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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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Report: Facebook Manipulates Your Privacy Choices Through Design

When it comes to manipulating user behavior, Facebook and other tech giants have a scary array of tools at their disposal. However, perhaps none are as insidious as the use of shady design tactics — or “dark patterning” — to squeeze more information out of users. Facebook uses this practice by designing its interface and…

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More Than 120 Groups Call On Facebook To Create Comprehensive Hate Speech Policy

Late last week, a coalition of more than 120 advocacy groups and NGOs sent a letter to Facebook calling on the social media giant to implement a comprehensive hate speech policy against anti-Semitism. The coalition’s central demand is for Facebook to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism. This definition, used by…

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Facebook Takes Down Foreign Troll Farm Posing As American Citizens

In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, Facebook vowed to do a better job detecting and removing misinformation. It announced the results of one such effort this week, taking down a Romania-based troll farm that ran accounts posing as African Americans in support of Donald Trump. According to Facebook, this operation didn’t have clear…

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Facebook’s Own Content Moderators Call For Advertising Boycott To Be Extended

Last month, a Facebook advertiser boycott was organized to protest the company’s handling of hate speech and misinformation. And while the Stop Hate for Profit campaign achieved its goal of getting Facebook’s attention, the future of the initiative is unclear. Many of the participating brands only signed on for one month, and while some major…

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Facebook Complains That New Apple Privacy Tools Could Hurt Its Business

It’s no secret that Facebook makes most of its revenue from targeted advertising — and that system only works because of the amount of user data it controls. So when the company’s rival Apple announced that it would be making it harder for developers to mine data on iOS 14, Facebook sounded the alarm with…

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Lawmakers Blast Facebook For Monopolizing Data, Spying On Competitors

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and other tech leaders are appearing in front of Congress this week to answer questions about the size and scope of their market power. And so far, it has not been going well for the social media giant, with lawmakers accusing Facebook of neutralizing competitors, violating antitrust laws and hoarding user…

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Report: The Facebook Hate Speech Boycott May Be Losing Steam

When civil rights groups and activists organized a boycott of Facebook advertisers, it seemed like the social media giant might finally have to sit up and pay attention to its hate speech and misinformation problems. However, according to a report this week in Digital Trends, the “Stop Hate for Profit” campaign may be quietly running…

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Facebook Removes Another Viral Video Making False Coronavirus Claims

On Facebook, bad actors often seek to take advantage of stories in the news to scam unsuspecting users — and the coronavirus pandemic is no exception. The social media giant has been forced to contend with a surge of misinformation surrounding the virus, including a recent video from conservative outlet Breitbart that made false claims…

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Experts Warn Against Using Unencrypted Facebook Messenger

Last week, Facebook proudly rolled out a new security feature for its Messenger platform that allows users to unlock their messages with a face scan. However, according to experts, this extra layer of privacy is still woefully inadequate. Comparing the new feature to “adding extra locks to the front door of a bank while leaving…

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Update: Facebook Adds Another $100 Million To Its Privacy Settlement

Facebook improved its offer this week to end a long-running class-action suit against the company alleging that its facial recognition technology violated Illinois privacy law. Instead of its initial $550 million offer, the social media giant is now offering $650 million to users. The richer offer comes after a federal judge was unimpressed with the…

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Facebook Adds New Privacy Protections For Messenger App

This week, Facebook announced a host of new privacy features for its Messenger app that will give users added protections and greater control over their settings. According to the social media giant, it will begin testing tools that will allow users to control who is able to message them, as well as a feature that…

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Advocacy Group Calls On Facebook Advisory Board Not To Be “Complicit In Facebook’s Charade”

A new nonprofit advocacy group called Accountable Tech is calling on Facebook’s Oversight Board members to demand “real authority” from the social media giant. If they aren’t given it, the group has said that the board members should quit. The Oversight Board was created as an independent “supreme court” that would have the power to…

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