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Facebook-Owned Instagram Launches Battle Against Spam

Facebook is dealing with a major fake content problem — the company revealed last month that it removed 1.5 billion phony accounts between April and September this year alone. And while it’s encouraging that Facebook is detecting these fakes, there’s also a greater overall number of spam profiles hitting the platform, which means Facebook is…

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Internal Documents Reveal Facebook Thought About Selling User Data  

The first of the internal Facebook documents recently seized by UK lawmakers has been released, and as expected, they contain damaging information for the social media giant. According to extracts obtained by The Wall Street Journal, Facebook at one time considered selling access to user data. This revelation is the last thing Facebook needs after…

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Facebook Bug Resurfaces Years-Old Messages

There was a strange problem with Facebook this week that caused the platform to automatically resurface users’ old chats, forcing some to confront moments from their past they wished to forget. At first, the issue triggered fears of a security breach, but Facebook was quick to announce that the bug only stemmed from software updates.…

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UK Politicians Seize Documents From Facebook Over Data Scandal

Facebook has had a rough year in the public eye, coming in for criticism from lawmakers and the public alike for its handling of user privacy and data. Now the company may see even more of its dirty laundry aired, as UK politicians have obtained internal company documents—which could include correspondence between Facebook executives—in order…

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Child Bride Auctioned On Facebook

Just days after Facebook announced it wanted to create an independent panel to deal with content removal, another terrible example of the site’s shortcomings occurred this week. According to children’s rights organization Plan International, an auction was held on Facebook for the rights to marry a 16-year-old girl in South Sudan. The auction, which reportedly…

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Facebook Wants An Independent Organization To Oversee Content Appeals

Facebook has received tons of criticism for its content moderation decisions, and its perceived lack of responsiveness to users who want to figure out why their posts have been removed. That’s why the social media giant announced last week that it’s making a major move to clean its hands of the issue. According to Facebook…

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Facebook Critics File Complaint Calling The Company A “Serial Privacy Violator”

With all of the scandals piling up for Facebook, it’s easy to forget the revelation just last month that over 30 million users had their accounts breached in the largest attack in the platform’s history. However, a coalition of Facebook’s critics has not forgotten, and that group has now filed a complaint against the company…

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Facebook Wants To Use Your Family Photos To Target Ads

Facebook is under fire for a whole host of privacy and security issues this week, including the revelation that it hired PR firms and lobbyists to smear its critics following the Cambridge Analytica data privacy scandal, Russian meddling and more. So it was probably not a good time for news to come out that Facebook…

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Facebook Bug Exposed Users’ Likes And Interests, And Their Friends Data Too

The existence of yet another Facebook vulnerability that affected user data was revealed this week by security company Imperva. This latest bug, which was resolved in May, allowed websites to gather private information from Facebook users—and their friends, too. Some of the information this bug exposed included likes, interests, demographics and more. According to security…

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Digital Rights Groups Want You To Know Why Facebook Posts Are Removed

Facebook often receives criticism for the hate speech, terrorist content and more that exists on its platform. And, on the flip side, the company has faced scrutiny for removing posts that it shouldn’t. But no matter the outcome, the company’s rules can cause confusion. It’s rarely clear why Facebook makes a decision one way or…

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Report: Facebook Is Encouraging Teen Girls To Befriend Middle-Aged Men

Facebook has made it its mission to connect as many users as possible around the world. One of the ways it accomplishes this is through its “Suggested Friends” feature, which offers up an array of people you may (or may not) know in order for you to send them a friend request. This has proven…

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Facebook Wants To Know When You’re Around Other Users — Even If They’re Strangers

Facebook already knows a lot about you, but now it wants to know about the people you meet in real life, too. The social media giant was granted a patent last month for technology that would allow it to discover when you’ve shared a physical space with another Facebook user — even if you have…

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