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Major Fact-Checking Organizations Quit Working With Facebook

Facebook is regularly forced to cope with privacy and data problems, but perhaps the largest issue it faces may also be the hardest to solve: dealing with the spread of fake news and malicious content. And the company’s fight got even harder last week when two of its major fact-checking partners, Snopes and the Associated…

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Facebook Hires Three Of Its Biggest Privacy Critics

Facebook is no stranger to receiving criticism from lawmakers, privacy advocates and the public alike. However, the company may have discovered a unique way to quiet this negativity — by hiring its most prominent critics. This week, Facebook announced that it has hired three veteran privacy law activists, including Nate Cardozo from the Electronic Frontier…

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Report: It’s Alarmingly Easy For Sex Offenders To Get Facebook Accounts

Facebook has well over 2 billion active users, which means it has to deal with its fair share of bad apples. But even when the company creates policies to protect its users, that doesn’t always stop predators from using the site. For instance, according to a recent report, there are a shocking amount of convicted…

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Report: Facebook Has Been Secretly Paying People For The Right To Spy On Them

Facebook will do anything to gather more data about its users and learn about its competitors — including reportedly paying people to install a VPN that allowed the company to spy on their phone and web activity. Since 2016, Facebook has allegedly paid users between the ages of 16 and 35 up to $20 a…

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Facebook Marks Data Privacy Day By Reminding Users To Protect Themselves

When it comes to data privacy, Facebook doesn’t exactly have a sterling reputation. So when the company marked Data Privacy Day this year by reminding users to protect their own info, it was unsurprisingly greeted with an incredulous reaction. To its credit, Facebook also took the occasion to announce one new feature — a privacy…

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Advocacy Groups Urge FTC To Break Up Facebook Over Privacy Violations

Last week, it was reported that the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) could impose record-setting fines against Facebook for its role in last spring’s Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal. The regulatory agency believes Facebook may have violated a 2011 agreement that required it to obtain user consent before sharing their data. However, a group of advocacy…

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Facebook Announces Sweeping Crackdown On Fake Pages And Groups

Facebook has no shortage of problems it’s facing these days, but one of the biggest is its never-ending battle against fake accounts. That’s why, this week, the company introduced new policies that take a far more proactive approach to stamping out these pages — sometimes even before they break the rules at all. According to…

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Study: Facebook Can Learn Pretty Much Everything About You Even If You’re Not A Member

Following a string of major privacy scandals, a movement began to spread online encouraging users to “#DeleteFacebook.” However, a recent study found that quitting the platform may not have much of an effect when it comes to protecting your privacy. Researchers discovered that, even if you leave Facebook or never joined in the first place,…

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Report: Facebook Could Be Hit With “Record-Setting” Fine For Privacy Violations

Facebook has come under intense scrutiny over the past year for a wide array of privacy problems. And, according to a report in The Washington Post, the pressure is about to ratchet up even further, with regulators from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) allegedly considering “record-setting” fines against Facebook for failing to protect user information.…

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Survey: Most Users Still Don’t Know About Facebook’s Data Practices

Facebook was rocked by major privacy and data scandals last year, causing many users to to discover for the first time how the company collects and uses our info. However, as a recent Pew survey discovered, that still does not mean many people fully understand what’s going on with the social media giant’s data practices.…

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Expert Warns That Facebook “10-Year Challenge” Meme Could Be A Way To Gather Your Data

If you’ve checked Facebook in the past two weeks, you’ve almost certainly seen it, or done it yourself: the “10-Year Challenge” photo-sharing meme. This latest viral craze involves users posting pictures of themselves ten years ago alongside a photo of what they look like today. This seems relatively harmless, but as tech expert and author…

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Man Criticizes Police On Facebook, Then Gets Arrested For It

Facebook has access to an unprecedented amount of your information, and it often finds itself under fire for what it does with that data. However, Facebook isn’t the only party interested in gathering details about you online. Increasingly, law enforcement agencies are using the platform to keep tabs on users, search for evidence, and even…

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