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Pipeline Protesters Fight Warrant For Their Facebook Data

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a challenge this week to a warrant in Washington that sought to gather the private Facebook data of Dakota Access pipeline protesters. The warrant, which was granted by a judge, asked for the “messages, photos, videos, wall posts and location information” of the protesters, and even allowed for…

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Court Rules Against Syrian Refugee In Facebook Slander Case

A German court ruled this week to dismiss the case brought against Facebook by a Syrian refugee who wanted the social media giant to find and delete posts incorrectly labeling him a terrorist. The controversy began in in 2015 when 19-year-old Anas Modamani took a selfie with German chancellor Angela Merkel. Another photo was also…

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Police Department Posts Question About Drugs On Facebook, Gets Blocked

The police department in the city of Oneida, New York, decided to have some fun with its Facebook page and post a joking request for drugs. However, they didn’t expect their post to land in hot water with Facebook itself. The cops, borrowing the idea from a Pennsylvania police department, posted a status saying “Does…

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BBC Report: Facebook Failed To Remove Sexual Images Of Children

In a bombshell report this week, the BBC accused Facebook of failing to remove “sexualized images” of children. The case took an even stranger turn when Facebook reported BBC investigators to authorities for themselves possessing the materials. The BBC first reported last year that closed Facebook groups were being used by pedophiles to trade child…

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Facebook Rolls Out “Disputed News” Tag

After taking criticism for months for not doing enough to curb the spread of fake news, Facebook finally introduced a feature this week that will “dispute” the authenticity of hoax content. In one example noticed by Gizmodo, a fake story is spreading on Facebook from “The Seattle Tribune,” a purveyor of viral clickbait content, claiming…

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Police: Live-Streaming Shooting Death On Facebook Is Not Illegal

Police in Fayetteville, North Carolina, have decided not to charge a person who streamed a shooting victim’s dying moments on Facebook Live. According to the officials, the person responsible for the video was not involved in the shooting and didn’t actually break any laws.  The video was filmed at a motel after 27-year-old Calvin Louis…

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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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