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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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Washington D.C. Attorney General Adds Mark Zuckerberg To Cambridge Analytica Privacy Suit

Facebook’s very bad month got even worse this week as Washington D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine added the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to an existing privacy lawsuit. The case deals with the Cambridge Analytica scandal from 2016, which alleges that the social media giant failed to properly protect user data from a third-party…

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Report: Facebook Engineers Expressed Doubts That AI Could Handle Content Moderation

Facebook has long touted its artificial intelligence technology as the ultimate tool to eliminate hate speech, spam, offensive content, and more from its platform. However, according to internal memos from 2019, at least some of the company’s own engineers expressed doubt that AI will ever be able to keep up with the scale of the…

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Facebook Expands Policies To Protect Public Figures From Harassment

As Facebook continues to deal with a barrage of criticism over a series of leaked internal documents, the company has stepped up to create stronger anti-harassment policies for some of its users. This week, the social media giant announced that it will ban content that “degrades or sexualizes” public figures. The new policy, which will…

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Facebook’s Secret List of “Dangerous Individuals And Organizations” Leaked

Beginning in 2012, Facebook introduced a policy banning “organizations with a record of terrorist or violent criminal activity.” However, since then, the policy has grown massively to include more than 4,000 individuals and groups that the company considers dangerous. And this week, the full list was leaked for the first time to The Intercept. The…

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Another Facebook Whistleblower Has Offered To Testify Against The Company

This week, a familiar Facebook critic re-emerged to offer her help in revealing the inner workings of Facebook to interested lawmakers. Former Facebook data engineer Sophie Zhang revealed that not only has she turned over documentation to federal authorities over “potential criminal violations” that the company may have committed, but she also said she’s willing…

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Facebook Says It Will Try To “Nudge” Young Users Away From Harmful Content

Over the past month, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen has leaked a series of internal company memos that revealed its apparent callousness toward young users. According to some of the documents first reported in The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has known for years that its platform can be harmful for young users, but has done nothing…

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Facebook Permanently Bans User Who Created A Tool To Help People Quit The Platform

Facebook’s entire business model rests on its users (and their data), so it stands to reason that the company would do everything it could to prevent them from quitting. Tech entrepreneur Louis Barclay learned that the hard way when he built a tool called Unfollow Everything that allowed users to get rid of their News…

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Mark Zuckerberg Responds To Whistleblower, Says Facebook Isn’t Putting Profits Over Safety

Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen appeared before a senate hearing this week to spell out all the ways she thinks the social media giant is harming society. According to her (and the internal company documents she has provided to reporters and lawmakers), Facebook has consistently prioritized profit over user safety at every chance it gets. Now,…

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Facebook Whistleblower Set To Testify Before Congress, Ask Government To Regulate Facebook

This week, the whistleblower who has caused so much trouble for Facebook is set to testify before congress and ask lawmakers to regulate the social media giant. According to former Facebook engineer Frances Haugen’s prepared remarks, she plans to compare Facebook’s impact to that of the tobacco industry while “imploring” the government to rein it…

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Facebook Whistleblower Slams Company For Prioritizing Profits Over Safety

In recent weeks, Facebook has been rocked by a series of reports from The Wall Street Journal revealing that the company has known for years that its platform can be harmful to users. However, the source of these leaked documents has remained mysterious — until now. On Sunday, the previously anonymous Facebook whistleblower revealed herself…

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Facebook Exec Grilled By Lawmakers Over Instagram’s Harmful Effects On Children

This week, Facebook’s global head of safety Antigone Davis appeared before the U.S. senate to answer for a recent series of bombshell reports in The Wall Street Journal. Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are demanding answers about some of Facebook’s practices revealed in the leaks — especially if the company has known that…

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Report: Facebook Viewed Children As “Untapped Audience,” Considered Targeting Playdates

Facebook has been under intense fire in recent weeks over a series of Wall Street Journal reports that revealed the company has known for some time that its services can be harmful to young users. This caused Facebook to pause its long-rumored plan to roll out an “Instagram for Kids” feature. However, according to another…

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