Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook’s Rules Allow For Users To Call For Death Of Public Figures

Report: Facebook’s Rules Allow For Users To Call For Death Of Public Figures

Facebook loves to tout the strength of its Community Standards when it comes to protecting users. However, according to leaked internal content moderation guidelines obtained by The Guardian, public figures are often permitted to be targets of abuse — even including calls for their death. According to Facebook’s rules, public figures cannot be “purposefully exposed”…

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Report: Facebook Took Down 1.3 Billion Fake Accounts Late Last Year

Report: Facebook Took Down 1.3 Billion Fake Accounts Late Last Year

This week, Facebook released one of its semi-annual reports laying out how many fake accounts the company has recently removed. And this time, the number is truly astonishing. According to the social media giant, it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December 2020 alone. In the report, Facebook said that it has…

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Facebook Announces Expanded Support For Physical Security Keys

Facebook Announces Expanded Support For Physical Security Keys

Facebook announced this week that it will finally expand support of physical security keys for mobile devices. Security keys are devices that work by issuing an encrypted, one-time security code for two-factor authentication. They also notify users when someone tries accessing their Facebook account that the company doesn’t recognize. Previously, Facebook only allowed these tools…

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Facebook Increases Penalties For Groups That Break Its Rules

Facebook Increases Penalties For Groups That Break Its Rules

This week, Facebook announced that it will begin cracking down even harder on Groups that break its rules, and will act to reduce the visibility of the content they share. It’s the latest move in a series of changes intended to stop the spread of hate speech, harassment and misinformation. According to Facebook, when a…

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Facebook Launches Plan To Get 50 Million People Vaccinated Despite Misinformation Criticism

Facebook Launches Plan To Get 50 Million People Vaccinated Despite Misinformation Criticism

This week, Facebook announced an ambitious plan to get 50 million people vaccinated by offering a tool to help them find and make appointments. The company also said it will step up its efforts to fight misinformation and amplify credible sources such as the World Health Organization. However, some experts and advocates believe that these…

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Facebook Wants To Train AI By Showing It User Videos

Facebook Wants To Train AI By Showing It User Videos

In recent years, Facebook has become obsessed with the possibilities of artificial intelligence (AI). The social media giant believes AI holds the key to tackling issues on the platform ranging from content moderation to better connecting friends. However, in order for this technology to properly work, it first must be trained. And to be trained,…

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Facebook Sued By Russia For Not Deleting Protest Content

Facebook Sued By Russia For Not Deleting Protest Content

When it comes to operating on the international stage, Facebook has to walk a fine line between respecting the laws of every country while also protecting user privacy. That dilemma was once again on display this week when Russia announced that it would sue the social media giant for not deleting posts that urged users…

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Report: Medical Misinformation Has Been Spreading On Facebook For Years Despite Policies

Report: Medical Misinformation Has Been Spreading On Facebook For Years Despite Policies

As COVID-19 vaccines roll out around the world, Facebook has stepped up its efforts to fight spam and disinformation that could potentially harm public health. However, many experts and advocates believe that the company’s efforts are too little, too late. According to a new report in Vox this week, medical misinformation has been thriving on…

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Facebook Is Grilled About The Role Of Weapons Ads In Jan. 6 Riot

Facebook Is Grilled About The Role Of Weapons Ads In Jan. 6 Riot

This week, 23 lawmakers sent a letter to Facebook demanding to know how the company is handling weapons-related advertisements on its platform following the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. After that event, Facebook temporarily suspended these ads. However, as the lawmakers pointed out, many users still received ads for these products even…

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Facebook “Welcomes” Stronger Privacy Regulations

Facebook “Welcomes” Stronger Privacy Regulations

This week, the state of Virginia became the second to pass its own version of the Consumer Data Protection Act — a sweeping regulatory bill aimed at protecting user privacy. And while it would be easy to imagine that Facebook would be opposed to legislation like this, it’s actually quite the opposite. The social media…

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