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Wed
28
Dec
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Facebook Frees Kidnapped Woman from Home Invasion

Facebook has received a great deal of criticism in the past for its inability to protect the privacy of its 700 or 800 million users. However, it was the site's very public approach to information sharing that recently helped save a woman and her ... child from a boyfriend, who invaded their home and held the pair hostage for five days. According to reports, a Utah woman was able to use Facebook to seek help five days after she and her 17-month-old son were first taken hostage in their home. Police said the woman was able to gain access to a laptop, hide in a closet, open her Facebook account, ... (view more)

Mon
26
Dec
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3 Month Audit Scrutinizes Facebook Privacy Practices

Facebook has been ordered by Ireland to give users greater control over their privacy settings. The order comes after a privacy practices audit that took 3 months to complete. The order will indirectly affect all Facebook accounts, except those held ... inside the US and Canada. (Source: washingtonpost.com ) Facebook Data Commissioner Issues Order The order comes from Billy Hawkes, the data protection commissioner for the Republic of Ireland. His order has such wide effect because all of Facebook's data, outside of North America, is held by a subsidiary based in Ireland and is thus subject to ... (view more)

Mon
19
Dec
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Facebook Could Sue Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook appears to be on the verge of suing Mark Zuckerberg because he likes the site too much. But this is no ordinary like -- and no ordinary Zuckerberg. The man in question is not the billionaire founder of Facebook, but rather an Israeli man ... who's trying an unusual tactic to highlight his side of a legal battle. He's an Israeli online businessman who was formerly known as Rotem Guez, but has now legally changed his name to Mark Zuckerberg (which is the exact same name of the CEO of Facebook). He's even taken out a passport in the new name. The dispute involves a company owned by the ... (view more)

Thu
15
Dec
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Facebook Debuts Anti-Suicide Program

Last year, the FCC announced it would be making plans to update and allow text messages, pictures, and streaming video for 911 emergencies via cell phones . Now, a new technology will allow Facebook users a way to discuss their problems with a ... professional via live chat. Facebook has recently announced a partnership with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. The program will give social networking users who experience clinical depression a new way to find help quickly and privately. Friends can Report to Facebook Team If a suicidal memo is left on a Facebook wall, for example, friends ... (view more)

Wed
16
Nov
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Adult Content Infects Facebook User Pages

Facebook has been criticized many times before for failing to protect the personal information of its hundreds of millions of users. But now the site faces a new challenge: explaining to users why their "News Feed" has been taken over by advertising ... for adult-mannered websites. As of late last week, Facebook users' home pages were bombarded with inappropriate photographs depicting extreme violence and supposed celebrities 'in the buff'. While situations like this are relatively rare, the scale of the recent attack has led Facebook to re-evaluate the safeguards it has in place. Facebook: ... (view more)

Mon
14
Nov
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Facebook May Settle In Privacy Case

Facebook is reportedly on the verge of agreeing to a settlement with the federal government over claims it misled users regarding its privacy policies. The settlement wouldn't involve a formal admission of guilt, but would have lengthy consequences ... for the social networking company. The case, brought by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), is based on allegations that Facebook does not always obtain a user's permission before changing the way it handles that user's personal data. Instead, Facebook simply applies the changes it wants on an opt-out basis, in effect asserting that it can apply ... (view more)

Wed
09
Nov
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Facebook Chief: We're Not the Only Ones Spying On You

The complaint that Facebook prioritizes its own revenue targets above user security is hardly new. However, there is something fresh about Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's recent attempt to distract users by pointing a finger at other tech companies ... -- most notably Microsoft, Google and Yahoo -- accusing them of being far less privacy conscious than Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg, the 27-year-old billionaire founder and CEO of Facebook, recently appeared on the Charlie Rose TV show to discuss his company's growth and, as usual, ongoing concerns with the way the site handles the personal information ... (view more)

Thu
06
Oct
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Facebook Users Still Fuming Over News Feed Overhaul

Facebook changed its News Feed a few weeks ago (for what feels like the fiftieth time this year), and has once again drastically altered the user experience. While the company says it believes the new design will help users navigate status updates ... and photographs better, most members thus far appear unimpressed with the new changes. Facebook fanatics would have noticed the change to their favorite social networking site sometime around September 20th. It essentially does away with the dual News Feed, which had previously divided status updates, photo updates, recommended links, videos, etc. ... (view more)

Wed
14
Sep
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Man Sues Facebook Over Daughter's Provocative Pics

A Northern Ireland man is accusing Facebook of having a lackadaisical approach towards their age-identification system, even going so far as to sue the social network after his 12-year-old daughter began posting "explicit photos" of herself on ... multiple occasions. As it stands, the minimum age requirement for a new Facebook member is 13. The social network is currently designed for two age groups (13-17 year olds and 18+). Still, the company does not have a solid method of verifying (or even checking) a member's age. The lawsuit claims that Facebook is "guilty of negligence" and creates "a ... (view more)

Mon
05
Sep
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Free Norton App Targets Malicious Facebook 'Likejacking'

With accessibility being one of the central features of almost every "smart" device, it is no wonder that social networking has become an integral part of the everyday routine. But one of the factors that takes away from this experience is the ... increasing number of virtual traps that hackers design to victimize and/or profit from social networking users. Among the most prolific attacks on Facebook members is the "likejacking" scam, a form of click hijacking whereby users are tricked into recommending a site they've never visited. In response to this malicious practice, Norton has created a new ... (view more)

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