Internet Safety & Privacy

Advocates Urge Facebook Oversight Board To Step In And Stop Antisemitism

Advocates Urge Facebook Oversight Board To Step In And Stop Antisemitism

Facebook is under intense pressure this week to do something about a rise in antisemitism on its platform, with prominent advocates pressing the independent Facebook Oversight Board to do something about the problem. The Anti-Defamation League, one of the most established Jewish advocacy groups in the country, wrote a letter directly to the Oversight Board…

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Mozilla Launches Facebook Ad Campaign To Educate Users About How Facebook Collects Their Data

Mozilla Launches Facebook Ad Campaign To Educate Users About How Facebook Collects Their Data

Over three years ago, the popular web browser Mozilla pulled all advertisements from Facebook over data privacy concerns. Now, the company is back on the platform with a series of ads that aim to educate users about how their data is being used by Facebook to target them. These ads, which have a horoscope theme…

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New Facebook Report Reveals Growth Of Fake Accounts, Foreign Influence Campaigns

New Facebook Report Reveals Growth Of Fake Accounts, Foreign Influence Campaigns

This week, Facebook released a new report detailing how coordinated inauthentic behavior campaigns have grown on the platform over the past several years. Perhaps not surprisingly, the study found that the U.S. is the most frequent target of these foreign influence operations. While Facebook said that Iran and Russia remain the leading source for these…

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180,000 Users Sign Petition Urging Facebook To Drop “Instagram For Kids”

180,000 Users Sign Petition Urging Facebook To Drop “Instagram For Kids”

Facebook has been under relentless pressure in recent weeks to halt its development of a version of Instagram for children under 13. Lawmakers and activists alike have sounded the alarm about what this could mean for the long-term privacy and data security of these children. And now, users themselves have made their voices heard, with…

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Facebook Bombarded With Negative Reviews Over Censorship Allegations

Facebook Bombarded With Negative Reviews Over Censorship Allegations

Over the past week, Facebook has been bombarded with negative reviews of its app. However, these aren’t just any reviews. Instead, it is the result of a coordinated campaign to protest the social media giant’s alleged censorship of pro-Palestinian accounts and posts. Internally, Facebook is taking the issue very seriously, categorizing it as a SEV1…

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Report: Facebook Is Still Recommending Medical Misinformation At An Alarming Rate

Report: Facebook Is Still Recommending Medical Misinformation At An Alarming Rate

In February, Facebook made a broad pledge to crack down on misinformation surrounding COVID-19 and the vaccines created to treat it. However, according to a report this week in The New Web, the company hasn’t even come close to fulfilling its promise. According to the report, not only is it still easy to find medical…

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Report: Just Six Percent Of iOS Users Agree To Facebook Data Tracking

Report: Just Six Percent Of iOS Users Agree To Facebook Data Tracking

For months, Facebook has been feuding with Apple over the company’s change to its iOS privacy policy that requires apps to obtain user permission before gathering data. And according to a recent report, there was a good reason for Facebook to be worried — only six percent of these users have agreed to allow Facebook…

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Facebook Wants Other Social Media Companies To Use Its Content Oversight Board

Facebook Wants Other Social Media Companies To Use Its Content Oversight Board

Facebook created its Oversight Board to handle its most difficult content moderation decisions. However, the company has indicated that “Facebook’s supreme court” could one day be used by other social media companies — if they’re willing to trust a group fully funded by Facebook, of course. There are many potential hurdles to prevent this from…

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Starbucks Threatens To Leave Facebook Because Over Hate Speech Issues

Starbucks Threatens To Leave Facebook Because Over Hate Speech Issues

According to a report in BuzzFeed News last week, coffee giant Starbucks is currently evaluating whether it should leave Facebook entirely over hate speech concerns. Of course, that would entail pulling millions of dollars-worth of advertising from the platform, hurting Facebook’s bottom line — and publicly embarrassing it to boot. A Facebook employee wrote to…

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Experts Call For Facebook To Be Broken Up After WhatsApp Privacy Update

Experts Call For Facebook To Be Broken Up After WhatsApp Privacy Update

Facebook caused a massive stir recently when it updated the privacy policy of its WhatsApp messaging platform. The change, which would allow WhatsApp to share user data directly with Facebook, flies in the face of promises that Mark Zuckerberg had previously made to keep the two entities separate. And this seemingly broken promise has been…

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