Internet Safety & Privacy

Experts Warn That Facebook’s New Video Chat Feature Isn’t Actually That Private

Experts Warn That Facebook’s New Video Chat Feature Isn’t Actually That Private

As the coronavirus has forced most people into lengthy stays at home, video chat technology has experienced a huge surge in popularity. Of course, Facebook is trying to capitalize on this boom by creating a Zoom-like tool called Messenger Rooms. However, experts are already warning that privacy-concerned users should be wary of the feature. First…

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Facebook Accuses A Surveillance Company Of Hacking WhatsApp To Spy On Users

Facebook Accuses A Surveillance Company Of Hacking WhatsApp To Spy On Users

Facebook and Israeli surveillance company NSO Group have been locked in an ongoing legal battle for months, with Facebook claiming in October that the tech group used the WhatsApp platform to launch attacks that violated U.S. law. This week, Facebook escalated the fight even further, revealing the alleged dirty tricks that were used in the…

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Report: Facebook Agreed To Censor Posts In Vietnam After Pressure From Government

Report: Facebook Agreed To Censor Posts In Vietnam After Pressure From Government

Facebook often finds itself embroiled in free speech and censorship disputes, especially when the company must work with authoritarian governments. In those scenarios, Facebook faces the choice to either uphold American values or risk losing business. That’s what happened when the company recently bowed to pressure from the Vietnamese government and began censoring anti-state content.…

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Facebook Is Cracking Down On Quarantine Protest Pages

Facebook Is Cracking Down On Quarantine Protest Pages

When it comes to policing speech, Facebook often finds itself between a rock and a hard place. Either the social media giant does nothing and allows harmful content to flourish, or it comes down too hard and gets accused of censorship. This week, the company found itself embroiled in another one of these thorny debates…

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Facebook Releases Coronavirus Symptom-Tracking Map

Facebook Releases Coronavirus Symptom-Tracking Map

It’s no secret that Facebook has an unparalleled amount of control over user data. While that’s usually a bad thing for our privacy, the social media giant has been dedicated to using its powers for good during the COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, Facebook recently announced a partnership with health researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to…

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Facebook Will Start Warning Users Who Interacted With Hoax Coronavirus Content

Facebook Will Start Warning Users Who Interacted With Hoax Coronavirus Content

Facebook has invested heavily in fighting fraudulent ads and fake content related to the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak. Now the company announced this week that it will begin going a step further, notifying users directly who have interacted with scam COVID-19 content on the platform. The notice will be sent to users who have clicked…

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Facebook Builds A “Shadow Platform” To Help It Stop Scammers

Facebook Builds A “Shadow Platform” To Help It Stop Scammers

Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world, and it has the power and resources to match. However, no matter how hard the company works to catch the bad actors on its platform, they always seem to stay a step ahead. However, the social media giant may have found an unorthodox solution to…

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Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down on COVID-19, 5G Conspiracy Theories

Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down on COVID-19, 5G Conspiracy Theories

Facebook has made a concerted effort over the past month to crack down on spam and fraudulent ads related to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, according to a story in The Guardian this week, the company is also stepping up its fight against misinformation and conspiracy theories — most notably ones that link 5G infrastructure to…

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Facebook Files Lawsuit Over Deceptive Advertising Practices

Facebook Files Lawsuit Over Deceptive Advertising Practices

Facebook has strict rules forbidding scam ads or misinformation. However, the company rarely goes further than banning users from the platform. But it ramped up the stakes dramatically this week when it filed a lawsuit in federal court against user Basant Gajjar, operating under the alias LeadCloak. Facebook says LeadCloak provided “ad-cloaking” software that allowed…

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Report: Facebook Is Failing Miserably At Removing Coronavirus-Related Spam

Report: Facebook Is Failing Miserably At Removing Coronavirus-Related Spam

Facebook has a made a big deal of the fact that it’s working hard to stop the spread of fake COVID-19 content on its platform. However, according to an investigation from Consumer Reports published this week, the social media giant is doing a poor job of catching these fraudulent ads. Consumer Reports’ Kaveh Waddell decided…

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