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Lawmakers Press Facebook To Do Something About Misinformation And Polarization

For much of the past year, Facebook has found itself under pressure from lawmakers to fight the spread of hate speech and misinformation on its platform. And this week, those efforts intensified, with Democratic lawmakers on the House Energy and Commerce Committee pressing the social media giant to do something about these problems — or…

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Report: Mark Zuckerberg Personally Changed Facebook’s Content Moderation Rules

Facebook is no stranger to controversial content moderation decisions. Because of the company’s complicated rules and structure, it’s never entirely clear how it reaches decisions on who or what should be allowed to remain on the platform. And according to a recent bombshell from BuzzFeed News, sometimes it’s Mark Zuckerberg himself who steps in to…

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Facebook Faces Continued Blowback Over Australian News Censorship Decision

Last week, Facebook abruptly decided to block all news content for Australian users because a proposed law would require it to pay publishers. Many experts predicted this would spark a wave of condemnation around the world, and that is exactly what’s happened this week, with several notable U.S. politicians and experts weighing in that Facebook…

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Facebook To Begin Cracking Down On Climate Change Misinformation

This week, Facebook opened up a new front in its battle against misinformation, this time by “expanding and improving” its Climate Science Information Center. The approach that the company is taking is similar to the one it recently implemented to combat misleading COVID-19 and political content. The Center, which connects people to science-based news and…

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Facebook Fined For Misleading Users About What It Does With Their Data

This week, a watchdog organization in Italy announced that it will fine Facebook for failing to comply with an earlier order that required the company to inform users about what it does with their data. According to the watchdog group, Facebook is still failing to inform users “with clarity and immediacy” about how it monetizes…

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Security Firm Sues Facebook For Banning Lookalike Domains Used For Phishing Tests

When it comes to user security, Facebook likes to talk a big game. However, the social media giant’s actions don’t always back that up. For instance, cybersecurity firm Proofpoint filed a lawsuit against Facebook last week for shutting down its phishing awareness training. According to the suit, Facebook forced Proofpoint to stop using lookalike domain…

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Experts Believe Facebook Isn’t Doing Enough To Fight Vaccine Misinformation

Facebook has taken steps in recent months to reduce the amount of COVID-19 misinformation on its platform, particularly in regards to vaccine treatments. However, according to some prominent experts, the social media giant still hasn’t gone far enough to address the problem. According to Imran Ahmed, CEO of the nonprofit Center for Countering Digital Hate…

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Facebook Doubled Removal Of Bullying And Harassment Posts

In recent years, Facebook has committed itself to stopping the spread of bullying and harassment on its platform — and according to the company’s community standards enforcement report, it’s doing a better job. Released this week, the Facebook report revealed that the company took action on 6.3 million pieces of content in the fourth quarter…

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Facebook Will Test Reducing Political Content In Users’ News Feeds

In the wake of recent contentious political events, Facebook has come under pressure once again to stop the spread of misinformation and potentially harmful content. That’s why the company says it will “temporarily reduce the distribution of political content in News Feed for a small percentage of people” in several countries this week before eventually…

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Facebook Is Being Sued For “Losing Control” Of Personal Data

Somehow, even years after the fact, the effects of the Cambridge Analytica data breach scandal continue to be felt by Facebook. The social media giant is once again being sued for its role in allowing the shady third-party marketing company to access user data, this time by a journalist in the UK who claims Facebook’s…

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Report: COVID-19 Misinformation Still Extremely Easy To Find On Facebook

As the nationwide rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine continues, Facebook finds itself battling a familiar problem: misinformation. According to a report from CNN this week, COVID-19-related falsehoods continue to flourish on the social media giant’s platform despite new rules established late last year to address the problem. According to the study, conducted two weeks ago,…

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Experts Say That Facebook’s Move To Stop Misinformation Is Too Little, Too Late

Last week, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced that the social media giant would no longer algorithmically recommend political groups to users. The move came in the wake of controversy surrounding the U.S. election, violence at the Capitol, and a near-constant stream of misinformation that has swamped the platform in recent years. And while…

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