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Five simple ways to keep your Facebook account secure

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With so much personal information held in your Facebook profile, you can’t take a ‘set and forget’ approach to securing your account. Just by tweaking a couple of settings, you’ll have more control over who can access your personal details.

Making sure your passwords are strong and setting up two-factor authentication is a good place to start, but there are plenty of other ways to stay safe on Facebook.

To help you keep your Facebook account secure, we’ve rounded up some tips on how to do a security and privacy audit. Keep scrolling for the details.

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Safety first: secure your Facebook account in five steps

Security is very important and, at the very least, you should make these checks to protect your Facebook account.

To find them when you’re logged in to Facebook on a computer, go to Account > Settings & Privacy > Settings and then click Security and Login in the left-hand panel.

From there, you can change your password, set up two-factor authentication (more details on that shortly) and set alerts for unrecognised logins.

1. Check your logins

Once you’re on the Security and login page look at the list of devices that have logged in to your account. Click on the three vertical dots to the right of the device name if you don’t recognise it and you can click Not you? to walk through some steps to secure your account, or log out immediately from that device.

At the bottom of the list of devices, you can Log out of all sessions.

2. Secure your passwords

While still on the Security and login page, scroll down, click Change password and enter a new password and save.

From this same screen, you’ll also see the Save your login information option. If this is set to On, you won’t need to enter your password the next time you log in using your current web browser. Turn it Off and you’ll need to enter your password the next time you log in using your current web browser.

If you need a new password, make sure it’s unique to Facebook and not a copy of a password you use on another website. It’s also best to steer clear of personal information when coming up with a password, such as a pet’s name or your middle name.


For more details on making your password as strong as possible, see our guide on how to create secure passwords


3. Set up two-factor authentication

Two-factor authentication (2FA) protects your account even if someone has the password. It usually means sending a code to your phone, which you then input after your password to confirm it’s you.

On Facebook, you can also confirm that it’s you if you’re signed in to Facebook on another computer, tablet or smartphone. To turn it on, still on the Security and login page, scroll down to Use two-factor authentication and click Edit. You’ll have to input your password to continue setting it up.


Read more: what is two-factor authentication and should you use it?


4. Manage your authorised logins

Directly under Use two-factor authentication is Authorised logins. This shows you the computers, tablets and smartphones on which you’ve used your 2FA code to log in and the dates you got a code to log in.

If you want to remove any of the devices from that list to force Facebook to send you a code to log in again, tick the checkbox to the left of the device name, then scroll down to the bottom and click Remove.

5. Set up login alerts

Scroll down to Get alerts about unrecognised logins and click the Edit button to turn this feature on.

You’ll be given options to get notifications for Facebook itself and the Facebook Messenger app, and you can choose to have those alerts sent to your email.

Your Facebook questions answered

It’s as important to keep on top of your privacy settings as your security settings. Privacy settings allow you to manage things such as who can see your posts, what profile information is visible publicly and who can send friend requests to you.

When you’re logged in to Facebook on a computer, the privacy settings can be found by clicking the drop-down arrow on the right-hand side. Click Settings & Privacy and then click Privacy Checkup, or click here.

Can you stop Facebook seeing everything about your account?

As a free platform, Facebook makes its money by selling user-targeted advertising on the platform, based on the personal details in users’ profiles.

To do this, it doesn’t just collate the personal information you provide or what you share on the site. It wants to develop a richer picture of you to advertisers, so it needs to cast a wider net. That means linking to your movements around the web.

You have a right to keep your digital life private from Facebook. Being on the site means giving access to some personal information, but it’s up to you how much you provide in your profile. You can limit how data goes between Facebook and elsewhere.

To find out what sites your Facebook account is linked to, go to Account > Settings & Privacy > Settings > Apps and Websites. It will list those services that are either active, expired or removed from being linked and sharing information about you.

Who can see your posts?

From the Privacy menu, select Who can see what you share, then review your personal details: email address, date of birth, where you live, workplaces, education details and so on.

You can click on each item to change settings. ‘Public’ lets anyone on and off Facebook see these details, or you can restrict viewing to friends, just you or a custom range of specific people.

From the same screen, you can also decide whether search engines such as Google are able to link to your profile outside of Facebook: if you want to keep your account fairly private, we recommend switching that off.

