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Report: Facebook Content Moderators Cope With PTSD, Panic Attacks And More

Facebook has come under heavy criticism for the way it handles content moderation issues. When the company relies on artificial intelligence, its technology often makes mistakes that a human would not. However, according to a sweeping report from The Verge released this week, there’s also a downside when real people are tasked with reviewing its…

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Report: Popular Health Apps Share Sensitive Data With Facebook

Facebook’s entire business model relies on collecting as much data about its users as possible. However, sometimes the company gets more info than it even wants from its partners — including sensitive data that doesn’t jibe with the platform’s own privacy policies. That appears to be the case, as spelled out by a recent report…

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Lawmakers Want To Question Facebook On The Privacy Of Health Groups 

Lawmakers are seeking answers from Facebook following a complaint filed with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) that accuses Facebook of failing to protect users’ sensitive health data shared in its Groups. According to the complaint, released publically this week, a group of women with a rare gene mutation discovered that their information, including names and…

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Facebook Is Shutting Down Its Controversial Spyware App

Facebook announced this week that it will begin shutting down its controversial Onavo VPN app. The move comes in the wake of an earlier TechCrunch report that Facebook used Onavo code for research that gathered data on teen users. There’s nothing wrong with using a VPN service; indeed, it’s a smart technology to leverage if…

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Facebook Is Giving Users More Control To Stop Location Tracking

Facebook is often justly criticized for not doing enough to protect user privacy. However, the company made an encouraging change to its privacy settings this week, allowing users to opt out of sharing their location data while they’re not using the Facebook app. Before now, location tracking on Android was, as The Verge points out,…

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Report: Facebook Monitors And Tracks Users It Deems a Threat

Facebook’s bread and butter is collecting user data, so it’s no surprise the company has the capability to track us wherever we go. However, a new report from CNBC spells out just how far Facebook is willing to go to use this tool if it thinks it’s facing a threat. According to the report, Facebook…

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Report: Facebook Lets You Search For Photos Of Your Female Friends, But Not Your Male Ones

Facebook might be a world-dominating tech giant today, but it began its life as a humble — and deeply creepy —platform called Fashmash. That early iteration of the platform was designed for Harvard University students to rate their female colleagues by physical appearance. Facebook has gone to great lengths to distance itself from those early…

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Reporter Tries (And Fails) To Keep His Unborn Baby A Secret From Facebook

Facebook has access to an unprecedented amount of our data, and it uses it well: the company makes a majority of its revenue from advertisers, who can take advantage of your info to target you. This is an undeniably creepy phenomenon, though most of us simply accept it as the price we pay to use…

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Lawmakers Question Facebook Over Report On “Spying” App

Three prominent U.S. senators sent a letter to Facebook, Google and Apple executives this week in the wake of a TechCrunch report detailing how Facebook used iOS and Android apps to monitor teen users. In their letter, the lawmakers grilled Facebook and the other companies for more details about the app and the info it…

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Zuckerberg Vows To Spend More Than $3.7 Billion On Safety And Security In 2019

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Facebook, and the social media giant is facing more questions than ever regarding its role in the world. However, instead of owning up to his company’s many mistakes, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg used the occasion to get defensive about his creation. In a post celebrating the…

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Facebook Will Finally Let You Delete Messages After You’ve Sent Them

Facebook finally rolled out a long-promised feature this week that will allow you to delete a message from someone else’s inbox up to ten minutes after you’ve sent it. (Think the “undo” feature common to most email providers.) However, there’s an unanswered question hovering over this admittedly-welcome privacy feature: would users have ever gotten it…

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Major Fact-Checking Organizations Quit Working With Facebook

Facebook is regularly forced to cope with privacy and data problems, but perhaps the largest issue it faces may also be the hardest to solve: dealing with the spread of fake news and malicious content. And the company’s fight got even harder last week when two of its major fact-checking partners, Snopes and the Associated…

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