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Facebook Cryptocurrency Scams Are Already Taking Off

Many privacy advocates and lawmakers were skeptical when Facebook announced it was rolling out its own cryptocurrency called Libra. For a company with so many privacy problems, trusting it with financial information seemed unwise. It could be obtained by hackers, accidentally leaked to third parties or taken advantage of by scammers. Unfortunately, some of those…

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Former CIA Agent: Facebook Knows More About You Than Spy Agency

Facebook’s entire business model is built on obtaining as much information about its users as possible — but the extent to which that’s true can still shock. It even surprised former CIA agent Yael Eisenstat, who joined the company last year (for six months) to help it combat election interference. In a wide-ranging interview with…

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Facebook Messenger Flaw Let Kids Chat With Strangers

Two years ago, Facebook launched an offshoot of its popular Messenger app called Messenger Kids. This tool, designed for children under the age of 13, provided a private chat space for children to connect with other users that their parents first approved. However, according to a report from The Verge this week, there was just…

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Despite Privacy Scandals, Facebook Engagement Is On The Upswing

Facebook has endured seemingly-endless privacy controversies over the past several years, causing it to get called before U.S. lawmakers, pay a record-setting $5 billion fine to the FTC, and more. However, despite these scandals, Facebook’s overall engagement numbers are growing. Facebook’s Audience Insights tool, which is used to gather demographic data for advertisers, measured increases…

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Facebook Rolls Out Tool For UK Users To Report Scam Ads

Last year, consumer advice personality Martin Lewis filed a defamation lawsuit against Facebook regarding scam advertisements on the platform that used his likeness. However, he withdrew the suit when Facebook announced it would add a scam reporting feature and help fund a scam advice and prevention service. Finally, Facebook rolled out these long-promised features this…

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FTC Finally Approves $5 Billion Fine For Facebook

After months of negotiations, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Facebook have reportedly agreed to a $5 billion fine that will settle an investigation into Facebook’s privacy practices.  Regulators originally launched the investigation after the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring. According to reports, the FTC voted 3-2 this week to approve the settlement…

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Facebook Denies Collecting Data On Users’ “Information And Activity”

Last December, Washington D.C. attorney general Karl Racine filed a lawsuit against Facebook for its role in the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, arguing that the social media giant violated the District’s consumer protection laws. Now Facebook is defending itself in court, and denying aspects of its privacy practices that don’t even make sense. According…

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Facebook’s Facial Recognition Technology Is Growing Bigger Than Ever

It’s no secret that Facebook is on a mission to collect as much of our information as possible. Data is how the company makes money, using likes, interests and history to target advertising to its users. And the platform’s facial recognition technology is one of the most effective—and insidious—methods it relies on to gather this…

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Facebook’s “Pivot To Privacy” Already Facing Backlash

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made a big splash in March when he announced the company would begin a “pivot to privacy.” Since then, Facebook has followed through with some of its promises to do a better job protecting users. However, experts are raising concerns that the social media giant’s “pivot” may come with harmful unintended…

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Apple Cofounder Warns People To Get Off Facebook Forever

Facebook is no stranger to controversy, and it has accrued many prominent critics over the years. Now you can add Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak to the list, who recently stated in no uncertain terms that most users should get off Facebook as quickly as possible. “There are many different kinds of people, and some of…

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Facebook Outage Reveals Its Use Of AI To Analyze Our Photos

This week, Facebook experienced a strange outage that caused many users to be unable to load images, video and other data to Facebook, WhatsApp and Instagram. This was obviously annoying for anyone attempting to use these platforms, but it also revealed something about Facebook’s use of technology: namely, that it uses artificial intelligence to analyze…

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Facebook Fined For Under-Reporting Illegal Content

Over the past year, Facebook has increasingly come under scrutiny from U.S. regulators for its questionable data and privacy practices. However, the pressure that the company faces here at home pales in comparison to what it deals with overseas. Another instance of Europe’s aversion to the social media giant occurred this week, when German officials…

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