Internet Safety & Privacy

Report: Facebook Was Shocked To Discover Foreign Interference On Its Platform

Report: Facebook Was Shocked To Discover Foreign Interference On Its Platform

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook came under intense scrutiny for its role in allowing foreign bad actors to spread misinformation and propaganda on the platform. And now, according to a new book from New York Times reporters Sheera Frenkel and Cecilia Kang, Facebook was just as caught off guard by…

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Facebook Challenged Abroad Again Over Its Privacy Practices

Facebook Challenged Abroad Again Over Its Privacy Practices

Facebook is once again under fire overseas for its data and privacy policies, this time in the Netherlands. Two non-profits have filed litigation against the social media giant alleging that its collection of user data has no legal basis under the country’s laws. The groups are suing for compensation for individuals while also calling for…

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Former President Trump Sues Facebook For Censorship

Former President Trump Sues Facebook For Censorship

A month ago, Facebook suspended Donald Trump from its platform for two years over his comments surrounding the violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. However, the former president isn’t going to take the ban sitting down. This week, he announced sweeping class-action lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter and Google for banning him from their…

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Facebook Tests Warning For Anti-Extremist Content

Facebook Tests Warning For Anti-Extremist Content

Over the past several years, Facebook has seen an explosion of misinformation and potentially dangerous extremist content on its platform. Now, the social media giant is rolling out a new tool to stop the latter, warning users if they have potentially been exposed to extremist content — and asking them if they’re worried their friends…

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Facebook Commits To Stopping Harassment, Abuse Of Women On Its Platform

Facebook Commits To Stopping Harassment, Abuse Of Women On Its Platform

This week, Facebook and several other tech giants pledged at the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris to stop the harassment and abuse of women online. The improvements Facebook will make come after a year of consulting with the Web Foundation and over 120 women experts from around the world. Facebook has committed to improving…

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German Privacy Commissioner Orders Government To Close Down Facebook Pages Over Privacy Concerns

German Privacy Commissioner Orders Government To Close Down Facebook Pages Over Privacy Concerns

European authorities have long given Facebook a much harder time than their American counterparts, and the country of Germany is certainly no exception. Earlier this month, a German privacy commissioner ordered all German government ministries to shut down their Facebook pages by the end of the year after finding that Facebook has failed to change…

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Judge Dismisses Massive Antitrust Cases Against Facebook

Judge Dismisses Massive Antitrust Cases Against Facebook

In recent years, Facebook has faced a seemingly never-ending string of controversies, from privacy and content moderation issues to concerns over its business practices. That’s why an increasing number of lawmakers in the U.S. have expressed an interest in splitting up the tech giant through antitrust law — a route explored by several cases filed…

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Report: Facebook Allows Fake Testimonials In Its Ads

Report: Facebook Allows Fake Testimonials In Its Ads

Facebook has long struggled to contain the spread of misinformation, and the advertising that companies place on the site is no different. That’s why Facebook has a specific policy banning ads that feature misleading claims. However, according to a new report from The Independent this week, companies can easily use fake Twitter testimonials in their…

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Study: Facebook’s Top Three Apps Tie For Least Respect For Privacy

Study: Facebook’s Top Three Apps Tie For Least Respect For Privacy

Facebook’s entire business model is built on hoovering up as much user data as possible in order to monetize it with advertisers. However, it’s always shocking to see just how little Facebook respects our privacy. For example, a recent study from Surfshack analyzed the web’s top apps to see which ones were the most data-hungry,…

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Report: Facebook Promoted Content Urging Violence Against Protesters

Report: Facebook Promoted Content Urging Violence Against Protesters

Facebook has long struggled with controlling its content recommendation algorithm. This simple tool intended to connect users often has harmful effects, from serving up hate speech to white supremacists to bringing together radical groups abroad. And according to the rights group Global Witness, that is exactly what’s happening in the country of Myanmar. A recent…

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