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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 Now Lets You Transfer Your More Of Your Data To Other Platforms

By now, most Facebook users understand that the company makes its revenue from controlling as much of our data as possible. However, in recent years, the social media giant has made it easier for users to download their data and port it to other platforms. In other words, if you’re sick of Facebook and want…

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Whistleblower: Facebook Loophole Allows For Fake Engagement And Inauthentic Activity

This week, The Guardian published a bombshell report and interview with former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang alleging that a loophole on the platform allows for governments to create fake supporters and criticize opponents. According to Zhang, Facebook also deprioritizes cracking down on bad actors in poorer countries while using its power to sway politics…

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Child Safety Experts Urge Facebook To Scrap “Instagram For Kids” Idea

Facebook has long planned to roll out some version of its popular photo sharing app Instagram for young users. However, an international coalition of child safety advocates came forward this week and urged the company to abandon its plan. According to these experts, the idea raises a host of concerns for the well-being of children,…

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Facebook Critic And Data Breach Victim Shows Just How Much The Company Knows About Him

When Facebook critic Zamaan Qureshi discovered his data was included in the recent data breach that affected over 500 million users, he decided to find out exactly what Facebook knows about him. That’s why he downloaded his data through the Settings tab on the site and shared it for everyone to see. According to the…

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Expert: Facebook Had Years To Fix Recent Data Breach Problem

Last week, it was revealed that over 500 million Facebook users had their personal data leaked online by hackers. For its part, Facebook said that it patched the issue in 2019. However, according to security researchers, Facebook had known about similar security vulnerabilities for years, and could’ve made a much stronger effort to prevent this…

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Report: Facebook Is Still Promoting Violent Groups To Users Despite Ban

Last summer, Facebook took a public stand against violent extremist groups, promising to remove their pages and content in advance of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. However, according to a report in BuzzFeed News this week, the platform is still actively labelling people as “interested” in these groups for advertisers. The discovery was made by…

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Hacked Data Of Over 500 Million Facebook Users Leaked Online

Facebook has dealt with data breaches before, and as of this weekend, there’s another major scandal to add to this shameful list. That’s because the data of over 500 million Facebook users — including names, birthdays, relationship status, birthplace, email addresses, and more — recently leaked on a website for hackers. The data, which was…

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Report: UK Government May Force Facebook To Provide Backdoor Access To Private Messages

Around the world, Facebook has faced increasing pressure from governments to stop exploring end-to-end encryption technology. While on its face, this kind of protection is a good thing for user privacy, it also offers blanket protection for bad actors like terrorists and child predators. And this debate ratcheted up again this week when it was…

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Poll: Facebook Is Widely Mistrusted, Even Compared To Other Tech Giants

In recent years, Facebook has been bombarded virtually constantly with privacy and content moderation scandals. From the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal onward, the company has suffered hit after hit in the court of public opinion. And according to a new poll from journalist David Gewirtz, Facebook’s poor reputation has led to an almost shocking…

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Facebook Is Giving Users More Control Over Their News Feed, Comments, And More

Facebook announced this week that it is introducing new features that will give users greater control over their News Feeds, as well as who comments on their content. One of these new features will allow users to filter their News Feed content through “Favorites” and “Recent,” ensuring people only see what they want from who…

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Experts Explain Why Medical Misinformation Continues To Spread On Facebook Despite Ban

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, Facebook has struggled to stop the spread of potentially dangerous medical misinformation. And now that vaccines to fight the deadly pandemic are beginning to roll out around the world, the social media giant faces a renewed wave of false content. Thankfully, Facebook has taken steps to address this…

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Facebook Blocks Politician, Gets Accused Of “Digital Totalitarianism”

This week, Facebook suspended the account of controversial Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. This move led to cries of censorship from the Venezuelan government — while others wondered what took Facebook so long to act against the authoritarian leader. Since January, Maduro has been promoting a Venezuelan-made liquid called Carvativir that he…

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