Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Gives Gun Sellers 10 Strikes Before Kicking Them Off The Platform

Report: Facebook Gives Gun Sellers 10 Strikes Before Kicking Them Off The Platform

Facebook explicitly bans the sale of guns on its platform under its terms of service. However, according to internal company guidance obtained by The Washington Post, the social media giant allows gun sellers to violate this rule 10 times before they’re kicked off the platform. To make matters worse, the documents also revealed that Facebook…

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Entrepreneur Struggles To Regain Access To Hacked Facebook Accounts

Entrepreneur Struggles To Regain Access To Hacked Facebook Accounts

Once your Facebook account has been breached by hackers, it can prove extremely difficult to get it back. And according to small business owner Tiffany White, Facebook itself doesn’t make the process any easier. When White was recently hacked, she lost access to both her personal account and the page for her jewelry business. Afterward,…

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Facebook Whistleblower Accuses Company Of Failing To Remove Fake Account Network Run By Politician

Facebook Whistleblower Accuses Company Of Failing To Remove Fake Account Network Run By Politician

As part of its day-to-day content moderation, Facebook routinely removes scores of networks running coordinated fake accounts. That’s why it was notable when, according to former Facebook data scientist and whistleblower Sophie Zhang, the company failed to remove a network she had flagged as having ties to an Indian politician. According to Zhang, she discovered…

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Facebook Faces Massive Suit Alleging It Put Users’ Profiles In Sponsored Advertising

Facebook Faces Massive Suit Alleging It Put Users’ Profiles In Sponsored Advertising

Facebook is no stranger to massive privacy lawsuits here in the US. Just recently, the company had to settle with millions of Illinois users for illegally collecting and storing their biometric data through its facial recognition technology. And now, the social media giant may be facing a similar legal firestorm from our neighbors to the…

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Facebook Whistleblower Believes The Company Can’t Recover Until Zuckerberg Steps Down

Facebook Whistleblower Believes The Company Can’t Recover Until Zuckerberg Steps Down

Last fall, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen went public with thousands of internal documents revealing the social media giant’s dirty laundry. In those documents, it came to light that Facebook knew its product could be harmful to younger users but did nothing about it, as well as the fact that the company failed to stop the…

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Meta Sees Huge Rise In Hate Speech And Violent Content Across Its Platforms In April

Meta Sees Huge Rise In Hate Speech And Violent Content Across Its Platforms In April

Facebook has taken many steps over the past several years to address the problem of hate speech and other abusive or offensive content on its platform. However, the company’s latest content moderation report revealed a disturbing upward trend in these areas that has exploded over the past month. According to Facebook parent company Meta’s own…

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Apple Attacks Facebook Over Privacy Practices In New Ad

Apple Attacks Facebook Over Privacy Practices In New Ad

The ongoing privacy feud between Apple and Facebook escalated yet again last week when Apple introduced a bold new privacy ad that takes aim at its rival. In the video, a social media user is represented at an auction as her private information is sold off, including her email address, location data, recent transactions, and…

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Report: Facebook Profited Off Ads Promoting White Supremacist Content

Report: Facebook Profited Off Ads Promoting White Supremacist Content

Earlier this month, a gunman allegedly inspired by a white supremacist conspiracy theory shot up a supermarket in Buffalo, New York, killing ten people. And, as usual after a tragedy like this occurs, experts have turned to social media to figure out if the perpetrator may have been inspired by content he discovered there. Alarmingly,…

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Facebook Updates Its Privacy Policy And Releases New Tools

Facebook Updates Its Privacy Policy And Releases New Tools

Facebook often touts the range of privacy tools that it offers its users. However, its policies can be difficult for the average person to understand. That’s why this week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it has redesigned and reworded its privacy policy to make it easier for users to read. This new simplified policy…

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Report: Facebook Is Struggling To Remove Videos Of Buffalo Shooting

Report: Facebook Is Struggling To Remove Videos Of Buffalo Shooting

Last weekend, ten people were killed in a horrific mass shooting at a supermarket in Buffalo, New York. During the rampage, the shooter livestreamed his actions on Twitch. Despite the video being removed from that platform two minutes later, the footage quickly began to circulate on other social media sites, including Facebook. And according to…

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