Can you stop Facebook sharing information with advertisers?

Facebook wants to know about you because it can offer advertisers effective ads personalised and targeted to you. The personal information you provide in your profile is available to Facebook primarily, then any information about what you do outside of Facebook can also be available for Facebook to share with advertisers.

Click Your ad preferences to review what from your profile is shared, including relationship status and employer. Turning these off means you will still see ads, but they will be less relevant to you.

Next are the settings for who can see your activity, such as page likes, pages you’re following, comments you make and recommendations, along with events, app check-ins and shares. To keep to yourself, click Only me. If you’re happy to have that shared, click Your friends.

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What Do Facebook Ads Have To Do With The Uyghur Genocide?

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In recent months, several reports suggested a concerning link between Facebook ads and the Uyghur genocide. In March 2021, Epoch Times reported on “evidence linking Facebook ad revenue to Chinese companies profiting from that genocide.” They indicated that one of the companies “continues selling through Facebook hair it admitted was from Uyghurs. Similar companies ‘suggested’ by the social media platform appear also to be selling Uyghur hair. Since a woman’s long hair is highly valued in Uyghur culture, the hair products being sold are almost certainly a product of the ongoing persecution, and not donated or sold freely.” These allegations come months after, in August 2020, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) seized over 13 tons of human hair products from Xinjiang. 

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Facebook did not respond to these allegations that it profited from ads linked to Uyghur genocide. Yet it did not take long before Facebook became the centre of attention again, because of its links with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) which stands accused of committing genocide against the Uyghurs.

In April 2021, the WSJ reported that “some Facebook staff are raising concerns on internal message boards and in other employee discussions that the company is being used as a conduit for state propaganda, highlighting sponsored posts from Chinese organizations that purport to show Muslim ethnic minority Uyghurs thriving in China’s Xinjiang region, according to people familiar with the matter.” Reportedly, “a Facebook spokesman said that the ads taken out by Beijing pertaining to Xinjiang don’t violate current policies so long as the advertisers follow Facebook’s rules when purchasing them. He said the company is monitoring reports of the situation in Xinjiang ‘to help inform our approach and due diligence on this issue.’”

WSJ further reported that “Facebook hasn’t determined whether to act on the concerns, say people familiar with the matter. The company is watching how international organizations such as the United Nations respond to the situation in Xinjiang, one of the people said. The U.N. this week called on firms conducting Xinjiang-linked business to undertake “meaningful human rights due diligence” on their operations.”

Such responses to very serious allegations of benefiting from Uyghur genocide are highly inadequate. We are talking about atrocities targeting a religious group with methods including torture and abuse, rape and sexual violence, separation of children from their parents, forced sterilizations, forced abortions, forced labor and much more.

Waiting for the response from the U.N. cannot be seen as the right policy to address serious allegations of genocidal atrocities, especially considering stagnation at the U.N. and China’s powerful position there. While States and U.N. experts have been calling for action, and among others, for unfettered access to Xinjiang, this request has been ignored by the Chinese government. And so the vicious circle of impunity continues.

One would expect that Facebook would conduct a comprehensive review of the allegations and evidence in support. Ultimately, Facebook should make sure that they sever any ties with atrocities against the Uyghurs.

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Eutelsat Expands Use of Express Wi-Fi in Partnership With Facebook to Extend Wi-Fi Connectivity …

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PARIS–()–Regulatory News:

Eutelsat Communications (Paris:ETL) (Euronext Paris: ETL) is expanding its use of the Express Wi-Fi platform in partnership with Facebook to provide broadband services via satellite across several regions in Sub-Saharan Africa. With Express Wi-Fi, Eutelsat aims to connect thousands of people in rural and underserved communities spanning Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Nigeria, Côte d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Kenya, Madagascar, South Africa, Cameroon, Ghana and Zimbabwe.

Express Wi-Fi is a platform developed by Facebook Connectivity that enables partners to build, grow and monetize their Wi-Fi businesses in a scalable way, while providing their customers with fast, affordable, and reliable internet access. Express Wi-Fi is used in more than 30 countries, including in multiple Asian, South American and African markets, helping millions of people connect over Wi-Fi.

