Internet Safety & Privacy

Lawmakers Blast Facebook For Content Policies, Inaction On Stopping Disinformation

Lawmakers Blast Facebook For Content Policies, Inaction On Stopping Disinformation

These days, it’s hard to find anything in American life that draws broad bipartisan support. However, being critical of Facebook is one of those rare issues that both Democrats and Republicans can agree upon. Conservative lawmakers have previously blasted the social media giant for allegedly stifling their viewpoint on the platform, and now Democrats are…

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Facebook Says Detecting Deepfakes Remains An “Unsolved Problem”

Facebook Says Detecting Deepfakes Remains An “Unsolved Problem”

This week, Facebook announced the results of its first “Deepfake Detection Challenge,” a public competition to find an algorithm that can detect so-called deepfake videos. The winning entry was able to spot these sinister videos with about 65 percent accuracy — a pretty good rate, though far from perfect. The researchers themselves said that much…

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Facebook Backs Plan To Eliminate Child Sexual Abuse

Facebook Backs Plan To Eliminate Child Sexual Abuse

Facebook has long touted its proposed end-to-end encryption feature as a huge step forward for user privacy. However, many advocates and officials have expressed concern that it could provide cover to child abusers, too. That might be part of the reason why Facebook has joined forces with Google, Microsoft and Twitter to create a five-pronged…

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Report: All Facebook Users Can Now Port Their Photos Off The Platform

Report: All Facebook Users Can Now Port Their Photos Off The Platform

In December 2019, Facebook announced the creation of a tool that would allow users to port all their photos off Facebook and onto Google Photos. And now, half a year later, the data portability feature is available for everyone globally. This move was seen by many as an important step toward helping people leave Facebook…

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Facebook Removes Nearly 200 Hate Group Accounts

Facebook Removes Nearly 200 Hate Group Accounts

In recent weeks, much of the United States has seen protestors take to the streets to demand justice as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. However, many bad actors have tried to capitalize on the situation, too, encouraging property damage and sometimes even violence against the protestors. That’s why Facebook took drastic action last…

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New Study Calls Facebook’s Content Moderation “Grossly Inadequate”

New Study Calls Facebook’s Content Moderation “Grossly Inadequate”

As the largest social media company in the world, Facebook faces a tough task when it comes to regulating content on its platform. And while the company has made strides in recent years, including dramatically expanding its staff of moderation contractors, many experts insist Facebook isn’t doing enough. That includes a study recently released by…

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Facebook Promises To Begin Blocking State-Controlled Media Outlets

Facebook Promises To Begin Blocking State-Controlled Media Outlets

Facebook announced this week that, beginning later this summer, it will no longer allow state-controlled media outlets to run ads on its platform. The move, which will affect publishers in Russia, China, Iran, and more, is intended to prevent hostile foreign actors from interfering in the 2020 U.S. election. Until this ban comes into effect,…

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Facebook Takes Down The Accounts Of Political Writers And Advocates

Facebook Takes Down The Accounts Of Political Writers And Advocates

In the United States, Facebook is a valuable platform for sharing and spreading information. However, in many countries around the world, the social media giant is the absolute lifeblood of the Internet, serving as a vital tool for news and communication. That’s the case in Tunisia, where over the weekend Facebook deactivated about 60 accounts…

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Facebook’s New “Manage Activity” Setting Lets You Batch Delete Old Posts

Facebook’s New “Manage Activity” Setting Lets You Batch Delete Old Posts

Anyone who has used Facebook for an extended period of time likely has posts or photos way back in their Timeline that they would like to disappear. But up until now, that has entailed a painstaking process of scrolling back and deleting them one by one. Thankfully, Facebook has addressed this issue with its new…

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Facebook Will Begin Verifying The Identities Of “High-Reach” Accounts

Facebook Will Begin Verifying The Identities Of “High-Reach” Accounts

Last week, Facebook announced that it will begin verifying the identities of individuals who create viral content. In other words, the company is trying to detect potentially hidden spreaders of misinformation and propaganda, while stopping coordinated “patterns of inauthentic behavior.” “We want people to feel confident that they understand who’s behind the content they’re seeing…

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