Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Updates Its Privacy Policy And Releases New Tools

Facebook Updates Its Privacy Policy And Releases New Tools

Facebook often touts the range of privacy tools that it offers its users. However, its policies can be difficult for the average person to understand. That’s why this week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it has redesigned and reworded its privacy policy to make it easier for users to read. This new simplified policy…

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Report: Facebook Is Struggling To Remove Videos Of Buffalo Shooting

Report: Facebook Is Struggling To Remove Videos Of Buffalo Shooting

Last weekend, ten people were killed in a horrific mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. During the rampage, the shooter livestreamed his actions on Twitch. Despite the video being removed from that platform two minutes later, the footage quickly began to circulate on other social media sites, including Facebook. And according to…

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New Facebook Photo App Raises Privacy Suspicions

New Facebook Photo App Raises Privacy Suspicions

You may have seen it already, but a new photo editing app called NewProfilePic Picture Editor is going viral on Facebook. However, the app, which allows users to make their pictures look like fancy illustrations, has already caused some experts to raise privacy concerns. The company behind the app is based in Russia, which has…

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Texas Users Can Now Sue Facebook For Allegedly Censoring Their Content

Texas Users Can Now Sue Facebook For Allegedly Censoring Their Content

This week, the state of Texas won a court battle that will allow it to partially govern how social media companies like Facebook can run their platforms. Under the legislation, Texas residents can sue tech giants like Facebook for allegedly censoring their content, making it illegal for these platforms to “block, ban, remove, deplatform, demonetize,…

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Former Facebook Content Moderator Accuses The Company Of Human Trafficking

Former Facebook Content Moderator Accuses The Company Of Human Trafficking

This week, a former Facebook content moderator named Daniel Motaung filed a lawsuit against Facebook parent company Meta in Kenya for alleged forced labor practices, union busting, and even human trafficking. In his suit, Motaung alleges that he wasn’t told during his recruitment process that he would have to look at graphic and disturbing content…

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Facebook Turns Off Augmented Reality Filters In Two States Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook Turns Off Augmented Reality Filters In Two States Over Privacy Concerns

Facebook has repeatedly landed in hot water with local governments around the country for its controversial use of facial recognition technology. And though the company has stopped gathering this biometric data, it’s still facing consequences from the years when it did in states like Illinois and Texas. That’s why Facebook announced this week that it’s…

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Facebook To Discontinue “Nearby Friends” And Other Location Tracking Features

Facebook To Discontinue “Nearby Friends” And Other Location Tracking Features

Last week, Facebook quietly announced that its location-based features like Nearby Friends reports will be discontinued by the end of the month. That means that the social media giant will drastically reduce the amount of our location data that it’s collecting. “Because you’ve previously used Nearby Friends, Weather alerts, Location History or Background Location, we’re…

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Man Arrested For Fake Facebook Page Loses Civil Suit Against Police

Man Arrested For Fake Facebook Page Loses Civil Suit Against Police

In 2016, Anthony Novak was arrested for creating a fake Facebook page that impersonated and made fun of the Parma, Ohio, police department. He was charged under an obscure law that “prohibits using a computer to interfere with police duties.” However, he was ultimately acquitted of the charges, and decided to file a civil suit…

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Court Rules That Facebook Can Turn Over Private Info To Law Enforcement

Court Rules That Facebook Can Turn Over Private Info To Law Enforcement

According to a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals this week, tech companies like Facebook can collect data from users and provide it to the government without violating their Fourth Amendment rights. The case originated when Facebook and Yahoo collected information via account searches that was later used to convict a defendant of child…

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Facebook Moderators Beg Company To Let Them Do More About Posts Praising Atrocities In Ukraine

Facebook Moderators Beg Company To Let Them Do More About Posts Praising Atrocities In Ukraine

According to a report this week in The Guardian, Facebook content moderators have called on the company to let them do more to remove posts praising or supporting the Russian military’s actions in Bucha, Ukraine. About a month ago, evidence emerged that various war crimes had been committed in the Kyiv suburb. However, according to…

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