Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Investors Call For More Oversight To Avoid Safety, Privacy Scandals

Facebook Investors Call For More Oversight To Avoid Safety, Privacy Scandals

Meta, formerly Facebook, dealt with many severe controversies this year, and as a result faced backlash from users, lawmakers, and experts alike. However, the company’s shareholders also seem to be completely fed up. According to a recent report from Axios, Meta investors have sent a letter to the company asking for an oversight audit to…

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Experts Debate How To Fix Facebook In 2022

Experts Debate How To Fix Facebook In 2022

Even by its own standards, Facebook (now rebranded as Meta) had a brutal 2021. The social media giant was rocked with controversies including revelations from an internal whistleblower who revealed many of the company’s ugliest practices. That’s why, this week, several tech and privacy experts weighed in to debate how Facebook can be fixed moving…

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US Senator Urges FTC To Investigate Facebook For Misleading Customers, Users

US Senator Urges FTC To Investigate Facebook For Misleading Customers, Users

For years, Facebook has made bold promises about the safety and privacy of its platform. However, following the release of damning internal documents from a whistleblower, lawmakers have pressed the company to explain what seem to be misleading claims it has made in the past. The most recent example of this arrived this week when…

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Facebook Whistleblower Says She Is “Super Scared” About Metaverse Plans

Facebook Whistleblower Says She Is “Super Scared” About Metaverse Plans

When Facebook — now Meta — announced its plans to create a so-called “metaverse,” or 3D virtual world, many privacy experts sounded the alarm. After all, the social media giant can barely be trusted with the basics of our data. Now, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is also expressing concern, telling TIME magazine that she is…

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Facebook Bans Surveillance-For-Hire Companies From Its Platforms

Facebook Bans Surveillance-For-Hire Companies From Its Platforms

This week, Facebook announced that it has banned seven spy companies from its platforms and will send notices to 48,000 users who it believes may have been targeted by these “cyber mercenaries.” According to Facebook, these digital surveillance companies market themselves as a tool to hunt criminals. However, they can easily be abused to target…

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Report: Facebook Could Struggle To Stop Harassment On Its Virtual Reality Platforms

Report: Facebook Could Struggle To Stop Harassment On Its Virtual Reality Platforms

For the past several years, Facebook (now Meta) has invested heavily in virtual reality platforms like Oculus and Echo VR. However, according to a recent report from CNET, Facebook has struggled to stop harassment and offensive behavior in these virtual environments. Of course, this doesn’t bode well for the company’s plans to create an all-encompassing…

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Facebook Executive Blames Users For Misinformation Problem

Facebook Executive Blames Users For Misinformation Problem

For much of the past two years, Facebook has struggled to contain the spread of misinformation on its platform. But instead of taking responsibility, one of the company’s most prominent leaders chose to blame users this week instead. In an interview with Axios, Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth said that individual people are to blame for…

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Facebook Finally Introduces Live Chat Support For People Locked Out Of Their Accounts

Facebook Finally Introduces Live Chat Support For People Locked Out Of Their Accounts

If you’ve ever been locked out of your Facebook account, you know that it’s one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable on the platform. Once you’ve been suspended, the social media giant doesn’t make it easy to regain what’s yours. However, the company announced this week that it will finally introduce live chat support to…

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Instagram Head Set To Testify Before Congress About Child Safety Controversy

Instagram Head Set To Testify Before Congress About Child Safety Controversy

Facebook has been under fire for months over a series of leaked internal documents provided to lawmakers and the press by an internal company whistleblower. In the documents, it was revealed that the social media giant is aware that its products — including Instagram – can be harmful to young users, yet it hasn’t acted…

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Facebook Sued For $150 Billion Over Hate Speech

Facebook Sued For $150 Billion Over Hate Speech

Facebook is no stranger to content moderation controversies around the world, but perhaps one of the most serious occurred in 2018, when the United Nations ruled that the social media giant played a key role in spreading hate speech that incited violence in the country of Myanmar. And now, a group of refugees are suing…

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