Latest entries

Facebook Still Wants Your Personal Health Data

Earlier this year, Facebook backed off a plan to share user health data with doctors and hospitals after it was already embroiled in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. But, according to reports this week, the idea hasn’t gone away within Facebook. Facebook’s head of health research, Dr. Freddy Abnousi, called for researchers to have…

read more →

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Suffers Serious Security Bug

Facebook has had a bad week when it comes to privacy news. First, the company was widely panned for launching its Portal home video device shortly after a data breach that affected 50 million users. Now, a new report details a security bug discovered in the Facebook-owned WhatsApp chat tool that allowed hackers to take…

read more →

Facebook Hoax Claims Your Account Has Been Cloned

Watch out: There’s a new hoax making the rounds on Facebook that claims your account has been “cloned.” This scam arrives in the form of a post or message from one of your existing Facebook friends saying that they’ve received a duplicate friend request from you — or someone claiming to be you. Of course,…

read more →

Facebook Draws Harsh Criticism For Home Video Camera

After months of rumors, Facebook finally released its answer to the Amazon Echo this week — the Portal home device. And, predictably, the company’s announcement was met with almost universal outrage. Running through most of the responses was a common thread: why would anyone want to give Facebook access to their home when the platform…

read more →

Facebook Wants To Take Your Location History From Instagram

On its never-ending quest to gather as much information about you as possible, Facebook reportedly wants to gather location data from Instagram. Several top executives recently resigned from the popular photo-sharing app, which is owned by Facebook, because they reportedly felt a lack of independence working for the social media giant. This recent report does…

read more →

Facebook Will Now Make Users Wait A Full Month To Delete Their Accounts

It’s not uncommon for companies to use stall tactics when you try to stop using their services. It makes sense; they want to keep your business, after all. And Facebook is no different. That’s why the social media platform quietly took a step this week to make it harder for users to permanently get rid…

read more →

Woman Sues Facebook For Allegedly Enabling Sex Trafficking

Facebook has an unprecedented amount of power to bring people together from all around the world. But that also means the platform can be easily abused by bad guys. That’s why a human trafficking survivor from Texas is suing Facebook and claiming the company enables trafficking. According to the woman’s lawsuit, she was friended on…

read more →

Outrage Continues Over Facebook Data Breach Affecting 50 Million Users

Late last week, Facebook quietly revealed that hackers had obtained access tokens for over 50 million user accounts — one of the biggest data breaches in the platform’s history. What’s worse, Facebook also revealed on a conference call this week that the hack was bigger than previously thought, affecting third-party apps like Spotify, Tinder and…

read more →

Report: Facebook Is Using Your Phone Number To Target Ads

One of the easiest and most effective ways to protect your online accounts is to sign up for two-factor authentication. This simple security measure requires a site knowing your contact information so it can inform you if a hacker attempts to access your account. To its credit, Facebook encourages its users to sign up for…

read more →

Facebook Admits Hackers Stole Information From 50 Million Users

Facebook dropped a bombshell piece of news late this week revealing that its engineering team discovered a massive security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. The flaw could have allowed hackers to access a user’s account by obtaining their unique security token. According to the company, it has fixed the problem and alerted law enforcement.…

read more →

Report: Facebook And Instagram Have A Problem With Drug Trafficking

According to a report in The Washington Post this week, Facebook and the Facebook-owned photo platform Instagram are frequently abused by criminals as an “open marketplace” to sell drugs. The paper’s investigation allegedly discovered thousands of posts advertising hard drugs on these platforms. And while it’s not surprising that drug dealers would try to sell…

read more →

Ex-Facebook Content Moderator Says She Got PTSD From Exposure To Graphic Content

Even though Facebook is heavily reliant on artificial intelligence to detect graphic or disturbing content, the company still employees a large team of human content moderators to review and flag these posts, too. Of course, these content moderators see a ton of disturbing content during the course of their everyday work, and now one former…

read more →