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Facebook Will Start Warning Users Who Interacted With Hoax Coronavirus Content

Facebook has invested heavily in fighting fraudulent ads and fake content related to the ongoing global coronavirus outbreak. Now the company announced this week that it will begin going a step further, notifying users directly who have interacted with scam COVID-19 content on the platform. The notice will be sent to users who have clicked…

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Facebook Builds A “Shadow Platform” To Help It Stop Scammers

Facebook is the largest social media platform in the world, and it has the power and resources to match. However, no matter how hard the company works to catch the bad actors on its platform, they always seem to stay a step ahead. However, the social media giant may have found an unorthodox solution to…

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Better Business Bureau Advises Against Sharing Graduation Photos On Facebook

Just in time for high school and college graduations across the country, the Better Business Bureau (BBB) weighed in this week with a sobering piece of advice for students — consider not posting photos or info about graduation on Facebook. According to the consumer protection agency, hackers can easily use your school name and graduation…

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Report: Facebook Is Cracking Down on COVID-19, 5G Conspiracy Theories

Facebook has made a concerted effort over the past month to crack down on spam and fraudulent ads related to the COVID-19 outbreak. However, according to a story in The Guardian this week, the company is also stepping up its fight against misinformation and conspiracy theories — most notably ones that link 5G infrastructure to…

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Facebook Files Lawsuit Over Deceptive Advertising Practices

Facebook has strict rules forbidding scam ads or misinformation. However, the company rarely goes further than banning users from the platform. But it ramped up the stakes dramatically this week when it filed a lawsuit in federal court against user Basant Gajjar, operating under the alias LeadCloak. Facebook says LeadCloak provided “ad-cloaking” software that allowed…

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Report: Facebook Is Failing Miserably At Removing Coronavirus-Related Spam

Facebook has a made a big deal of the fact that it’s working hard to stop the spread of fake COVID-19 content on its platform. However, according to an investigation from Consumer Reports published this week, the social media giant is doing a poor job of catching these fraudulent ads. Consumer Reports’ Kaveh Waddell decided…

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Facebook Wants To Share User Data To Help Fight COVID-19

Facebook’s entire business model rests upon it gathering as much of our data as it possibly can. Normally that’s seen as a bad thing by privacy advocates (and really anyone concerned with keeping their information safe online). However, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage across the world, this massive trove of our information could…

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Facebook Says It’s Blocking A Million Accounts Per Day To Safeguard Election

Following the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Facebook received overwhelming criticism from lawmakers and the public for allowing its platform to be used as a tool to spread misinformation. Now, it seems as though the social media giant doesn’t want to make the same mistake twice. According to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, the company is removing…

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Idaho Chiropractor Caught Peddling False Coronavirus Cures On Facebook

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread across the world, Facebook has taken proactive steps to eliminate fake content and fraudulent advertisements about the virus. However, that doesn’t mean that all of this content is detected. For instance, this week, reporters from BuzzFeed News found a chiropractor in Idaho making claims that a “silver spray”…

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Facebook Wants To Automatically Share Your Location With Friends

Facebook is heavily criticized for many of its privacy practices, but perhaps none are as controversial as the platform’s ability to track our locations in the real world. This is creepy for a variety of obvious reasons, yet the social media giant is reportedly considering a feature that would double down on that power. According…

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Facebook Introduces New Tool To Make It Easier To Access Your Data

It’s no secret that Facebook possesses a ton of our information. In fact, the company’s entire business model depends on it. However, the social media giant is also under constant pressure from lawmakers and privacy advocates to be more transparent about the data it gathers. That’s why the company originally introduced the Download Your Information…

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Update: Zoom App Stops Sending User Data To Facebook

Last week, the popular telecommuting app Zoom landed in hot water when it was revealed that it was sending its users’ data to Facebook without their knowledge. Now, just a few days later, the company has done a complete turnaround, and has promised to ensure that this kind of data sharing “does not happen again.”…

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