Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Failed To Block Ads Containing Death Threats To Election Workers

Report: Facebook Failed To Block Ads Containing Death Threats To Election Workers

Facebook explicitly bans threats of violence in its Community Standards. However, according to a report released this week from watchdog group Global Witness and NYU, the social media giant doesn’t always enforce its own rules. As a test, these researchers submitted 20 ads featuring violent content and calls to “lynch,” “murder,” and “execute” election workers…

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Report: It Can Take Years To Recover A Hacked Facebook Account

Report: It Can Take Years To Recover A Hacked Facebook Account

No matter how much Facebook improves its security measures, hackers will always be a threat to users on the platform. However, how the company helps these users who have fallen victim to bad actors could apparently use a lot of improvement. According to a recent report in The Washington Post, it can take years for…

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Facebook Is Removing Religion, Sexuality, Address And More From User Profiles

Facebook Is Removing Religion, Sexuality, Address And More From User Profiles

When Facebook was first created, it made sense for the platform to invite users to share their personal information. After all, it was a small site used exclusively to connect with people the user already knew. However, times have changed, and the company has since exploded in scale while facing countless privacy scandals. That’s why,…

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Facebook Fined 265 Million Euros Over Privacy Breach

Facebook Fined 265 Million Euros Over Privacy Breach

Facebook often gets in more trouble in Europe over privacy violations than it does here in the States. The latest example of that occurred this week when the social media giant got slapped with a huge €265 million fine in Ireland for allowing Facebook user data to be scraped. According to Ireland’s Data Protection Commissioner,…

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Report: Tax Filing Websites Sent Facebook Sensitive Financial Info

Report: Tax Filing Websites Sent Facebook Sensitive Financial Info

In recent months, Facebook has come under fire for gathering too much personal info from users through its Meta Pixel tool. This feature is included on countless sites around the web, including medical log-in portals, banking institutions, and more platforms capable of sending sensitive data to the social media giant. The latest shoe to drop…

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Facebook Announces Stronger Default Privacy Settings For Young Users

Facebook Announces Stronger Default Privacy Settings For Young Users

Last fall, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen revealed that the company knew its products could be harmful to young users but wasn’t doing enough to address the problem. Now, one year later, Facebook has stepped up with a set of new policies designed to protect teenaged users. Most notably, every person under the age of 16…

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Oversight Board Orders Facebook To Restore Post Comparing Russians To Nazis

Oversight Board Orders Facebook To Restore Post Comparing Russians To Nazis

Several years ago, Facebook established its semi-independent Oversight Board to help it make decisions in sensitive content moderation cases. While many of these decisions don’t make the news, one case is likely to cause ripples this week. That’s because the Board ordered Facebook to restore a post from a Latvian user calling Russians “Nazis” for…

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$90 Million Facebook Privacy Settlement Approved By Judge

$90 Million Facebook Privacy Settlement Approved By Judge

This week, a federal judge in California gave final approval to a $90 million privacy settlement granted to Facebook users in a decade-old class action suit. The case, originally filed in 2011, claimed that Facebook tracked the activity of users via a “Like” button installed on countless pages around the web. The suit also claimed…

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Journalist Raises Suspicions That Facebook Is Listening To His Conversations

Journalist Raises Suspicions That Facebook Is Listening To His Conversations

For years, Facebook users have alleged that the social media giant is spying on their real-world conversations to better target advertising. This time, a UK journalist said he was “creeped out” after suspecting that the social media giant was eavesdropping on two of his conversations. In one, he was on the phone discussing the removal…

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Report: Schools’ Facebook Posts May Violate Student Privacy

Report: Schools’ Facebook Posts May Violate Student Privacy

Many schools around the country use Facebook as an important tool to communicate with parents and students. However, this can also have major privacy drawbacks for students who are featured in the schools’ posts. According to a report released this week from the American Educational Research Association, these posts may violate student privacy by allowing…

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