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Report: Facebook Usage Falling Amid Privacy Scandals

For the past several years, Facebook has been plagued with a seemingly-endless array of privacy scandals. And, according to a new report from The Guardian, people may be getting seriously sick of it. Business analytics firm Mixpanel found that since April 2018, when news of the Cambridge Analytica data breach broke, Facebook activities such as…

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Stressed-Out Facebook Content Moderator Had A Heart Attack And Died On The Job

When it comes to content moderation, Facebook’s policies are often confusing. The social media giant allows some pretty heinous posts to remain active on the site, while removing ones that seem innocent. But if mistakes are made, it’s understandable — the content moderators at the frontlines of that decision-making process are under-paid and over-stressed. So…

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New Facebook Cryptocurrency Raises Privacy Concerns

Facebook has a pretty bad reputation for protecting user information, so there was an understandably skeptical reaction when the company first announced it would be introducing its own cryptocurrency called Libra. Now the full details of the currency have been revealed, and several prominent lawmakers and experts have already expressed concern over the potential privacy…

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Facebook Says That Users Have No “Reasonable Expectation Of Privacy”

Facebook has made a big deal about pivoting to focus on user privacy ­— but while the company talks the talk, it doesn’t always walk the walk. The latest example of this hypocrisy occurred recently in a California court room, where attorneys for Facebook argued that its users basically have no privacy at all. The…

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Banned Facebook App Collected Data From 187,000 Users

Earlier this year, Apple banned Facebook’s data-collecting app from its store, effectively killing it. However, it was revealed this week that the app, called Facebook Research, managed to gather plenty of information before it got nixed. According to TechCrunch, the defunct Facebook Research app gathered “personal and sensitive” data on about 187,000 users. The social…

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Facebook Willing To Pay You For Your Data

A few months ago, Facebook shut down its market research app Onavo after it was revealed the company was paying teenagers to access data off their phones. However, Facebook didn’t let the idea die for the long. This week, the company released its “Study from Facebook” app exclusively for Android, which will collect extra data…

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Facebook Quietly Makes Changes To Controversial Graph Search Tool

Last week, Facebook made some under-the-radar changes to its Graph Search tool that made it harder to search for publicly available user info on the site. This is a win for user privacy, but according to critics, it could also seriously hurt investigators who use the feature to perform valuable work. Graph Search, which launched…

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Former Facebook Lawyer Says Company Has Become The “Boogeyman” On Privacy

In recent months, Facebook has dealt with mounting pressure from lawmakers and privacy advocates to submit itself to government regulation. Some prominent leaders, including presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren, have even advocated for the company to be broken up under antitrust laws. All of this, critics say, is because of Facebook’s treatment of user data…

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Facebook’s Privacy Practices Blasted By New Apple Feature

There has long been a rivalry between Apple and Facebook, and it’s easy to understand why. They are the two most dominant tech companies in the market, and they’re in constant competition for the same customers. That’s why Apple has taken steps to differentiate itself by doubling down on user privacy. This week, the company…

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Update: Facebook Will Reconsider Its Censorship Policies After Protests

Facebook has agreed to meet with anti-censorship activists and reconsider its policies regarding nude photography following a naked protest outside the social media giant’s New York offices earlier this week. The National Coalition Against Censorship staged the attention-grabbing protest to raise awareness of what they view as Facebook’s censorship of artists. According to the group,…

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Protesters Strip Nude Outside Facebook’s Offices To Protest Censorship

Facebook has a well-deserved reputation for blocking innocent content — while often allowing far worse posts to remain active. That includes numerous instances of the company censoring artistic nude photos, and even images depicting nude statues. That’s why a group of activists stripped naked this week outside of Facebook’s New York offices, launching a campaign…

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Facebook Ordered To Hand Over Data Privacy Records

Facebook suffered yet another legal setback this week when a U.S. judge ordered the company to give its shareholders emails and records detailing how the company handles data privacy. The judge, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights, noted that Facebook is subject to a 2015 Federal Trade Commission agreement that required it to obtain user consent before…

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