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Facebook has started to restrict what sites users can do with cookies in order to limit the spread of a potentially dangerous virus.
The social network has come under fire for allowing people to access private information on a user’s page and for allowing sites to display advertisements without telling the user what to do with the data.
But Facebook is also taking steps to restrict the spread and use of the virus.
“We’re starting to see the first signs of people being able to see what kind of content they’re seeing, and what type of ads they’re getting,” said Brian Wieser, a senior director of research at Symantec.
“There are lots of things that we can do to protect people and stop this virus from spreading.”
Facebook said in a blog post that it is “actively working to make sure that sites don’t share personally identifiable information with others.”
A Facebook spokeswoman told Ars that the company was also working to stop the spread through other measures, including the use of filters that block users from seeing malicious content.
“This is happening in countries like India, which has one of the highest rates of this infection, where it’s not even visible to the general public,” the spokeswoman said.
“Facebook is working with our partners in India to find the best ways to keep people safe while also ensuring the protection of personal information.”
The most popular virus Facebook has blocked is called “Crypstor.”
Facebook says it’s working with the National Cyber Security Centre to block the spread.