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Ohio Attorney General Issues Warning About Facebook Romance Scams Ahead Of Valentine’s Day

Facebook “romance” scams, where a con artist seduces and then tricks an unsuspecting user into handing over money, are among the most common scams on the site. They’re so common, in fact, that the Ohio Attorney General felt the need to issue a warning about them in the days leading up to Valentine’s Day. “Scam…

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Facebook Updates Ad Policies To Prevent Racial Targeting

Facebook came under intense scrutiny from civil rights advocates and law makers last fall when it was revealed that Facebook let advertisers exclude users based on race. After the controversy, Facebook announced it would change its ad policies to prevent potential discrimination, and now that update is finally rolling out. At first, Facebook defended the…

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Police Request Facebook Data On Inauguration Protesters

Over 230 protesters were arrested in Washington D.C. on January 20 as President Trump was inaugurated. Many even had their phones taken away. Now, a report claims that D.C. police have asked Facebook to hand over information on the arrestees. But here’s the interesting part: Facebook has allegedly not kept this request a secret, notifying…

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Facebook Fights For Privacy Of 9/11 First Responders In Fraud Case

Facebook will fight for the privacy rights of 9/11 first responders in New York’s high court this week as prosecutors investigate alleged Social Security fraud. The case began in 2013 when the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office sent 381 search warrants to Facebook to snoop around first responders’ profiles. The responders were suspected of defrauding the…

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Creepy New Facebook Feature Wants To Connect You With Strangers

Facebook is rolling out a new feature worldwide this week to help you connect with strangers. The tool, called Discover People, lets you see a list of people who are attending the same events as you, people who live in your town and people that work for the same company as you. “Too often, it’s…

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Report: “Facebook Customer Service” Search Leads To Scams

If you use Google’s search engine to find Facebook customer service, there’s a good chance you might end up on the phone with a scam artist, according to a new report from NPR. When the news organization searched “Facebook customer service,” the very top search result was a sketchy-seeming phone number. Google even highlighted the…

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Facebook Changes News Feed Yet Again To Promote “Authentic” Content

Facebook took another swing in its ongoing fight against fake news this week when it introduced yet another change to News Feed. This latest update tweaks the ranking algorithm of News Feed to better recognize fake or spammy content. Facebook created the change by analyzing pages that were already known to post spam and fake…

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Facebook Upgrades, Simplifies Privacy Guide

Facebook introduced a redesigned Privacy Basics page last  week on Data Privacy Day, saying that it’s “working to raise awareness of how to take charge of your information online.” The site’s privacy controls themselves haven’t changed, but Facebook revamped the look and functionality of the tool to make it easier to use and simpler to…

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Trump’s Executive Order Causes Facebook, Social Media Checks At Border

President Trump’s controversial executive order banning immigrants and refugees from seven majority-Muslim nations triggered protests around the country this weekend.  However, largely lost in the chaos it caused is a part of the order that asks foreigners to hand over access to their Facebook and Twitter profiles when they come to the U.S. Though it…

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Facebook Changes Trending Topics — Again — To Fight Fake News

Facebook announced a major shakeup to its controversial Trending Topics section last week, eliminating personalized stories and instituting a uniform rundown that everyone in the same geographic area will see. “This should surface trending topics quicker, be more effective at capturing a broader range of news and events from around the world and also help…

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Your Friends Could be Spying on Your Facebook Profile Without Permission – And How to Stop It

Have you ever left your Facebook page open on your browser and someone else looked at it, or even posted? If you haven’t, you most likely know someone who has —according to a new study from the University of British Columbia, 24 percent of users have accessed someone else’s profile, and 21 percent said they…

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Israeli Soldiers Fooled Into Downloading Malware From Fake Facebook Profiles

It’s one of the oldest Facebook scams in the book: an “attractive woman” flirts with lonely men via friend request, sends them pictures, engages in conversation, and then pulls a con. These kind of tricks seem easy to detect, but they can be surprisingly effective — just ask a bunch of Israeli soldiers who recently…

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