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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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Attorney General: Facebook Could Potentially Be Held Liable For User Posts

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has proven to be a fierce opponent to Facebook. He has repeatedly challenged the social media giant on issues of data and privacy, pressing it to stop its end-to-end encryption plans for Messenger in order to give law enforcement officials a backdoor. And earlier this week, in a series of…

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Facebook Dating Rollout Delayed In Europe Over Privacy Questions

European countries have long had stricter privacy laws than the U.S. As a result, Facebook has always faced an uphill battle to get its products launched there. The latest offering from the social media giant to fall victim to these tough rules is Facebook Dating, the company’s attempt to compete with dating apps like Tinder…

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Facebook Releases Trove Of User Data To Academic Researchers

This week, Facebook finally followed through on its two-year-old promise to release user data to academic researchers in order to study the platform’s impact on society. The dataset will allow researchers to see millions of links that users have shared on Facebook, whether they were flagged as hate speech, and who viewed, shared or interacted…

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Mark Zuckerberg Says Facebook Must Be Regulated To Win Back User Trust

In in the wake of multiple data and privacy scandals in recent years, lawmakers have begun to discuss the possibility that Facebook may require government regulation to properly protect its users. And, somewhat surprisingly, even Facebook itself agrees. This week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to several platforms to express a desire for…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Malicious Accounts

Facebook was heavily criticized following the 2016 U.S. presidential election for the role it played in the spread of fake news and malicious content. That’s why the social media giant has been extra vigilant in the run up to the next election for bad actors abusing the platform — especially if they’re operating abroad. And…

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Consumer Reports Warns Facebook Users About The Latest Scamming Tactics

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is a fertile breeding ground for scams and malware. And the cybercriminals behind these cons are constantly adapting their methods to stay ahead of Facebook’s security. That’s why, this week, Consumer Reports published a blog post educating users on how to avoid falling for these…

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Facebook’s Bug Bounty Program Catches Massive Data-Leaking Issue

Facebook gets a lot of well-deserved flak for its data and privacy failings. However, its bug bounty program — which pays independent researchers to discover flaws in the platform — has always been a bright spot. And in 2019, it was more successful than ever, with the largest number of accepted bugs since the program…

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Report: Facebook Knew About Security Flaw That Caused Massive Data Breach

In September 2018, nearly 50 million Facebook users had their accounts exposed in a data breach. It was the largest such attack in Facebook’s history, and the company is still dealing with the blow that its public perception took as a result. Now, according to an explosive report in the Telegraph this week, Facebook employees…

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Facebook’s Official Twitter Accounts Hacked

In recent years, Facebook has worked to strengthen its security measures — or at least to appear as though it’s doing a better job. However, that public relations campaign may have taken a hit late last week when the official Twitter accounts for both Facebook and Messenger were seemingly hacked by the group OurMine. The…

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Report: Facebook Still Allowing Anti-Vaccine Content Despite Ban

Facebook was recently applauded when it changed its policies to crack down on the anti-vaccine content that had been spreading like wildfire across its platform. However, according to a report from Buzzfeed News, the social media giant hasn’t exactly eradicated the problem. Reporters for Buzzfeed conducted a search and easily found ads that explicitly question…

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Facebook “Demands” Controversial Company Stop Gathering Facial Recognition Data

The New York Times published an expose on a data firm called Clearview AI that scrapes pictures from across the Internet in order to help law enforcement quickly identify suspects. Many of these photos come from Facebook. Now, Facebook has demanded that the company stop gathering user data for its facial recognition database. Facebook isn’t…

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Children’s Advocates Criticize Facebook Encryption

Facebook has long touted its messaging encryption plan as the wave of the future for user privacy. However, child safety advocacy groups have begun to raise concerns that this feature will actually offer predators a place to hide. This week, a group of 129 child protection organizations, led by the National Society for the Prevention…

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