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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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Security Researchers Uncover Massive Facebook Bot Farm 

This week, security researchers at the British firm Comparitech announced that they’ve found a huge network of Facebook bots that operated during the 2020 election to sway public opinion.  According to the researchers, this “bot farm” was created for the sole purpose of political manipulation. It included 13,775 unique Facebook accounts that each posted about…

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Regulator Orders Facebook To Stop Processing WhatsApp Data

Because of its data and privacy missteps, Facebook often faces greater punishment in Europe than it does in the U.S. Another example occurred this week when German regulators ordered Facebook to stop processing the data of WhatsApp users. Recently, WhatsApp users began receiving a message that invited them to accept new terms of service that…

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More Than 40 Attorneys General Ask Facebook To Stop Controversial “Instagram For Kids” Plan

Facebook continued to face blowback this week for its proposed “Instagram for Kids” platform — this time, from more than 40 attorneys general from U.S. states and territories. The massive group of lawmakers wrote a letter to Facebook expressing many of the same concerns that child safety advocates have already raised, including the potential mental…

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Facebook Moving Ahead With “Instagram For Kids” Despite Privacy Concerns

When Facebook first announced its plan to create a version of Instagram for children, many parents and advocates raised immediate privacy concerns. After all, it’s hard enough for adults to trust Facebook with their data; why should a company known for its leaky privacy practices be given access to the information of children? However, despite…

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Oversight Board Pushes Back On Facebook To Make Decisions For Itself

When Facebook created an independent oversight board to handle controversial content moderation issues, it hoped to remove some pressure from itself. However, in the case of banning former president Donald Trump, the board has pushed back strongly against the social media giant, urging it to reach a decision for itself. The board announced its ruling…

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Facebook Rejects Encrypted Messaging Service Ads About Data That Facebook Collects

Facebook’s entire business model is built on collecting user data to target advertising. However, according to the encrypted messaging service Signal, Facebook doesn’t want you to know that. The service recently tried to buy ads on Instagram which sought to highlight the kinds of data that Facebook collects, but the social media giant shot them…

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Report: Facebook Is Allowing Drug Ads To Target Teens

Facebook has recently come under fire for allowing ads related to drugs and alcohol to be targeted to teen users. And this week, the nonprofit group Tech Transparency Project (TTP) proved this to be true once again by submitting six fake ads to Facebook that were approved within hours. According to the TTP report, the…

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Facebook Tries To Sell Users On App Tracking

Facebook has long touted the fact that it is free to use. However, there is a very real cost to engaging with the social media giant: our data. That’s why the company is so concerned with Apple’s new privacy controls in iOS 14, which will require apps to obtain user consent before tracking them around…

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Facebook Grilled By Lawmakers Over Misinformation, Privacy Practices

Facebook and other tech giants were again dragged before congress this week to testify and explain the ways that its algorithms can be abused to spread harmful misinformation. Executives from Facebook were also grilled about the potentially addictive properties of the platform, and how it could be increasing polarization in our society. During the hearing,…

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Report: Facebook Allows Ads Targeting Children With Smoking, Alcohol And More

This week, a digital nonprofit revealed the results of an investigation that found Facebook is allowing businesses to advertise to children as young as 13 who have expressed an interest in smoking, drinking alcohol, gambling, and more. The organization, Reset Australia, created a dummy Facebook page and advertising account to test whether it could get…

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Facebook Blocks Employees From Reading Controversial Report

Last week, BuzzFeed News obtained a copy of an internal Facebook report that found the company had failed to prevent violent groups from organizing in the wake of the 2020 presidential election. The report’s authors also published it on Facebook’s internal servers, making it broadly available for employees to read. However, after the report became…

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Privacy Fight Escalates Between Facebook And Apple

As Apple prepares to roll out new privacy features that will damage Facebook’s business, a report from The New York Times this week aims to explain how the relationship between the two companies went south in the first place. According to the report, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg approached Apple CEO Tim Cook at…

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