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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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Mark Zuckerberg Outlines A Privacy-Focused Future For Facebook

From time to time, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posts to his personal page to lay out his vision for the platform. He published another such screed this week, proposing a big-picture plan to roll together Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into one simple, “privacy first” platform. In his post, Zuckerberg admitted up front that…

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Report: Facebook Does Not Do Enough To Support Women Who Report Abuse

Facebook loves to tout all the ways it has improved its content moderation process over the past several years. The company has built out its artificial intelligence, hired thousands more moderators to review flagged posts, and more. However, according to a recent report from Amnesty International UK, the company still isn’t doing enough to help…

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Report: Major Android Apps Are Still Sending Users’ Sensitive Data To Facebook

Facebook has received a ton of heat in recent months for its relationship with third-party apps, and for the kind of information it exchanges with these companies. In response, Facebook has actively discouraged apps from sharing certain kinds of sensitive information. However, a report from the UK-based watchdog group Privacy International this week revealed that…

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Facebook Sues Chinese Companies For Selling Fake Accounts

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is locked in a seemingly never-ending battle against fake accounts. However, the sheer number of bad actors operating on the platform guarantees that Facebook can never fully keep up with the problem. That might be why the company took such an unusually drastic step late…

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Report: Facebook Lets People Look You Up Using Your Security Phone Number

Facebook is often rightly criticized for the lack of security it provides for users. However, the company has long encouraged people to sign up for two-factor authentication as a means of better protecting themselves. And while this is normally an effective security measure, Facebook has already been caught misusing the phone numbers that users entrusted…

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Facebook Will Finally Launch Its “Clear History” Tool This Year

Following the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring, Facebook made a host of promises to improve its privacy controls for users. One of those promised features was “Clear History” — the ability for users to wipe the information that Facebook has collected about them from third-party apps and websites. However, right when many experts…

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Facebook Suspends, Then Reinstates Suspicious Russian Accounts

One of the biggest controversies Facebook has ever dealt with is the role it played in Russian misinformation efforts before the 2016 presidential election. So it makes sense that the company would be sensitive to allegations that more Russian media outlets were abusing the platform. That’s why, when CNN was preparing a report earlier this…

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Report: Facebook Content Moderators Cope With PTSD, Panic Attacks And More

Facebook has come under heavy criticism for the way it handles content moderation issues. When the company relies on artificial intelligence, its technology often makes mistakes that a human would not. However, according to a sweeping report from The Verge released this week, there’s also a downside when real people are tasked with reviewing its…

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Report: Popular Health Apps Share Sensitive Data With Facebook

Facebook’s entire business model relies on collecting as much data about its users as possible. However, sometimes the company gets more info than it even wants from its partners — including sensitive data that doesn’t jibe with the platform’s own privacy policies. That appears to be the case, as spelled out by a recent report…

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Lawmakers Want To Question Facebook On The Privacy Of Health Groups

Lawmakers are seeking answers from Facebook following a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that accuses Facebook of failing to protect users’ sensitive health data shared in its Groups. According to the complaint, released publically this week, a group of women with a rare gene mutation discovered that their information, including names and…

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Controversial Spyware App

Facebook announced this week that it will begin shutting down its controversial Onavo VPN app. The move comes in the wake of an earlier TechCrunch report that Facebook used Onavo code for research that gathered data on teen users. There’s nothing wrong with using a VPN service; indeed, it’s a smart technology to leverage if…

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Facebook Is Giving Users More Control To Stop Location Tracking

Facebook is often justly criticized for not doing enough to protect user privacy. However, the company made an encouraging change to its privacy settings this week, allowing users to opt out of sharing their location data while they’re not using the Facebook app. Before now, location tracking on Android was, as The Verge points out,…

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