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Facebook Buys A Company For Its Creepy Brain-Reading Technology

Even the most zealous Facebook user would probably have to admit that the company knows too much about us. That’s why it’s so troubling that Facebook has expressed an interest in technology that can read peoples’ brain waves. This week, the social media giant took another step toward making this seemingly-science fiction tech a reality…

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Turning Off Facebook Ad Tracking Doesn’t Actually Stop Creepy Personalization

Facebook makes a vast amount of its revenue through targeted advertising. However, this hyper-relevant content can often feel creepy and invasive. After all, the platform knows virtually everything about us, from our romantic situations to employment, religion, interests and more. That’s why many users choose to turn off Facebook’s ad tracking. However, according to Digital…

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Facebook Suspends Tens Of Thousands Of Apps For Collecting Data

After the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal last spring, Facebook announced that it would launch an investigation into millions of app developers’ data practices. This week, the company released the first results of its ongoing audit, suspending tens of thousands of apps for their data practices and a variety of other reasons. According to a…

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Facebook Accidentally Creates, Promotes Terrorist Videos

Facebook increasingly relies on artificial intelligence to detect and remove hate speech, malware and other kinds of offensive content. However, leaning on automation can also backfire in a big way. This week, a report from the Associated Press detailed how Facebook is still auto-generating pages and videos for terrorist groups, despite becoming aware of the…

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Facebook To Introduce New Streaming Device That Can Watch And Listen To You

Facebook’s reputation for protecting user privacy has taken a lot of hits over the past several years. That’s why so many consumers and advocates alike expressed alarm when Facebook first introduced its in-home hardware Portal last fall to compete with Amazon Echo. However, despite a cold reception for their first product, Facebook is preparing to…

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Facebook Gets Called Out By New iOS For Location Tracking

Facebook and Apple are two of the largest tech companies in the world, and their relationship has often been contentious. The bad feelings are likely to continue after Apple’s latest iOS update, which is causing users’ phones to warn when Facebook is tracking their location. To get ahead of Apple’s software update, Facebook published a…

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Facebook Executives: We’re Not Perfect And Never Will Be

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook is under constant pressure to improve its content moderation methods. The company is frequently criticized for not doing enough to find and remove spam, offensive content, malware and more. And this week, some of the social media giant’s top executives stepped forward to tell users…

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Facebook Confirms Instagram Security Issue Exposed User Data And Contact Info

Facebook has had a rough couple of months when it comes to protecting user privacy. The company got even more bad news this week with the release of a report detailing a major security vulnerability in Instagram that could have allowed attackers to access users’ private data, contact information and more. The vulnerability, first discovered…

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Report: Period Tracking Apps May Have Shared Users’ Sexual Histories With Facebook

Facebook’s entire business platform involves making money off our data. However, some of the information it collects about us crosses the line — especially when that information comes from third-party apps that users may not know share data with the social media giant. One disturbing example of this occurred this week when Privacy International reported…

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Federal Judge Allows Privacy Class Action To Proceed Against Facebook, Blasts The Company’s Policies

Facebook has come under intense scrutiny in recent months for its privacy practices, including a class-action lawsuit seeking damages from the company for allowing third parties to access private user data. This week, a U.S. federal judge allowed the suit to move forward, saying the plaintiffs could continue trying to hold Facebook liable for harvesting…

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Tech Entrepreneur Says Facebook “Knows More About Me Than I Do”

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook possesses a ton of our personal data. This isn’t shocking on its face, but more and more experts are sounding the alarm that the tech giant has become too powerful. That’s what PayPal co-founder Levchin said in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance. “They’re certainly…

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U.S. Lawmaker Says Mark Zuckerberg Should Face Possibility Of Prison

In recent months, Facebook has faced intense public scrutiny over its privacy policies and data collection. However, one lawmaker escalated the rhetoric in a major way this week, floating the possibility that Mark Zuckerberg could face prison time for Facebook’s repeated privacy violations. “Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly lied to the American people about privacy,” U.S.…

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