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Facebook Bug Reveals Anonymous Page Administrators

Facebook is often blamed for intentionally compromising user privacy in the name of revenue. However, the social media giant often puts our information at risk simply by making mistakes. That was the case late last week when a major bug exposed the accounts behind Facebook Pages for public figures, businesses and other entities not tied…

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Facebook Again Says It Will Do Nothing To Stop Fake Political Ads

Facebook came under heavy criticism several months ago when it said it will not police political ads for their veracity. In other words, politicians would be free to lie as much as they want in their advertisements with no possible punishment from Facebook. Now the social media giant seems to be doubling down on this…

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Facebook Cracks Down On Fake Reviews

Facebook has a well-publicized problem with fake news on its platform, but the issue of fraudulent product reviews gets far less attention. However, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) called out the social media giant last summer for hosting these fake reviews. This week, Facebook finally responded, removing 188 groups, disabling 24 user accounts,…

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Facebook Bans Deepfake Videos Ahead Of 2020 Election

Facebook is full of many forms of malicious fake content, but perhaps the most nefarious are so-called “deepfakes” — computer-generated videos that are designed to mimic people and appear real. They’re often used to impersonate politicians and make it appear as if they’ve said something they haven’t. That’s why it was so encouraging this week…

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Facebook Is Preparing To Fight New California Privacy Law

The state of California recently passed a sweeping new privacy law that offers stronger data protections for its residents. However, Facebook is not changing its web tracking practices in response to it, and is telling its advertisers that it’s exempt from the terms. Under the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which went into effect January…

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Facebook Wants You To Share Your Personal Healthcare Data

Last fall, Facebook announced that it was making a push into the healthcare industry, allowing users to opt into checkup reminders and personalized preventative healthcare recommendations. Of course, these tools could only provide information to users if they first gave Facebook their data. And as the Preventative Health feature rolls out across the platform, many…

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Tech Exec Slams Facebook, Says It’s The “New Cigarettes For Our Society”

It’s sad but true: Facebook has proven time and time again that it cannot be trusted to handle its own data and privacy problems. Even the company seems to know it, setting up its own independent “supreme court” oversight board. And that’s why, over the past year, the social media giant has faced increasing pressure…

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Facebook Obtains Patent To Track Users’ TV Habits With Microphones And Cameras

In recent years, Facebook has landed in hot water for a variety of data and privacy missteps, from the Cambridge Analytica scandal to the revelation last week that 267 million users had their phone numbers exposed online. In every one of these scandals, the common thread is that Facebook knows far too much about us…

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Fake Grocery Giveaway Spreads On Facebook Before Christmas

Because of its size and reach, Facebook is an unprecedented tool to connect people across the globe. However, those same traits also make it an ideal platform for cybercriminals to target scams at as many people as possible. And unfortunately, these crooks often strike around the holidays to take advantage of peoples’ neediness and goodwill.…

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Facebook Took Down Network Of Accounts With Fake AI-Generated Profile Pics

On Friday, Facebook announced that it removed a network of more than 900 phony accounts, pages and groups that used deceptive practices to spread politically polarizing spam across the platform. Most notably, some of these accounts featured profile photos of fake faces generated using artificial intelligence. According to WIRED, it could represent the first-ever large-scale…

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Facebook Will Stop Using Phone Numbers To Recommend Friends As Part Of Privacy Overhaul

Facebook landed in hot water again this week after it was revealed that tens of millions of users had their phone numbers exposed online in an unsecure database. However, the company also announced a major privacy overhaul that will see it stop feeding user phone numbers into its “people you may know” feature. According to…

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Researchers: 267 Million Facebook Users Had Their Info Exposed Online

It looks like Facebook couldn’t make it to the end of the year without at least one more privacy scandal. According to security researchers, more than 267 million Facebook users had their personal information exposed in a database online that anyone could access. Some of the data that could be found included names, phone numbers…

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