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Experts Debate How To Fix Facebook In 2022

Even by its own standards, Facebook (now rebranded as Meta) had a brutal 2021. The social media giant was rocked with controversies including revelations from an internal whistleblower who revealed many of the company’s ugliest practices. That’s why, this week, several tech and privacy experts weighed in to debate how Facebook can be fixed moving…

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US Senator Urges FTC To Investigate Facebook For Misleading Customers, Users

For years, Facebook has made bold promises about the safety and privacy of its platform. However, following the release of damning internal documents from a whistleblower, lawmakers have pressed the company to explain what seem to be misleading claims it has made in the past. The most recent example of this arrived this week when…

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Facebook Whistleblower Says She Is “Super Scared” About Metaverse Plans

When Facebook — now Meta — announced its plans to create a so-called “metaverse,” or 3D virtual world, many privacy experts sounded the alarm. After all, the social media giant can barely be trusted with the basics of our data. Now, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is also expressing concern, telling TIME magazine that she is…

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Facebook Bans Surveillance-For-Hire Companies From Its Platforms

This week, Facebook announced that it has banned seven spy companies from its platforms and will send notices to 48,000 users who it believes may have been targeted by these “cyber mercenaries.” According to Facebook, these digital surveillance companies market themselves as a tool to hunt criminals. However, they can easily be abused to target…

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Report: Facebook Could Struggle To Stop Harassment On Its Virtual Reality Platforms

For the past several years, Facebook (now Meta) has invested heavily in virtual reality platforms like Oculus and Echo VR. However, according to a recent report from CNET, Facebook has struggled to stop harassment and offensive behavior in these virtual environments. Of course, this doesn’t bode well for the company’s plans to create an all-encompassing…

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Facebook Executive Blames Users For Misinformation Problem

For much of the past two years, Facebook has struggled to contain the spread of misinformation on its platform. But instead of taking responsibility, one of the company’s most prominent leaders chose to blame users this week instead. In an interview with Axios, Meta CTO Andrew Bosworth said that individual people are to blame for…

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Facebook Finally Introduces Live Chat Support For People Locked Out Of Their Accounts

If you’ve ever been locked out of your Facebook account, you know that it’s one of the most frustrating experiences imaginable on the platform. Once you’ve been suspended, the social media giant doesn’t make it easy to regain what’s yours. However, the company announced this week that it will finally introduce live chat support to…

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Instagram Head Set To Testify Before Congress About Child Safety Controversy

Facebook has been under fire for months over a series of leaked internal documents provided to lawmakers and the press by an internal company whistleblower. In the documents, it was revealed that the social media giant is aware that its products — including Instagram – can be harmful to young users, yet it hasn’t acted…

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Facebook Sued For $150 Billion Over Hate Speech

Facebook is no stranger to content moderation controversies around the world, but perhaps one of the most serious occurred in 2018, when the United Nations ruled that the social media giant played a key role in spreading hate speech that incited violence in the country of Myanmar. And now, a group of refugees are suing…

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Facebook Wants Users To Send It Nude Photos To Prevent Incidents Of “Revenge Porn”

This week, Facebook’s parent company Meta announced that it has collaborated with the UK-based nonprofit Revenge Porn Helpline to create a tool that helps users prevent sensitive images of them from being uploaded without their consent. However, there’s one important catch — users will first need to hand the image over. The new feature allows…

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Researchers: Facebook Is Still Failing To Remove Medical Misinformation

For much of the past two years, Facebook has been in an ongoing fight to remove misinformation surrounding COVID-19 and vaccines. However, according to a UK-based nonprofit, Facebook has failed to implement its own policies to crack down on this content “at a very basic level.” According to a study from ISD Global, an anti-vaccine…

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Lawmakers Are Considering Cracking Down On Facebook As Whistleblower Prepares To Testify

In the wake of Australia introducing legislation that would hold Facebook liable for content on its platform, some U.S. lawmakers are considering similar laws to remove the company’s legal protections. And to help build their case, Facebook whistleblower Frances Haugen is set to testify before them this week. She is expected to call on the…

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