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Facebook Bans Women For Calling Men “Scum”

Following the recent avalanche of sexual harassment and assault allegations against powerful men, many women have taken to Facebook to share stories and frustrations. However, some were shocked to discover that Facebook suspended their accounts for writing things like “men are scum” and “men continue to be the worst.” Several women shared their Facebook banning…

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Actor Chris Pratt Discovers Fake Facebook Profile Being Used To Lure Female Fans

It’s not uncommon for cybercriminals to set up imposter accounts using the photos and identity of everyday people. However, celebrities are particularly vulnerable to this kind of scam, as actor Chris Pratt learned this week. The Guardians of the Galaxy actor discovered a fake Facebook profile set up in his name that was being used…

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Update: Facebook Finally Stops Racially Discriminatory Advertising

The saga of Facebook allowing racially discriminatory ads took another twist this week when the company abruptly announced it would put the feature on hold until a technical solution can be found. ProPublica first uncovered the feature last year, which gave housing advertisers the ability to target Facebook ads based on race, religion and more.…

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Facebook Is Asking Users To Upload A Selfie To Verify Identity

Facebook may soon take its security efforts a step further, and in a big way. According to a report this week, since confirmed by WIRED, Facebook will begin asking users to upload a selfie if their profile is flagged for suspicious activity. A Twitter user shared a screenshot of the identity test that asked to…

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Report: U.S. Government Wants To Track Facebook Profiles Of Foreign Visitors

According to a bombshell report from ProPublica, the Department of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) has inquired if tech companies could use algorithms to track the Facebook activity of visa holders in the United States. The government posed this question to a room full of technology contractors brought together by the Government Technology & Services…

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Facebook Rolls Out Tool To Detect Suicidal Posts Before They’re Even Reported

Facebook is often accused of behaving like Big Brother, closely monitoring and tracking user behavior across the web. However, that creepy watchfulness can have positive ramifications too. For instance, the company announced this week that its suicide prevention AI technology has advanced to the point where it can detect suicidal posts from users even before…

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Report: Facebook Still Allows Racially Discriminatory Housing Ads

It didn’t receive the same attention as some of Facebook’s other recent controversies, but the company was rocked last year by a bombshell report from ProPublica that discovered advertisers could request racially discriminatory ads. Now, a follow-up report from the publication found that the practice is still going on. Facebook promised in February that it…

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Facebook Wins Key Privacy Suit Over Tracking Users

Facebook prevailed in a key legal battle late last week that saw a group of users allege that the site violated their privacy by tracking them across the web. A California judge ruled that the users who filed the suit cannot proceed with the allegations, and can’t even revise their case to try again. The…

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Former Facebook Privacy Manager Slams Company For Not Protecting Users

Facebook is no stranger to criticism regarding its privacy practices. However, the harshest critiques usually come from outside advocates — not the company’s former privacy manager. Yet that’s exactly what happened this week when Sandy Parakilas wrote a harsh takedown of his former employer in The New York Times opinion section. Parakilas advocated for government…

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Facebook Removes “Delete Post” Option From Desktop Version

Facebook loves to talk about all the privacy control it gives us. However, some eagle-eyed users noticed the site quietly ditched an important feature in its desktop version this week — the ability to delete posts. It’s unclear if the change is a mistake, but the “Delete” option is missing from Facebook for Desktop. Fortunately,…

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Facebook Launches “Trust Indicator” Feature To Fight Fake News

Facebook took another small step this week to fight the spread of fake news, though some experts involved with the creation of the company’s fact-checking tools expressed concern that all of its new features are already failing. The latest effort from Facebook to combat fake news is the addition of so-called “Trust Indicators” to articles…

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Couple’s Wedding Photos Stolen, Used On Fake Facebook Profiles

There are a lot of scams on Facebook, but one of the creepiest involves cybercriminals stealing photos from innocent people and using them to set up imposter profiles. That’s exactly what happened to a married couple in Kirkland, Washington, who discovered their wedding photos had been used to set up hoax accounts. Cheyenne Gillooly discovered…

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