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Report: Facebook Shared User Data With Its “Friends”

As if Facebook needed more negative press, NBC News released a harsh report this week that details the company’s internal discussions about selling user data to app developers. The report combed through about 4,000 pages of leaked documents spanning between 2011 and 2015 that came to light as part of a court case between Facebook…

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Massive Exposé Reveals Facebook’s Struggles To Deal With Data, Privacy Scandals

This week, WIRED published a 10,000-word report detailing the last 15 tumultuous months inside the walls of Facebook as the company struggled to deal with the fallout from its many self-inflicted data and privacy scandals. One of the report’s many revelations was that, at least initially, Facebook’s leadership didn’t believe the Cambridge Analytica data scandal…

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Facebook Accidentally Ships VR Controllers With Hidden Creepy Messages

The Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus Rift accidentally shipped tens of thousands of controllers to customers this week with creepy messages printed inside the hardware. Some of these “Easter eggs” included phrases like “The Masons Were Here” and “Big Brother Is Watching.” Both Facebook and Oculus apologized for the error, saying that these lines were…

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Facebook Introduces New Features To Fight False And Harmful Info

Facebook announced this week that it’s introducing a broad array of updates to fight the spread of false and harmful content on its platform. The social media giant is aiming to “limit the visibility” of links that are shared at a significantly higher clip on Facebook than the rest of the web, as well as…

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Privacy Commissioner Blasts Facebook As “Morally Bankrupt”

Last month, Facebook was intensely criticized following a terrorist attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that was broadcast on the company’s live video platform. Facebook was particularly (and understandably) taken to task in New Zealand for failing to catch and delete the video. And while Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg wrote an open letter…

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Facebook Must Clearly Explain What It Does With User Data

Facebook has long had a tense relationship with European officials, who view the company’s data and privacy practices with suspicion. The company took another hit overseas this week when it gave in to pressure from the European Commission to change its terms and conditions. Now, the social media giant will have to “clearly explain” to…

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Facebook’s AI Blocks Or Removes 1 Million Accounts Per Day

By this point in its history, Facebook is so massive that it needs to rely heavily on artificial intelligence to detect malware, hate speech and other offensive content on its platform. And, according to the social media giant, it has ramped up its efforts to do just that in the weeks preceding an upcoming election…

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Survey: More Than 60 Percent Of Americans Don’t Trust Facebook With Their Info

Facebook has a big public perception problem on its hands. According to the results of a recent survey from NBC News and the Wall Street Journal, more than 60 percent of Americans don’t trust the social media giant with their personal information. What’s worse, 57 percent of people said that social media sites do more…

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Facebook Asked Some New Users For Their Email Passwords

Facebook stepped into yet another major privacy mess this week when a report in The Daily Beast revealed it has been asking some new users to hand over their private email passwords. According to the report, people began seeing an interstitial screen pop up while they were joining the platform that encouraged them to share…

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Report: 540 Million Facebook Records Were Exposed By Amazon Cloud Servers

Facebook found itself embroiled in another data privacy scandal this week, though this time it wasn’t the social media giant’s fault. According to a report from cybersecurity firm UpGuard, two third-party app developers left Facebook user data completely unprotected on Amazon’s cloud servers. One of the developers stored more than 540 million Facebook records, including…

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Facebook Calls For Government Regulation Of Internet Companies, Including Facebook 

Facebook is facing increased scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers following a string of recent privacy and data controversies. And, in a somewhat surprising move, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg loudly agreed this week, publishing a blog calling for the government to regulate Internet companies like Facebook in four key areas. In the sprawling op-ed, Zuckerberg…

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Facebook Considering Restrictions On Facebook Live

Facebook’s live-streaming video platform, Facebook Live, has faced renewed scrutiny in the weeks following a terrorist attack on a New Zealand mosque that was broadcast using the tool. And for once, Facebook seems to be taking meaningful action to make sure it doesn’t accidentally stream something so horrific again. According to Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg,…

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