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Facebook Accidentally Sends Westworld Fans To Random Woman’s DMs

Facebook takes a lot of heat, deservedly, for not doing enough to protect user privacy. However, sometimes these serious issues can result in funny situations, like when the site screwed up this week by accidentally directing users to the Messenger account of a random user instead of the account for the HBO show Westworld.  …

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Facebook Is About To Ask Users A Lot Of Privacy Questions

After getting rocked by several major privacy scandals, Facebook has begun taking steps to educate users about what they can do to protect themselves better. And in the coming weeks, the company will introduce one of its biggest steps yet to achieve that goal: by sending a pop-up notice to every user around the world…

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Facebook Expands Its Controversial Approach To Fighting Revenge Porn

Facebook raised a lot of eyebrows late last year when it announced that it would introduce a new way to combat so-called “revenge porn” that asked people to upload nude photos of themselves to the company’s servers. At first, Facebook was only testing the tool in Australia, but it announced this week that it will…

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Facebook Strengthens Its Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook has tried just about everything to win back public trust in the midst of its many ongoing privacy and data scandals. And if there’s a silver lining to these controversies, it’s that Facebook has stepped up its game when it comes to protecting its users. The company instituted another major change to its settings…

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Facebook Wants To Make It Easier To Change Your Privacy Settings

Facebook users have expressed more interest than ever in learning how to protect their own privacy on the platform. That’s not surprising, given the sheer amount of scandals the company has faced recently. Now, Facebook has admitted that it’s heard these complaints, and will fix its controls with design changes and a staff re-organization. The…

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Facebook Tracks You On Over 8.4 Million Websites

The recent slew of data and privacy controversies plaguing Facebook have resulted in a positive, unintended effect for users: we know far more about how Facebook operates than we ever have before. One of those eye-opening disclosures came again this week, when Facebook Head of Public Policy Rebecca Stimson told the U.K. Parliament that Facebook…

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Facebook Releases First-Ever Content Moderation Report

As part of its pledge to be more transparent with users, Facebook released its first-ever content moderation report this week. In it, the company shared how many incidents of spam, hate speech, violence, and nudity it has removed over the past two business quarters. There are many interesting tidbits in the report, including the fact…

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Facebook Gets Smacked By Yet Another Data Privacy Scandal

Facebook has had its hands full dealing with privacy scandals over the past several months, but you can add yet another problem to the list this week. In a recent report from New Scientist, it was revealed that more than 3 million Facebook users had their personal data collected and stored on an easily-accessible site…

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Facebook Sued For Collecting Call, Text Information

Earlier this year, it was revealed that Facebook scraped Android users’ call and text logs without notifying them. Now, the social media giant is facing a class action lawsuit for this practice, which the plaintiff says “presents several wrongs, including a consumer bait-and-switch, an invasion of privacy, wrongful monitoring of minors, and potential attacks on…

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Facebook Suspends 200 Apps Over Data Privacy Problems

Following the recent Cambridge Analytica data scandal that revealed tens of millions of Facebook users had their info improperly obtained, the social media giant promised a comprehensive investigation into thousands of apps on its platform. Now the company has released its first verdict, suspending 200 apps for potential data misuse. It’s important to note that…

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Study: People Really Don’t Like It When Facebook Tracks Them

It’s pretty much common sense that no one likes having their privacy violated. However, the world of social media is a little murkier; after all, most of us continue using Facebook even though we know we give up our data to do so. But a new study out this week revealed that many users really…

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New Tool Lets Facebook Users Reclaim Privacy, Limit Data Collection

Following a string of recent data and privacy scandals, Facebook has tried to educate users about how they can control their own information. However, the activist group Citizens Against Monopoly wanted to take this idea several steps further. That’s why it introduced a new step-by-step guide this week called “I’m Not Your Product,” which walks…

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