400 mn Facebook users' phone numbers exposed in privacy lapse: reports

[ad_1] An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases Phone numbers linked to more than 400 million Facebook accounts were listed online in the latest privacy lapse for the social media giant, US media reported Wednesday. An exposed server stored 419 million records on users across several databases—including 133 million US […]

Facebook debuts new notifications to fight vaccine misinformation

[ad_1] But, the notifications don’t appear to completely prevent people from viewing anti-vaccination content. One screenshot the company shared with CNN shows that, at least on Instagram, individuals have the option to still see what other users have posted using a vaccine-related hashtag. This differs from Pinterest’s recently announced approach, in which the company has […]

US plans for fake social media run afoul of Facebook rules

[ad_1] In this Aug. 11, 2019, file photo an iPhone displays the apps for Facebook and Messenger in New Orleans. Facebook says the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will be violating the company’s rules if agents create fake profiles to monitor the social media of foreigners seeking to enter the country. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane, File) […]

Facebook face recognition feature to replace tag suggestions

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook says it is ending its practice of using face recognition software to identify users’ friends in uploaded photos and automatically suggesting they “tag” them. Instead, it is replacing the feature, called “tag suggestions,” with its broader face recognition setting, which identifies people’s faces in photos for various uses, not […]

Facebook might start hiding 'Like' counts for posts

[ad_1] Facebook says it is considering no longer displaying how many “likes” a post has racked up Facebook on Tuesday confirmed it is dabbling with no longer making a public display of how many “likes” are racked up by posts. Such a change could ease pressure to win approval with images, videos or comments and, […]

Facebook says it spoke to FTC about kids chat app that had flaw

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook Inc. said it had spoken to the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, which recently settled with the social media giant for $5 billion over allegations of privacy violations, about its Messenger Kids app that the company acknowledged had a flaw. “We are in regular contact with the FTC on many […]

Facebook tightens rules for political ads ahead of US elections

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain Facebook said Wednesday it would tighten its rules for political ad spending ahead of the 2020 US elections, notably by requiring more information about who is paying for campaign messages. The move is the latest by Facebook to crack down on efforts to deceive or manipulate users after the social […]

Facebook once again tightens requirements for US political advertisers

[ad_1] You’ll also see more info regarding those advertisers when you choose to dive deeper. Tapping the “i” icon will show whatever information Facebook has verified, including those organization and FEC ID numbers. If an ad looks shady, you’ll have a better way to validate (or refute) your suspicions. Facebook is also reshuffling its approach […]

Facebook once again tightens requirements for US political advertisers

[ad_1] You’ll also see more info regarding those advertisers when you choose to dive deeper. Tapping the “i” icon will show whatever information Facebook has verified, including those organization and FEC ID numbers. If an ad looks shady, you’ll have a better way to validate (or refute) your suspicions. Facebook is also reshuffling its approach […]

Facebook wants to keep you 'in-the-know' about emergencies, active shooters in your area

[ad_1] Credit: CC0 Public Domain While Facebook isn’t an actual news organization, its flexing its ability to reach users faster than local news channels in some time-sensitive cases. Starting on Tuesday, Facebook is rolling out a new tool to help alert you and your neighbors of unsafe conditions like active shooters in your area. It’s […]