Internet Safety & Privacy

UK Official Says Facebook Risks “Grotesque Betrayal” Of Children If It Doesn’t Create Safeguards Against Abuse

UK Official Says Facebook Risks “Grotesque Betrayal” Of Children If It Doesn’t Create Safeguards Against Abuse

Facebook has long promised the introduction of end-to-end encryption to its messaging services to better protect user privacy. However, many advocates and officials are concerned that this technology could inadvertently provide cover to criminals, including child predators. That’s why British Home Secretary Priti Patel urged the social media giant this week to introduce safeguards against…

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Report: Facebook Is Profiting On White Supremacist Groups Through Ads

Report: Facebook Is Profiting On White Supremacist Groups Through Ads

According to a recent report from the nonprofit Tech Transparency Project (TTP), Facebook is profiting on searches and ads for known white supremacist groups on its platform. The investigation found that over a third of the 226 white supremacist groups identified as hate organizations by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have a presence on…

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Report: Facebook Is Failing To Detect Blatant Misinformation Ahead Of 2022 International Elections

Report: Facebook Is Failing To Detect Blatant Misinformation Ahead Of 2022 International Elections

According to a report this week from the watchdog organization Global Witness, Facebook is once again failing to detect obvious misinformation surrounding elections, this time in the country of Brazil. To test Facebook, the advocacy group says it submitted test ads promoting the wrong election date, incorrect voting methods and some questioning the integrity of…

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Meta’s Own AI Chatbot Criticizes Facebook, Says That It “Exploits People”

Meta’s Own AI Chatbot Criticizes Facebook, Says That It “Exploits People”

When Facebook’s parent company Meta introduced an AI chatbot to host test conversations with users, it probably didn’t anticipate how quickly the tech would turn on its creator. According to multiple users, the chatbot relentlessly criticizes both Facebook and its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, accusing the company of exploiting its users. The program learns its responses…

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Facebook Turns Over Private User Data To Police In Abortion Case

Facebook Turns Over Private User Data To Police In Abortion Case

After the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, many privacy experts sounded the alarm on what Facebook could potentially do with users’ sensitive medical data. And, as it was revealed this week, those fears were well founded. According to multiple reports, the social media giant has given Nebraska law enforcement officials the user data of…

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Facebook Says A Cyber Espionage Group Is Spying On Users Via Malware

Facebook Says A Cyber Espionage Group Is Spying On Users Via Malware

According to a report released from Facebook this week, a hacker group based out of India and Pakistan is spying on thousands of users by tricking them into downloading malware that resembles popular messaging apps. The group, calling itself Bitter APT, has been installing this malware on Android devices via fake versions of encrypted messaging apps…

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Report: Facebook Is Profiting Off Ads Featuring Abortion Misinformation

Report: Facebook Is Profiting Off Ads Featuring Abortion Misinformation

According to a new report from the advocacy group Media Matters, Facebook is directly profiting from content spreading health misinformation despite the platform’s rules against it. The group says that many of these ads focus on “abortion pill reversal,” a dangerous and unethical medical procedure that claims to undo the effects of medication abortions. Of…

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Ukraine Wants Facebook To Stop “Unfair” Blocking Of Posts

Ukraine Wants Facebook To Stop “Unfair” Blocking Of Posts

Facebook often finds itself in hot water around the world for its content moderation decisions. The latest flash point arrived this week in Ukraine, where government officials are begging the social media giant to stop the “unfair” blocking of posts about the ongoing Russian invasion. According to Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov, there is…

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Facebook Hit With Another Lawsuit Over Healthcare Data Privacy

Facebook Hit With Another Lawsuit Over Healthcare Data Privacy

This week, it was revealed that Facebook is facing another federal class action lawsuit for allegedly gathering a patient’s sensitive medical data without her consent. The patient says that her info was harvested through the so-called Meta Pixel feature embedded in her health care provider’s online patient portal. According to the suit, this patient data…

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Kenyan Government Orders Facebook To Tackle Hate Speech Problem Immediately

Kenyan Government Orders Facebook To Tackle Hate Speech Problem Immediately

For years, Facebook has faced criticism over how it handles hate speech around elections both in the U.S. and abroad. Now, a major African country is hitting back against the social media giant in. big way, giving the company one week to rein in its hate speech problem or face suspension. According to advocacy group…

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