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Facebook Will Make It Harder For Teens To See Harmful Content

This week, Facebook introduced a new feature that will hide certain types of harmful content and restrict specific search terms for users under 18. The move comes after the company was slapped with dozens of state lawsuits and increasing pressure from child safety groups to make Facebook and Instagram safer for young users. According to…

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Privacy Expert Weighs In On If Users Should Delete Their Facebook Profiles

Facebook may be one of the world’s largest social media companies, but its policies and philosophy on privacy stems largely from one individual: founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg. That’s why, for over a decade, professor and privacy expert Michael Zimmer has tracked every single public comment Zuckerberg has made in an attempt to analyze his…

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Facebook Suspends Then Reinstates Popular Conservative Account

In today’s increasingly polarized political environment, very few issues unite both sides of the spectrum. However, criticizing Facebook is the rare one that does. Both liberals and conservatives have voiced concerns with the social media giant for suppressing or even outright censoring political content by controlling what users’ see in their feeds. This week, another…

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Facebook Introduces New Tool To Track The Websites You Visit

Facebook’s business model has come under increasing pressure in recent years as consumer privacy advocates and lawmakers have demanded the company stop collecting so much user data. However, despite the immense legal challenges Facebook faces for doing this, the company is actually going a step further. This week, Facebook quietly introduced yet another feature that…

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Fake Facebook Ads Scam Tens Of Thousands Of Dollars From Small Business Owner

It’s no secret that Facebook scammers often impersonate businesses to trick unsuspecting users into forking over money. And while the cost of this fraud is apparent for the victims, the damage to the businesses that are being impersonated is often not reported. That’s why, this week, a small business in St. Paul, Minnesota, told its…

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Facebook Is Still Making Billions In Ad Revenue From Kids’ Data

Earlier this year, dozens of states sued Facebook for allegedly harming young users and putting profit above their safety. However, the extent to which companies like Facebook profit from young users wasn’t fully known — until now. According to a study released this week by the Harvard School of Public Health, social media companies made…

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Man Sues Facebook For Not Deactivating Deceased Veteran’s Account Used In Crypto Scam

Scammers will do anything to make a quick buck on Facebook — even taking over the account of a deceased Army veteran. However, the veteran’s brother, a man named Scott Vreeland, is not taking the news sitting down. Instead, he’s suing Facebook for not deactivating his brother’s account after it was taken over in a…

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Police Department Criticized For Disabling Facebook Comments After Violent Posts

When it comes to free speech and censorship, Facebook lives in a murky legal area. Earlier this week, the police department in Everett, Washington, disabled the comment section on its Facebook page after it received increasing amounts of violent and threatening posts over the past several months. While the police department said the move is…

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Former Facebook Engineer Says “People You May Know” Feature Fueled Child Exploitation

Facebook’s algorithms are designed to help like-minded users find each another and connect. However, that mission can backfire in a big way when those users have bad intentions. According to one ex-Facebook employee, he repeatedly warned the company’s leadership that the platform’s “People You May Know” tool was fueling child exploitation. However, he says that…

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International Bank Aims To Crack Down On Facebook Marketplace Scams

Facebook Marketplace scams are always a big problem, but they reach a new level entirely around the holidays. According to international financial institution Banco Santander, its customers have lost over $8.2 million to Facebook Marketplace scams this year, a 50% increase over the last year. And that’s why the bank is implementing a new feature…

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Facebook Oversight Board Reinstates Controversial Videos Of Middle East Conflict

Facebook has been accused in recent weeks of demoting or blocking content on both sides of the Israel-Hamas war, sparking outrage in both Israeli and Palestinian communities while drawing accusations of censorship. And now, Facebook’s own semi-independent Oversight Board has weighed in on the side of those concerned users. According to the Board, Facebook’s automated…

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Facebook Scam Targets The Funeral Of A Popular Politician

Facebook scammers often capitalize on current events to attract interest. However, some scammers in Australia went a bridge too far when they created numerous fake pages that offered to livestream the funeral of a recently deceased popular politician named Peta Murphy. According to reports, at least nine separate fake pages were created for the event…

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