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Facebook Accused Of Censoring Reproductive Health Content

Facebook loves to tout the power of the artificial intelligence it uses to detect and remove offensive content. However, this technology too often does the opposite of what it’s intended and takes down innocent or even useful posts. For example, this week, the advocacy groups MSI Reproductive Choices and Center for Countering Digital Hate are claiming…

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Facebook Accused Of Snooping On Users’ Snapchat Data Via Secret Project

Four years ago, advertisers filed a lawsuit against Facebook alleging the company was using its access to user data to stifle competitors. However, even in their wildest dreams, these advertisers couldn’t have imagined the bombshells this lawsuit would uncover. According to newly released documents in the case, Facebook created a secret program in 2016 called…

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Facebook Could Get Hit With “Heavy” Fines In New Privacy Probe

Facebook is often under the microscope for its data and privacy practices, especially in Europe, where the European Union recently introduced a strict new law called the Digital Markets Act aimed at preventing big tech companies from establishing a monopoly. And this week, the European Commission announced that Facebook and several other tech giants are…

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It’s Shockingly Easy To Get Around Facebook’s Content Moderation Rules

Facebook loves to tout its ability to detect and remove spam, misinformation, and other offensive content using artificial intelligence. However, a recent report from social media researchers in Australia found that it’s surprisingly easy for motivated users to get around the company’s rules. The study looked at Facebook content moderation measures such as shadow banning…

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Facebook Shuts Down Critical Tool For Tracking Fake News

Last week, Facebook announced that it’s shutting down a data tool used by academics, researchers, and journalists to track fake news and misinformation on the platform. Instead, Facebook will create its own version of the tool called the Meta Content Library. However, this tool won’t be available to journalists — and with the company’s decision…

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Facebook Will Make Its “Pay For Privacy” Model Cheaper To Appease Regulators

When Facebook introduced a plan for European users to pay for an ad-free experience, advocates immediately blasted the company for forcing users to pay for their privacy. Many lawmakers also weren’t convinced this would even help Facebook comply with data laws. So this week, Facebook caved to regulators and offered to cut its subscription price…

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US Government Investigating Facebook For Role In Illegal Drug Sales

Facebook has routinely been criticized for failing to stop the sale of illegal goods on Marketplace. However, the company has thus far been able to evade responsibility for the problem. However, that may be about to change. According to a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal this week, federal authorities are investigating Facebook for…

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Lawmakers Urge Facebook To Kill “Coercive” Privacy Fee

Several months ago, Facebook rolled out a controversial subscription plan for European users that would allow them to pay a monthly fee to opt out of data tracking. The company did this to comply with a strict European privacy law called the GDPR, but the move has been almost universally criticized as a way to…

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Facebook VR Headsets Are Vulnerable To “Inception-Style” Hack

Facebook is no stranger to hackers attempting to steal sensitive data from its users online. However, the company may also be facing these threats in virtual reality. According to a team of cybersecurity researchers, the Facebook Meta Quest VR headset is vulnerable to “inception-style” attacks that would allow hackers to steal their information without them…

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Facebook And Instagram Ran Ads For Deepfake App Featuring Nude Underage Celebrity

Facebook has come under scrutiny in recent months for failing to stop the spread of deepfake content, and it seems like the problem isn’t getting any better. According to a disturbing report from NBC News last week, Facebook and Instagram promoted ads for a deepfake app that featured a blurred fake nude photo of the…

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Lawmaker Demands Facebook To Explain How It Protects Girls From Predators

Last month, The New York Times published a bombshell report detailing how some parents are building Facebook and Instagram followings for their children, mostly girls, by posting suggestive images that often attract predators. Now, a US senator is blasting Facebook for failing to keep children safe while pressing the company to explain what it will…

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41 States Call On Facebook To Take “Immediate Action” To Help Hacking Victims

Over the past year, US states have banded together to bring legal action against Facebook for allegedly causing harm to young users. Now, another coalition of attorneys general have blasted the social media giant in an open letter calling for “immediate action” to help Facebook users who have had their accounts hacked. According to the…

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