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Report: Facebook May Still Be Allowing Discriminatory Advertising

Facebook is no stranger to controversy surrounding its advertising practices. The company has repeatedly been accused of allowing marketers to use its targeted ad tools to discriminate on the basis of age, gender, religion and more. Of course, there are legitimate reasons why a company would want to tailor its advertising to reach a specific…

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Report: Facebook Didn’t Act On Militia Complaints Before Wisconsin Shooting

Facebook is in the spotlight for all the wrong reasons again this week following an apparent double murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The violence stemmed from a clash between activists protesting a recent police shooting and armed militia groups who also showed up. And according to a report in The Verge this week, Facebook was warned…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Thousands Of Politically-Charged Conspiracy Accounts

Last week, Facebook announced that it would begin cracking down on thousands of Facebook and Instagram accounts affiliated with the QAnon conspiracy theory, militia and anarchist groups, and other politically-charged accounts promoting violence. In addition, while the social media giant said it will allow users to continue posting content that supports these groups, the company…

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Report: Gun Sellers Are Getting Around Facebook’s Policies By Pretending To Sell Stickers

Facebook has long struggled with its content moderation policies, and unfortunately, that includes the things people sell on its platform. For instance, the company bans the private sale of firearms and ammunition on Marketplace — but that doesn’t mean shady gun sellers aren’t finding creative ways to skirt the rules. According to a report in…

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Facebook Wants To Train AI To Know Our Real-World Environments

Facebook’s business model depends upon knowing as much about us as possible. The social media giant is constantly searching for an edge in gathering our data — both online and in real life. That’s why some eyebrows were raised this week when the company announced new research that could give Facebook a front-row seat into…

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California Privacy Law Could Be A “Nightmare” For Facebook

On July 1, the state of California began enforcing a landmark law aimed at holding tech companies like Facebook accountable for how they monetize user data. And according to experts, this new policy could prove to be a “nightmare” for the social media giant. The California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) is a first-of-its-kind data privacy…

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Report: Facebook Is “A Major Threat To Public Health”

Facebook has struggled to contain the spread of misinformation on its platform, and misleading content about the coronavirus is certainly no exception. According to a report released this week by nonprofit advocacy group Avaaz, health misinformation has been viewed 3.8 billion times in the past year, while only 16 percent of this content received a…

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Facebook Privacy Tool Offers An Eye-Opening Glimpse Into What The Company Knows About Us

When Facebook introduced its “Off-Facebook Activity” tool, it promised more transparency for users who didn’t know what the company was doing with their personal data. However, it may have shown some users more than it bargained for. Digital Trends reporter Shubham Agarwal was so disturbed by what he saw in his Off-Facebook Activity report that…

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Report: Facebook Algorithm “Actively Promotes” Holocaust Denial Content 

Facebook is under increasing pressure around the world to take a stronger stand against hate speech. However, the company has thus far refused to label Holocaust denialism as a form of it. That’s why the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD), an anti-extremism advocacy group, conducted an investigation to discover just how prevalent these anti-Semitic conspiracy…

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Facebook Says That It Wants To Make Lying “More Difficult”

In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, Facebook and other tech giants are facing the major problem of trying to stop the spread of disinformation. That’s why Facebook, Google and Twitter met with government officials this week and released a joint statement, pledging to “stay vigilant” ahead of November. Facebook came under particularly intense…

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Report: Facebook Manipulates Your Privacy Choices Through Design

When it comes to manipulating user behavior, Facebook and other tech giants have a scary array of tools at their disposal. However, perhaps none are as insidious as the use of shady design tactics — or “dark patterning” — to squeeze more information out of users. Facebook uses this practice by designing its interface and…

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More Than 120 Groups Call On Facebook To Create Comprehensive Hate Speech Policy

Late last week, a coalition of more than 120 advocacy groups and NGOs sent a letter to Facebook calling on the social media giant to implement a comprehensive hate speech policy against anti-Semitism. The coalition’s central demand is for Facebook to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance working definition of anti-Semitism. This definition, used by…

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