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Privacy Fight Escalates Between Facebook And Apple

As Apple prepares to roll out new privacy features that will damage Facebook’s business, a report from The New York Times this week aims to explain how the relationship between the two companies went south in the first place. According to the report, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg approached Apple CEO Tim Cook at…

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Facebook Messenger Scam Affects Users In Over 80 Countries

According to security researchers in Singapore, cybercriminals have launched a massive Facebook Messenger scam in at least 84 countries to harvest users’ log-in credentials. The analysts said that scammers are distributing ads that promote an allegedly updated version of Facebook Messenger for users to download. To trick people, the ads feature Facebook’s real logo and…

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Facebook Wants Users To Think That Data Scraping Incidents Are “Normal”

Earlier this month, security researchers revealed that the data of over 500 million users had been posted online. Most of the information — including dates of birth, phone numbers, full names, and more — was obtained via data scraping in 2019. According to Facebook, it fixed the problem. However, an internal email leaked this week…

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Facebook Now Lets You Transfer Your More Of Your Data To Other Platforms

By now, most Facebook users understand that the company makes its revenue from controlling as much of our data as possible. However, in recent years, the social media giant has made it easier for users to download their data and port it to other platforms. In other words, if you’re sick of Facebook and want…

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Whistleblower: Facebook Loophole Allows For Fake Engagement And Inauthentic Activity

This week, The Guardian published a bombshell report and interview with former Facebook data scientist Sophie Zhang alleging that a loophole on the platform allows for governments to create fake supporters and criticize opponents. According to Zhang, Facebook also deprioritizes cracking down on bad actors in poorer countries while using its power to sway politics…

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Child Safety Experts Urge Facebook To Scrap “Instagram For Kids” Idea

Facebook has long planned to roll out some version of its popular photo sharing app Instagram for young users. However, an international coalition of child safety advocates came forward this week and urged the company to abandon its plan. According to these experts, the idea raises a host of concerns for the well-being of children,…

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Facebook Critic And Data Breach Victim Shows Just How Much The Company Knows About Him

When Facebook critic Zamaan Qureshi discovered his data was included in the recent data breach that affected over 500 million users, he decided to find out exactly what Facebook knows about him. That’s why he downloaded his data through the Settings tab on the site and shared it for everyone to see. According to the…

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Expert: Facebook Had Years To Fix Recent Data Breach Problem

Last week, it was revealed that over 500 million Facebook users had their personal data leaked online by hackers. For its part, Facebook said that it patched the issue in 2019. However, according to security researchers, Facebook had known about similar security vulnerabilities for years, and could’ve made a much stronger effort to prevent this…

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Report: Facebook Is Still Promoting Violent Groups To Users Despite Ban

Last summer, Facebook took a public stand against violent extremist groups, promising to remove their pages and content in advance of the 2020 U.S. presidential election. However, according to a report in BuzzFeed News this week, the platform is still actively labelling people as “interested” in these groups for advertisers. The discovery was made by…

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Hacked Data Of Over 500 Million Facebook Users Leaked Online

Facebook has dealt with data breaches before, and as of this weekend, there’s another major scandal to add to this shameful list. That’s because the data of over 500 million Facebook users — including names, birthdays, relationship status, birthplace, email addresses, and more — recently leaked on a website for hackers. The data, which was…

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Report: UK Government May Force Facebook To Provide Backdoor Access To Private Messages

Around the world, Facebook has faced increasing pressure from governments to stop exploring end-to-end encryption technology. While on its face, this kind of protection is a good thing for user privacy, it also offers blanket protection for bad actors like terrorists and child predators. And this debate ratcheted up again this week when it was…

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Poll: Facebook Is Widely Mistrusted, Even Compared To Other Tech Giants

In recent years, Facebook has been bombarded virtually constantly with privacy and content moderation scandals. From the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal onward, the company has suffered hit after hit in the court of public opinion. And according to a new poll from journalist David Gewirtz, Facebook’s poor reputation has led to an almost shocking…

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