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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: It Can Take Years To Recover A Hacked Facebook Account

No matter how much Facebook improves its security measures, hackers will always be a threat to users on the platform. However, how the company helps these users who have fallen victim to bad actors could apparently use a lot of improvement. According to a recent report in The Washington Post, it can take years for…

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Facebook Is Removing Religion, Sexuality, Address And More From User Profiles

When Facebook was first created, it made sense for the platform to invite users to share their personal information. After all, it was a small site used exclusively to connect with people the user already knew. However, times have changed, and the company has since exploded in scale while facing countless privacy scandals. That’s why,…

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Facebook Fined 265 Million Euros Over Privacy Breach

Facebook often gets in more trouble in Europe over privacy violations than it does here in the States. The latest example of that occurred this week when the social media giant got slapped with a huge €265 million fine in Ireland for allowing Facebook user data to be scraped. According to Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner,…

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Report: Tax Filing Websites Sent Facebook Sensitive Financial Info

In recent months, Facebook has come under fire for gathering too much personal info from users through its Meta Pixel tool. This feature is included on countless sites around the web, including medical log-in portals, banking institutions, and more platforms capable of sending sensitive data to the social media giant. The latest shoe to drop…

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Facebook Announces Stronger Default Privacy Settings For Young Users

Last fall, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed that the company knew its products could be harmful to young users but wasn’t doing enough to address the problem. Now, one year later, Facebook has stepped up with a set of new policies designed to protect teenaged users. Most notably, every person under the age of 16…

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Oversight Board Orders Facebook To Restore Post Comparing Russians To Nazis

Several years ago, Facebook established its semi-independent Oversight Board to help it make decisions in sensitive content moderation cases. While many of these decisions don’t make the news, one case is likely to cause ripples this week. That’s because the Board ordered Facebook to restore a post from a Latvian user calling Russians “Nazis” for…

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$90 Million Facebook Privacy Settlement Approved By Judge

This week, a federal judge in California gave final approval to a $90 million privacy settlement granted to Facebook users in a decade-old class action suit. The case, originally filed in 2011, claimed that Facebook tracked the activity of users via a “Like” button installed on countless pages around the web. The suit also claimed…

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Report: Facebook Is Hosting A Thriving Black Market Of Fake Business Manager Accounts

Facebook Marketplace often comes under scrutiny for hosting the sale of illegal wares like guns and drugs. However, there are more subtle black markets that are allegedly thriving on the platform. According to a recent report from the Tech Transparency Project (TTP), Facebook is allowing users to buy and sell business manager accounts that can…

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Journalist Raises Suspicions That Facebook Is Listening To His Conversations

For years, Facebook users have alleged that the social media giant is spying on their real-world conversations to better target advertising. This time, a UK journalist said he was “creeped out” after suspecting that the social media giant was eavesdropping on two of his conversations. In one, he was on the phone discussing the removal…

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Report: Schools’ Facebook Posts May Violate Student Privacy

Many schools around the country use Facebook as an important tool to communicate with parents and students. However, this can also have major privacy drawbacks for students who are featured in the schools’ posts. According to a report released this week from the American Educational Research Association, these posts may violate student privacy by allowing…

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New California Privacy Law Could Protect Young Facebook Users Across The Country

According to a report from Pew this week, a California data privacy law that is set to take effect in 2024 could impact young social media users across the country. The legislation, which will require that all tech companies design their products with children’s “well-being” in mind, would hit Facebook in its home state, potentially…

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Report: Spanish Language Misinformation Still A Big Problem On Facebook

In the wake of the last two presidential elections, Facebook has taken many steps to crack down on spam and misinformation aiming to sway users. However, according to many advocates, the company hasn’t done enough to address these problems for its Spanish-speaking users. According to recent reports, Spanish language misinformation has spread rapidly on Facebook,…

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