Internet Safety & Privacy

New York City Sues Facebook For Allegedly Harming Kids

New York City Sues Facebook For Allegedly Harming Kids

Over the past year, dozens of US states have brought devastating lawsuits against Facebook, claiming that the company has intentionally created addictive products and ignored concerns about potential risks to the mental health of young users. And this week, New York City got in on the act, suing Facebook and several other tech giants and…

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200,000 Facebook Marketplace User Records Leaked Online

200,000 Facebook Marketplace User Records Leaked Online

Facebook is unfortunately no stranger to data breaches, and it seems like a big one may have victimized Facebook Marketplace users this week. According to multiple reports, a threat actor called IntelBroker leaked 200,000 Facebook Marketplace user records on a hacker forum this week, including users’ names, phone numbers, email addresses, Facebook IDs, and other…

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Facebook Says Risk Of Account Theft From Recycled Phone Numbers Isn’t Its Problem To Solve

Facebook Says Risk Of Account Theft From Recycled Phone Numbers Isn’t Its Problem To Solve

Facebook loves to tout its security measures, but many vulnerabilities still exist in the company’s systems. For example, privacy researcher Alexander Hanff wrote this week about how easy it is to gain access to someone’s account if you’re given their old phone number by a telecom company. This kind of phone number recycling is extremely…

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Facebook Reportedly Considering Censoring The Word “Zionist”

Facebook Reportedly Considering Censoring The Word “Zionist”

Facebook has a notoriously hard time moderating content around sensitive religious and political issues, and the ongoing war in the Middle East has brought the issue into sharper focus than ever. And no matter what the company does, it’s bound to enrage a huge amount of people. For example, The Intercept reported this week that…

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Facebook Vows To Crack Down On Deceptive Content By Labeling AI-Generated Images

Facebook Vows To Crack Down On Deceptive Content By Labeling AI-Generated Images

Earlier this week, Facebook’s own Oversight Board blasted the company for its confusing policies on deepfakes and other misleading content. Now, just a few days later, the company has responded with a big policy change, promising to label AI-generated images on Facebook, Instagram, and Threads. According to Facebook, it has been working to develop watermarks…

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Facebook Oversight Board Says Company’s Rules Allow Fake Video Calling Biden Pedophile

Facebook Oversight Board Says Company’s Rules Allow Fake Video Calling Biden Pedophile

As the 2024 US presidential election looms on the horizon, attention is once again being paid to Facebook and its handling of misinformation. The first stress test of the company’s policies was applied this week by the Facebook Oversight Board, which examined the case of a heavily manipulated video of Joe Biden that painted him…

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Facebook Whistleblower Says Hearing With Zuckerberg Could Signal Big Change For User Privacy

Facebook Whistleblower Says Hearing With Zuckerberg Could Signal Big Change For User Privacy

This week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg appeared before a Senate committee to address child sexual exploitation on his platforms. And in a stunning moment, he was compelled to stand, face the audience, and apologize to victims of this exploitation who were in the room. This move took many Facebook observers by surprise —…

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Facebook Founder Zuckerberg Appears Before Congress And Apologizes For Harm To Children

Facebook Founder Zuckerberg Appears Before Congress And Apologizes For Harm To Children

This week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg appeared before a Senate committee hearing called “Big Tech and the Online Child Sexual Exploitation Crisis” to get grilled by lawmakers about his company’s role in allegedly harming young users. The hearing did not go well for Zuckerberg — to put it lightly. One Senator, Lindsey Graham, accused Facebook…

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Facebook Approves Pro-Anorexia And Drug Ads Made With Its Own AI Tool

Facebook Approves Pro-Anorexia And Drug Ads Made With Its Own AI Tool

Facebook consistently finds itself in trouble for the controversial ads it allows on its platforms, but a new study from Tech Transparency Project (TTP) could blow up the issue like never before. Researchers with the TTP used Facebook’s own “Imagine with Meta AI” tool to generate seven images, “including young people at a ‘pill party,’…

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Lawmaker Sues Facebook After Son Dies By Suicide

Lawmaker Sues Facebook After Son Dies By Suicide

Facebook gets hit with another lawsuit seemingly every week over its treatment of young users, but the one filed recently by a South Carolina lawmaker is particularly devastating. State Rep. Brandon Guffey filed a lawsuit last week against Facebook for failing to protect minors, including his 17-year-old son who committed suicide after falling victim to…

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