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Are phones listening to our conversations for ad targeting?

Are 'smartphones' (i.e. Google and social media) listening in on users' conversations for targetted advertising? I don't mean keeping a record of the voice commands we give virtual assistants, but ...
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Did Facebook claim its fact-checks are legally "just opinions"?

Multiple websites and media say: Facebook claims its 'fact-check' are just protected opinions, according to Facebook's legal team. However, I have not found any official Facebook sources for this ...
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Were Facebook employees unable to enter their own building to fix router problems, during a recent (six hour) outage?

It's been somewhat mysteriously reported that FB employees couldn't fix some router (BGP) misconfiguration in a timely manner because "the people trying to figure out what this problem was ...
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Did one Sherry Michaels lose her daughter to COVID-19 and then use it to make anti-mask posts on Facebook? [closed]

Saw this alleged screenshot from Facebook posted to Twitter. The account and the group are both real. However I have not been able to find the post, although it may have been deleted or I may be ...
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Did Mark Zuckerberg create a website to rank his female classmates?

According to this highly viral and popular tweet from democracy diva, Mark Zuckerberg created a website to rank his classmates by their appearance, however, I haven't found any evidence to ...
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Did this Facebook group criticizing Lady Gaga exist before 2008?

Currently there is a tweet being widely shared (as of time of writing this question, it has 148,103 Retweets and 517,460 Likes) that claims: When Lady Gaga was in university, there was a Facebook ...
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Did fake news on Facebook influence US elections in 2016?

I've encountered repeated references to fake news on Facebook influencing various elections. Example from a often quoted Facebook critique in Time Magazine: As a result, when confronted with ...
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Did Facebook allow Netflix, Spotify, and the Royal Bank of Canada to read users' private messages?

From As Facebook Raised a Privacy Wall, It Carved an Opening for Tech Giants Facebook allowed Microsoft’s Bing search engine to see the names of virtually all Facebook users’ friends without ...
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Is Facebook deleting Facebook Pages for criticizing the police?

According to, The banned pages include highly popular postings by groups opposing and publicizing incidents of police violence such as Police the Police, Cop Block and Filming Cops [...] ...
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Is this Pfizer’s official Facebook page?

This Facebook page purports to be that of Pfizer, but it contains some unusual posts. However, there is another Pfizer Pharmaceutical page with a lot more Facebook Likes, so I’m not sure if this is ...
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Does browsing Facebook make people more sad than browsing the Internet?

An interesting study as summarized on a PT blog: According to a 2014 study published in Computers in Human Behavior, most people aren't using social media to be social. Only about 9 percent of ...
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Did 5% of British users delete their Facebook accounts after the Cambridge Analytica scandal?

Reported on the BBC: But when the news came out that Facebook had passed on data of up to 87 million of its members to political consultancy Cambridge Analytica without their knowledge - and one in ...
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Was Facebook cited as a reason for a third of UK divorces in 2010 in which unreasonable behaviour was a factor?

According to the Daily Mail: Facebook is becoming a major factor in marriage breakdowns and is increasingly being used as a source of evidence in divorce cases, according to lawyers. The ...
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Did three people turn down a meeting in Zuckerberg's dorm room about founding Facebook?

I've seen this posted to Linkedin: Now this makes you think!! .....10 years ago, a student at Harvard invited 5 people over to his dorm room to discuss a business opportunity. Only 2 of the 5 ...
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Does the Facebook smartphone app listen to users through the installed phone's microphone?

This is regarding a recent comment I came across on Reddit: wanna get really freaked out? If you have Facebook on your phone try closing all the programs, then leave your phone near a radio/tv that ...
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Did Facebook permit researchers to alter data feeds without users' permission?

HuffPost has published a story that claims: A newly published paper reveals that scientists at Facebook conducted a massive psychological experiment on hundreds of thousands of users by tweaking ...
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26 thousand users of Facebook list their location as Greenland

Recently, according to this map 25 680 users of Facebook list their location as Greenland. 26 000 is about half of the number of inhabitants of Greenland. If these data are reliable it says that there ...
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