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Facebook Accused In Court Of Fueling Terrorism, Violence

In the 21st century, terrorists increasingly use social media to spread propaganda, search for new converts and communicate with each other. That’s why Facebook is facing a case in an Eastern District New York court this week that accuses the site and its services of enabling violence against Israelis. If successful, the suit would force…

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Facebook Updates Suicide Prevention Tools – Plans to Use AI to Detect Risks

Facebook introduced new suicide prevention tools this week for users who may be considering suicide, along with concerned friends and family. The site also said it wants to use artificial intelligence (AI) to help detect potential suicide risks. With the new tools, users who are watching a concerning video stream on Facebook Live will be…

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Popular Political Site Loses Facebook Page, Cautions Against Overdependence

The popular liberal site U.S. Uncut had to surrender its name this week due to a court settlement with a former employee, but according to the site’s creators, the downfall of U.S. Uncut contains a scary lesson for anyone who relies on Facebook. The problem began in August when Mark Provost, one of the site’s…

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Supreme Court Case Could Ban Sex Offenders From Facebook

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear a case this week that could lead to the court upholding a North Carolina law that keeps sex offenders off Facebook for 30 years. The case began when 36-year-old Lance Packingham was convicted of a felony in 2010 for having a Facebook account. Packingham had pled guilty to taking…

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Facebook Wants To Know Your “Line” On Controversial Content

Facebook CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg published a 6,000-word essay last week detailing what he sees as the future of Facebook. Zuck’s screed touched on many topics, including how he thinks Facebook can help alleviate poverty, promote peace and understanding, and even spread freedom. However, lost in all the lofty ideas was a pretty radical…

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Facebook Deletes Accounts That Stole Image Of 3-Year-Old, Promoted Cancer Scam

Facebook deleted two accounts this week that stole photos of a 3-year-old boy affected by chickenpox and used them to scam users. The cybercrooks falsely claimed the boy in the photos had cancer, and said Facebook would donate money for the boy’s surgery if people liked and shared the posts. According to The Daily Dot,…

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New Tool Creates Creepy Personality Profile From Your Facebook Data

A new browser plug-in called Data Selfie lets curious Facebook users “hack” their own data to see what personal information they leave behind when they use the site. The answer, as you might expect, is a lot. The free tool, which will also be available as an iPhone app when both tools launch in three…

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Why You Should Hide Your Date Of Birth On Facebook

Many users who are fed up with Facebook and want to delete their profiles end up not following through for one simple reason: birthdays. Indeed, among all of the site’s many features, Facebook’s birthday notifications might be the most invaluable for people who no longer keep tabs on friends’ occasions the old-fashioned way. However, even…

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New Tool Calls Attention To Facebook’s Creepy Graph Search Feature

Facebook launched a feature called Graph Search in 2013 that allowed users to search through pretty much every piece of public content on the site while using just about any criteria you could think of, including photos a particular friend has liked, places they’ve been and events they’ve attended. While this creepy tool is still…

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Facebook Says Users, Not The Site, Are Responsible For Spread Of Fake News

Facebook has faced an incredible amount of pressure to take accountability for the spread of fake news on the site, and while the social media giant has introduced tools that allow third-party apps to detect hoax content, Facebook said this week that users must take responsibility for the stories they share. “At the end of…

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Facebook Scam Asks Detroiters To Pay Court Fines On Social Media

Scams can take many forms on Facebook, from con artists impersonating military personnel to acting like a potential romantic partner to solicit money. However, a new scam in Detroit seeks to take advantage of people down on their luck by impersonating a district court clerk’s office. The con involves fake Facebook pages offering a discount…

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Court: Facebook Does Not Have A First Amendment Right To Text You

Facebook recently lost a First Amendment challenge that claimed the site could send users unsolicited birthday texts under its free speech rights. However, the court disagreed, and now the social media giant is left to find another defense strategy. The case began in 2015 when Facebook user Colin Brickman received a text from Facebook notifying…

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