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Facebook Is Using AI To Detect “Hateful Memes”

In its latest maneuver against hate speech and misinformation, Facebook announced this week that it has created a database of 10,000 “hateful memes” that will be made available to researchers. Facebook is also launching a $100,000 prize for researchers to develop further AI models using the data. Facebook relies heavily on artificial intelligence to remove…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Conspiracy Video — But Not Before It Racked Up 1.8 Million Views

As the COVID-19 crisis continues to unfold around the world, Facebook has taken strong actions to prevent the spread of medical misinformation on its platform. The latest example of this is a 26-minute documentary called “Plandemic” that has gone viral across social media. The video traffics in a conspiracy theory that the coronavirus was created…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Accounts Spreading QAnon Conspiracy Theories

Facebook has stepped up its fight against fake content and misinformation in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election. However, in the company’s April “Coordinated Inauthentic Behavior” report, there was a surprising new target of the company’s crackdown: accounts peddling QAnon conspiracy theories. For the uninitiated, the QAnon conspiracy is almost impossibly complicated and difficult…

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Experts Warn That Facebook “Challenges” Can Be Used To Steal Your Data

As the coronavirus has forced much of the world to stay home for an extended period of time, many have turned to Facebook to stay connected with friends and family. However, experts are warning against the dangers of oversharing on the social media platform. “We cannot go out and socialize during this pandemic, so people…

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Facebook Just Made It Easier For You To Transfer Data Off The Platform

As more and more Facebook users become aware of the platform’s privacy flaws, it’s tempting for many to think about leaving the site altogether. However, most can’t commit because Facebook holds so many of their photos and memories. Now, though, Facebook has made it easier for users to pack up their photos and transfer them…

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Privacy Groups Want Documents Unsealed In Facebook Encryption Case

In 2018, a federal judge rejected the government’s attempt to force Facebook to decrypt voice calls. Now, a host of privacy groups including the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) are demanding that this ruling is unsealed, saying it could set a dangerous privacy precedent if tech companies don’t know when it’s necessary to hand over…

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Experts Warn That Facebook’s New Video Chat Feature Isn’t Actually That Private

As the coronavirus has forced most people into lengthy stays at home, video chat technology has experienced a huge surge in popularity. Of course, Facebook is trying to capitalize on this boom by creating a Zoom-like tool called Messenger Rooms. However, experts are already warning that privacy-concerned users should be wary of the feature. First…

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Facebook Loophole Has Allowed Scammers To Steal Millions

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is often abused by cybercriminals looking to make a quick buck. That’s why the tech giant has placed such an emphasis on security measures like two-factor authentication to protect its users. However, according to a report in CyberNews this week, hackers have found a basic…

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Facebook Accuses A Surveillance Company Of Hacking WhatsApp To Spy On Users

Facebook and Israeli surveillance company NSO Group have been locked in an ongoing legal battle for months, with Facebook claiming in October that the tech group used the WhatsApp platform to launch attacks that violated U.S. law. This week, Facebook escalated the fight even further, revealing the alleged dirty tricks that were used in the…

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Report: Facebook Agreed To Censor Posts In Vietnam After Pressure From Government

Facebook often finds itself embroiled in free speech and censorship disputes, especially when the company must work with authoritarian governments. In those scenarios, Facebook faces the choice to either uphold American values or risk losing business. That’s what happened when the company recently bowed to pressure from the Vietnamese government and began censoring anti-state content.…

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Facebook Is Cracking Down On Quarantine Protest Pages

When it comes to policing speech, Facebook often finds itself between a rock and a hard place. Either the social media giant does nothing and allows harmful content to flourish, or it comes down too hard and gets accused of censorship. This week, the company found itself embroiled in another one of these thorny debates…

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Facebook Releases Coronavirus Symptom-Tracking Map

It’s no secret that Facebook has an unparalleled amount of control over user data. While that’s usually a bad thing for our privacy, the social media giant has been dedicated to using its powers for good during the COVID-19 outbreak. For instance, Facebook recently announced a partnership with health researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to…

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