Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook’s QAnon Ban May Actually Be Effective

Report: Facebook’s QAnon Ban May Actually Be Effective

When Facebook announced earlier this month that it would crack down on QAnon conspiracy content, many online misinformation experts rolled their eyes. After all, it wasn’t the first time that the social media giant promised to deliver a sweeping change to its policies. However, according to a new report from Fast Company this week, the…

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Facebook Demands NYU Researchers Stop Using The Company’s Data

Facebook Demands NYU Researchers Stop Using The Company’s Data

Researchers at New York University have developed a tool that that allows them to collect user data and see what political ads are being served up on the platform. However, Facebook has demanded that the university experts halt their project, sending a letter on October 16 asking the academics to stop gathering information. According to…

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Facebook Oversight Board Launches This Week

Facebook Oversight Board Launches This Week

Starting this week, Facebook users will finally be able to submit content moderation cases to the company’s independent Oversight Board. This “supreme court” of Facebook will judge whether content has been rightfully or wrongfully removed under the social media giant’s policies. To submit a case, users will need to visit the Oversight Board website and…

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Report: Anti-Vaccination Ads Are Still Running On Facebook Despite Ban

Report: Anti-Vaccination Ads Are Still Running On Facebook Despite Ban

A week ago, Facebook issued a strong statement that it would ban all ads that “discourage people from getting a vaccine.” However, according to a report in The Huffington Post this week, Facebook has actually continued to run this controversial form of misinformation — and it even accepted new ads days after the ban took…

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Report: Facebook Is Failing To Remove Right-Wing Extremism

Report: Facebook Is Failing To Remove Right-Wing Extremism

Facebook has made a big deal in recent months about cracking down on militias and other right-wing extremist groups on its platform. However, a new report this week from the nonprofit watchdog Transparency Tech Project (TTP) found many of these groups still operating in the open on Facebook despite the ban.  According to the researchers…

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Facebook Bans Innocent Man For Militia-Themed Softball Page

Facebook Bans Innocent Man For Militia-Themed Softball Page

In recent months, Facebook has cracked down on pages and accounts that promote militia activity. This move follows violence that broke out in Kenosha, Wisconsin, between right-wing militias and antifa protesters, and the potential role that militia Facebook pages may have played in stoking the tension. However, as is often the case with Facebook, its…

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Facebook Is Under Fire For Limiting The Sharing Of Unverified Joe Biden Report

Facebook Is Under Fire For Limiting The Sharing Of Unverified Joe Biden Report

Facebook is the rare company that has managed to anger and alienate both sides of the political aisle, and that divide reared its ugly head again this week when the social media giant acted quickly to limit the spread of a controversial New York Post story about Joe Biden and his son, Hunter. According to…

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Report: There Is More Misinformation On Facebook Now Than In 2016

Report: There Is More Misinformation On Facebook Now Than In 2016

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook vowed to do a better job stopping the spread of misinformation on its platform. However, a new study from a prominent nonprofit suggests that not only is that not the case, but misleading information is actually thriving on Facebook. According to the German Marshall Fund, Facebook engagement with…

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Facebook Finally Bans Holocaust Denial Content

Facebook Finally Bans Holocaust Denial Content

Facebook has long struggled to remove hate speech from its platform — or to even define what constitutes hate speech at all. That’s why it was encouraging this week when the company’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to his personal page to explain why he was reversing his controversial stance on Holocaust denial content…

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Facebook Announces Bug Bounty “Loyalty Program”

Facebook Announces Bug Bounty “Loyalty Program”

As the world’s largest social media platform, Facebook has had more than its fair share of security and privacy issues. However, the company’s bug bounty program has been a rare bright spot, offering to pay independent researchers to discover flaws in the company’s security. And this week, Facebook announced that it will be taking the…

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