Eutelsat and Facebook have previously conducted successful pilots in rural and underserved areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) enabling local businesses to offer affordable internet access to customers on a pre-paid basis. To date, Eutelsat’s use of the Express Wi-Fi platform has enabled access to affordable broadband for thousands of individuals across the DRC.

Philippe Baudrier, General Manager of Konnect Africa commented: “We are delighted to partner with Facebook in this ambitious scheme, aimed at getting more people online in the most underserved areas of sub-Saharan Africa. This initiative is the perfect example of the power of satellite connectivity to bridge the digital divide, with unmatched economic and social benefits. We are proud once again to leverage the unparalleled coverage of EUTELSAT KONNECT to satisfy this growing demand.”

“At Facebook, we’re committed to working with partners to help expand connectivity in Sub-Saharan Africa, which continues to be the region with the highest coverage gap,” said Fargani Tambeayuk, Head of Connectivity Policy for Sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook. “Connectivity is essential to ensuring access to jobs, education, healthcare and more. We’re proud to partner with Eutelsat to combine the power of the Express Wi-Fi platform and EUTELSAT KONNECT, with the goal of increasing satellite broadband coverage across rural and underserved areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.”

About Eutelsat Communications


Founded in 1977, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. With a global fleet of satellites and associated ground infrastructure, Eutelsat enables clients across Video, Data, Government, Fixed and Mobile Broadband markets to communicate effectively to their customers, irrespective of their location. Over 6,600 television channels operated by leading media groups are broadcast by Eutelsat to one billion viewers equipped for DTH reception or connected to terrestrial networks. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat assembles 1,000 men and women from 46 countries who are dedicated to delivering the highest quality of service.

For more about Eutelsat go to www.eutelsat.com

About Facebook Connectivity


Connectivity is at the heart of Facebook’s mission to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Critical to this mission is high-quality internet access, which gives people a voice and creates opportunities to share knowledge that can strengthen local communities and global economies. Facebook Connectivity works closely with partners including mobile network operators, equipment manufacturers and more to develop programs and technologies—including Express WiFi, Magma and Terragraph—that increase the availability, affordability and awareness of high-quality internet access, bringing more people online to a faster internet. To learn more, visit: https://connectivity.fb.com

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Facebook Removes Ukraine’s ‘Fake’ Political ‘Influence-for-hire’ Network

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Facebook attributed the network to individuals and entities including politician Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian lawmaker blacklisted by the United States.

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Facebook Inc (FB.O) has taken down a network of hundreds of fake accounts and pages targeting people in Ukraine and linked to individuals previously sanctioned by the United States for efforts to interfere in U.S. elections, the company said on Thursday. Facebook said the network managed a long-running deceptive campaign across multiple social media platforms and other websites, posing as independent news outlets and promoting favourable content about Ukrainian politicians, including activity that was likely for hire. The company said it started its probe after a tip from the FBI.

Facebook attributed the activity to individuals and entities sanctioned by the U.S. Treasury Department including politician Andriy Derkach, a pro-Russian lawmaker who was blacklisted by the U.S. government in September over accusations he tried to interfere in the 2020 U.S. election won by President Joe Biden. Facebook said it removed Derkach’s accounts in October 2020.

Derkach told Reuters he would comment on Facebook’s investigation on Friday.

Facebook also attributed the network to political consultants associated with Ukrainian politicians Oleh Kulinich and Volodymyr Groysman, Ukraine’s former prime minister. Kulinich did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Groysman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Facebook said that as well as promoting these politicians, the network also pushed positive material about actors across the political spectrum, likely as a paid service. It said the activity it investigated began around 2015, was solely focused on Ukraine and posted anti-Russia content.

“You can really think of these operators as would-be influence mercenaries, renting out inauthentic online support in Ukrainian political circles,” Ben Nimmo, Facebook’s global influence operations threat intelligence lead, said on a call with reporters.

Facebook’s investigation team said Ukraine, which has been among the top sources of “coordinated inauthentic behaviour” that it removes from the site, is home to an increasing number of influence operations selling services.

Facebook said it removed 363 pages, which were followed by about 2.37 million accounts, and 477 accounts from this network for violating its rules. The network also spent about $496,000 in Facebook and Instagram ads, Facebook said.

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