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Australia Sues Facebook Over User Data Breach

Even years after the fact, Facebook continues to deal with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. This week, the Australian information watchdog announced that it will sue the social media giant for what it says were serious interferences with user privacy. If successful, the suit could hit Facebook with a maximum fine…

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Study: Facebook Has Failed To Catch Hundreds Of Child Exploitation Cases

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook offers an unparalleled platform for people from around the world to connect. Unfortunately, that applies to cybercriminals, too — even those who would traffic in child exploitation. Facebook understands the severity of this problem, and has introduced many different cutting-edge security measures to ensure this…

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Facebook Takes Down Hundreds Of Millions Of Spam Accounts With New AI Tool

It’s no secret that Facebook has a major problem with fake accounts. In fact, over a three-month period, the social media giant can remove as many of these profiles as there are real ones on its platform. That’s why Facebook introduced a new machine learning tool called Deep Entity Classification (DEC) to automatically detect these…

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Facial Recognition Company That Scraped Facebook Data Is Now Creating Surveillance Tools

Clearview AI is a controversial third-party facial recognition app that has built an enormous database of biometric data using billions of photos from Facebook and Instagram. The company landed in hot water last month after it was revealed that it has quietly been doing this without consent. Now, reports this week suggest the company is…

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Breast Cancer Advocate Says Facebook Flaw Could’ve Exposed Health Data Of Millions

Facebook has long promoted its private groups as a way for people coping with serious illnesses to find community and support. These groups provide a safe space for users to share their innermost fears and feelings, and discuss a condition that they perhaps don’t want their friends and family to know they have. However, according…

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Facebook Is Suing A Marketing Company For Improperly Accessing User Data

As the largest social media platform in the world, Facebook enjoys unparalleled access to much of humanity’s personal data. However, it doesn’t want anyone else to have the same privilege. That’s why the social media giant filed a federal lawsuit this week against marketing company OneAudience for allegedly paying app developers to improperly access user…

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New Study Asks Facebook Users How Much Their Privacy Is Worth

It’s no secret that Facebook’s entire business model is built on gathering our data. The social media giant has even assigned a dollar figure to every user on its platform for the information we share. However, a new study aimed to find out what this information is worth to the users themselves. The Tech Policy…

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Facebook Wants To Get 3.5 Billion People Online — And Collect Their Data

Facebook has played a crucial role in connecting individuals around the world to the web — particularly by expanding internet access in low-income countries. Of course, this has given these developing nations a boost. But as a column in Forbes pointed out this week, the social media giant likely has a less charitable ulterior motive.…

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Privacy Group: Facebook Is “Not Telling You Everything”

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal in 2018, Facebook released a privacy feature called “Download Your Information.” The tool allowed users to access all the data that Facebook had gathered about them since they created their account — or at least, they thought it was all the data. In fact, according…

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Attorney General: Facebook Could Potentially Be Held Liable For User Posts

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has proven to be a fierce opponent to Facebook. He has repeatedly challenged the social media giant on issues of data and privacy, pressing it to stop its end-to-end encryption plans for Messenger in order to give law enforcement officials a backdoor. And earlier this week, in a series of…

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Facebook Dating Rollout Delayed In Europe Over Privacy Questions

European countries have long had stricter privacy laws than the U.S. As a result, Facebook has always faced an uphill battle to get its products launched there. The latest offering from the social media giant to fall victim to these tough rules is Facebook Dating, the company’s attempt to compete with dating apps like Tinder…

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Facebook Releases Trove Of User Data To Academic Researchers

This week, Facebook finally followed through on its two-year-old promise to release user data to academic researchers in order to study the platform’s impact on society. The dataset will allow researchers to see millions of links that users have shared on Facebook, whether they were flagged as hate speech, and who viewed, shared or interacted…

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