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How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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Privacy Researchers Raise Concerns About Facebook Augmented Reality Glasses

This week, a team of UK privacy researchers published a paper detailing their concerns about Facebook’s planned augmented reality (AR) glasses that are set to include a built-in smart camera and microphone. According to these experts, this technology poses a massive ethical problem, as people interacting with its users have no way of opting out…

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UK Campaign Wants To Stop Facebook End-To-End Encryption

In the UK, a government-backed campaign called No Place to Hide is putting pressure on Facebook to halt its plans to introduce end-to-end encryption across its platforms. While encryption is a strong measure to protect the privacy of user communications, many experts and advocates fear it could also inadvertently protect child abusers on the platform.…

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Report: Facebook Is Still Failing To Crack Down On Fake Reviews

Because of its size and scope, Facebook is no stranger to scams and criminal activity. And one of the most persistent rip-offs on the platform involves fake review “factories” that offer free Amazon items, refunds, gift cards, and more in exchange for positive reviews. Facebook has long promised to crack down on this activity —…

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Judge: FTC Lawsuit To Break Up Facebook Can Proceed

This week, a federal judge ruled that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) can continue its case to break up Facebook’s parent company Meta. This obviously deals a big blow to the social media giant, which had previously argued that the case should be thrown out. According to the government’s case, Facebook has abused its market…

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Mozilla Creates Program To Illustrate How Much Facebook Tracks You Around The Web

This week, the tech company Mozilla announced that it has created a program to help users understand how much Facebook and its parent company Meta are tracking their activity. The program, called the Facebook Pixel Hunt, will be conducted together with a nonprofit journalism organization and volunteer Mozilla users. To help out with the study,…

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Facebook Rolls Out New “Privacy Center” To Educate Users

Over the years, Facebook has dealt with a seemingly endless array of privacy controversies. This has ultimately hurt user trust, for good reason. However, many users don’t even fully understand the social media giant’s policies. That’s why, this week, Meta announced that that it’s rolling out a comprehensive Privacy Center tool to help educate people…

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Lawsuit: Facebook Promoted Violent Content And Helped Extremists Plan Murder

This week, the sister of a slain federal officer filed a massive lawsuit against Facebook claiming that the social media giant’s algorithm encouraged and connected the extremists who allegedly killed her brother. The two men accused of killing officer Dave Patrick Underwood met on Facebook and were allegedly members of the Boogaloo extremist movement. According…

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Facebook Restores Account Of Conservative Book Publisher After Permanently Banning It

This week, a conservative children’s book publisher was permanently banned from Facebook for violating the company’s policy on “Low Quality or Disruptive Content.” However, once the ban was reported, the company swiftly reversed course and restored the company’s account access. The publishing house, which produces children’s biographies of conservative figures such as supreme court justice…

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Report: Facebook Allowed Misinformation To Flourish Ahead Of Jan. 6 Attack

According to a new joint report from The Washington Post and ProPublica this week, Facebook allowed misinformation to spread like wildfire in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. The report revealed that over 650,000 posts on Facebook attacked the legitimacy of the election between election day and Jan.…

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Facebook Suspends Controversial Politician For 24 Hours, Leading To Accusations Of Censorship

This week, Facebook’s parent company Meta suspended controversial Georgia politician Marjorie Taylor Greene for 24 hours for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. The decision came just a day after Twitter permanently banned Greene for the same issue. Not surprisingly, Facebook’s suspension caused Greene and other like-minded lawmakers to accuse the social media giant of censoring free speech.…

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Expert: Facial Recognition Technology Is One Of The Greatest Threats To Online Privacy

Facebook has long relied on facial recognition technology to gather as much of its users’ data as possible. By collecting this biometric information, the social media giant is able to build comprehensive profiles of the people who use its platform, even when they’re browsing elsewhere on the web. That’s why MarketWatch columnist and tech expert…

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Facebook Investors Call For More Oversight To Avoid Safety, Privacy Scandals

Meta, formerly Facebook, dealt with many severe controversies this year, and as a result faced backlash from users, lawmakers, and experts alike. However, the company’s shareholders also seem to be completely fed up. According to a recent report from Axios, Meta investors have sent a letter to the company asking for an oversight audit to…

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