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Report: Emojis Are Being Used To Easily Hide From Facebook’s Content Moderation Tools

Despite all of Facebook’s advances in artificial intelligence technology, it’s still disturbingly easy for bad actors to find ways to share their content. According to an investigation from the BBC, many of these users are skirting Facebook’s content moderation rules by simply including an emoji in the text to confuse the company’s algorithm. According to…

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Facebook Banned Abroad For Being An “Extremist” Group

For as much trouble as Facebook faces here at home in the States, it must deal with even more abroad. This week, Russian politicians added Meta and its services to an “extremist” list, effectively holding it responsible for and accusing the company of terrorism. The Russian government has already warned citizens that they could face…

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Report: Facebook Continues To Profit Off Ads Slandering LGBTQ Community

This summer, Facebook pledged to crack down on content that baselessly called the LGBTQ community or individuals “groomers.” However, despite this policy, the advocacy group Media Matters has discovered 134 ads on Facebook and Instagram containing the word. The report also revealed that these offensive ads have also received over 1 million impressions and netted…

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Business Owner Says Facebook Unnecessarily Blocking Ads For Charity

After Hurricane Ian ripped through Florida several weeks ago, an apparel company owner in Georgia decided to print “Florida Strong” t-shirts to help raise money for the relief effort. However, he was stunned to have his ads rejected by Facebook for being a “political/social issue.” The business owner went on to accuse the social media…

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Facebook Warns 1 Million Users That Their Account Info May Have Been Compromised By Scammy Apps

Ever since the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal, Facebook has understood it has a problem with shady third-party apps stealing user information. And unfortunately, the problem has not gone away since then. According to a report from the social media giant this week, its security researchers have identified and removed over 400 apps that were…

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Report: Facebook Is Still Autogenerating Pages For Extremist Groups

Facebook loves to tout the power of artificial intelligence to solve its many problems. However, its own algorithm is often the thing that gets the company in the most trouble. For instance, according to a recent report from the watchdog group Tech Transparency Project (TTP), Facebook’s algorithm is still auto-generating pages for extremist groups, militias,…

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Facebook Settles “Significant” Lawsuit Against Two Companies Scraping User Data

Facebook’s business model relies on collecting as much of our data as possible to monetize it for advertising revenue. Perhaps that’s why the social media giant takes it so seriously when third-party companies step on its toes and scrape our data themselves. For instance, this week, the company announced that it settled a lawsuit for…

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Supreme Court To Consider If Facebook Can Be Held Liable For Content Recommendations

For decades, tech companies have been able to avoid being held criminally liable for the content that appears on their platforms via an obscure digital rights law called section 230. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could change all that and result in Facebook being on the hook for…

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Prominent International Organization Calls On Facebook To Pay Reparations For Role In Inciting Violence

For years, Facebook has drawn harsh criticism from experts and advocates that it hasn’t done enough to stop the spread of hate speech internationally. Some have even accused the social media giant’s algorithms of actively spreading content that incites violence. This week, international aid organization Amnesty International published a dramatic report that detailed how Facebook…

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Facebook Removes Network Of China-Based Accounts Impersonating Americans

It’s not unusual for bad actors to spread misinformation, spam, and other harmful material on Facebook. However, much of that content increasingly originates in foreign countries seeking to influence political outcomes here in the U.S. In response, Facebook has become more alert in recent years to these threats. For example, this week, the social media…

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Orchestrated Bot Attack Harvests Facebook User Data

It’s always important to be careful what links you click on Facebook because you never know how they could be used to collect your data. A great example of that occurred this week when a team of cybersecurity researchers discovered a sophisticated overseas troll farm using Facebook links disguised as pornography to capture Facebook user…

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New Lawsuit Accuses Facebook Of “Side-Stepping” Apple Privacy Protections To Collect User Data

Facebook’s business took a big hit last year when Apple introduced an iOS update that forced the social media giant and all app developers to obtain user consent before tracking them around the web. Since Facebook derives much of its revenue from collecting our data, many experts wondered what the company would do in response.…

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