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Facebook Is Being Sued For “Losing Control” Of Personal Data

Somehow, even years after the fact, the effects of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal continue to be felt by Facebook. The social media giant is once again being sued for its role in allowing the shady third-party marketing company to access user data, this time by a journalist in the UK who claims Facebook’s…

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Report: COVID-19 Misinformation Still Extremely Easy To Find On Facebook

As the nationwide rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, Facebook finds itself battling a familiar problem: misinformation. According to a report from CNN this week, COVID-19-related falsehoods continue to flourish on the social media giant’s platform despite new rules established late last year to address the problem. According to the study, conducted two weeks ago,…

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Experts Say That Facebook’s Move To Stop Misinformation Is Too Little, Too Late

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant would no longer algorithmically recommend political groups to users. The move came in the wake of controversy surrounding the U.S. election, violence at the Capitol, and a near-constant stream of misinformation that has swamped the platform in recent years. And while…

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Facebook Takes A Stand Against Misinformation Abroad

Facebook has come under increasing pressure to restrict political content in the wake of a contentious election and violence at the Capitol in January. However, the social media giant’s actions abroad often don’t get the same attention. For example, the company acted quickly this week to designate Myanmar a “Temporary High-Risk Location” following a military…

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Report: 70% Of Civic Facebook Groups Are Plagued By Hate, Misinformation

In the wake of last month’s violent riot at the U.S. Capitol, Facebook is under renewed pressure to strengthen is content moderation practices and crack down on potentially violent groups. In fact, according to a recent report, Facebook itself was aware of the problem months ago. According to the report, first published in The Wall…

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Facebook Strikes Back At Apple Privacy Change By Introducing A New Privacy Feature Of Its Own

The privacy war between Facebook and Apple intensified this week, with Facebook announcing that it will begin rolling out a notification for iPhone users spelling out how their data is used. This comes on the heels of a similar change from Apple that could significantly hurt Facebook’s revenue. The fight between these two tech giants…

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The Privacy Feud Between Facebook And Apple Is Heating Up

In recent months, Facebook and Apple have been locked in a war of words over an upcoming privacy change to Apple’s app store. The new feature, called App Tracking Transparency, will, in Apple’s words, “require apps to get the user’s permission before tracking their data across apps or websites owned by other companies.” This is…

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Facebook Content Moderation Oversight Board Issues First Rulings

For months, Facebook has touted its creation of an independent Oversight Board to handle controversial moderation decisions. The Board, which consists of experts in the fields of human rights, law, journalism and more, have already welcomed cases from all over the world — including whether former president Trump should be welcomed back to the platform…

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Senator Grills Facebook On “Failed Commitment” To Stop Recommending Dangerous Content

Since the riots at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Facebook has come under renewed scrutiny for its algorithm that recommends content to users. For example, several reports have found that the social media giant is showing ads for combat gear to potentially militant users, further stoking potential violence. And now, a prominent U.S. lawmaker…

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Report: 500 Million Facebook Users May Have Had Their Phone Numbers Compromised

Because Facebook controls such a huge amount of user data, the social media giant is an obvious target for hackers looking to steal information. And according to a report in Motherboard this week, an unidentified user on a cybercrime forum is currently selling access to 500 million users’ phone numbers. According to Motherboard, this private…

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Despite Crackdowns, COVID-19 Misinformation Is Still Spreading On Facebook

Facebook has long struggled to stop the spread of spam and misinformation on its platform, but the problem has never been more obvious than during the COVID-19 pandemic. The social media giant has repeatedly instituted rules to prevent false information about the virus — and the vaccinations that could stop it. However, according to a…

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Facebook Will Refer Decision To Ban President Trump To Content Oversight Board

Earlier this month, Facebook caused shockwaves around the web when it decided to indefinitely suspend the account of then-President Donald Trump. And while Facebook has vehemently defended its decision, it also wants to make sure that it was the right one. That’s why the social media giant referred the incident to its independent content Oversight…

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