Internet Safety & Privacy

Researchers: Facebook Is Still Failing To Remove Medical Misinformation

Researchers: Facebook Is Still Failing To Remove Medical Misinformation

For much of the past two years, Facebook has been in an ongoing fight to remove misinformation surrounding COVID-19 and vaccines. However, according to a UK-based nonprofit, Facebook has failed to implement its own policies to crack down on this content “at a very basic level.” According to a study from ISD Global, an anti-vaccine…

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Lawmakers Are Considering Cracking Down On Facebook As Whistleblower Prepares To Testify

Lawmakers Are Considering Cracking Down On Facebook As Whistleblower Prepares To Testify

In the wake of Australia introducing legislation that would hold Facebook liable for content on its platform, some U.S. lawmakers are considering similar laws to remove the company’s legal protections. And to help build their case, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify before them this week. She is expected to call on the…

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Multiple States Join Investigation Into Facebook’s Allegedly Harmful Practices

Multiple States Join Investigation Into Facebook’s Allegedly Harmful Practices

After a Facebook whistleblower released tons of internal documents relating to the company’s treatment of children, many advocates and lawmakers have pressed the social media giant to explain how it collects the data of young users. And now, many U.S. states have joined an investigation into the alleged “willful practices” by Facebook that may harm…

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Tech Expert Devises Test To See If Facebook Is Eavesdropping On Users

Tech Expert Devises Test To See If Facebook Is Eavesdropping On Users

For years, many Facebook users have expressed the belief that Facebook is tapping into their phones’ microphones to listen in. According to the conspiracy theory, Facebook is doing this to better target ads. And this week, a tech guru devised a test to prove once and for all whether our phones are being used to…

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Facebook And Instagram Encryption Delayed Until 2023

Facebook And Instagram Encryption Delayed Until 2023

For years, Facebook has promised end-to-end encryption for Facebook Messenger and Instagram, ensuring users can communicate privately with each other. However, the plan has met with stiff resistance from governments around the world, who fear that the technology could be used by predators, terrorists, and other bad actors to cover their actions. That might be…

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Facebook Tells Police To Stop Spying On Users With Fake Accounts

Facebook Tells Police To Stop Spying On Users With Fake Accounts

According to a report from the BBC this week, Facebook has written to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) demanding that it that stop spying on users with fake accounts. The social media giant’s rules expressly forbid the creation of fake groups or accounts. Ultimately, Facebook says, it wants to “create a safe environment where…

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Ohio Attorney General Sues Facebook For Deceiving Users About The Potential Harm It Causes

Ohio Attorney General Sues Facebook For Deceiving Users About The Potential Harm It Causes

Since a Facebook whistleblower released troves of internal documents last month detailing how the platform may cause harm to young users, the social media giant has been scrambling to contain the fallout. The latest example of this blowback came this week, when a state attorney general brought a massive lawsuit against the company for deceiving…

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Report: Facebook Has Continued Collecting Teens’ Data For Advertising Despite Promises

Report: Facebook Has Continued Collecting Teens’ Data For Advertising Despite Promises

This past summer, Facebook announced that it would tweak its rules to limit how advertisers could reach kids. However, according to new research from several advocacy organizations, the social media giant continues to track teens for ad targeting purposes. “While Facebook says it will no longer allow advertisers to selectively target teenagers, it appears Facebook…

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Facebook Admits That Content Moderation In Metaverse Will Be “Practically Impossible”

Facebook Admits That Content Moderation In Metaverse Will Be “Practically Impossible”

As Facebook begins its push into the virtual reality world of the metaverse, many experts and advocates are raising concerns about user privacy and safety. And according to an internal memo obtained by the Financial Times, the company itself is worried that it may be “practically impossible” to moderate content on the platform at scale.…

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Facebook To Finally Remove Ad Targeting Based On Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, And More

Facebook To Finally Remove Ad Targeting Based On Race, Religion, Sexual Orientation, And More

In the wake of Facebook’s — now Meta’s — surprise decision to end its facial recognition program, the company announced another seismic shift in its policies this week by stating that it will end ad targeting based on sensitive categories. That means marketers will no longer be able to target users based on their religion,…

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