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Hacker Spots Flaw That Bypasses Facebook 2FA

A security researcher from Nepal discovered a bug in Meta’s centralized system of logins for Facebook and Instagram, that could allow anyone to bypass Facebook’s two-factor authentication. “Basically the highest impact here was revoking anyone’s SMS-based 2FA just knowing the phone number,” hacker and researcher Gtm Mänôz told TechCrunch. Meta did not set up a limit...

Facebook Messenger Gets New End-to-End Encryption Features

Mark Zuckerberg has today announced some new features for the Messenger app’s end-to-end encrypted chats, including chat themes, custom emojis, and more. Facebook says it is now also testing default end-to-end encryption for Messenger. The company will notify people in individual chat threads as their chats are upgraded. Some of the new features being added to...

How Meta Is Working to Provide Safe Experiences for Teens

At the first-ever Meta Summit focused on Youth Safety and Well-Being held last month, the company highlighted the tools it has developed to support teens on its apps. At the Summit, Meta's President of Global Affairs Nick Clegg called for global regulators to work together and help facilitate safe, positive online experiences for teens. “I think everybody...

Seattle Public Schools Sue Instagram, TikTok, and More for ‘Exploiting’ Youth

[caption id="attachment_387204" align="aligncenter" width="989"] Image: Center for Countering Digital Hate[/caption] Seattle Public Schools on Friday filed a lawsuit against Tiktok, YouTube, Facebook, Snap, Instagram, and their respective parent companies, alleging that these platforms have "successfully exploited the vulnerable brains of youth" for their own profit — reports GeekWire. The public school district, which is the...

Twitter Bans Users from Solely Promoting Rival Social Media Accounts

Twitter on Sunday announced it will no longer allow the "free promotion" of Facebook, Instagram, Mastodon, and a few other social networks on its platform. "We recognize that many of our users are active on other social media platforms. However, we will no longer allow free promotion of certain social media platforms on Twitter," the company...

Facebook, Instagram Get New Privacy Settings for Teens

Continuing its efforts to create safe, age-appropriate experiences for teens on Facebook and Instagram, Meta has today announced some new privacy updates that further protect teens from online harm. Starting now, everyone who is under the age of 16, or under 18 in certain countries, will be defaulted into more private settings when they join Facebook....

Meta Rolls Out New Facebook Groups Features

At its sixth annual Facebook Communities Summit today, Meta has announced some new updates to Facebook Groups, enabling Canadians to engage with curated experiences that build and drive culture. Most people on Facebook are members of at least 15 active groups, and there are more than 100 million group joins every day, according to Meta. As people...

Meta Alerts Over 1 Million Facebook Users Who Installed Scam Apps

According to security researchers at Meta, the account information of over 1 million Facebook users may have been compromised by installing certain third-party apps from Apple or Google’s store (via Engadget). Researchers claim to have identified more than 400 scammy apps designed to hijack users’ Facebook account credentials over the past year. These apps often require...

Facebook Introduces New Options to Customize Feed

Facebook has today announced some new ways to customize what you see in your Feed, including an option to select 'Show more' or 'Show less' on a post to see more of what you want and less of what you don’t. Along with updates from your friends, Groups, and Pages, Facebook recommends posts from creators...

Meta Announces Community Chats are Coming Soon to Messenger

Meta has just announced the launch of Community Chats in Messenger, which will allow users to create a Facebook Group, start chats and audio channels, and invite others to join their new group all within the Messenger app. Community Chats let people connect more deeply with communities in real time around the topics they care about in...

Facebook, Instagram Expected to Get More Paid Features

Citing an internal memo sent out to employees, The Verge is reporting that Meta is setting up a new team that will be tasked with building paid experiences across Facebook, Instagram, and WhatsApp. Being set up after the company's ads business was severely hurt by Apple’s ad tracking changes on iOS, this Meta division named...

‘Running Facebook Sucks, Metaverse Is Better,’ Says Zuckerberg

Talking for nearly three hours in a wide-ranging conversation on Joe Rogan’s podcast, Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that running Facebook with all of the serious, world-impacting decisions isn’t all that fun (via Motherboard). “It’s almost like every day you wake up and you’re punched in the stomach," Zuckerberg told Rogan, while revealing that Meta spent...