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Facebook says its changing its policies and wants your feedback

Facebook says its changing its policies and wants your feedback

As it's dealing with the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, we've been seeing Facebook slowly implement changes to the ways it allows people to access things like their shared information and their ad preferences. The whole time, Facebook has been citing a need to be more transparent about the data it collects and how it's used, and the next step in achieving that level of transparency is apparently updating its terms of service and data policy.

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Facebook Messenger is scanning all the links and photos you share [Updated]

Facebook Messenger is scanning all the links and photos you share [Updated]

Facebook is automatically scanning Facebook Messenger conversations for unacceptable content, the company has confirmed, monitoring both links and images shared. The revelation stemmed from an unexpected side detail from an interview with CEO Mark Zuckerberg.

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Facebook CEO won’t commit to using EU privacy laws worldwide

Facebook CEO won’t commit to using EU privacy laws worldwide

Facebook may be complying with tougher user privacy laws in Europe, but its US users won't necessarily get the same benefit, Mark Zuckerberg has confirmed. The social network finds itself at the center of a personal information storm that simply refuses to dissipate, with the US Federal Trade Commission investigating whether it has done enough to secure the data its billions of users share.

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Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook takes down dozens of IRA-controlled accounts

Facebook has been burned and it is burning others in turn. And wherever there is fire, there will always be damages on either side. Facebook has just announced what is probably its boldest and biggest fake accounts takedown. And while 270 or so accounts pales in comparison to the thousands it already removed, it’s the source of the accounts that makes it such a big move. Facebook has taken down most, but probably not all, accounts and pages connected to the Russian Internet Research Agency, the notorious Internet troll factory blamed for manipulating the outcome of the 2016 US presidential elections.

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Facebook’s fake news fight takes publisher check nationwide

Facebook’s fake news fight takes publisher check nationwide

Facebook is expanding its fake news fighting publisher info system across the social network, offering readers background insight before they decide whether or not to trust what they read. The system was launched as a pilot last year, as a way for Facebook to challenge accusations that it allowed misleading or downright incorrect stories to proliferate across the site and influence the 2016 US presidential election among other things.

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Facebook just made it much easier to control which apps get your data

Facebook just made it much easier to control which apps get your data

Facebook has made it easier to manage just which third-party apps have access to your data, with a small tweak potentially making it far more likely that users will take control over their privacy. The social network has found itself in the spotlight in recent weeks - not to mention the subject of an FTC investigation - over claims that it hasn't done enough to safeguard personal information about its users.

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Facebook swears it’ll delete the unpublished videos it saved

Facebook swears it’ll delete the unpublished videos it saved

Recent Facebook controversy prompted many users to download their data from the social network, and some of them discovered an unexpected surprise: the data contains videos the users created but never saved. It seems the videos were recorded using Facebook's older tools, but then discarded rather than published. The users had believed the videos were gone for good, making their presence within the data download file an uncomfortable discovery.

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Facebook CEO dismisses Tim Cook’s “ridiculous” criticisms

Facebook CEO dismisses Tim Cook’s “ridiculous” criticisms

Mark Zuckerberg has pushed back at Apple CEO Tim Cook's criticism of Facebook after the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social network - and its CEO and founder - have been under fire from all quarters after earlier, lax policies around Facebook apps were found to be allowing third-parties to siphon off masses of personal data. Some of that data, it's been alleged, was then used to help manipulate voters in the 2016 US presidential election, among other campaigns.

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Facebook VP memo shows execs knew, were OK with shady practices

Facebook VP memo shows execs knew, were OK with shady practices

The evidence against Facebook is piling up even before Zuckerberg appears before any formal hearing or investigation. The CEO and the company have already issued a mea culpa, but still mostly insisted it had no malice or intentional wrongdoing. An internal memo written by Facebook Vice President Andrew Bosworth, however, may prove that to be untrue. “Boz”, as he is infamously known, cites how Facebook’s unchecked zeal for growth could even end up getting someone killed but that the work that it does is pretty much in line with Facebook’s spirit and mission of connecting people.

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Tim Cook takes a shot at Android while slamming Facebook

Tim Cook takes a shot at Android while slamming Facebook

The storm that Facebook has found itself in, a storm of its own making, has sent ripples throughout the country and the world, touching not just politics or laws but, unsurprisingly, technology as well. As tech giants are called upon to take a stance, Apple lost no time in reiterating how it has always taken a firm stance on privacy and security. And in an interview with MSNBC, CEO Tim Cook unsurprisingly also took the opportunity to contrast its approach to that of its biggest rival, Google’s Android.

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Facebook privacy settings finally get a long-needed update

Facebook privacy settings finally get a long-needed update

Anyone who has ever attempted to delve into Facebook's settings menu knows what a nightmare it can be. Even Facebook itself is admitting today that its settings menu - spread out over a whopping 20 screens - is way too difficult to navigate. With that in mind (and prompted by the widespread backlash to the ongoing Cambridge Analytica scandal), Facebook is changing things for the better today.

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Facebook smart speaker unveiling postponed over data controversy

Facebook smart speaker unveiling postponed over data controversy

Facebook has decided to postpone the launch of its hardware products, including a home speaker, until later on this year, according to sources. The decision follows the Cambridge Analytica revelation and ongoing criticism over Facebook's handling of user data. The sources claim Facebook had planned to introduce the rumored smart speaker this May during its developers conference, but has since changed those plans.

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