Internet Safety & Privacy

Popular Fitness Brand Leaves Facebook, Citing Privacy Concerns

Popular Fitness Brand Leaves Facebook, Citing Privacy Concerns

As Facebook continues to get publicly raked over the coals for its privacy and data practices, many users have decided to quit the platform. However, businesses have been slower to say enough is enough. But that changed this week when popular fitness brand CrossFit announced its leaving both Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram because of concerns…

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Facebook Removed A Record 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts In First Quarter Alone

Facebook Removed A Record 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts In First Quarter Alone

Facebook released its third content transparency report this week, where the company revealed it has removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of 2019 alone. That figure is up by about a billion from the final quarter of 2018 — indicating a massive influx of bad actors on the platform. We’ve seen a…

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Report: Many Users Missing Facial Recognition Privacy Setting

Report: Many Users Missing Facial Recognition Privacy Setting

Facebook collects a ton of information about us—even the biometric data of our faces. That’s why it was so important in 2017 when Facebook announced users would be able to opt out of the platform’s face recognition through their account settings. However, according to a story from Consumer Reports this week, many users still don’t…

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Report: Facebook Data Helps Companies Guess Your Credit Score

Report: Facebook Data Helps Companies Guess Your Credit Score

By this point, it’s common knowledge that Facebook possesses a ton of our data. The social media giant uses this access to help companies target advertising based on our interests, histories, education and more. And, according to a report in The Intercept this week, Facebook can even help advertisers guess users’ credit scores. Facebook routinely…

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Facebook Promise To Restore Groups Sabotaged By Bad Actors

Facebook Promise To Restore Groups Sabotaged By Bad Actors

If you belong to a Facebook group, you may have noticed last week that many began to change their privacy settings to “Secret” mode. That’s because bad actors are allegedly joining public Facebook groups, then flooding their pages with offensive content in order to get the group banned. It’s unclear how widespread this problem is,…

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Facebook Introduces “One Strike” Policy For Live-Streaming Abuse

Facebook Introduces “One Strike” Policy For Live-Streaming Abuse

After Facebook’s Live platform was used to broadcast a horrific terrorist attack at a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, in March, the company vowed it would do more to restrict how its live-streaming feature could be used. Facebook delivered on its promise this week, announcing a “one-strike” policy that will ban users for a limited…

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Facebook Has To Sooth Its Advertisers After Introducing New Privacy Tools For Users

Facebook Has To Sooth Its Advertisers After Introducing New Privacy Tools For Users

Facebook might be free for anyone to use, but that doesn’t mean we don’t pay for the privilege. In order to make money, the platform openly relies on acquiring as much user data as possible to target advertising. That’s why the company published a blog post this week reassuring advertisers that the site’s new privacy…

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Report: Facebook Could Face 20 Years of Privacy Oversight

Report: Facebook Could Face 20 Years of Privacy Oversight

Facebook has been negotiating with regulators from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) for months to determine how the company will be punished for its treatment of user data. According to a report from Reuters this week, the final verdict could be handed down as soon as next month — and it could potentially feature a…

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Presidential Candidates Blast Facebook For Privacy Woes

Presidential Candidates Blast Facebook For Privacy Woes

In recent months, Facebook has been called upon by advocates, lawmakers and even one of its co-founders to submit to government regulation. Many of these experts have expressed concern that the company has become too large, too powerful, and too controlling of its users’ private information. Now two prominent candidates for the U.S. presidency in…

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Study: Facebook Is Auto-Generating Terrorist Content

Study: Facebook Is Auto-Generating Terrorist Content

A new study released this week found that not only are terrorist groups active on Facebook, but that the social media giant may be unintentionally creating terrorist content based on what they share. The investigation, conducted by the National Whistleblowers Center, analyzed the pages of 3,000 Facebook members with connections to terrorist organizations. Researchers also…

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