Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Says A Chinese Company Compromised User Accounts With Malware

Facebook Says A Chinese Company Compromised User Accounts With Malware

Because of its massive size and reach, Facebook has a well-documented problem with scams spreading on its platform. The company filters out as much of the malware as it can, but millions of posts still slip through the cracks. However, the company came down hard on several suspected cybercriminals this week, suing a Hong Kong…

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Civil Rights Groups Slam Facebook For “Lackluster Response” To Hate Speech

Civil Rights Groups Slam Facebook For “Lackluster Response” To Hate Speech

Facebook’s controversial policy on political ads came under fire once again this week, this time from a collection of civil rights groups who said Facebook is not adequately addressing their concerns about hate speech. These groups, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and NAACP, met with Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg…

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Chicago Police Blast Facebook For “Harboring Criminals”

Chicago Police Blast Facebook For “Harboring Criminals”

It’s no secret that Facebook doesn’t have the best reputation when it comes to user privacy. However, the company has labored in recent years to prove to the public that it genuinely wants to protect our private information. But even some of these steps have proven controversial. For instance, when the social media giant expanded…

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Facebook Defends Policy Allowing Fake Ads

Facebook Defends Policy Allowing Fake Ads

With the 2020 U.S. presidential election looming, Facebook has once again found itself under the microscope for its handling of fake news. And the results of this scrutiny haven’t been great for the social media giant. While other tech platforms like Twitter have banned political advertising altogether, Facebook has doubled down by allowing politicians to…

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Facebook Says Users Accidentally Gave Access To Personal Data To Third-Party Apps

Facebook Says Users Accidentally Gave Access To Personal Data To Third-Party Apps

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that hundreds of users may have had their personal data improperly accessed by third-party app developers. According to Facebook, security researchers notified the social media giant that two bad actors, One Audience and Mobiburn, paid developers to use malicious software developer kits in “a number of” popular apps. The company…

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Report: Facebook Built A Facial Recognition App To Test On Employees

Report: Facebook Built A Facial Recognition App To Test On Employees

Facebook stepped into yet another privacy controversy this week when it was revealed that the social media giant built a facial recognition app to test on its employees and their friends. According to Business Insider, the tool was capable of identifying people in real time by simply pointing a camera at them. The app, which…

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Amnesty International Calls Facebook Surveillance An “Unprecedented Danger”

Amnesty International Calls Facebook Surveillance An “Unprecedented Danger”

In recent months, Facebook has faced intense scrutiny from regulators and lawmakers around the world for its controversial data and privacy practices. Now, one of the largest and most powerful nonprofit organizations in the world has also weighed in. This week, Amnesty International said the business model of tech giants like Facebook and Google is…

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Report: Facebook’s Fake Account Problem Is Getting Bigger

Report: Facebook’s Fake Account Problem Is Getting Bigger

Facebook has always had a major issue with fake accounts. These spammy profiles are created to impersonate other users, sell phony products, scam people and more. And according to Facebook’s own numbers and a recent report in the Financial Times, the problem is getting worse. For its part, Facebook claims to have about 2.45 billion…

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Lawmakers Question Facebook About User Location Tracking

Lawmakers Question Facebook About User Location Tracking

Of all Facebook’s troubling privacy practices, location tracking might be the most invasive. After all, the social media giant can basically follow you anywhere on the planet using nothing more than its app. And this fall, Facebook quietly published a blog post explaining that it can even track users who opt out of letting it…

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Report: Facebook Funds Privacy Nonprofits To Shape Policy

Report: Facebook Funds Privacy Nonprofits To Shape Policy

Nonprofit watchdogs have long been one of the strongest checks against Facebook’s potential data and privacy abuses. These groups monitor the company’s actions, report on them to the public and lobby politicians to shape the law. However, according to a troubling new report from Bloomberg Law, many of these same groups also accept donations from…

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