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Facebook Announces Sweeping Crackdown On Fake Pages And Groups

Facebook has no shortage of problems it’s facing these days, but one of the biggest is its never-ending battle against fake accounts. That’s why, this week, the company introduced new policies that take a far more proactive approach to stamping out these pages — sometimes even before they break the rules at all. According to…

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Study: Facebook Can Learn Pretty Much Everything About You Even If You’re Not A Member

Following a string of major privacy scandals, a movement began to spread online encouraging users to “#DeleteFacebook.” However, a recent study found that quitting the platform may not have much of an effect when it comes to protecting your privacy. Researchers discovered that, even if you leave Facebook or never joined in the first place,…

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Report: Facebook Could Be Hit With “Record-Setting” Fine For Privacy Violations

Facebook has come under intense scrutiny over the past year for a wide array of privacy problems. And, according to a report in The Washington Post, the pressure is about to ratchet up even further, with regulators from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegedly considering “record-setting” fines against Facebook for failing to protect user information.…

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Survey: Most Users Still Don’t Know About Facebook’s Data Practices

Facebook was rocked by major privacy and data scandals last year, causing many users to to discover for the first time how the company collects and uses our info. However, as a recent Pew survey discovered, that still does not mean many people fully understand what’s going on with the social media giant’s data practices.…

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Expert Warns That Facebook “10-Year Challenge” Meme Could Be A Way To Gather Your Data

If you’ve checked Facebook in the past two weeks, you’ve almost certainly seen it, or done it yourself: the “10-Year Challenge” photo-sharing meme. This latest viral craze involves users posting pictures of themselves ten years ago alongside a photo of what they look like today. This seems relatively harmless, but as tech expert and author…

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Man Criticizes Police On Facebook, Then Gets Arrested For It

Facebook has access to an unprecedented amount of your information, and it often finds itself under fire for what it does with that data. However, Facebook isn’t the only party interested in gathering details about you online. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies are using the platform to keep tabs on users, search for evidence, and even…

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Report: Germany Will Order Facebook To Stop Gathering Some User Data

Following a year marred by privacy controversies, Facebook has never been under more pressure from regulators and lawmakers to take better care of its users’ info. That pressure ratcheted up even further this week with a report that a German antitrust watchdog may soon order Facebook to stop gathering some user data. According to the…

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Lots Of Popular Android Apps Are Sending Data To Facebook Without Your Permission

Facebook has a bottomless appetite for people’s data, whether or not those people are logged in to the platform or even have an account at all. Even more evidence of this need arrived this week with a study from Privacy International that tested 34 Android apps, and found that 20 send sensitive information to Facebook…

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Some Samsung Users Say They Can’t Delete The Facebook App — And They’re Furious

Facebook was rocked by so many privacy and data scandals last year that a user-led movement to “#DeleteFacebook” actually became a thing. However, according to a report in Bloomberg this week, some Samsung users are finding that even if they want to delete the platform from their phones, they can’t. The reason for this is…

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Expert: Users Should Be Able To Sue Facebook For Privacy-Related Damages

Privacy controversies continue to pile up for Facebook, including the revelation last month that the company has shared the personal information of millions of consumers with other major tech companies like Spotify, Google and more. This has caused many users to consider leaving Facebook, though according to a new op-ed in The New York Times,…

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Study: It Would Take $1,000 To Get People To Quit Facebook

It’s become increasingly common to see Facebook users threatening to quit the platform over its many privacy and security problems. However, when push comes to shove, the vast majority of these disgruntled users don’t follow through. A new study from PLOS One aimed to find out why — and just what it would take to…

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Report: Facebook Could Soon Be Able To Predict User Breakups

As Facebook users, we take it as a given that the company already knows more about us than it should – including the details of our personal lives. Indeed, the social media giant is keenly interested in its users’ dating habits, even going so far as to launch its own online dating service. However, according…

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