Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Has Been Warned For Five Years About Violent Events But Hasn’t Acted

Report: Facebook Has Been Warned For Five Years About Violent Events But Hasn’t Acted

Last month, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg told his employees that it was an “operational mistake” that allowed an event page from a local militia to remain posted that promoted violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The page had been flagged for removal at least 455 times, yet the social media giant did nothing to remove…

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Former Facebook Data Scientist Blasts The Company For “Slapdash And Haphazard” Policies

Former Facebook Data Scientist Blasts The Company For “Slapdash And Haphazard” Policies

In the lead-up to the 2020 U.S. presidential election, Facebook has come under intense scrutiny again for the behavior of foreign actors on its platform. However, according to fired Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang, that is just the tip of the iceberg. On her way out the door from the social media giant, Zhang dropped…

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Facebook Boycott Group Is Back With A New Campaign Against Instagram

Facebook Boycott Group Is Back With A New Campaign Against Instagram

In July, a coalition of civil rights organizations and advocates led a successful boycott of Facebook that saw some of the world’s biggest advertisers withdraw their dollars in protest of the company’s hate speech policies. And this week, the group announced that its back with another campaign, this time targeted at Facebook-owned Instagram. The group,…

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Report: European Regulators May Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To The U.S.

Report: European Regulators May Order Facebook To Stop Sending User Data To The U.S.

European governments have long taken a stronger stance against Facebook than the U.S., and that trend continued this week with reports that Irish regulators may order the social media giant to stop sending user data to the U.S. The reported ruling comes a few months after the European Court of Justice stated that this data…

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Facebook Will Ban New Political Ads In The Week Before The Election

Facebook Will Ban New Political Ads In The Week Before The Election

Facebook announced this week that it will not accept new political or issues-based ads in the week leading up to the U.S. presidential election. The move comes in the wake of concerns that the social media giant will allow misinformation to spread on its platform as it did in 2016. In the announcement, Facebook founder…

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Facebook Will Pay People To Shut Down Their Accounts Ahead Of Election

Facebook Will Pay People To Shut Down Their Accounts Ahead Of Election

Earlier this week, Facebook announced that it would partner with outside researchers to determine how its platform could impact the upcoming U.S. presidential election. Of course, this decision comes in the wake of dangerous misinformation spreading like wildfire across the platform during the 2016 election — misinformation that was often intentionally propagated by foreign bad…

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Facebook Steps Up Its Effort To Remove Hate Speech And Misinformation Ahead Of Foreign Election

Facebook Steps Up Its Effort To Remove Hate Speech And Misinformation Ahead Of Foreign Election

Two years ago, Facebook received widespread condemnation for allowing its platform to be weaponized and abused in the country of Myanmar. The government of the small Asian nation used the social media giant as a tool to repress its Rohingya minority population. Now, Facebook says it is ramping up its efforts to detect hate speech…

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Facebook Catches And Removes Another Network Of Russian Trolls

Facebook Catches And Removes Another Network Of Russian Trolls

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook was slammed for not doing enough to prevent the spread of misinformation on its platform. As a result, the social media giant has stepped up its efforts this time around to ensure foreign bad actors aren’t abusing the site to influence the outcome. And this week, Facebook announced…

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Report: Facebook May Still Be Allowing Discriminatory Advertising

Report: Facebook May Still Be Allowing Discriminatory Advertising

Facebook is no stranger to controversy surrounding its advertising practices. The company has repeatedly been accused of allowing marketers to use its targeted ad tools to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion and more. Of course, there are legitimate reasons why a company would want to tailor its advertising to reach a specific…

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Report: Facebook Didn’t Act On Militia Complaints Before Wisconsin Shooting

Report: Facebook Didn’t Act On Militia Complaints Before Wisconsin Shooting

Facebook is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons again this week following an apparent double murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The violence stemmed from a clash between activists protesting a recent police shooting and armed militia groups who also showed up. And according to a report in The Verge this week, Facebook was warned…

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