Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Goes On The Defensive Over Privacy, Data Challenges

Facebook Goes On The Defensive Over Privacy, Data Challenges

Facebook is almost always in the spotlight over data and privacy issues. However, the social media giant has been under especially intense scrutiny for the past month as a series of bombshell reports from The Wall Street Journal revealed that the company has known for years about the risk that its services pose to users.…

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European Regulators Flag Privacy Concerns With Facebook Smart Glasses

European Regulators Flag Privacy Concerns With Facebook Smart Glasses

When it comes to developing new technologies, Facebook is constantly innovating — especially when it means that the company can gather more of our data. However, the social media giant’s latest invention may be a bridge too far for some experts and lawmakers. This week, European regulators issued a warning to Facebook that its “smart…

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FCC Commissioner Calls For More Transparency, Accountability From Facebook

FCC Commissioner Calls For More Transparency, Accountability From Facebook

This week, Facebook was rocked by a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal detailing how the social media giant has known for years that its services can be harmful for young users. Meanwhile, another report revealed that the company has quietly allowed more than 5.8 million prominent users to avoid the content moderation rules…

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Report: Facebook Is Aware Of How Harmful It Can Be For Young Users

Report: Facebook Is Aware Of How Harmful It Can Be For Young Users

For years, Facebook has been pushing to introduce new tools for young users despite concerns from experts and advocates. However, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the social media giant may have been doing this despite knowing that its platforms can be harmful to young users. According to the report, an…

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Report: Facebook Lets 5.8 Million Elite Users Break Its Rules

Report: Facebook Lets 5.8 Million Elite Users Break Its Rules

It shouldn’t be surprising that Facebook makes exceptions to cater to its famous users. However, the scope of their willingness to bend the rules is shocking. According to a bombshell report this week from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has operated a program called “XCheck” for years that allows celebrities, politicians and other notable users…

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Report: Facebook Provided Inaccurate Information To Misinformation Researchers

Report: Facebook Provided Inaccurate Information To Misinformation Researchers

Facebook has had a rocky relationship with researchers recently, even banning a few that it said violated the company’s standards. That trend continued last week when the company gave researchers flawed and incomplete data about how users interact with posts, providing info for only about half the users in the U.S. According to Cody Buntain,…

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Facebook’s New Smart Glasses Are Already Raising Privacy Concerns

Facebook’s New Smart Glasses Are Already Raising Privacy Concerns

This week, Facebook announced the launch of its first-ever smart glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, which will allow users to capture photos and video. But while this represents a major step forward in the company’s technology, it could also bring about potentially massive privacy issues. These glasses will pair with a new app called Facebook View…

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Report: Facebook Undermines Privacy For WhatsApp Users By Allowing Messages To Be Reviewed

Report: Facebook Undermines Privacy For WhatsApp Users By Allowing Messages To Be Reviewed

Facebook has long touted the privacy protections that it offers to WhatsApp users, including full end-to-end encryption for all messaging. However, according to a recent report from ProPublica, Facebook is reportedly paying teams of contractors around the world to read and moderate these supposedly private messages. The investigation found that when content is reported at…

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Facebook Apologizes For Its AI Mislabeling Black Men As “Primates”

Facebook Apologizes For Its AI Mislabeling Black Men As “Primates”

When it comes to content moderation, Facebook relies heavily on artificial intelligence to detect, flag, and label posts correctly. However, when the technology backfires, it can have embarrassing consequences. That’s what happened last week when a year-old video featuring Black men re-surfaced on the site, with Facebook’s algorithm asking users if they “want to see…

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Researchers: Thousands Of Facebook Posts Around January 6 Riots Are Missing

Researchers: Thousands Of Facebook Posts Around January 6 Riots Are Missing

In recent months, many lawmakers, researchers and academics have pressed Facebook for greater transparency into its data — especially surrounding the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. So it was surprising (and more than a little troubling) when a team of researchers recently discovered that thousands of posts around January 6 had disappeared from…

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