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How to Lock Down Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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Report: Social Security May Begin Snooping Through Facebook Posts To Evaluate Claims

These days, just about everyone knows Facebook wants to collect our personal data. But the social media giant isn’t the only entity using the Internet to learn more about you. Law enforcement officials, prospective employers, insurance companies and more have all taken advantage of people’s publicly-posted information. And now, according to a recent report from…

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Facebook Says It Removed 1.5 Million Videos Of New Zealand Mass Shooting

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook has a nearly impossible task when it comes to keeping up with the graphic and offensive content shared on its platform. Another tragic instance of this trouble occurred late last week, when a suspected terrorist live-streamed a mass murder at a New Zealand mosque on…

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[Hoax Alert] Do Not Forward the Message Claiming Facebook Servers Have Been Busy Lately…

Another silly hoax is making the rounds on Facebook. We have received several questions from our readers about the message shown below: “This message is to inform all our users that our servers have been very busy lately, so we ask you to help solve this problem. We ask active users to forward this message…

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Facebook Removes Ad From Elizabeth Warren Calling For Breakup Of Facebook

Facebook is often criticized for its content moderation decisions, and political advertising is no exception. That’s how the platform stepped face-first into a major controversy this week when it took down an ad from Senator Elizabeth Warren — a 2020 presidential candidate — calling for big tech companies like Facebook to be broken up. The…

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Facebook Sues Shady Quiz Makers For Stealing User Data

It looks like Facebook is already making good on its recent promise to focus on user privacy. This week, the social media giant announced that its suing two Ukrainian men for allegedly creating quiz apps that scraped users’ private data and used it to target advertising. According to the complaint, the quizzes tricked users into…

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Mark Zuckerberg Outlines A Privacy-Focused Future For Facebook

From time to time, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posts to his personal page to lay out his vision for the platform. He published another such screed this week, proposing a big-picture plan to roll together Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram into one simple, “privacy first” platform. In his post, Zuckerberg admitted up front that…

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Report: Facebook Does Not Do Enough To Support Women Who Report Abuse

Facebook loves to tout all the ways it has improved its content moderation process over the past several years. The company has built out its artificial intelligence, hired thousands more moderators to review flagged posts, and more. However, according to a recent report from Amnesty International UK, the company still isn’t doing enough to help…

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Report: Major Android Apps Are Still Sending Users’ Sensitive Data To Facebook

Facebook has received a ton of heat in recent months for its relationship with third-party apps, and for the kind of information it exchanges with these companies. In response, Facebook has actively discouraged apps from sharing certain kinds of sensitive information. However, a report from the UK-based watchdog group Privacy International this week revealed that…

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Facebook Sues Chinese Companies For Selling Fake Accounts

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is locked in a seemingly never-ending battle against fake accounts. However, the sheer number of bad actors operating on the platform guarantees that Facebook can never fully keep up with the problem. That might be why the company took such an unusually drastic step late…

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Report: Facebook Lets People Look You Up Using Your Security Phone Number

Facebook is often rightly criticized for the lack of security it provides for users. However, the company has long encouraged people to sign up for two-factor authentication as a means of better protecting themselves. And while this is normally an effective security measure, Facebook has already been caught misusing the phone numbers that users entrusted…

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Facebook Will Finally Launch Its “Clear History” Tool This Year

Following the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring, Facebook made a host of promises to improve its privacy controls for users. One of those promised features was “Clear History” — the ability for users to wipe the information that Facebook has collected about them from third-party apps and websites. However, right when many experts…

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Facebook Suspends, Then Reinstates Suspicious Russian Accounts

One of the biggest controversies Facebook has ever dealt with is the role it played in Russian misinformation efforts before the 2016 presidential election. So it makes sense that the company would be sensitive to allegations that more Russian media outlets were abusing the platform. That’s why, when CNN was preparing a report earlier this…

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