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Report: Facebook Viewed Children As “Untapped Audience,” Considered Targeting Playdates

Facebook has been under intense fire in recent weeks over a series of Wall Street Journal reports that revealed the company has known for some time that its services can be harmful to young users. This caused Facebook to pause its long-rumored plan to roll out an “Instagram for Kids” feature. However, according to another…

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Facebook Pauses Controversial “Instagram For Kids” Project Amid Privacy Concerns

For years, Facebook has been developing a so-called “Instagram for Kids” platform aimed at children under 13. This has drawn fierce criticism from parents, privacy advocates and lawmakers, though Facebook always insisted it would plow ahead on creating the platform anyway. However, all that changed this week in the wake of several bombshell Wall Street…

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Facebook Shareholders Are Suing Facebook For Protecting Zuckerberg In Data Probe

When Facebook finally settled with the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) over the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, its $5 billion fine went down as the largest in history. However, two groups of Facebook shareholders are now claiming that the social media giant dramatically overpaid in order to protect CEO and founder Mark Zuckerberg from being…

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Facebook Oversight Board Wants To Investigate The Company Over Controversial Report

Over the past several weeks, The Wall Street Journal has been releasing a series of bombshell reports detailing the inner workings of Facebook and some of its most controversial policies. One of the most widely discussed reports revealed that Facebook has long allowed prominent users like politicians and celebrities to skirt the content moderation rules…

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Facebook Goes On The Defensive Over Privacy, Data Challenges

Facebook is almost always in the spotlight over data and privacy issues. However, the social media giant has been under especially intense scrutiny for the past month as a series of bombshell reports from The Wall Street Journal revealed that the company has known for years about the risk that its services pose to users.…

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European Regulators Flag Privacy Concerns With Facebook Smart Glasses

When it comes to developing new technologies, Facebook is constantly innovating — especially when it means that the company can gather more of our data. However, the social media giant’s latest invention may be a bridge too far for some experts and lawmakers. This week, European regulators issued a warning to Facebook that its “smart…

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FCC Commissioner Calls For More Transparency, Accountability From Facebook

This week, Facebook was rocked by a bombshell report from The Wall Street Journal detailing how the social media giant has known for years that its services can be harmful for young users. Meanwhile, another report revealed that the company has quietly allowed more than 5.8 million prominent users to avoid the content moderation rules…

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Report: Facebook Is Aware Of How Harmful It Can Be For Young Users

For years, Facebook has been pushing to introduce new tools for young users despite concerns from experts and advocates. However, according to a recent report from The Wall Street Journal, the social media giant may have been doing this despite knowing that its platforms can be harmful to young users. According to the report, an…

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Report: Facebook Lets 5.8 Million Elite Users Break Its Rules

It shouldn’t be surprising that Facebook makes exceptions to cater to its famous users. However, the scope of their willingness to bend the rules is shocking. According to a bombshell report this week from The Wall Street Journal, Facebook has operated a program called “XCheck” for years that allows celebrities, politicians and other notable users…

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Report: Facebook Provided Inaccurate Information To Misinformation Researchers

Facebook has had a rocky relationship with researchers recently, even banning a few that it said violated the company’s standards. That trend continued last week when the company gave researchers flawed and incomplete data about how users interact with posts, providing info for only about half the users in the U.S. According to Cody Buntain,…

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Facebook’s New Smart Glasses Are Already Raising Privacy Concerns

This week, Facebook announced the launch of its first-ever smart glasses, called Ray-Ban Stories, which will allow users to capture photos and video. But while this represents a major step forward in the company’s technology, it could also bring about potentially massive privacy issues. These glasses will pair with a new app called Facebook View…

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Report: Facebook Undermines Privacy For WhatsApp Users By Allowing Messages To Be Reviewed

Facebook has long touted the privacy protections that it offers to WhatsApp users, including full end-to-end encryption for all messaging. However, according to a recent report from ProPublica, Facebook is reportedly paying teams of contractors around the world to read and moderate these supposedly private messages. The investigation found that when content is reported at…

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