Latest entries

Facebook Upgrades, Simplifies Privacy Guide

Facebook introduced a redesigned Privacy Basics page last  week on Data Privacy Day, saying that it’s “working to raise awareness of how to take charge of your information online.” The site’s privacy controls themselves haven’t changed, but Facebook revamped the look and functionality of the tool to make it easier to use and simpler to…

read more →

Trump’s Executive Order Causes Facebook, Social Media Checks At Border

President Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations triggered protests around the country this weekend.  However, largely lost in the chaos it caused is a part of the order that asks foreigners to hand over access to their Facebook and Twitter profiles when they come to the U.S. Though it…

read more →

Facebook Changes Trending Topics — Again — To Fight Fake News

Facebook announced a major shakeup to its controversial Trending Topics section last week, eliminating personalized stories and instituting a uniform rundown that everyone in the same geographic area will see. “This should surface trending topics quicker, be more effective at capturing a broader range of news and events from around the world and also help…

read more →

Your Friends Could be Spying on Your Facebook Profile Without Permission – And How to Stop It

Have you ever left your Facebook page open on your browser and someone else looked at it, or even posted? If you haven’t, you most likely know someone who has —according to a new study from the University of British Columbia, 24 percent of users have accessed someone else’s profile, and 21 percent said they…

read more →

Israeli Soldiers Fooled Into Downloading Malware From Fake Facebook Profiles

It’s one of the oldest Facebook scams in the book: an “attractive woman” flirts with lonely men via friend request, sends them pictures, engages in conversation, and then pulls a con. These kind of tricks seem easy to detect, but they can be surprisingly effective — just ask a bunch of Israeli soldiers who recently…

read more →

Facebook Blocks, Then Unblocks, Russian News Organization

Russian news organization RT was temporarily blocked from sharing links on Facebook this week, and as RT itself pointed out, the ban would have coincided with President-elect Donald Trump’s inauguration on Friday. Of course, this news follows the months-long uproar over the role of Russian hackers in the presidential election. Though Facebook did restore RT’s…

read more →

Rights Groups Accuse Facebook Of “Racially Biased Censorship”

About 80 rights groups sent a letter to Facebook this week blasting the social media giant for a lack of transparency with how it handles removing content and working with law enforcement. The groups also accused Facebook of “racially biased censorship.” The letter was a response to one written by Facebook senior VP and director…

read more →

Couple Wins Defamation Case Against Neighbor Over Facebook Posts

A couple in Ireland was awarded more than  30,000 in damages after the pair’s neighbor defamed them with a series of wild lies and accusations on Facebook. Patricia Barnett and Paddy Murphy were stunned when their neighbor, Anthony Downes, began posting about them on both Barnett’s private and business Facebook pages, including claims that Murphy…

read more →

One Of The Biggest Fake News Sites Is Facebook-Verified

Facebook has been vilified by experts, politicians and users around the world for its role in the spread of fake news stories. The social media giant has vowed to do more to fight the problem, but as nonprofit group Media Matters for America reported this week, one of the biggest creators of fake news on…

read more →

Facebook Waits Two Weeks To Remove Video Of 12-Year-Old Girl Committing Suicide

On December 30, a 12-year-old girl in Polk County, Georgia, tragically live-streamed her own suicide, and for nearly two weeks, the video could still be found circulating on Facebook. Police in Polk County received requests from around the world to remove the video, though when they contacted Facebook, the site only asked the cops if…

read more →

Syrian Refugee Sues Facebook Over Fake News

A Syrian refugee in Germany is suing Facebook for allowing the spread of fake news that included his picture, tying him to crimes that he did not commit. In 2015, 19-year-old Syrian man Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel that went viral. It was an innocent photo, but it went viral…

read more →

Report: You Cannot Block Mark Zuckerberg On Facebook

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is certainly an active user of his own site, but as Gizmodo pointed out this week, his posts aren’t all exactly winners. The sometimes-annoying quality of Zuckerberg’s posts is what prompted the article’s writer to block him on Facebook — or at least to try. When the writer attempted…

read more →