Internet Safety & Privacy

New California Privacy Law Could Protect Young Facebook Users Across The Country

New California Privacy Law Could Protect Young Facebook Users Across The Country

According to a report from Pew this week, a California data privacy law that is set to take effect in 2024 could impact young social media users across the country. The legislation, which will require that all tech companies design their products with children’s “well-being” in mind, would hit Facebook in its home state, potentially…

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Report: Spanish Language Misinformation Still A Big Problem On Facebook

Report: Spanish Language Misinformation Still A Big Problem On Facebook

In the wake of the last two presidential elections, Facebook has taken many steps to crack down on spam and misinformation aiming to sway users. However, according to many advocates, the company hasn’t done enough to address these problems for its Spanish-speaking users. According to recent reports, Spanish language misinformation has spread rapidly on Facebook,…

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White House Denies Using Controversial Facebook Misinformation Censorship Portal

White House Denies Using Controversial Facebook Misinformation Censorship Portal

Earlier this week, it was revealed that Facebook built a secret portal that allowed government officials to report content for removal. Now, journalists have pressed the White House itself on if it’s using this tool to censor what it perceives to be disinformation. For its part, the administration emphatically denied using the tool. However, last…

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Report: Special Facebook Portal Allows Government Agencies To Request Censorship Of Disinformation

Report: Special Facebook Portal Allows Government Agencies To Request Censorship Of Disinformation

Facebook has long been scrutinized for having a cozy relationship with law enforcement, often willingly handing over user data to police and government agencies when it’s requested. However, the company may be making it even easier than previously thought for the government to get in touch. According to a report this week in The Intercept,…

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Facebook Fined $25 Million For Violating Financial Transparency Law

Facebook Fined $25 Million For Violating Financial Transparency Law

Facebook has strict transparency rules when it comes to who it allows to purchase and run ads on its platform. However, the company doesn’t always play by its own rules. According to a blockbuster ruling against the social media giant in the state of Washington, Facebook has “repeatedly and intentionally” violated the state’s campaign finance…

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Facebook Executives Accused Of Taking Bribes To Protect OnlyFans Content

Facebook Executives Accused Of Taking Bribes To Protect OnlyFans Content

Facebook often struggles with controversial content moderation issues, either failing to explain its actions or not doing enough to remove offensive content. However, a new bombshell report could cast more doubt than ever on the social media giant’s processes. According to an anonymous whistleblower report from an individual claiming to be a Facebook employee, the…

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Study: Facebook Segments Ads Based On Race, Age, Gender, And More

Study: Facebook Segments Ads Based On Race, Age, Gender, And More

According to Facebook, its algorithm can help advertisers reach the perfect audience in a safe and effective way. However, according to a new report from the Association for Computer Machinery, Facebook’s AI may be allowing for discrimination by classifying the race, gender, and age of the people pictured in ads. Researchers found that more Facebook…

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Report: Gun Ads Still Common On Facebook Despite Ban On Promoting Weapons

Report: Gun Ads Still Common On Facebook Despite Ban On Promoting Weapons

Facebook has stringent rules dictating the kinds of ads that can be run on its platform. However, whether it enforces those rules correctly is another matter entirely. For instance, researchers at the Tech Transparency Project (TTP) published a report this week showing massive holes in Facebook’s content moderation efforts allowing ads that promote firearms. In…

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Lawmaker Presses Facebook To Explain Sensitive Health Data Collection  

Lawmaker Presses Facebook To Explain Sensitive Health Data Collection  

Facebook is continuing to deal with the fallout from a data privacy issue that saw the company receiving sensitive medical information from hospital websites. According to reports, that information included medical conditions, reasons for the appointment, provider names, contact details, and more. Now, Senator Mark Warner wants Facebook to explain how and why it’s collecting…

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Facebook Oversight Board Gives Itself The Power To Put Warning Labels On Content 

Facebook Oversight Board Gives Itself The Power To Put Warning Labels On Content 

When Facebook created its independent Oversight Board, the company wanted an organization to help solve its trickiest content moderation issues. However, the group has since expanded its power, including with a dramatic announcement this week that it will soon be able to add warning labels to content on Facebook and Instagram.  The Board, which already…

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