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    Facebook has been working hard to identify and remove hate speech, bullying, fake stories and incitements to violence. The alt-right extremists and looney-birds are now forming private groups where they can spew their hatred with little fear of detection by Facebook. Lovely.

    Fringe figures find refuge in Facebook's private groups

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...PTh2?ocid=AMZN

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    Facebook now requires buyers of political ads to be US citizens or permanent residents and Facebook has hired thousands of people to monitor for fake accounts and false information. Now if we could just keep Trump off Twitter.....

    Facebook is 'better prepared' to fight election interference, Mark Zuckerberg says

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...gj0s?ocid=AMZN

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    There hasn't been a negative story about Facebook for two whole weeks. We are way overdue for one -- and, look, here is one now!

    Employers are using Facebook to target job ads exclusively to men, complaint alleges
    The Washington Post, Sep 18 2018 11:55 AM

    Three female job hunters, the 700,000-member Communications Workers of America union and the American Civil Liberties Union lodged a legal complaint against Facebook today, accusing the company of enabling discriminatory job postings with its ad-targeting tools. The complaint also names 10 employers that used Facebook to post job ads — for roles as police officers, truck drivers and sales representatives at a sports store — that were exclusively targeted to men.

    The complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is the latest of several legal efforts that take aim at Facebook's core business of targeting advertising to highly tailored groups of people, a model that made the company more than $13 billion in revenue last quarter.

    The groups bringing the charges argue that longstanding civil rights laws that protect people from discrimination are being routinely broken as more job and housing searches move online. Federal laws prohibit employers, lenders, insurers and landlords from excluding people from advertising on the basis of "protected categories," which include gender, race, national origin, religion, age, military status, disability and sexual orientation.

    http://www.latimes.com/business/tech...918-story.html

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    Post-traumatic stress disorder is a condition that develops when a person suffers a tragic or traumatic event, especially an event causing physical harm. Warfare, sexual assaults and major traffic accidents can cause PTSD. A woman who monitored Facebook posts and videos says she developed PTSD by watching "disturbing" videos depicting "child sexual abuse, rape, torture, bestiality, beheadings, suicide and murder." She's suing Facebook -- but If the violent graphic videos were so traumatizing, why did she stay on the job for nine months? I would probably have quit after nine minutes.

    Former content monitor sues Facebook, claiming the job gave her PTSD

    http://time.com/5405343/facebook-law...-content-ptsd/

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    Facebook has a "View as" feature which allows users to see their pages the way their friends and acquaintances see them. I should say Facebook had a "View as" feature. It's been disabled while Facebook investigates yet another security breach.

    Facebook resets passwords to 90 million accounts after security breach

    https://variety.com/2018/digital/new...ch-1202961260/

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    Facebook has an automated customer-service number, 650-543-4800. I wonder what they would do if Facebook users started calling the number and leaving messages offering solar panels, discount viagra, time shares, health insurance and Medicare information.

    Yes, Facebook is using your phone number to target you with ads

    https://techcrunch.com/2018/09/27/ye...-you-with-ads/

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    Thousands of phony accounts set up by Russian trolls, hundreds of thousands of phony ads and phony news stories, a security breach that allowed hackers to access 50 million accounts.....and now this. Maybe the social media company should change its name to Fakebook.

    Facebook hoax: Cloned account message is a fake
    CBS News, Oct 8 2018 9:07 AM

    A viral hoax is spreading across Facebook, prompting officials to warn against heeding the fake messages about cloned accounts. The message says, "Hi. I actually got another friend request from you yesterday, which I ignored, so you may want to check your account." It then asks the recipient to forward the message to all his friends, an instruction that causes the hoax to spread even farther.

    While cloned accounts can be an issue -- when fraudsters set up fake accounts using a real person's name -- there isn't a current epidemic, as the hoax message suggests. The hoax works by suggesting an account has been cloned, even when it hasn't, prompting worried users to spread the message to all their friends.

    "Your account isn't sending duplicate friend requests. And you didn't receive a request from the person you're forwarding it to," officials in Louisiana warned in a public service message on Facebook. "You're simply doing it because the message tells you to." Facebook didn't immediately return a request for comment.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/faceboo...age-is-a-fake/

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    "Johnson? You're okay. Ginsberg? You're okay. Hernandez? You're okay. Ballechini? You're okay? Bolshakov, Zhernakov, Varushkin and Tsekhanovetsky? We need to take a closer look at your accounts."

    Facebook removes more than 800 political accounts and pages
    CBS News, Oct 11 2018 3:38 PM

    Facebook today said it was getting rid of more than 800 pages and accounts for overwhelming users with politically motivated content that broke the social media company's spam rules. Taking a step that could restart accusations of trying to silence certain points of view ahead of the US midterm elections, Facebook said it wasn't moving against accounts because of the content they posted but instead due to their behavior. The offending actions included spamming Facebook groups with identical pieces of content and using phony profiles, Facebook said.

    "Today, we're removing 559 Pages and 251 accounts that have consistently broken our rules against spam and coordinated inauthentic behavior," the company said in a blog post. "People will only share on Facebook if they feel safe and trust the connections they make here."

    Facebook has faced ongoing scrutiny since Russian agents used the social-media platform to sway American voters before the 2016 presidential election. Separately, Facebook has disabled dozens of accounts and profiles belonging to a Russian database provider for the unauthorized collection of user information. "We expect to find and disable more," Facebook said of the violations of its user terms by SocialDataHub, which has sold analytical services to the Russian government.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/faceboo...d-of-midterms/

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    Facebook says personal information of 29,000,000 users was stolen last month, not 90,000,000 as was originally thought. Please forgive me if I don't jump for joy.

    Facebook says fewer users were affected by a data breach -- but more information was taken

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...iMlZ?ocid=AMZN

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    Here are more details of last month's security breach -- and it brings to mind the old expression, "With friends like these, who needs enemies?"

    In Facebook's massive breach, the hackers' friends were the first victims

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/techn...jOOz?ocid=AMZN

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