Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Asks Court To “Crack The Whip” To Silence Black Whistleblower

Facebook Asks Court To “Crack The Whip” To Silence Black Whistleblower

Facebook is dealing with so many controversies here in the U.S. it can be easy to forget the company’s troubles abroad. One such issue is a South African whistleblower who was fired after leading a unionization effort for better pay and working conditions. The whistleblower, Daniel Motaung, is now taking the social media giant to…

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Facebook Wrestles With Decision To Share User Data With Law Enforcement Following Roe V. Wade Decision

Facebook Wrestles With Decision To Share User Data With Law Enforcement Following Roe V. Wade Decision

Following last week’s monumental Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, many privacy advocates have pressed Facebook to share whether it will help in abortion prosecutions by sharing user data with police. And so far, Facebook hasn’t provided an answer. Of course, experts and users alike have long been concerned about the amount of…

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Report: Facebook Bans Users Who Say They Will Mail Abortion Pills

Report: Facebook Bans Users Who Say They Will Mail Abortion Pills

Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade and effectively ban abortion in much of the country, Facebook is already allegedly cracking down on users who say they will help mail abortion pills across state lines. According to multiple users, the social media giant began flagging and sometimes removing content on the…

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Report: Facebook Is Showing Cancer Patients Ads With Medical Misinformation

Report: Facebook Is Showing Cancer Patients Ads With Medical Misinformation

Following the COVID-19 pandemic, Facebook and its parent company Meta vowed to do a better job cracking down on medical misinformation on the platform. However, according to a report this week in the MIT Technology Review, many cancer patients are still being targeted with dangerous and misleading ads for treatment. According to the report, a…

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Report: Facebook Is Deprioritizing Election Misinformation

Report: Facebook Is Deprioritizing Election Misinformation

Following the U.S. presidential election in 2016, Facebook came under heavy criticism for its handling of misinformation and foreign interference. Afterward, the company pledged to keep a closer eye on elections worldwide and make sure these spammy influence campaigns didn’t take off again. However, according to a report this week in VICE, the social media…

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Facebook’s Own Oversight Board Says It Needs To Be Much More Transparent

Facebook’s Own Oversight Board Says It Needs To Be Much More Transparent

In its first-ever annual report, Facebook’s independent Oversight Board has called on the company to be far more transparent with the public about how it handles its policies and content moderation issues. According to the group, Facebook has made some progress implementing its recommendations, but the company needs to share more information about its content…

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Facebook Agrees To End Allegedly Discriminatory Ad Practices

Facebook Agrees To End Allegedly Discriminatory Ad Practices

Facebook’s advertising practices have quietly been under fire from the federal government for several years after allegations arose that the system could be used to discriminate against users. This week, the social media giant announced it will change its algorithms to prevent these potentially discriminatory housing ads. The company will also open itself to court…

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Report: Hospital Websites Are Sending Sensitive Data To Facebook

Report: Hospital Websites Are Sending Sensitive Data To Facebook

On tens of thousands of pages across the Internet, Facebook has installed a convenient log-in button to help users more quickly access websites. However, this button also serves as a tool to gather user data. And according to a new report from The Markup, these Facebook tracking tools are installed on many hospital websites, gathering…

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Report: Facebook Fails To Detect Obvious Hate Speech In Ads

Report: Facebook Fails To Detect Obvious Hate Speech In Ads

Facebook has long struggled to contain the spread of hate speech on its platform, particularly when the content is written in languages other than English. The social media giant failed yet another crucial test of this recently when two nonprofit groups ran 14 blatantly hateful ads targeted in Ethiopia to see if Facebook would detect…

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European Union Preparing To Crack Down On Facebook Deepfake Videos

European Union Preparing To Crack Down On Facebook Deepfake Videos

Facebook has struggled for years to contain the spread of misinformation on its platform, and perhaps the most technologically advanced form of this is the so-called “deepfake” video. These hyper realistic videos are forgeries of real people and their voices, creating the impression that they’re saying or doing things that they’re not. This technology has…

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