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Facebook Accused Of Fueling Violence And Misinformation In South America

Following the 2020 presidential election in the U.S., Facebook was accused of amplifying misinformation and offensive speech that contributed in part to the violence at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. Now, global nonprofit group SumOfUs is accusing the company of allowing similar bad actors to flourish in Brazil. According to a report from the…

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Meta Fined $400 Million For Failing To Protect Privacy Of Young Users

Over the past several years, Facebook has dealt with increasingly strong privacy regulations around the world. Another example of that occurred this week when the Ireland Data Protection Commission (DPC) handed the company a $403 million fine for failing to protect young users on Instagram. Because Facebook’s European headquarters are located in Ireland, the Irish…

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State Attorneys General Accuse White House Of Pressuring Facebook To Censor Information

In the last several weeks, Facebook has been under fire for its close relationship with law enforcement agencies. That controversy expanded even further recently when two state Attorneys General filed a request with the Department of Justice to hand over all information about communications between the federal government and Facebook. According to these elected officials,…

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California Passes New Bill Protecting Children’s Privacy On Facebook

This week, lawmakers in California passed a sweeping new bill to protect the privacy and well-being of young Facebook users. The legislation is designed to both safeguard children from potential predators as well as protect them from being exploited by social media companies themselves. The bill, called the California Age-Appropriate Design Code Act, would prohibit…

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Judge Rules That It’s OK For FBI To Grab User Data From Facebook

Facebook’s relationship with the FBI has been in the news lately over revelations that the social media giant slowed the spread of controversial content before the 2020 election based on a recommendation from the agency. This partnership is sure to come under even more scrutiny following a ruling in court this week where a judge…

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Lawmakers Press Facebook For More Information On Communication With The FBI

In a controversial interview last week, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed that the FBI approached the company in the runup to the 2020 election and told it to be on the lookout for Russian propaganda. In response, Facebook took down stories about the contents of a stolen laptop belonging to Hunter Biden, the now-president’s son…

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Facebook Agrees To Settle Cambridge Analytica Data Privacy Lawsuit At The Last Minute

The 2018 Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal was one of the biggest privacy controversies to ever rock the social media giant. And now, four long years later, the company has dramatically decided to settle a lawsuit over the scandal before Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg testified during a court hearing next month. In case you don’t…

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Facebook Removes Pro-U.S. Disinformation Campaign

Facebook is no stranger to detecting and removing misinformation and other harmful content originating in foreign countries. However, according to a report this week, the company has also cracked down on a fishy campaign that may have actually originated with the U.S. A team of cybersecurity researchers first detected the network, which sought to spread…

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Strange Facebook Bug Spams Users With Celebrity Posts

It’s not unusual for Facebook to experience brief global outages. However, a strange bug exploded on the platform this week that caused posts from celebrity accounts to fill users’ news feeds, causing many to express concern that they had been hacked. According to multiple reports, an untold number of users began to see these minor…

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Facebook Reaches $37.5 Million Settlement In Location Tracking Lawsuit

This week, Facebook’s parent company Meta reached a $37.5 million settlement in a class action suit accusing the company of tracking users’ locations through their phones without their permission. According to the claims made in the suit, Facebook violated California law (and its own privacy rules) by gathering location data from users who had toggled…

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UK Official Says Facebook Risks “Grotesque Betrayal” Of Children If It Doesn’t Create Safeguards Against Abuse

Facebook has long promised the introduction of end-to-end encryption to its messaging services to better protect user privacy. However, many advocates and officials are concerned that this technology could inadvertently provide cover to criminals, including child predators. That’s why British Home Secretary Priti Patel urged the social media giant this week to introduce safeguards against…

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Report: Facebook Is Profiting On White Supremacist Groups Through Ads

According to a recent report from the nonprofit Tech Transparency Project (TTP), Facebook is profiting on searches and ads for known white supremacist groups on its platform. The investigation found that over a third of the 226 white supremacist groups identified as hate organizations by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) have a presence on…

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