Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: It’s Easy For Misinformation Groups To Avoid Detection On Facebook

Report: It’s Easy For Misinformation Groups To Avoid Detection On Facebook

Facebook has come under intense criticism in recent weeks for allowing anti-vax and COVID-19 misinformation to spread on its platform. In response, the social media giant has trumpeted its success connecting users to accurate info and removing groups that spread misinformation. However, according to a new report from NBC News, it’s shockingly easy for these…

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President Biden Accuses Facebook Of “Killing People” With Misinformation

President Biden Accuses Facebook Of “Killing People” With Misinformation

For much of the past year, Facebook has been fighting an uphill battle against COVID-19 misinformation. From conspiracy theories about the disease itself to dangerous anti-vax content, the platform has faced sharp criticism from advocates and lawmakers. But perhaps the strongest critique of all came last week from the president of the United States, who…

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White House Pressures Facebook To Remove Misinformation Quicker

White House Pressures Facebook To Remove Misinformation Quicker

It has become increasingly clear in recent years that Facebook has a problem controlling the spread of dangerous misinformation on its platform. And this week, it also became apparent that the most powerful lawmakers in the country have finally had enough. The White House publicly stepped up pressure on the social media giant to remove…

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Report: Facebook Has Fired 52 Employees For Spying On Users

Report: Facebook Has Fired 52 Employees For Spying On Users

As the release date approaches for a book that takes an inside look at Facebook’s operations, disturbing excerpts continue to emerge about the company’s data and privacy practices. The most recent revelation: Facebook fired 52 engineers in 2014 and 2015 alone for spying on users. According to the report, the majority of these engineers were…

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Report: Facebook Was Shocked To Discover Foreign Interference On Its Platform

Report: Facebook Was Shocked To Discover Foreign Interference On Its Platform

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook came under intense scrutiny for its role in allowing foreign bad actors to spread misinformation and propaganda on the platform. And now, according to a new book from New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, Facebook was just as caught off guard by…

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Facebook Challenged Abroad Again Over Its Privacy Practices

Facebook Challenged Abroad Again Over Its Privacy Practices

Facebook is once again under fire overseas for its data and privacy policies, this time in the Netherlands. Two non-profits have filed litigation against the social media giant alleging that its collection of user data has no legal basis under the country’s laws. The groups are suing for compensation for individuals while also calling for…

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Former President Trump Sues Facebook For Censorship

Former President Trump Sues Facebook For Censorship

A month ago, Facebook suspended Donald Trump from its platform for two years over his comments surrounding the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. However, the former president isn’t going to take the ban sitting down. This week, he announced sweeping class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google for banning him from their…

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Facebook Tests Warning For Anti-Extremist Content

Facebook Tests Warning For Anti-Extremist Content

Over the past several years, Facebook has seen an explosion of misinformation and potentially dangerous extremist content on its platform. Now, the social media giant is rolling out a new tool to stop the latter, warning users if they have potentially been exposed to extremist content — and asking them if they’re worried their friends…

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Facebook Commits To Stopping Harassment, Abuse Of Women On Its Platform

Facebook Commits To Stopping Harassment, Abuse Of Women On Its Platform

This week, Facebook and several other tech giants pledged at the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris to stop the harassment and abuse of women online. The improvements Facebook will make come after a year of consulting with the Web Foundation and over 120 women experts from around the world. Facebook has committed to improving…

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German Privacy Commissioner Orders Government To Close Down Facebook Pages Over Privacy Concerns

German Privacy Commissioner Orders Government To Close Down Facebook Pages Over Privacy Concerns

European authorities have long given Facebook a much harder time than their American counterparts, and the country of Germany is certainly no exception. Earlier this month, a German privacy commissioner ordered all German government ministries to shut down their Facebook pages by the end of the year after finding that Facebook has failed to change…

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