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Facebook Messenger Kids Expands Parental Controls, Data Access

When Facebook launched Messenger Kids in 2017, many privacy experts immediately raised concerns. After all, precious few adults trust Facebook with their private information — why on earth would they trust it with their children’s? Thankfully, Facebook announced new tools and features for the app this week that will give parents more oversight and control…

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Facebook’s New Privacy Tool Is Already Drawing Criticism

Last week, Facebook announced that it would begin rolling out its long-promised “Clear History” tool that allows users to see how the company is tracking them across the Internet. However, many journalists and privacy advocates have already slammed the feature for doing little to actually help or protect users. In a column for Fortune magazine,…

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Facebook Says It Will Remove Coronavirus Conspiracy Theories And Misinformation

Without a doubt, the spread of fake news is one of the biggest problems Facebook must grapple with on a daily basis. Some of the worst examples of this are what happens when fake medical info goes viral — including posts about the recent coronavirus outbreak. Thankfully, the social media giant announced this week that…

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Report: Ring App Shares User Data With Facebook

It’s no secret that Facebook collects as much user data as possible from third-party apps. However, one source of that data recently raised major alarm bells with privacy experts. According to an investigation from the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Ring home security app is full of third-party trackers that are sending data to Facebook and…

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New Facebook Privacy Feature Lets You See How Its Tracking You

This week, Facebook announced that its rolling out a new privacy tool that allows users to manage how the social media giant tracks them across the Internet. The feature, called “Off-Facebook Activity,” was announced in a blog post by none other than Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg himself. When this long-promised tool was originally…

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How To Block Bots From Spamming You With Friend Requests

If you’ve noticed a recent uptick in bots sending you friend requests on Facebook, you’re not alone. Lifehacker writer Emily Price said she became irritated by this surge of spammy activity and decided to do something about it. “Since January 1, I’ve started each morning by clearing out a dozen or so friend requests from…

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Mom Finds Pictures Of Her Kids On A Stranger’s Facebook Profile

As the largest social network in the world, Facebook is host to virtually countless forms of scamming and criminality. But one of the creepiest cons involves cybercriminals stealing people’s photos to impersonate them. This often happens in scams where the con artist is pretending to be in the military or in need of money for…

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Facebook Will Probably Have To Face Massive Privacy Class-Action Lawsuit

The U.S. Supreme Court this week declined to take up the case of whether users can sue Facebook for using facial recognition technology without consent. That means the company will likely have to face a gigantic class-action lawsuit over an Illinois privacy law. The case stems from the question of whether Facebook’s photo tagging feature…

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Nancy Pelosi Blasts Facebook For Misleading Users, Calling It “Shameful” And “Abusive”

In recent years, Facebook has found itself the subject of intense scrutiny from lawmakers over its many privacy and data issues. Several Democratic presidential candidates have even floated plans to break up the company under anti-trust laws. And this week, another prominent politician joined the fray when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted the social media…

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Facebook Will Now Notify You When Your Info Is Shared With Third-Party Apps

Many of Facebook’s data and privacy controversies stem from the fact that it shares so much of our information with third-party apps. After all, that was the root cause of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal that has led to massive punishments for Facebook around the world. So it makes sense that the company’s latest…

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Leaked Facebook Memo Says Too Much Of It Is Bad For You

Plenty of Facebook’s critics have described the company as having a toxic effect on society. Including, apparently, some of Facebook’s own executives. This week, an internal memo from longtime Facebook executive Andrew “Boz” Bosworth leaked in The New York Times. The message, which was first distributed to Facebook employees late last year, owns up to…

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Facebook Bug Reveals Anonymous Page Administrators

Facebook is often blamed for intentionally compromising user privacy in the name of revenue. However, the social media giant often puts our information at risk simply by making mistakes. That was the case late last week when a major bug exposed the accounts behind Facebook Pages for public figures, businesses and other entities not tied…

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