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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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Facebook Algorithm Reveals A Lot Of Spam In Top Shared Links

Last week, Facebook parent company Meta released its quarterly “widely-viewed content report” that details the most-viewed organic content in the U.S., including domains, links, Pages and posts. And unfortunately, the report revealed that six of the top 20 shared on Facebook were removed for being spam. “In this report, there were pieces of content that…

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Report: Facebook Is Struggling To Remove Videos Of Buffalo Shooting

Last weekend, ten people were killed in a horrific mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. During the rampage, the shooter livestreamed his actions on Twitch. Despite the video being removed from that platform two minutes later, the footage quickly began to circulate on other social media sites, including Facebook. And according to…

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Australian Regulators Call For Stronger Ban On Fraudulent Facebook Advertisements

It’s not exactly breaking news that financial scams are all too common on Facebook. However, some government regulators around the world have reached a breaking point, calling for the social media giant to adhere to a mandatory code of conduct to help better protect the public from these scams. According to the Australian Financial Services…

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New Facebook Photo App Raises Privacy Suspicions

You may have seen it already, but a new photo editing app called NewProfilePic Picture Editor is going viral on Facebook. However, the app, which allows users to make their pictures look like fancy illustrations, has already caused some experts to raise privacy concerns. The company behind the app is based in Russia, which has…

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Texas Users Can Now Sue Facebook For Allegedly Censoring Their Content

This week, the state of Texas won a court battle that will allow it to partially govern how social media companies like Facebook can run their platforms. Under the legislation, Texas residents can sue tech giants like Facebook for allegedly censoring their content, making it illegal for these platforms to “block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize,…

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Former Facebook Content Moderator Accuses The Company Of Human Trafficking

This week, a former Facebook content moderator named Daniel Motaung filed a lawsuit against Facebook parent company Meta in Kenya for alleged forced labor practices, union busting, and even human trafficking. In his suit, Motaung alleges that he wasn’t told during his recruitment process that he would have to look at graphic and disturbing content…

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Facebook Turns Off Augmented Reality Filters In Two States Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook has repeatedly landed in hot water with local governments around the country for its controversial use of facial recognition technology. And though the company has stopped gathering this biometric data, it’s still facing consequences from the years when it did in states like Illinois and Texas. That’s why Facebook announced this week that it’s…

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Facebook To Discontinue “Nearby Friends” And Other Location Tracking Features

Last week, Facebook quietly announced that its location-based features like Nearby Friends reports will be discontinued by the end of the month. That means that the social media giant will drastically reduce the amount of our location data that it’s collecting. “Because you’ve previously used Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History or Background Location, we’re…

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Man Arrested For Fake Facebook Page Loses Civil Suit Against Police

In 2016, Anthony Novak was arrested for creating a fake Facebook page that impersonated and made fun of the Parma, Ohio, police department. He was charged under an obscure law that “prohibits using a computer to interfere with police duties.” However, he was ultimately acquitted of the charges, and decided to file a civil suit…

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Court Rules That Facebook Can Turn Over Private Info To Law Enforcement

According to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals this week, tech companies like Facebook can collect data from users and provide it to the government without violating their Fourth Amendment rights. The case originated when Facebook and Yahoo collected information via account searches that was later used to convict a defendant of child…

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Facebook Moderators Beg Company To Let Them Do More About Posts Praising Atrocities In Ukraine

According to a report this week in The Guardian, Facebook content moderators have called on the company to let them do more to remove posts praising or supporting the Russian military’s actions in Bucha, Ukraine. About a month ago, evidence emerged that various war crimes had been committed in the Kyiv suburb. However, according to…

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Department Of Education Caught Sending Personal Data To Facebook

According to a bombshell report from The Markup this week, if you applied for student loans through Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) this year, your personal data may have been sent to Facebook without you knowing it. The Markup first discovered the problem by examining the code embedded in the FAFSA website. When students…

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