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Privacy Coalition Calls For Facebook To Be Broken Up

Facebook has been plagued by privacy and data scandals over the past year-plus, leading to increased scrutiny from lawmakers and privacy advocates alike. This week, a coalition of these organizations went well beyond mere criticism and called for Facebook to be broken up by the Federal Trade Commission. According to the group, called Freedom from…

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Facebook Restricts Addiction Ads To Prevent Scams

With its massive user base and worldwide reach, Facebook is the perfect tool for cybercriminals looking to scam the most possible people. That includes targeting users at their most vulnerable, like when they’re depressed, out of work or struggling with addiction. Thankfully, Facebook cracked down on the latter this week when it restricted advertising for…

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Facebook Will Start Forcing Large Pages To Tell You Where They’re Based

Facebook introduced another security feature this week to help users avoid getting tricked by pages peddling fake content, spam, malware and more. According to the company, Facebook pages with large followings in the United States will now need to complete an “authorization process” that includes listing the country they’re managed from. Later this month, page…

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Facebook Says It Bans Content That “Financially Endangers” Users

Facebook has tried everything it can to regain the trust of its users, especially in the wake of recent reports the platform’s traffic has decreased by nearly 50 percent over the past two years. One of those strategies has been the publishing a blog called “Hard Questions” that’s aimed at increasing transparency with users. In…

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Internal Facebook Memo Reveals “Psychological Trick” To Target Teens

Last fall, Facebook acquired a viral polling app named TBH that was used by about 2.5 million users per day — most of whom were teens. Facebook has since shut down the app, but it learned a valuable “psychological trick” when it comes to targeting younger users. “Our team obsessed with finding ways to get…

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Facebook Reportedly Wants Customer Data From Big Banks

At this point, pretty much every Facebook user knows the company wants as much of our data as possible. It helps the company target advertising, and thus it’s the primary way it’s able to make so much money. However, there’s some information that’s so personal it causes alarm when Facebook tries to retrieve it. That’s…

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Facebook Is Internally Testing A Dating Feature

When Facebook announced at its F8 developer conference in May that it was working on a dating app, many privacy experts expressed concern. After all, the company already possesses much of our personal information; does it need to know about our love lives, too? However, the social media giant appears to be getting serious about…

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Experts: Facebook Fakers Are Making Themselves Harder To Track

Every day, Facebook is swamped by fake content created by scammers around the world. The company has created Artificial Intelligence to deal with this problem, but even the most cutting-edge technology can’t keep up. And, according to security experts, these scammers are only becoming more sophisticated when it comes to concealing their identities. One way…

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Facebook Cuts Off Hundreds Of Thousands Of Apps Following Data Review

Following the Cambridge Analytica scandal this spring, Facebook vowed it would tighten restrictions on app developers’ access to user data. Part of that process involved a review of how apps currently use our info. Facebook announced part of its findings this week, and said it had cut off access for “hundreds of thousands” of apps.…

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Facebook Slapped With Sharp Criticism Overseas For Data Controversies

Facebook is no stranger to strong critiques from politicians and privacy advocates here in the United States. However, the rhetoric directed against the company in this country pales in comparison to much of Europe, especially the United Kingdom. This week, the U.K. parliament issued a stinging report that slammed Facebook and other major tech companies…

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Report: It Can Be Difficult To Get Fake Facebook Profiles Deleted

Facebook relies heavily on machine learning to detect and delete fake accounts, spam, malware and much more. However, there are plenty of cases illustrating that AI alone may not be enough to police the largest social network in the world. A report from NBC News this week illustrated the heartbreaking human cost of allowing these…

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Facebook Is Now Required To Stop Discriminatory Advertising

Two years ago, nonprofit journalism initiative ProPublica released a series of bombshell reports that revealed Facebook let advertisers exclude users based on race. That revelation set off widespread outrage among legal experts and politicians, and Facebook promised earlier this year that it would update its controversial ad policies on its own. However, now the company…

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