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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 Outage Reveals Its Use Of AI To Analyze Our Photos

This week, Facebook experienced a strange outage that caused many users to be unable to load images, video and other data to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. This was obviously annoying for anyone attempting to use these platforms, but it also revealed something about Facebook’s use of technology: namely, that it uses artificial intelligence to analyze…

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Facebook Fined For Under-Reporting Illegal Content

Over the past year, Facebook has increasingly come under scrutiny from U.S. regulators for its questionable data and privacy practices. However, the pressure that the company faces here at home pales in comparison to what it deals with overseas. Another instance of Europe’s aversion to the social media giant occurred this week, when German officials…

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Experts: Facebook’s Internal Audit Is “Woefully Inadequate”

Last year, Facebook launched an internal civil rights audit following criticisms that the platform was too soft on hate speech and abusive content. Now, the company has released its first update on the audit’s findings, and many civil rights advocates are not impressed with the results. Many of these civil rights advocacy groups banded together…

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Facebook Updates Terms Of Service In An Attempt To Be Less Confusing

In recent months, Facebook has been hit with repeated attacks from U.S. lawmakers fed up with how the social media giant handles user data. This week, the company tried to get in front of the problem by updating its terms of service to do a better job of explaining its actions. Facebook tweaked the language…

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Facebook Will Hand Over Data On Hate Speech Suspects

Facebook often finds itself between a rock and a hard place when it comes to assisting law enforcement. If it does nothing, it’s allowing criminals to freely use its platform. But if it cooperates too much and delivers suspects’ information to officials, it could be seen as infringing upon user rights. That’s why it was…

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Facebook Wants To Set Up An “Independent” Board To Police Itself

Facebook has had a difficult time through the years proving it knows what to do with controversial content. That’s why, according to the company’s head of policy, Nick Clegg, Facebook plans to set up an “independent” oversight board that will hear users’ appeals when they think the company got a censorship decision wrong. According to…

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Instagram Head Denies Facebook-Owned App Is Listening To You 

Since Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, the photo-sharing app has been plagued by suspicions that it has adopted some of its parent company’s habits when it comes to collecting user data. One of the most persistent beliefs is that Instagram is using phone microphones to listen to our conversations. However, this week, company head Adam…

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Lawmakers Want Facebook To Tell You What Your Data Is Worth

Facebook has increasingly felt pressure from U.S. lawmakers to clean up its act when it comes to protecting user information. The latest volley against the tech giant came this week when Sens. Mark Warner and Josh Hawley introduced the bipartisan Dashboard Act — a bill that could force social media companies like Facebook to disclose…

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Report: Facebook Usage Falling Amid Privacy Scandals

For the past several years, Facebook has been plagued with a seemingly-endless array of privacy scandals. And, according to a new report from The Guardian, people may be getting seriously sick of it. Business analytics firm Mixpanel found that since April 2018, when news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke, Facebook activities such as…

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Stressed-Out Facebook Content Moderator Had A Heart Attack And Died On The Job

When it comes to content moderation, Facebook’s policies are often confusing. The social media giant allows some pretty heinous posts to remain active on the site, while removing ones that seem innocent. But if mistakes are made, it’s understandable — the content moderators at the frontlines of that decision-making process are under-paid and over-stressed. So…

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New Facebook Cryptocurrency Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook has a pretty bad reputation for protecting user information, so there was an understandably skeptical reaction when the company first announced it would be introducing its own cryptocurrency called Libra. Now the full details of the currency have been revealed, and several prominent lawmakers and experts have already expressed concern over the potential privacy…

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Facebook Says That Users Have No “Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy”

Facebook has made a big deal about pivoting to focus on user privacy ­— but while the company talks the talk, it doesn’t always walk the walk. The latest example of this hypocrisy occurred recently in a California court room, where attorneys for Facebook argued that its users basically have no privacy at all. The…

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