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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: Facebook Is Still Promoting Violent Groups To Users Despite Ban

Last summer, Facebook took a public stand against violent extremist groups, promising to remove their pages and content in advance of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. However, according to a report in BuzzFeed News this week, the platform is still actively labelling people as “interested” in these groups for advertisers. The discovery was made by…

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Hacked Data Of Over 500 Million Facebook Users Leaked Online

Facebook has dealt with data breaches before, and as of this weekend, there’s another major scandal to add to this shameful list. That’s because the data of over 500 million Facebook users — including names, birthdays, relationship status, birthplace, email addresses, and more — recently leaked on a website for hackers. The data, which was…

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Report: UK Government May Force Facebook To Provide Backdoor Access To Private Messages

Around the world, Facebook has faced increasing pressure from governments to stop exploring end-to-end encryption technology. While on its face, this kind of protection is a good thing for user privacy, it also offers blanket protection for bad actors like terrorists and child predators. And this debate ratcheted up again this week when it was…

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Poll: Facebook Is Widely Mistrusted, Even Compared To Other Tech Giants

In recent years, Facebook has been bombarded virtually constantly with privacy and content moderation scandals. From the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal onward, the company has suffered hit after hit in the court of public opinion. And according to a new poll from journalist David Gewirtz, Facebook’s poor reputation has led to an almost shocking…

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Facebook Is Giving Users More Control Over Their News Feed, Comments, And More

Facebook announced this week that it is introducing new features that will give users greater control over their News Feeds, as well as who comments on their content. One of these new features will allow users to filter their News Feed content through “Favorites” and “Recent,” ensuring people only see what they want from who…

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Experts Explain Why Medical Misinformation Continues To Spread On Facebook Despite Ban

Since the outbreak of COVID-19 last year, Facebook has struggled to stop the spread of potentially dangerous medical misinformation. And now that vaccines to fight the deadly pandemic are beginning to roll out around the world, the social media giant faces a renewed wave of false content. Thankfully, Facebook has taken steps to address this…

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Facebook Blocks Politician, Gets Accused Of “Digital Totalitarianism”

This week, Facebook suspended the account of controversial Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro for spreading COVID-19 misinformation. This move led to cries of censorship from the Venezuelan government — while others wondered what took Facebook so long to act against the authoritarian leader. Since January, Maduro has been promoting a Venezuelan-made liquid called Carvativir that he…

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Experts: Facebook Oversight Board Not Enough To Fix Company’s Content Problems

Facebook has proudly trumpeted the creation of its independent oversight board and the role it will play in helping the company make difficult content moderation decisions. However, critics say that the board needs to have even greater control over Facebook operations — including its algorithms. According to these critics, most of Facebook’s moderation problems stem…

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Report: Facebook Is Autogenerating Pages For Extremist Groups

According to a report released this week by the Tech Transparency Project, dozens of hate organizations are still operating freely on Facebook despite the platform’s rules. To make matters worse, Facebook is actually autogenerating pages for these groups, inadvertently helping them spread their message and recruit new members. The report says that 113 white supremacist…

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Lawsuit Accuses Facebook Of Not Providing A “Safe” Environment For Users

According to a recent lawsuit filed against Facebook by the nonprofit group Reporters Without Borders, Facebook has failed to provide a “safe” environment for users despite what its policies say. The case, filed in France, could be the first of many around the world to hold Facebook accountable for its own policies. To build its…

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Report: Facebook’s Rules Allow For Users To Call For Death Of Public Figures

Facebook loves to tout the strength of its Community Standards when it comes to protecting users. However, according to leaked internal content moderation guidelines obtained by The Guardian, public figures are often permitted to be targets of abuse — even including calls for their death. According to Facebook’s rules, public figures cannot be “purposefully exposed”…

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Report: Facebook Took Down 1.3 Billion Fake Accounts Late Last Year

This week, Facebook released one of its semi-annual reports laying out how many fake accounts the company has recently removed. And this time, the number is truly astonishing. According to the social media giant, it took down 1.3 billion fake accounts between October and December 2020 alone. In the report, Facebook said that it has…

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