Security & Privacy

Keeping the Facebook community safe and secure

Research into security and privacy is a constant and important part of keeping the Facebook community safe to support each and every person’s communications and personal information.

Our diverse team of security and privacy researchers at Facebook span many disciplines, such as software engineering, usability, penetration testing, spam-prevention and detecting and responding to new online threats. Research efforts focus on staying ahead of immediate challenges, such as protecting accounts from phishing and malware, as well as developing long-term solutions to ensure that Facebook remains one of the best mediums for communicating personal information to your friends and family.

“Keeping people’s communications and personal information safe and secure is a core part of our DNA at Facebook. Our experts in security and privacy work around the clock to detect, design and build new solutions to stay ahead of threats.” Samir Patel, Engineering Director on User Data Protection and Protect and Care

Latest Publications

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DELF: Safeguarding deletion correctness in Online Social Networks

Katriel Cohn-Gordon, Georgios Damaskinos, Divino Neto, Joshi Cordova, Benoît Reitz, Benjamin Strahs, Daniel Obenshain, Paul Pearce, Ioannis Papagiannis

USENIX Security - August 11, 2020

Minimal Modifications of Deep Neural Networks using Verification

Ben Goldberger, Yossi Adi, Joseph Keshet, Guy Katz

LPAR - May 31, 2020

Ownership at Large – Open Problems and Challenges in Ownership Management

John Ahlgren, Maria Eugenia Berezin, Kinga Bojarczuk, Elena Dulskyte, Inna Dvortsova, Johann George, Natalija Gucevska, Mark Harman, Shan He, Ralf Lämmel, Erik Meijer, Silvia Sapora, Justin Spahr-Summers

ICPC Industry Track - May 14, 2020

Understanding What Software Engineers Are Working On

Ralf Lämmel, Alvin Kerber, Liane Praza

ICPC Industry Track - May 14, 2020

Open Research Awards

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August 10, 2020

People’s Expectations and Experiences with Digital Privacy request for proposals

Facebook is deeply committed to honoring people’s privacy in our products, policies, and services. Since we serve a diverse global community of users, living up to this commitment necessitates understanding people’s unique privacy needs around the world. This initiative seeks to establish a practical and scalable understanding of how to honor people’s privacy with consideration to the different contexts in which people experience and or use our products. As such, we want to empower academic experts to broaden and deepen our collective knowledge of global privacy expectations and experiences.

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