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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 Introduces New Tool To Make It Easier To Access Your Data

It’s no secret that Facebook possesses a ton of our information. In fact, the company’s entire business model depends on it. However, the social media giant is also under constant pressure from lawmakers and privacy advocates to be more transparent about the data it gathers. That’s why the company originally introduced the Download Your Information…

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Update: Zoom App Stops Sending User Data To Facebook

Last week, the popular telecommuting app Zoom landed in hot water when it was revealed that it was sending its users’ data to Facebook without their knowledge. Now, just a few days later, the company has done a complete turnaround, and has promised to ensure that this kind of data sharing “does not happen again.”…

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Facebook Says It Has Directed 1B People To Accurate COVID-19 Info

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic raging across the globe, Facebook has notably stepped up its efforts to fight the spread of medical misinformation. And earlier this week, the social media giant announced that it has already directed more than 1 billion people to check out accurate information. “Ever since the World Health Organization…

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Report: The Government Wants Facebook’s Data To Fight Coronavirus

The U.S. government is reportedly in discussions with Facebook, Google and other major tech companies to use location and movement data from Americans’ smartphones in order to track the spread of the coronavirus. On its face, this feels invasive, but some privacy advocates are saying that this may be a chance for the social media…

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Face Mask Ads Still Appearing On Facebook Despite Ban

On March 6, Facebook promised that it would begin cracking down on advertisements for medical face masks and other fraudulent coronavirus-related content. The company also said that it would begin to remove the ads “over the next few days.” However, according to consumer groups Digital Citizens Alliance and the Coalition for a Safer Web, these…

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Report: Facebook’s Misinformation Problem Is Rooted In Data Collection

Facebook has a well-publicized problem with spam and fake news spreading on its platform. That issue has only become more apparent during the global coronavirus outbreak, which has seen Facebook cracking down hard on fake ads regarding the pandemic. But why, exactly, does Facebook have such a massive issue with misinformation? According to a report…

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Facebook Is Wrongly Marking Legitimate Coronavirus Articles As Spam

Facebook recently announced that because of the coronavirus, it would have to send many of its content moderators home to work. As a result, the social media giant warned that it may experience problems removing spam and other kinds of offensive content. Now, just a few days later, it would appear as though that’s exactly…

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Facebook Says Coronavirus May Cause Delay In Removing Offensive Content

Facebook has long struggled to keep up with the amount of spam, malware and offensive content that floods its platform. Now, because of the global coronavirus outbreak, the social media giant says those problems may intensify. According to the company, it has sent much of its global content reviewing staff home to work remotely because…

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Facebook Takes Down Massive Network Of Trolls

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook received heavy criticism for allowing fake news to spread unchecked across its platform. And much of this spam was propagated by Russian intelligence and other foreign bodies seeking to pollute our news feeds with disinformation. Now, according to a months-long investigation by CNN, these trolls are back —…

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Researchers: New Malware Uses Facebook Cookies To Hijack User Accounts

Facebook has long been a target for malware scams intended to steal users’ data, but a new scheme has emerged that preys upon an often-overlooked part of the web experience — our browser cookies. According to security firm Kaspersky, they’ve uncovered a new family of malware programs dubbed Cookiethief. These programs work by stealing users’…

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Facebook Temporarily Bans Ads For Medical Facemasks In Order To Fight False Health Claims

On Facebook, scammers often take advantage of stories in the news in order to exploit users — and the global coronavirus outbreak may be the biggest example of yet. That’s why, late last week, Facebook announced a temporary ban on ads for medical facemasks that may be making false health promises or further stoking public…

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Researchers: Gaps In Facebook’s Ad Platform Could Have Enabled “Malicious” Marketers

Facebook has made a point of saying that it will do little to fact-check or police the content of political ads on its platform. However, the company does require accounts that post political ads to identify who they are and what they represent. But according to a report in The Washington Post this week, there…

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