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Update: Facebook Will Reconsider Its Censorship Policies After Protests

Facebook has agreed to meet with anti-censorship activists and reconsider its policies regarding nude photography following a naked protest outside the social media giant’s New York offices earlier this week. The National Coalition Against Censorship staged the attention-grabbing protest to raise awareness of what they view as Facebook’s censorship of artists. According to the group,…

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Protesters Strip Nude Outside Facebook’s Offices To Protest Censorship

Facebook has a well-deserved reputation for blocking innocent content — while often allowing far worse posts to remain active. That includes numerous instances of the company censoring artistic nude photos, and even images depicting nude statues. That’s why a group of activists stripped naked this week outside of Facebook’s New York offices, launching a campaign…

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Facebook Ordered To Hand Over Data Privacy Records

Facebook suffered yet another legal setback this week when a U.S. judge ordered the company to give its shareholders emails and records detailing how the company handles data privacy. The judge, Vice Chancellor Joseph Slights, noted that Facebook is subject to a 2015 Federal Trade Commission agreement that required it to obtain user consent before…

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Senator Slams Facebook’s “Private” Encrypted Messaging

Though Facebook has pledged to begin “pivoting” to stronger privacy practices this year, many prominent critics have raised doubts about how, exactly, that will happen. One of these skeptics, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, wrote a letter to Facebook earlier this month pressing the social media giant for details about how the platform will collect metadata…

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Experts Propose Ways To Punish Facebook Beyond Monetary Fines

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is expected to soon slap Facebook with a $3 to 5 billion fine for the company’s repeated privacy violations. However, many experts and lawmakers have argued that this is not enough to teach the tech giant a lesson. That’s why the digital advocacy group Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) laid out…

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Facebook Slammed For Refusing To Remove Fake Videos

Facebook took a strong and controversial stand this week, refusing to remove a doctored viral video that was meant to make Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appear drunk as she spoke. The company said its policy is to let users decide for themselves whether or not content is true. While Facebook isn’t removing the…

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Report: It’s Very Easy To Get Banned From Facebook

When Facebook recently announced it had banned over 2 billion accounts in the first quarter of 2019, it was universally hailed as a positive move. After all, the vast majority of these accounts belonged to bad actors ranging from cybercriminals to everyday spammers. However, according to a report from Elliott Advocacy this week, some regular…

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Popular Fitness Brand Leaves Facebook, Citing Privacy Concerns

As Facebook continues to get publicly raked over the coals for its privacy and data practices, many users have decided to quit the platform. However, businesses have been slower to say enough is enough. But that changed this week when popular fitness brand CrossFit announced its leaving both Facebook and Facebook-owned Instagram because of concerns…

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Facebook Removed A Record 2.2 Billion Fake Accounts In First Quarter Alone

Facebook released its third content transparency report this week, where the company revealed it has removed 2.2 billion fake accounts in the first quarter of 2019 alone. That figure is up by about a billion from the final quarter of 2018 — indicating a massive influx of bad actors on the platform. We’ve seen a…

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Report: Many Users Missing Facial Recognition Privacy Setting

Facebook collects a ton of information about us—even the biometric data of our faces. That’s why it was so important in 2017 when Facebook announced users would be able to opt out of the platform’s face recognition through their account settings. However, according to a story from Consumer Reports this week, many users still don’t…

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Report: Facebook Data Helps Companies Guess Your Credit Score

By this point, it’s common knowledge that Facebook possesses a ton of our data. The social media giant uses this access to help companies target advertising based on our interests, histories, education and more. And, according to a report in The Intercept this week, Facebook can even help advertisers guess users’ credit scores. Facebook routinely…

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Facebook Promise To Restore Groups Sabotaged By Bad Actors

If you belong to a Facebook group, you may have noticed last week that many began to change their privacy settings to “Secret” mode. That’s because bad actors are allegedly joining public Facebook groups, then flooding their pages with offensive content in order to get the group banned. It’s unclear how widespread this problem is,…

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