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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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First Facebook Oversight Board Cases Handle Hate Speech, Misinformation

The independent “supreme court” oversight board that has been tapped with handling Facebook’s trickiest moderation decisions accepted its first cases this week, and their content isn’t exactly surprising. According to reports, the group has accepted six cases involving Facebook’s hate speech rules, misinformation, and, of course, nudity. Most of the cases involve users outside of…

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Report: Holocaust Denial Content Still Spreading On Facebook Despite Ban

Last month, Facebook announced that it would no longer tolerate Holocaust deniers on its platform as part of its policies combatting hate speech. However, according to a report from The Next Web this week, many of these accounts and groups remain active, and Facebook’s own algorithm is still actively recommending them. It’s important to note…

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Facebook Accused Of Secret “Orwellian” Internal Algorithm

Facebook has long been criticized by its competitors for shutting down free speech and censoring content. And the latest entrant to the social media market, Parler, has made a name for itself by lobbing these critiques at the social media giant while saying that it won’t do anything to police what users say. According to…

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Report: Facebook Is Using Privacy As An Excuse To Come After Apps That Give Users More Control

For a decade, a web browser called Friendly has offered users a chance to have greater control over their social media experience. It allows them to re-order their Facebook feeds, display their pages in different colored “skins,” and block ad tracking. But all of that came to a screeching halt this summer when lawyers for…

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Apple Blasts Facebook For “Disregard Of User Privacy”

As two of the largest tech companies in the world, Apple and Facebook are often at odds about how to handle sensitive subjects like user privacy. These differences often escalate into a war of words, as was the case this week when Apple blasted Facebook for “disregarding user privacy.” The criticism came in a recent…

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Facebook Messenger Bug Could Have Let Hackers Listen To Your Conversations

Facebook has its fair share of problems when it comes to security and privacy. However, the company’s decade-old bug bounty program has proven to be a consistent safeguard in protecting users. And this year, Facebook offered one of its biggest rewards yet to security researchers who discovered a flaw in Facebook Messenger that could’ve allowed…

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Report: Facebook Did Not Enforce Its Own Rules To Stop Call To Arms Ahead Of Kenosha Shootings

In August, two protesters were shot and killed at an event advertised on Facebook in what founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg called “an operational mistake.” Facebook responded by strengthening its rules to restrict militant groups from organizing on the platform. However, according to a report in BuzzFeed News this week, Facebook already had a rule…

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Facebook Grilled By Lawmakers Over Moderation, Censorship Concerns

This week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg once again appeared before U.S. lawmakers to answer allegations of anti-conservative bias and explain the company’s moderation shortcomings. As usual, Zuckerberg was hammered by Republican politicians over whether or not his platform censors political thought. Meanwhile, Democrats pressed him to answer for why Facebook was slow to…

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Facebook Will Begin Using AI To Sort Content For Moderation

When it comes to content moderation, Facebook’s decision-making process can be hard to figure out — at best. That’s why it was a welcome bit of transparency this week when the social media giant revealed it will begin tapping artificial intelligence to handle more moderation duties on its platform. According to Facebook, AI will be…

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Ransomware Groups Are Using Hacked Facebook Pages To Pressure Their Victims Into Paying

Facebook is an invaluable tool for people around the world to connect with one another. However, that also means cybercriminals can more easily take advantage of users. The latest fraudulent scheme circulating on Facebook involves ransomware groups hacking Facebook accounts in order to publish ads that pressure their victims into paying up. According to a…

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Report: Only 51% Of Facebook Employees Believe The Company Has A Positive Impact On The World

After countless scandals and privacy failures, many Facebook users have lost trust in the social media giant. And, according to a new report from BuzzFeed News, so have the company’s employees. This week, Facebook revealed the results of an internal “Pulse Survey” taken by more than 49,000 employees. The poll is meant to measure how…

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Facebook Announces Probation For Groups That Spread Misinformation

In the wake of the presidential election last week, Facebook is fighting harder than ever to stop the spread of misinformation on its platform. And in one of its most aggressive moves yet, the social media giant announced that it will begin putting groups on probation that violate its content rules too many times. According…

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