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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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Report: Facebook Is Considering A Ban On Political Ads

According a report in CNN Business this week, Facebook is considering a blanket ban on political ads in the lead-up to the U.S. presidential election this fall. The move has apparently been under consideration since late last year, though it is just one of many options the social media giant is considering. Facebook has weathered…

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Civil Rights Group Blasts Facebook’s Efforts To Stop Hate Speech

This week, Facebook’s leadership team will meet with representatives from the NAACP, Anti-Defamation League and other civil rights groups behind the wildly successful “Stop Hate for Profit” advertising boycott campaign. At the same time, Facebook has also pledged to release the results of an independent audit of the social media giant’s civil rights policies and…

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Report: Companies Boycotting Facebook Are Still Sending It Customer Data

With each passing week, more major companies are joining the “Stop Hate for Profit” advertising boycott of Facebook. This has forced the social media giant to finally answer some uncomfortable questions about its content moderation policies — though according to a recent report in The Telegraph, these companies may not be doing everything they can…

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Facebook Again Admits To Improperly Sharing User Data With App Developers

Facebook has repeatedly gotten in trouble in the past for improperly sharing user data with third-party app developers. So you’d think the social media giant would be extra careful about making sure it didn’t happen again. However, that was not the case, as the company revealed this week that it once again shared users’ non-public…

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Facebook Bans Hundreds Of Extremist Accounts

Facebook has come under intense fire this month from advertisers who want the company to take a stronger stance against hate speech. And this week, Facebook took a small step toward addressing the issue by removing over 200 accounts linked to the white supremacist “boogaloo” movement. However, while this is a promising move, Facebook drew…

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Facebook Oversight Board Is Under Pressure To Take More Control Of Content Moderation

It hasn’t even launched yet, but Facebook’s proposed independent “supreme court” of content moderation is already under pressure from activists who want it to claim more authority over content decisions. The idea for the oversight board was first revealed in spring 2018 as a way for Facebook to hold itself accountable. However, activists say that…

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Facebook VP Says The Company Has “No Incentive” To Allow Hate Speech

Facebook is under tremendous pressure from advertisers to limit the spread of hate speech on its platform. The “Stop Hate for Profit” boycott is only gaining momentum, with more companies signing on by the day. That has forced the social media giant to publicly take accountability for its content moderation shortcomings — while still defending…

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Facebook Admits To “Trust Deficit” With Users And Advertisers

Earlier this month, several prominent civil rights groups organized an advertiser boycott of Facebook over its handling of hate speech and content moderation. So far, this “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign has been a wild success, with massive companies like Verizon agreeing to pull their ads. And according to leaked audio from a conference call…

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Court Ruling Could Force Facebook To Stop Combining User Data Into “Super Profiles”

With stronger privacy laws and a suspicious attitude toward tech, European countries have long posed a challenge to Facebook. That was certainly the case once again this week when Germany’s federal court overturned a ruling that let Facebook off the hook for combining users’ personal data into so-called “super profiles.” Now, the company could be…

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Multiple Brands Boycott Facebook For Allowing Misinformation And Hateful Content

Last week, a group of six civil rights organizations called for Facebook advertisers to boycott the company for the month of July. The groups, which include the NAACP and Anti-Defamation League, launched the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign to draw attention to Facebook’s “long history of allowing racist, violent and verifiably false content to run…

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Lawmakers Blast Facebook For Content Policies, Inaction On Stopping Disinformation

These days, it’s hard to find anything in American life that draws broad bipartisan support. However, being critical of Facebook is one of those rare issues that both Democrats and Republicans can agree upon. Conservative lawmakers have previously blasted the social media giant for allegedly stifling their viewpoint on the platform, and now Democrats are…

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Facebook Says Detecting Deepfakes Remains An “Unsolved Problem”

This week, Facebook announced the results of its first “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” a public competition to find an algorithm that can detect so-called deepfake videos. The winning entry was able to spot these sinister videos with about 65 percent accuracy — a pretty good rate, though far from perfect. The researchers themselves said that much…

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