Internet Safety & Privacy

Lawsuit Wants Facebook To Be Held Responsible For Ad Discrimination

Lawsuit Wants Facebook To Be Held Responsible For Ad Discrimination

Facebook has landed in hot water before for its advertising algorithm, and how companies can potentially exploit it to discriminate against individuals based on religion, gender, age and more. Now, a new lawsuit wants the social media giant to take responsibility for these discriminatory practices in its advertising. The case claims that Facebook pushes ads…

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Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Defends End-To-End Encryption

Facebook-Owned WhatsApp Defends End-To-End Encryption

The popular Facebook-owned chat app WhatsApp relies on strong end-to-end encryption to protect the privacy of hundreds of millions of users around the world. However, over the past year, this technology has come under fire from government officials, who fear it could be used by bad actors to cover their crimes on social media platforms.…

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Facebook Executive Says The Company Doesn’t Want To Act As “Truth Police”

Facebook Executive Says The Company Doesn’t Want To Act As “Truth Police”

Last week, Facebook finally made a decision in the case of former president Donald Trump, ruling that he will be banned from the platform until 2023. The decision obviously set off a firestorm of criticism from all political sides, forcing Facebook to defend itself. The company said that these severe consequences were justified, but that…

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Facebook Will End Special Content Moderation Treatment For Politicians

Facebook Will End Special Content Moderation Treatment For Politicians

Facebook has long protected politicians from the same content rules it applies to the rest of us because of the “newsworthiness” of what they have to say. However, according to a report in The Verge this week, that controversial policy is about to come to an end. Facebook’s previous policy has stood for several years,…

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Facebook Will Make It Easier For Researchers To Study Dangerous Fringe Groups

Facebook Will Make It Easier For Researchers To Study Dangerous Fringe Groups

Facebook announced this week that it will now make it easier for researchers to study fringe and non-mainstream groups on its platform. This new policy will allow “qualified” researchers to study public-facing pages, groups and events in the United States, including specific posts from users. However, Facebook says it will hide their user names in…

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Advocates Urge Facebook Oversight Board To Step In And Stop Antisemitism

Advocates Urge Facebook Oversight Board To Step In And Stop Antisemitism

Facebook is under intense pressure this week to do something about a rise in antisemitism on its platform, with prominent advocates pressing the independent Facebook Oversight Board to do something about the problem. The Anti-Defamation League, one of the most established Jewish advocacy groups in the country, wrote a letter directly to the Oversight Board…

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Mozilla Launches Facebook Ad Campaign To Educate Users About How Facebook Collects Their Data

Mozilla Launches Facebook Ad Campaign To Educate Users About How Facebook Collects Their Data

Over three years ago, the popular web browser Mozilla pulled all advertisements from Facebook over data privacy concerns. Now, the company is back on the platform with a series of ads that aim to educate users about how their data is being used by Facebook to target them. These ads, which have a horoscope theme…

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New Facebook Report Reveals Growth Of Fake Accounts, Foreign Influence Campaigns

New Facebook Report Reveals Growth Of Fake Accounts, Foreign Influence Campaigns

This week, Facebook released a new report detailing how coordinated inauthentic behavior campaigns have grown on the platform over the past several years. Perhaps not surprisingly, the study found that the U.S. is the most frequent target of these foreign influence operations. While Facebook said that Iran and Russia remain the leading source for these…

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180,000 Users Sign Petition Urging Facebook To Drop “Instagram For Kids”

180,000 Users Sign Petition Urging Facebook To Drop “Instagram For Kids”

Facebook has been under relentless pressure in recent weeks to halt its development of a version of Instagram for children under 13. Lawmakers and activists alike have sounded the alarm about what this could mean for the long-term privacy and data security of these children. And now, users themselves have made their voices heard, with…

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Facebook Bombarded With Negative Reviews Over Censorship Allegations

Facebook Bombarded With Negative Reviews Over Censorship Allegations

Over the past week, Facebook has been bombarded with negative reviews of its app. However, these aren’t just any reviews. Instead, it is the result of a coordinated campaign to protest the social media giant’s alleged censorship of pro-Palestinian accounts and posts. Internally, Facebook is taking the issue very seriously, categorizing it as a SEV1…

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