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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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Facebook Plans To Launch Oversight Board Ahead Of 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

Facebook has long been criticized for its content moderation policies, which can be confusing and inconsistently applied at best. That’s why the company announced the creation of an independent Oversight Board last year that would act as a “Supreme Court,” hearing individual users’ complaints about content removal. And after many stops and starts, Facebook announced…

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Facebook Sued For Allowing Violent Groups To Flourish Before Kenosha Shooting

Facebook received a great deal of criticism following a shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month that stemmed from a clash between right-wing militia groups and social justice protestors. The social media giant allowed militia groups to post actively on the platform, drawing attention and potentially adding fuel to an already explosive situation. Now, Facebook has…

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Facebook Is Adding A Tool To Help Users Protect Their Images 

Cybercriminals run many scams on Facebook, but one of the most persistent involves stealing the images of innocent users and setting up fake accounts in their name. However, a new tool that Facebook is planning could help address the issue by giving users the ability to claim ownership of images and issue takedown requests.  Though…

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Facebook Is Being Sued For Allegedly Spying On Instagram Users Through Phone Cameras

Facebook’s entire business model is built around collecting our information and using it to target advertising, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that some users believe Facebook is spying on us to gather even more data. This week, a lawsuit was filed in a San Francisco federal court accusing Facebook and Instagram of observing…

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Report: Facebook Has Been Warned For Five Years About Violent Events But Hasn’t Acted

Last month, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that it was an “operational mistake” that allowed an event page from a local militia to remain posted that promoted violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The page had been flagged for removal at least 455 times, yet the social media giant did nothing to remove…

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Former Facebook Data Scientist Blasts The Company For “Slapdash And Haphazard” Policies

In the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has come under intense scrutiny again for the behavior of foreign actors on its platform. However, according to fired Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, that is just the tip of the iceberg. On her way out the door from the social media giant, Zhang dropped…

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Facebook Boycott Group Is Back With A New Campaign Against Instagram

In July, a coalition of civil rights organizations and advocates led a successful boycott of Facebook that saw some of the world’s biggest advertisers withdraw their dollars in protest of the company’s hate speech policies. And this week, the group announced that its back with another campaign, this time targeted at Facebook-owned Instagram. The group,…

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Report: European Regulators May Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To The U.S.

European governments have long taken a stronger stance against Facebook than the U.S., and that trend continued this week with reports that Irish regulators may order the social media giant to stop sending user data to the U.S. The reported ruling comes a few months after the European Court of Justice stated that this data…

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Facebook Will Ban New Political Ads In The Week Before The Election

Facebook announced this week that it will not accept new political or issues-based ads in the week leading up to the U.S. presidential election. The move comes in the wake of concerns that the social media giant will allow misinformation to spread on its platform as it did in 2016. In the announcement, Facebook founder…

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Facebook Will Pay People To Shut Down Their Accounts Ahead Of Election

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would partner with outside researchers to determine how its platform could impact the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Of course, this decision comes in the wake of dangerous misinformation spreading like wildfire across the platform during the 2016 election — misinformation that was often intentionally propagated by foreign bad…

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Facebook Steps Up Its Effort To Remove Hate Speech And Misinformation Ahead Of Foreign Election

Two years ago, Facebook received widespread condemnation for allowing its platform to be weaponized and abused in the country of Myanmar. The government of the small Asian nation used the social media giant as a tool to repress its Rohingya minority population. Now, Facebook says it is ramping up its efforts to detect hate speech…

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Facebook Catches And Removes Another Network Of Russian Trolls

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook was slammed for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform. As a result, the social media giant has stepped up its efforts this time around to ensure foreign bad actors aren’t abusing the site to influence the outcome. And this week, Facebook announced…

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