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Tech Exec Slams Facebook, Says It’s The “New Cigarettes For Our Society”

It’s sad but true: Facebook has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted to handle its own data and privacy problems. Even the company seems to know it, setting up its own independent “supreme court” oversight board. And that’s why, over the past year, the social media giant has faced increasing pressure…

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Facebook Obtains Patent To Track Users’ TV Habits With Microphones And Cameras

In recent years, Facebook has landed in hot water for a variety of data and privacy missteps, from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the revelation last week that 267 million users had their phone numbers exposed online. In every one of these scandals, the common thread is that Facebook knows far too much about us…

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Fake Grocery Giveaway Spreads On Facebook Before Christmas

Because of its size and reach, Facebook is an unprecedented tool to connect people across the globe. However, those same traits also make it an ideal platform for cybercriminals to target scams at as many people as possible. And unfortunately, these crooks often strike around the holidays to take advantage of peoples’ neediness and goodwill.…

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Facebook Took Down Network Of Accounts With Fake AI-Generated Profile Pics

On Friday, Facebook announced that it removed a network of more than 900 phony accounts, pages and groups that used deceptive practices to spread politically polarizing spam across the platform. Most notably, some of these accounts featured profile photos of fake faces generated using artificial intelligence. According to WIRED, it could represent the first-ever large-scale…

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Facebook Will Stop Using Phone Numbers To Recommend Friends As Part Of Privacy Overhaul

Facebook landed in hot water again this week after it was revealed that tens of millions of users had their phone numbers exposed online in an unsecure database. However, the company also announced a major privacy overhaul that will see it stop feeding user phone numbers into its “people you may know” feature. According to…

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Researchers: 267 Million Facebook Users Had Their Info Exposed Online

It looks like Facebook couldn’t make it to the end of the year without at least one more privacy scandal. According to security researchers, more than 267 million Facebook users had their personal information exposed in a database online that anyone could access. Some of the data that could be found included names, phone numbers…

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The Facebook ‘Like’ Button Is A “Sinister” Method Of Gathering Our Data

As the decade comes to a close, Facebook finds itself in a precarious position. It has been the subject of virtually endless privacy controversies over the past ten years, and public trust in the company has plummeted after the full extent of its lapses have come to light. However, perhaps the most consequential move Facebook…

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Facebook Tries And Fails To Explain Why It Needs To Track User Locations At All Times

Last month, two prominent U.S. lawmakers pressed Facebook to explain why it tracks users’ locations even when they elect to disable location tracking. The social media giant finally got around to submitting a response this week — though neither of the lawmakers in question are remotely satisfied with the answer. In several eye-opening admissions, Facebook…

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Facebook Says It’s Ready For New California Privacy Law

On January 1, 2020, the state of California will roll out the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) — a sweeping new privacy bill that will give Californians the right to ask businesses to disclose what they’re doing with user data. Of course, this will have a massive effect on tech companies like Facebook that have…

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Oculus Will Now Begin Collecting User Data For Facebook Ad Targeting

When Facebook first bought the virtual reality company Oculus in 2014, it pledged that it would not use the company’s products to gather data for advertising. However, Oculus quietly changed its privacy policy this week to allow its parent company to do just that. According to Facebook, the data it collects will include “relevant content,”…

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Report: A Facebook Employee Accepted Bribes To Restore Banned Accounts

There’s no denying that Facebook has a substantial problem with scammers and fake ads on its platform. However, part of the issue may be coming from within Facebook itself. According to an explosive report this week in Buzzfeed News, a Facebook contractor was paid thousands of dollars in bribes from a shady advertiser to reactivate…

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Facebook Says It Will Not Get Rid Of Encryption On Messaging Apps

Facebook’s use of end-to-end encryption on its messaging platforms, including Messenger and WhatsApp, is one of the company’s strongest privacy features. However, many law enforcement officials across the world have raised concerns about the technology, expressing fears that it could provide safe cover for criminals to communicate with impunity. In October, several prominent world law…

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