promotional and subscription-based messages to users. However, the new policy also places limits on how and when businesses may contact you. In an example illustrated by VentureBeat, a travel bot on Facebook Messenger could not previously upsell users on hotels…

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Man Arrested For Creating Fake Police Department Facebook Page Acquitted, Plans To Sue Police

27-year-old Anthony Novak was arrested in March after he created a fake Facebook page spoofing the local police department in Parma, Ohio. According to Novak, the police raided his apartment while his roommate was home and took all of his electronics, and Novak himself spent three days in jail. However, late last week, Novak was…

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Facebook Will Block Your Ad Blocker, Show You Ads Anyway

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it will prevent ad blockers from working on the site’s desktop version, and it will show ads to users who are running ad blocker software anyway. In return, the company is giving users more control over what kinds of ads they see, including the choice to…

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