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“Jayden K. Smith” Hacking Hoax Spreads On Facebook

With a platform as large and diverse as Facebook, it’s easy to understand how users often confuse real security threats with fake ones. One such hoax is spreading like wildfire across the site this week, with a message warning users not to accept a friend request from an alleged hacker named Jayden K. Smith. “Please…

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Facebook Wins Legal Battle Over User Tracking

The business model for Facebook is simple: gather as much user data as possible. That’s why it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn the social media giant tracks what we do on the web even when we’re logged out. That was the grounds for a major privacy lawsuit against the company – and it…

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Facebook Challenges U.S. Government Over Data Searches

There’s no doubt that Facebook loves to hoard user data – but the social media giant just stepped up to protect our information in a big way. According to court documents, the site recently challenged a court order that would prevent it from notifying users if the U.S. government requested their private account information. The…

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Facebook Unveils Another News Feed Change To Fight Spam

Facebook’s News Feed feature is a great way to stay connected and engage with your friends. However, the more spam content that floods your feed, the less likely you’ll be to keep coming back. That’s why Facebook unveiled another change to its algorithm this week that will shove content from spammy users so far down…

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Report: Facebook Hate Speech Rules Protect White Men

In recent months, Facebook has found itself in near-constant trouble over its rules on privacy and speech. The furor only grew when, last month, The Guardian published the site’s guidelines for removing content. Some of the rules were both confusing and controversial, like one that allows videos of self-harm to be livestreamed. Well, Facebook can…

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Facebook Talks About How Hard It Is To Find, Remove Hate Speech

Facebook knows it needs to be more transparent with users about how it tackles controversial issues. That’s why the site introduced its “Hard Questions” blog series, addressing everything from terrorism and censorship to the site’s influence on democracy itself. The second installment of the series was published this week, and it dealt with how the…

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Facebook Gets Hit With Big Canadian Privacy Lawsuit

Facebook is no stranger to legal challenges over its privacy practices. However, these court battles usually take place in European countries with stricter privacy regulations than the U.S. But the fight came closer to home last week when the Canadian Supreme Court gave the go-ahead to a class-action suit against the site. The suit was…

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Facebook Has Started Notifying Other Users About Your Behavior

At this point, it’s well understood that Facebook knows virtually everything about how you behave online. However, the social media giant recently took it to the next level when it began to notify other users about what you’re doing. You’ve probably gotten these annoying and creepy notifications yourself: they tell you how many days in…

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Facebook Introduces Tool To Prevent Profile Pictures From Being Stolen

There are many creepy scams on Facebook, but one of the most unsettling is the phenomenon of imposter profiles. This happens when a con artist or cybercriminal steals an innocent user’s profile picture and uses it either to impersonate them or create an entirely fictional profile to scam other users. However, Facebook announced a new…

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Supreme Court Protects Sex Offenders’ Right To Use Facebook

In the digital age, social media is a crucial method to stay connected with the world. It’s so important, in fact, that the U.S. Supreme Court recently struck down a law that would altogether ban sex offenders from using Facebook. While the North Carolina law only applied to registered sex offenders, the Supreme Court’s ruling…

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Facebook Exec: It’s Impossible To Completely Block Offensive Content

Facebook knows it faces an uphill battle when it comes to policing itself. After all, the social media giant has nearly 2 billion active users located in countries all around the world. With a platform that large, it’s enormously challenging to find and delete every piece of offensive content. However, one Facebook executive argued publicly…

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Facebook Is Sharing WhatsApp And Instagram Data To Find Terrorists

You’d be hard-pressed to find a Facebook user who thinks the site should do less to find and remove terrorists. However, a recent blog post from the social media giant detailed how it’s accomplishing the task, and one of its methods could prove controversial. Facebook laid out its counter-terrorism strategy in the first part of…

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