Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Monitors And Tracks Users It Deems a Threat

Report: Facebook Monitors And Tracks Users It Deems a Threat

Facebook’s bread and butter is collecting user data, so it’s no surprise the company has the capability to track us wherever we go. However, a new report from CNBC spells out just how far Facebook is willing to go to use this tool if it thinks it’s facing a threat. According to the report, Facebook…

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Report: Facebook Lets You Search For Photos Of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones

Report: Facebook Lets You Search For Photos Of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones

Facebook might be a world-dominating tech giant today, but it began its life as a humble — and deeply creepy —platform called Fashmash. That early iteration of the platform was designed for Harvard University students to rate their female colleagues by physical appearance. Facebook has gone to great lengths to distance itself from those early…

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Reporter Tries (And Fails) To Keep His Unborn Baby A Secret From Facebook

Reporter Tries (And Fails) To Keep His Unborn Baby A Secret From Facebook

Facebook has access to an unprecedented amount of our data, and it uses it well: the company makes a majority of its revenue from advertisers, who can take advantage of your info to target you. This is an undeniably creepy phenomenon, though most of us simply accept it as the price we pay to use…

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Lawmakers Question Facebook Over Report On “Spying” App

Lawmakers Question Facebook Over Report On “Spying” App

Three prominent U.S. senators sent a letter to Facebook, Google and Apple executives this week in the wake of a TechCrunch report detailing how Facebook used iOS and Android apps to monitor teen users. In their letter, the lawmakers grilled Facebook and the other companies for more details about the app and the info it…

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Zuckerberg Vows To Spend More Than $3.7 Billion On Safety And Security In 2019

Zuckerberg Vows To Spend More Than $3.7 Billion On Safety And Security In 2019

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Facebook, and the social media giant is facing more questions than ever regarding its role in the world. However, instead of owning up to his company’s many mistakes, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the occasion to get defensive about his creation. In a post celebrating the…

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Facebook Will Finally Let You Delete Messages After You’ve Sent Them

Facebook Will Finally Let You Delete Messages After You’ve Sent Them

Facebook finally rolled out a long-promised feature this week that will allow you to delete a message from someone else’s inbox up to ten minutes after you’ve sent it. (Think the “undo” feature common to most email providers.) However, there’s an unanswered question hovering over this admittedly-welcome privacy feature: would users have ever gotten it…

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Major Fact-Checking Organizations Quit Working With Facebook

Major Fact-Checking Organizations Quit Working With Facebook

Facebook is regularly forced to cope with privacy and data problems, but perhaps the largest issue it faces may also be the hardest to solve: dealing with the spread of fake news and malicious content. And the company’s fight got even harder last week when two of its major fact-checking partners, Snopes and the Associated…

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Facebook Hires Three Of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook Hires Three Of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook is no stranger to receiving criticism from lawmakers, privacy advocates and the public alike. However, the company may have discovered a unique way to quiet this negativity — by hiring its most prominent critics. This week, Facebook announced that it has hired three veteran privacy law activists, including Nate Cardozo from the Electronic Frontier…

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Report: It’s Alarmingly Easy For Sex Offenders To Get Facebook Accounts

Report: It’s Alarmingly Easy For Sex Offenders To Get Facebook Accounts

Facebook has well over 2 billion active users, which means it has to deal with its fair share of bad apples. But even when the company creates policies to protect its users, that doesn’t always stop predators from using the site. For instance, according to a recent report, there are a shocking amount of convicted…

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Report: Facebook Has Been Secretly Paying People For The Right To Spy On Them

Report: Facebook Has Been Secretly Paying People For The Right To Spy On Them

Facebook will do anything to gather more data about its users and learn about its competitors — including reportedly paying people to install a VPN that allowed the company to spy on their phone and web activity. Since 2016, Facebook has allegedly paid users between the ages of 16 and 35 up to $20 a…

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