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Facebook Vows To Become “Hostile Environment” For Terrorists After Latest Attack

Facebook pledged to become a “hostile environment” for terrorists after UK Prime Minister Theresa May criticized the site following a terrorist attack in London over the weekend. In a speech on Sunday, May called on big tech companies like Facebook to do more to fight terrorism, harshly criticizing these platforms for giving extremism a “safe…

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Facebook Could Benefit From New Anti-Tracking Feature In Web Browser

Facebook is a free service, but the price we pay is often our personal data. Of course, pretty much every site you visit tags you with cookies to track you and display personalized ads. That’s why Apple introduced a change this week to its Safari web browser, ostensibly to protect user privacy. The new version…

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Harvard Revokes Admission Offers After Discovering “Obscene” Facebook Posts

It’s a fact of modern life: many employers and schools carefully screen applicants’ personal lives on social media. That can land these prospective employees and students in hot water, as happened this week when Harvard pulled acceptance offers from at least 10 students when it was discovered they had traded “sexually explicit and offensive” messages…

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Robbery Suspect Caught After Streaming His Own Getaway On Facebook Live

A lot of disturbing things have been broadcast on Facebook Live, and many users and experts have criticized the social media giant for being too lax on the content it allows. However, live videos of criminal acts can help police catch the bad guys faster — like when an alleged bike thief recently narrated his…

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Facebook: Proposed Bill Isn’t “Suitable” To Fight Hate Speech

In recent months, Facebook has found itself under increasing pressure around the world to step up efforts to remove hate speech, violent videos, terrorist content and more. The site even went so far as to hire 3,000 new employees to moderate content. However, public relations moves like that one weren’t enough to satisfy the German…

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Facebook Refuses To Remove Fat-Shaming Revenge Porn

When it comes to content removal, Facebook’s decision-making is often confusing and just plain infuriating. The recent leak of the site’s internal rules didn’t do much to clarify the situation. Facebook added even more fuel to the fire this week when it refused to remove a post from a man depicting himself having sex with…

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Report: Facebook Content Moderators Are Underpaid, Psychologically Traumatized

Facebook has come under near-constant criticism for not doing enough to remove violent and disturbing content from its pages. The social media giant wants to eventually rely on Artificial Intelligence (AI) to handle the task, but for now it has hired 3,000 new employees to review content the old fashioned way. And, according to a…

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Facebook Lobbyists Are Trying To Stop An Online Privacy Bill

Facebook talks a lot about protecting user privacy, but when push comes to shove, the site often takes the opposite stance. That’s what happened this week when lobbyists for the site fought against a proposed bill that would require websites to obtain users’ opt-in consent before collecting web browsing and app usage history. The Internet…

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Will Facebook Use Our Brain Activity For Advertising?

Facebook is a free service to use — technically. The price we all pay is in the private information the social media giant acquires from us. That’s why so many eyebrows were raised earlier this year when Facebook announced it was trying to figure out how to interface with your brain. Many reporters expressed concern…

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Report: Facebook’s Internal Rulebook On Sex, Violence, Terrorism And More Is Revealed

Facebook has dealt with a seemingly never-ending string of controversies in recent months relating to how it decides what kind of content can and cannot remain on the site. However, Facebook’s troubles aren’t going to ease up anytime soon; more fuel was thrown on the fire this week when The Guardian published an allegedly leaked…

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Report: Facebook Fake News Filters Aren’t Helping — And Might Be Hurting

Facebook has been on an all-out offensive this year to fight fake news and prevent phony content from spreading on the site. However, according to a new report from The Guardian, the site’s efforts may be having the opposite effect. Facebook’s new fact-checking system has enlisted Snopes, PolitiFact and other trusted organizations to flag fishy…

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Facebook Strikes Back Against Clickbait Once Again

Facebook has had a busy few months fighting clickbait and spam. This week, it announced another set of sweeping changes to its News Feed policy that show the site is intent on eradicating phony content forever. The policy tweak will drill down to a post-by-post level to fight spammers and scammers by examining if a…

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