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How to Lockdown Your Facebook Account For Maximum Privacy and Security

Recent studies show that privacy concerns are very much on the minds of Facebook users. Part of being a responsible member of any  online community is educating yourself and your loved ones on how to properly configure the privacy and security settings offered by the platform. The fact that Facebook has over a billion members,…

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Facebook May Reconsider Policy on Gruesome Beheading Photos

A member of the Facebook Advisory Safety Board said this week that he would raise the issue of beheading photos being allowed to remain on Facebook at the group’s next meeting. The photos, which come from Syria, purport to show victims of the terrorist group Islamic State (IS), the group whose offshoot (ISIS) is currently…

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Study: Americans Self-Censor in Facebook “Spiral of Silence”

According to a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, about 86 percent of adults were at least somewhat willing to discuss the information Edward Snowden leaked about government surveillance in person, while only 43 percent said they would discuss it on Facebook. Perhaps most troublingly of all, the report also suggests that the social…

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Facebook Fixes “Automatic Call” Messenger App Flaw

A developer for Danish company Airtame found a potentially devastating flaw in Facebook’s new (and mandatory) Messenger app that could have let hackers force your phone to make a call if you clicked on a link. However, Facebook responded to the threat quickly, and has already prepared an update that they will push out to…

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Oklahomans Discover Their Houses For Rent on Facebook Page

A Facebook page in Tulsa, Oklahoma, called Rent Houses, has been listing available properties in the area. There’s only one problem: the houses it’s advertising aren’t actually available at all. People are actively living in many of the places listed, and were unpleasantly surprised to discover their homes for sale. One woman, Kenyetta Turner, has…

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“Facebook Drug Task Force” Is A Hoax

Facebook recently announced that it will test a “Satire” tag on its content so users don’t mistake fake stories for real ones. That could’ve come in handy this week, as thousands of users fell for a fake report that Facebook will launch a drug task force to help arrest drug users on the site. The…

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Man Arrested for Posting Nude Photos of Ex on Facebook; Claims It’s Legal

A 34-year-old Michigan man, Chad A. Monroe, was arrested this week for allegedly posting nude photos of his ex-girlfriend on Facebook in an attempt to get her to commit suicide. He also (somehow) thought that his actions were legal. Monroe’s ex had already reported him to police for harassing her with incessant phone calls and…

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Washington Post: Facebook News Feed Rarely Displays New or Relevant Content

Washington Post writer Tim Herrera meticulously tracked and cataloged his Facebook News Feed content for five or six hours on July 17, noting 1,417 status updates, photos, links, likes, event invites and more. However, he was confused by what content he was seeing. So he combed through every piece of content posted by his friends…

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Facebook Will Begin Tracking Cross Device Conversions for Advertisers

Facebook announced this week that it will begin tracking the performance of advertising and its impact on users across all devices. That means advertisers will be able to see where an advertisement was first viewed, and which device (like mobile phones, tablets or desktop computers) users implemented to make the purchase. “With the new cross-device…

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Irish Court: Facebook Must Disclose Number of Children Under 13 on Site in UK

A Belfast court ordered Facebook to disclose any records it has about Facebook users under the age of 13 in both Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. 13 years old is Facebook’s official age entry for new members, though many young users simply circumvent the rules by lying about their age. The order…

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Tech Companies Back Facebook in Fight Over New York Search Warrants

In July 2013, the New York District Attorney’s office received a warrant to search the profiles of 381 Facebook users. Facebook tried to block the action, but received a gag order that prevented them from notifying users about the searches until June of this year. After the gag order expired, Facebook aired out the issues…

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Dangerous “Choking Game” Spreads Among Teens On Facebook

A dangerous and sometimes-deadly game is spreading among teenage Facebook users called “The Choking Game.” Using the hashtags  #thechokinggame and #passoutchallenge, teens post photos and videos of themselves strangling themselves or others, which causes a lack of oxygen to the brain that induces a temporary feeling of euphoria. The game is extremely dangerous; at best,…

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Privacy Group Invites Facebook Users to Join Class Action Lawsuit

The privacy group Europe vs. Facebook has filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook, claiming the site has violated EU privacy laws, has not obtained proper consent from users, and has improperly passed on user data to external apps, among other allegations. The group also invited adult non-commercial Facebook users outside of the U.S. and…

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