Internet Safety & Privacy

U.S. Lawmakers Want To Bring Down The Hammer On Facebook For Privacy Violations

U.S. Lawmakers Want To Bring Down The Hammer On Facebook For Privacy Violations

Facebook is currently negotiating with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to determine a settlement for its privacy missteps during the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. According to Forbes, the social media giant has already set aside $3 billion to pay the fine, though that figure could climb as high as $5 billion. But while that…

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Report: Foreign Fake Accounts Tried To Infiltrate Facebook Groups

Report: Foreign Fake Accounts Tried To Infiltrate Facebook Groups

Facebook removed yet another network of fake accounts this week that were using “deceptive tactics” to infiltrate Facebook Groups, as well as targeting users on Instagram. The company said that it discovered two unconnected operations in Russia that were using similar methods to spread disinformation. As part of its purge, Facebook says that it has…

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Report: Facebook Workers Are Looking At Private Posts To Train AI

Report: Facebook Workers Are Looking At Private Posts To Train AI

It’s no secret that Facebook relies heavily on artificial intelligence to detect and delete malicious content. Of course, technology like this is the only possible way to police a platform with over two billion active users. However, Facebook’s AI has proven to be controversial, sometimes flagging content for no reason while other times allowing questionable…

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Report: There Are Still Videos Of New Zealand Mosque Attack Circulating On Facebook And Instagram

Report: There Are Still Videos Of New Zealand Mosque Attack Circulating On Facebook And Instagram

Facebook received intense criticism in March after footage of a mass shooting at a Mosque in New Zealand was streamed on the company’s live video platform. The public pressure was so intense that Facebook was forced to issue a rare backtrack, with COO Sheryl Sandberg penning an open letter to New Zealand users vowing to…

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Report: Facebook Could Get Hit With Government Privacy Oversight

Report: Facebook Could Get Hit With Government Privacy Oversight

Facebook and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) are discussing a massive settlement over the company’s privacy and data problems, according to an exclusive report this week from POLITICO. The deal could include a record-setting fine of $3 billion to $5 billion, and might also stipulate the creation of a federally-approved privacy oversight committee. Under the…

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Facebook Wants To Know Who You’re Romantically Interested In

Facebook Wants To Know Who You’re Romantically Interested In

Facebook’s never-ending quest to learn more about its users continued apace this week, with the company announcing a new feature at its annual F8 developers conference called Secret Crush. The tool, which will be available to Facebook Dating users, will allow them to select up to nine friends they’re potentially interested in. If those friends…

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Mark Zuckerberg Declares That “The Future Is Private”

Mark Zuckerberg Declares That “The Future Is Private”

Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg makes headlines every year at the company’s F8 developers conference by delivering bold statements about the company’s future, and this year was no exception. According to Zuck, Facebook is working on more private ways for users to communicate, including a desktop version of its Messenger platform and encryption technology…

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NY Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Facebook Data Harvesting

NY Attorney General Opens Investigation Into Facebook Data Harvesting

The New York Attorney General’s office announced last week that it will open an investigation into Facebook’s unauthorized collection of 1.5 million users’ email contacts — a move the tech giant made without obtaining user permission. “It is time Facebook is held accountable for how it handles consumers’ personal information,” Attorney General Letitia James said…

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Facebook Tries To Stop Data Leaks By Blocking Personality Quizzes

Facebook Tries To Stop Data Leaks By Blocking Personality Quizzes

The Cambridge Analytica data breach was one of the biggest controversies to ever rock Facebook, and in many ways, the company is still struggling to deal with the fallout. This week, the tech giant took another step to address issues brought to light by the scandal, changing its policies to ban data-sucking personality quiz apps.…

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Facebook Executives Blasted For Spread Of Radical, Criminal Content

Facebook Executives Blasted For Spread Of Radical, Criminal Content

Facebook got taken to task again this week by UK lawmakers, who accused it and other tech companies of helping to spread extremist and criminal content. The hearing was called after footage of the Christchurch mosque shooting was streamed on Facebook Live in March. Facebook has been heavily criticized for its slow response time in…

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