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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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Court Rules That Facebook Must Face Lawsuit From Content Moderators

This week, Facebook suffered a major legal loss when a judge in Kenya rejected the company’s bid to throw out a lawsuit against it from a former content moderator. The suit alleges that Facebook subjected content moderators to graphically violent images and videos that caused them to develop post-traumatic stress disorder. For its part, Facebook…

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Watchdog Group Issues Warning About Scam Financial Influencers On Facebook

If you’ve used Facebook for any amount of time, you know that financial scams are a sadly common occurrence on the platform. However, the shape of these cons has changed over time to target a new, increasingly younger demographic. According to the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), a UK-based regulatory agency, the number of scammy financial…

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Digital Health Company Allegedly Sold Sensitive Health Information To Facebook

Facebook’s business relies on collecting as much of our personal data as possible — even our most sensitive health information. However, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may want to see that practice come to an end. This week, the regulatory agency took enforcement action against digital health services company GoodRx for allegedly sending users’ health…

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Facebook Bug Discovered That Allowed Anyone To Bypass Two-Factor Authentication

For years, Facebook has quietly paid freelance security researchers to find and report bugs within its systems. And it’s a good thing they do, because these so-called “bug bounty hunters” frequently turn up serious privacy and security issues for the company to address. The latest example occurred this week when an independent researcher notified the…

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Facebook Accused Of Secretly Draining Users’ Cell Phone Batteries

According to a former Facebook employee who worked on its Messenger app, the social media giant can secretly drain users’ cell phone batteries in order to test new features or how its apps run. Former Facebook data engineer George Hayward is suing the company for allegedly firing him over this practice after he refused to…

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Facebook Scams, Account Takeovers Are On The Rise

By this point, almost everyone knows that scams and fake accounts are an unfortunately common occurrence on Facebook. However, recent reports and studies have indicated that this kind of annoying and harmful content is on the rise, with social media takeover complaints increasing by more than 1,000% last year. When a Facebook account is taken…

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Privacy Regulators Accuse Home Depot Of Sharing User Data With Facebook Without Consent

According to an investigation from Canada’s chief privacy regulator, Home Depot routinely shared customers’ private data with Facebook without first obtaining their consent. The regulators believe this is a blatant violation of Canadian law, and hope to use the case as an example to other companies to be careful what data they share with platforms…

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Facebook Announces It Will Centralize More Privacy Settings Across Its Apps

Last week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it will begin centralizing privacy settings for users of Facebook, Instagram and Messenger. Several important settings, including passwords, security options and ad preferences, will now be relocated to Meta’s “Accounts Center” feature. By rolling all these settings under one umbrella, Meta likely wants to demonstrate to users…

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Facebook Is Expanding Features For End-To-End Encryption On Messenger App

Facebook has long believed that end-to-end encryption is the right answer to help protect user privacy. However, the company has previously not offered the same selection of features for its encrypted chats that it has for its standard Messenger platform. However, that’s about to change. This week, the company announced that it will begin offering…

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Privacy Rights Group Accuses Facebook Of Dodging Billions In Fines

Facebook is no stranger to getting dinged for privacy violations in European countries. For example, the company got slapped with a €390 million fine from the European Union earlier this month for gathering user data to target ads without their permission. However, according to privacy rights group noyb, that amount is still far short of…

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Facebook Oversight Board Recommends Company Changes Nudity And Sexual Activity Community Standard

This week, the independent Facebook Oversight Board issued a landmark decision calling for the social media giant to reassess how it handles nudity on its platform in a way that will “respect international human rights standards.” This decision comes after the company censored two posts from transgender and nonbinary users that depicted them posing topless.…

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Facebook Sues Surveillance Company For Scraping Data Of 600,000 Users

This week, Facebook announced legal action against a surveillance company for allegedly creating tens of thousands of fake accounts in order to scrape the data of about 600,000 users. The company, called Voyager Labs, created proprietary software to scrape publicly viewable data including users’ profile info, posts, friends lists, photos and comments. However, while this…

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