Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Temporarily Bans Ads For Medical Facemasks In Order To Fight False Health Claims

Facebook Temporarily Bans Ads For Medical Facemasks In Order To Fight False Health Claims

On Facebook, scammers often take advantage of stories in the news in order to exploit users — and the global coronavirus outbreak may be the biggest example of yet. That’s why, late last week, Facebook announced a temporary ban on ads for medical facemasks that may be making false health promises or further stoking public…

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Researchers: Gaps In Facebook’s Ad Platform Could Have Enabled “Malicious” Marketers

Researchers: Gaps In Facebook’s Ad Platform Could Have Enabled “Malicious” Marketers

Facebook has made a point of saying that it will do little to fact-check or police the content of political ads on its platform. However, the company does require accounts that post political ads to identify who they are and what they represent. But according to a report in The Washington Post this week, there…

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Australia Sues Facebook Over User Data Breach

Australia Sues Facebook Over User Data Breach

Even years after the fact, Facebook continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. This week, the Australian information watchdog announced that it will sue the social media giant for what it says were serious interferences with user privacy. If successful, the suit could hit Facebook with a maximum fine…

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Study: Facebook Has Failed To Catch Hundreds Of Child Exploitation Cases

Study: Facebook Has Failed To Catch Hundreds Of Child Exploitation Cases

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook offers an unparalleled platform for people from around the world to connect. Unfortunately, that applies to cybercriminals, too — even those who would traffic in child exploitation. Facebook understands the severity of this problem, and has introduced many different cutting-edge security measures to ensure this…

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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds Of Millions Of Spam Accounts With New AI Tool

Facebook Takes Down Hundreds Of Millions Of Spam Accounts With New AI Tool

It’s no secret that Facebook has a major problem with fake accounts. In fact, over a three-month period, the social media giant can remove as many of these profiles as there are real ones on its platform. That’s why Facebook introduced a new machine learning tool called Deep Entity Classification (DEC) to automatically detect these…

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Facial Recognition Company That Scraped Facebook Data Is Now Creating Surveillance Tools

Facial Recognition Company That Scraped Facebook Data Is Now Creating Surveillance Tools

Clearview AI is a controversial third-party facial recognition app that has built an enormous database of biometric data using billions of photos from Facebook and Instagram. The company landed in hot water last month after it was revealed that it has quietly been doing this without consent. Now, reports this week suggest the company is…

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Breast Cancer Advocate Says Facebook Flaw Could’ve Exposed Health Data Of Millions

Breast Cancer Advocate Says Facebook Flaw Could’ve Exposed Health Data Of Millions

Facebook has long promoted its private groups as a way for people coping with serious illnesses to find community and support. These groups provide a safe space for users to share their innermost fears and feelings, and discuss a condition that they perhaps don’t want their friends and family to know they have. However, according…

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Facebook Is Suing A Marketing Company For Improperly Accessing User Data

Facebook Is Suing A Marketing Company For Improperly Accessing User Data

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook enjoys unparalleled access to much of humanity’s personal data. However, it doesn’t want anyone else to have the same privilege. That’s why the social media giant filed a federal lawsuit this week against marketing company OneAudience for allegedly paying app developers to improperly access user…

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New Study Asks Facebook Users How Much Their Privacy Is Worth

New Study Asks Facebook Users How Much Their Privacy Is Worth

It’s no secret that Facebook’s entire business model is built on gathering our data. The social media giant has even assigned a dollar figure to every user on its platform for the information we share. However, a new study aimed to find out what this information is worth to the users themselves. The Tech Policy…

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Facebook Wants To Get 3.5 Billion People Online — And Collect Their Data

Facebook Wants To Get 3.5 Billion People Online — And Collect Their Data

Facebook has played a crucial role in connecting individuals around the world to the web — particularly by expanding internet access in low-income countries. Of course, this has given these developing nations a boost. But as a column in Forbes pointed out this week, the social media giant likely has a less charitable ulterior motive.…

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