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Facebook Commits To Stopping Harassment, Abuse Of Women On Its Platform

This week, Facebook and several other tech giants pledged at the UN Generation Equality Forum in Paris to stop the harassment and abuse of women online. The improvements Facebook will make come after a year of consulting with the Web Foundation and over 120 women experts from around the world. Facebook has committed to improving…

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German Privacy Commissioner Orders Government To Close Down Facebook Pages Over Privacy Concerns

European authorities have long given Facebook a much harder time than their American counterparts, and the country of Germany is certainly no exception. Earlier this month, a German privacy commissioner ordered all German government ministries to shut down their Facebook pages by the end of the year after finding that Facebook has failed to change…

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Judge Dismisses Massive Antitrust Cases Against Facebook

In recent years, Facebook has faced a seemingly never-ending string of controversies, from privacy and content moderation issues to concerns over its business practices. That’s why an increasing number of lawmakers in the U.S. have expressed an interest in splitting up the tech giant through antitrust law — a route explored by several cases filed…

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Report: Facebook Allows Fake Testimonials In Its Ads

Facebook has long struggled to contain the spread of misinformation, and the advertising that companies place on the site is no different. That’s why Facebook has a specific policy banning ads that feature misleading claims. However, according to a new report from The Independent this week, companies can easily use fake Twitter testimonials in their…

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Study: Facebook’s Top Three Apps Tie For Least Respect For Privacy

Facebook’s entire business model is built on hoovering up as much user data as possible in order to monetize it with advertisers. However, it’s always shocking to see just how little Facebook respects our privacy. For example, a recent study from Surfshack analyzed the web’s top apps to see which ones were the most data-hungry,…

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Report: Facebook Promoted Content Urging Violence Against Protesters

Facebook has long struggled with controlling its content recommendation algorithm. This simple tool intended to connect users often has harmful effects, from serving up hate speech to white supremacists to bringing together radical groups abroad. And according to the rights group Global Witness, that is exactly what’s happening in the country of Myanmar. A recent…

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Report: Facebook Is A Breeding Ground For Fake Product Reviews

It’s well known that Facebook has problems with spam on its platform. However, one underreported issue is the abundance of Facebook groups that solicit fake reviews for products. It’s a big enough problem that Amazon has started to not-so-subtly call out Facebook to do more to stop this practice. These Facebook groups work by promising…

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Facebook Awards Researcher Who Discovered Bug Exposing Private Instagram Content

Facebook’s bug bounty program has paid big dividends over the years, as the company rewards private researchers for uncovering flaws in its own system. And this week, a pretty major one came to light. According to reports, Facebook awarded $30,000 to a security researcher for uncovering vulnerabilities in Instagram’s privacy features. The vulnerability would’ve allowed…

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Report: One Year Later, Facebook Advertiser Boycott Didn’t Work As Hoped

Last summer, a collection of advocacy groups launched an ambitious advertising boycott of Facebook to force the company to address hate speech and misinformation on its platform. The boycott effort, called Stop Hate for Profit, drew the support of many prominent businesses who froze their ad spending on Facebook and Instagram in July 2020. Now,…

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Facebook Asks Oversight Board For Advice On “Doxing” Policy

For the first time ever, Facebook asked its independent Oversight Board this week for explicit help on shaping its policies. The issue at stake: the public sharing of private residential information. This practice, called “doxing,” is a form of cyberbullying often done against individuals in an attempt to silence or threaten them. This policy advisory…

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Facebook Steps Up Privacy Protections For Secret Conversations Feature

Facebook has come under scrutiny recently for its lack of end-to-end encryption on Messenger. However, the company announced last week that it will begin beefing up privacy measures for its “Secret Conversations” feature. This tool, located within Messenger, currently supports encrypted messages, pictures, video clips, voice recordings, and stickers. According to Facebook, it has begun…

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Expert: Facebook Users Should Have The Power To Decide Who Is Banned

In recent months, Facebook has been under intense pressure to figure out how and when accounts should be banned from the platform. The issue came to a head when the social media giant suspended former president Donald Trump, then kicked the issue to its independent Oversight Board for a final decision. However, the Board threw…

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