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New California Privacy Law Will Make It Harder For Facebook To Gather Data

A new privacy law passed in California this week could have wide-reaching implications for tech giants like Facebook. The legislation, called Proposition 24, will strengthen users’ existing privacy measures and give them the ability to stop businesses from selling or sharing their personal information. According to Business Insider, the new legislation will also set tight…

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Report: Political Ads Are Active On Facebook Despite Post-Election Ban

Last month, Facebook announced that it would stop publishing political ads after election day for an indefinite period of time “to reduce opportunities for confusion or abuse.” However, according to a report from CNBC, dozens of political ads are still active in Facebook’s ad library. The reporters said they were able to find pro-Trump ads…

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Report: Facebook Actually Had A Good Reason For Blocking Research Into Its Ad Targeting

Last month, Facebook caused a mini-controversy when it was reported that the social media giant had shut down NYU research into the company’s political ad targeting practices. However, a new column published in The Guardian this week took a closer look at the clash, and found that Facebook may have actually had a good reason…

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Facebook Quietly Shut Down Political Group Recommendations Ahead Of Election  

In recent months, Facebook has publicly touted many features that will help it control the spread of misinformation surrounding the presidential election. However, one significant change has flown under the radar: Facebook has stopped recommending for users to join political or social groups. Beyond just the quiet roll-out, Facebook has also been coy about when…

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Study: Facebook Collects More Of Your Data Than Any Other Company

It’s no secret that Facebook relies on gathering our personal data to earn advertising revenue. However, the sheer amount of our information that the social media giant collects is eye-opening. That’s what a new study from the London-based cybersecurity firm Clario sought to illustrate with an expansive list of “companies that know most about you.”…

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New Facebook Scam Fakes “Copyright Violations” To Get Around Two-Factor Authentication

Facebook has long touted two-factor authentication as one of the strongest security measures that users can implement to protect themselves. However, a devious new scam has found a way around this safeguard by sending users fake copyright violation notices. According to Threatpost, hackers are sending these bogus notices to users and threatening to take down…

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Facebook Called Before Senate To Discuss Censorship, Legal Liability

This week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is expected to testify to the U.S. senate along with leaders from other tech giants. The executives are expected to be grilled over a host of issues including censorship, free speech and whether these companies can be held legally liable. Most notably, lawmakers from both sides of…

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Report: Facebook’s QAnon Ban May Actually Be Effective

When Facebook announced earlier this month that it would crack down on QAnon conspiracy content, many online misinformation experts rolled their eyes. After all, it wasn’t the first time that the social media giant promised to deliver a sweeping change to its policies. However, according to a new report from Fast Company this week, the…

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Facebook Demands NYU Researchers Stop Using The Company’s Data

Researchers at New York University have developed a tool that that allows them to collect user data and see what political ads are being served up on the platform. However, Facebook has demanded that the university experts halt their project, sending a letter on October 16 asking the academics to stop gathering information. According to…

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Facebook Oversight Board Launches This Week

Starting this week, Facebook users will finally be able to submit content moderation cases to the company’s independent Oversight Board. This “supreme court” of Facebook will judge whether content has been rightfully or wrongfully removed under the social media giant’s policies. To submit a case, users will need to visit the Oversight Board website and…

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Report: Anti-Vaccination Ads Are Still Running On Facebook Despite Ban

A week ago, Facebook issued a strong statement that it would ban all ads that “discourage people from getting a vaccine.” However, according to a report in The Huffington Post this week, Facebook has actually continued to run this controversial form of misinformation — and it even accepted new ads days after the ban took…

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Report: Facebook Is Failing To Remove Right-Wing Extremism

Facebook has made a big deal in recent months about cracking down on militias and other right-wing extremist groups on its platform. However, a new report this week from the nonprofit watchdog Transparency Tech Project (TTP) found many of these groups still operating in the open on Facebook despite the ban.  According to the researchers…

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