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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: One Year Later, Facebook Advertiser Boycott Didn’t Work As Hoped

Last summer, a collection of advocacy groups launched an ambitious advertising boycott of Facebook to force the company to address hate speech and misinformation on its platform. The boycott effort, called Stop Hate for Profit, drew the support of many prominent businesses who froze their ad spending on Facebook and Instagram in July 2020. Now,…

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Facebook Asks Oversight Board For Advice On “Doxing” Policy

For the first time ever, Facebook asked its independent Oversight Board this week for explicit help on shaping its policies. The issue at stake: the public sharing of private residential information. This practice, called “doxing,” is a form of cyberbullying often done against individuals in an attempt to silence or threaten them. This policy advisory…

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Facebook Steps Up Privacy Protections For Secret Conversations Feature

Facebook has come under scrutiny recently for its lack of end-to-end encryption on Messenger. However, the company announced last week that it will begin beefing up privacy measures for its “Secret Conversations” feature. This tool, located within Messenger, currently supports encrypted messages, pictures, video clips, voice recordings, and stickers. According to Facebook, it has begun…

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Expert: Facebook Users Should Have The Power To Decide Who Is Banned

In recent months, Facebook has been under intense pressure to figure out how and when accounts should be banned from the platform. The issue came to a head when the social media giant suspended former president Donald Trump, then kicked the issue to its independent Oversight Board for a final decision. However, the Board threw…

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Report: Most Online Sex Trafficking Recruitment Cases Occur On Facebook

Facebook has long struggled to keep bad actors off its platform, but the problem may be even worse than previously thought. The Human Trafficking Institute released its annual report this week, revealing that an astonishing 59 percent of all online sex trafficking recruitment occurs on Facebook, and 65 percent of child exploitation. “The internet has…

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Lawsuit Wants Facebook To Be Held Responsible For Ad Discrimination

Facebook has landed in hot water before for its advertising algorithm, and how companies can potentially exploit it to discriminate against individuals based on religion, gender, age and more. Now, a new lawsuit wants the social media giant to take responsibility for these discriminatory practices in its advertising. The case claims that Facebook pushes ads…

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Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Defends End-To-End Encryption

The popular Facebook-owned chat app WhatsApp relies on strong end-to-end encryption to protect the privacy of hundreds of millions of users around the world. However, over the past year, this technology has come under fire from government officials, who fear it could be used by bad actors to cover their crimes on social media platforms.…

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Facebook Executive Says The Company Doesn’t Want To Act As “Truth Police”

Last week, Facebook finally made a decision in the case of former president Donald Trump, ruling that he will be banned from the platform until 2023. The decision obviously set off a firestorm of criticism from all political sides, forcing Facebook to defend itself. The company said that these severe consequences were justified, but that…

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Facebook Will End Special Content Moderation Treatment For Politicians

Facebook has long protected politicians from the same content rules it applies to the rest of us because of the “newsworthiness” of what they have to say. However, according to a report in The Verge this week, that controversial policy is about to come to an end. Facebook’s previous policy has stood for several years,…

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Facebook Will Make It Easier For Researchers To Study Dangerous Fringe Groups

Facebook announced this week that it will now make it easier for researchers to study fringe and non-mainstream groups on its platform. This new policy will allow “qualified” researchers to study public-facing pages, groups and events in the United States, including specific posts from users. However, Facebook says it will hide their user names in…

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Advocates Urge Facebook Oversight Board To Step In And Stop Antisemitism

Facebook is under intense pressure this week to do something about a rise in antisemitism on its platform, with prominent advocates pressing the independent Facebook Oversight Board to do something about the problem. The Anti-Defamation League, one of the most established Jewish advocacy groups in the country, wrote a letter directly to the Oversight Board…

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Mozilla Launches Facebook Ad Campaign To Educate Users About How Facebook Collects Their Data

Over three years ago, the popular web browser Mozilla pulled all advertisements from Facebook over data privacy concerns. Now, the company is back on the platform with a series of ads that aim to educate users about how their data is being used by Facebook to target them. These ads, which have a horoscope theme…

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