Internet Safety & Privacy

Facebook Wants To Set Up An “Independent” Board To Police Itself

Facebook Wants To Set Up An “Independent” Board To Police Itself

Facebook has had a difficult time through the years proving it knows what to do with controversial content. That’s why, according to the company’s head of policy, Nick Clegg, Facebook plans to set up an “independent” oversight board that will hear users’ appeals when they think the company got a censorship decision wrong. According to…

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Instagram Head Denies Facebook-Owned App Is Listening To You 

Instagram Head Denies Facebook-Owned App Is Listening To You 

Since Facebook acquired Instagram in 2012, the photo-sharing app has been plagued by suspicions that it has adopted some of its parent company’s habits when it comes to collecting user data. One of the most persistent beliefs is that Instagram is using phone microphones to listen to our conversations. However, this week, company head Adam…

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Lawmakers Want Facebook To Tell You What Your Data Is Worth

Lawmakers Want Facebook To Tell You What Your Data Is Worth

Facebook has increasingly felt pressure from U.S. lawmakers to clean up its act when it comes to protecting user information. The latest volley against the tech giant came this week when Sens. Mark Warner and Josh Hawley introduced the bipartisan Dashboard Act — a bill that could force social media companies like Facebook to disclose…

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Report: Facebook Usage Falling Amid Privacy Scandals

Report: Facebook Usage Falling Amid Privacy Scandals

For the past several years, Facebook has been plagued with a seemingly-endless array of privacy scandals. And, according to a new report from The Guardian, people may be getting seriously sick of it. Business analytics firm Mixpanel found that since April 2018, when news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke, Facebook activities such as…

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Stressed-Out Facebook Content Moderator Had A Heart Attack And Died On The Job

Stressed-Out Facebook Content Moderator Had A Heart Attack And Died On The Job

When it comes to content moderation, Facebook’s policies are often confusing. The social media giant allows some pretty heinous posts to remain active on the site, while removing ones that seem innocent. But if mistakes are made, it’s understandable — the content moderators at the frontlines of that decision-making process are under-paid and over-stressed. So…

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New Facebook Cryptocurrency Raises Privacy Concerns

New Facebook Cryptocurrency Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook has a pretty bad reputation for protecting user information, so there was an understandably skeptical reaction when the company first announced it would be introducing its own cryptocurrency called Libra. Now the full details of the currency have been revealed, and several prominent lawmakers and experts have already expressed concern over the potential privacy…

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Facebook Says That Users Have No “Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy”

Facebook Says That Users Have No “Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy”

Facebook has made a big deal about pivoting to focus on user privacy ­— but while the company talks the talk, it doesn’t always walk the walk. The latest example of this hypocrisy occurred recently in a California court room, where attorneys for Facebook argued that its users basically have no privacy at all. The…

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Banned Facebook App Collected Data From 187,000 Users

Banned Facebook App Collected Data From 187,000 Users

Earlier this year, Apple banned Facebook’s data-collecting app from its store, effectively killing it. However, it was revealed this week that the app, called Facebook Research, managed to gather plenty of information before it got nixed. According to TechCrunch, the defunct Facebook Research app gathered “personal and sensitive” data on about 187,000 users. The social…

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Facebook Willing To Pay You For Your Data

Facebook Willing To Pay You For Your Data

A few months ago, Facebook shut down its market research app Onavo after it was revealed the company was paying teenagers to access data off their phones. However, Facebook didn’t let the idea die for the long. This week, the company released its “Study from Facebook” app exclusively for Android, which will collect extra data…

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Facebook Quietly Makes Changes To Controversial Graph Search Tool

Facebook Quietly Makes Changes To Controversial Graph Search Tool

Last week, Facebook made some under-the-radar changes to its Graph Search tool that made it harder to search for publicly available user info on the site. This is a win for user privacy, but according to critics, it could also seriously hurt investigators who use the feature to perform valuable work. Graph Search, which launched…

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