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Police Ask Facebook To Deactivate Woman’s Account During Standoff, Facebook Complies

Facebook found itself at the center of yet another controversy involving race, police shootings and live video this week when 23-year-old black woman Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County police. During the standoff preceding the woman’s death, police asked Facebook to deactivate the woman’s profile and the social media giant complied. The…

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Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Clickbait

Right now, your Facebook news feed is likely full of content with misleading or downright false headlines designed to get you to click them. Often these clickbait links only lead to trashy tabloid-like stories, but they can also be used to drive traffic to malicious, malware-spreading sites. Thankfully, Facebook is altering its news feed formula…

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Facebook Sends “Violent Crime” Notification To People In Chicago

Facebook launched its “Safety Check” feature in fall 2014 that allowed users to check in with friends and family in the wake of natural disasters, shootings or other dangerous incidents that occur in the same geographic area as them. The tool has come under some scrutiny for the kinds of calamities it does and does…

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Facebook Chief Privacy Officer: Site Is A “Privacy-Enhancing” Platform

Perhaps no website in the history of the Internet has faced more criticism for its privacy practices than Facebook. With well over one billion users and all of the personal data that comes with it, perhaps that’s no surprise — though as The Daily Dot pointed out in an interview with Facebook’s chief privacy officer…

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Facebook Will Refund App Purchases Made By Minors Without Parents’ Knowledge

If you’re a parent with a tech-savvy kid, you know the costs that children can rack up in online games without your knowledge. Thankfully, a California court ruled this week that Facebook must refund parents for app and game purchases made by minors with the now-defunct Facebook Credits currency. The ruling, which was the result…

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Motorcyclist Outruns Police, Gets Arrested For Bragging About It On Facebook

You’d think that crooks would know to keep quiet after getting away with a crime. However, as one dumb criminal after another proves, the appeal of bragging on Facebook can be too much to resist. That was the case this week when a 33-year-old Michigan man was arrested for reckless driving and fleeing a police…

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Mom Streams Beating Of Her Daughter In Latest Facebook Live Controversy

It seems like every day brings another story about controversial content broadcast live on Facebook. From the fatal shooting of Philandro Castile by a police officer in Minnesota to the attack in Dallas that killed five police officers, Facebook is unwittingly broadcasting tons of graphic content across the web in real time. Another sad incident…

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Wikileaks Claims Facebook Censored Democratic National Committee Leaks

The Wikileaks hacking group claimed this weekend that Facebook censored information it released last Friday from the Democratic National Committee. The leaked documents caused a stir when some seemed to indicate that the DNC actively sought to undermine presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders. Wikileaks, which is known for stealing and releasing government and corporate information, claimed…

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Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down On “Weird Facebook” Memes

According to a report this week in The Daily Dot, Facebook is cracking down on the loose network of artists, writers and social media influencers informally known as “Weird Facebook.” These slightly kooky sites, which produce popular memes and boast tens of thousands of followers, form a strange alternative social network within Facebook — and…

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Security Researcher Discovers Facebook Click Fraud In Browser Extensions

A 19-year-old Danish computer science student announced his discovery this week of a series of malicious Google Chrome browser extensions that hijacked users’ Facebook accounts to engage in click fraud. According to the student, Maxime Kjaer, he discovered the scam after he noticed one of his Facebook friends who consistently posted suspicious-seeming clickbait stories. Curious,…

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Activists Band Together To Flag Facebook Gun Sales

Even though Facebook banned private gun sales in January, firearm ads still crop up on the site faster than Facebook’s censors can catch them. That’s where a dedicated group of activists comes in. According to a report in Mashable, a group of online activists has taken it upon themselves to find and report private gun…

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Feds Monitoring Activists On Facebook Ahead Of Cleveland GOP Convention

If you’re prone to angry political opinions, you might want to be careful what you post about the Republican Convention in Cleveland this week — according to The Intercept, federal authorities are monitoring activists on Facebook and looking for signs of “violent anarchist extremist activity.” The Intercept obtained a document earlier this month that purports…

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