Latest entries

How to Lock Down 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,…

read more →

Hackers Can Use Your Facebook Photos To Trick Facial Recognition Technology

Researchers at the University of North Carolina have discovered a way that hackers could use photos from your Facebook account to bypass facial recognition technology. The team of researchers collected photos online from 20 volunteer subjects, then created 3D models of the volunteers’ faces based off the photos. They then added facial animations and manipulated…

read more →

Facebook Messenger Bots Can Now Send You Limited Promotions And Ads

Facebook announced a policy change this week that will allow Messenger chat bots to send promotional and subscription-based messages to users. However, the new policy also places limits on how and when businesses may contact you. In an example illustrated by VentureBeat, a travel bot on Facebook Messenger could not previously upsell users on hotels…

read more →

Man Arrested For Creating Fake Police Department Facebook Page Acquitted, Plans To Sue Police

27-year-old Anthony Novak was arrested in March after he created a fake Facebook page spoofing the local police department in Parma, Ohio. According to Novak, the police raided his apartment while his roommate was home and took all of his electronics, and Novak himself spent three days in jail. However, late last week, Novak was…

read more →

Facebook Will Block Your Ad Blocker, Show You Ads Anyway

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it will prevent ad blockers from working on the site’s desktop version, and it will show ads to users who are running ad blocker software anyway. In return, the company is giving users more control over what kinds of ads they see, including the choice to…

read more →

Meme Pages Planning To Fight Back Against Facebook Censorship

In July, the creators of several so-called “Weird Facebook” meme pages claimed that the site was shutting down their pages and blocking content without warning. Now, the admins and followers of these creative, slightly off-kilter pages are preparing to take the fight to Facebook itself. The loose collection of Facebook pages that make up the…

read more →

Controversy Erupts Over Facebook “Law Enforcement Portal”

Two weeks ago, Facebook temporarily deactivated the account of a black woman named Korryn Gaines who was involved in a police standoff. She was posting videos of the encounter to her Facebook profile while it was happening, and both the site and police said they removed her content to help the negotiation process. However, the…

read more →

Scammer Creates Dozens Of Facebook Pages For Fake Houston Restaurants

According to a report in the Houston Press this week, someone has created over 60 Facebook pages for fake Houston-area restaurants — and it’s unclear what they’re doing with them. The addresses of real restaurants are being used for the fake pages, as are images from restaurants all over the country. Most of the fake…

read more →

Iowa Police Warn Parents About Nude Facebook Photo Scam

Police in Iowa warned parents this week of a scam that involves strangers soliciting nude photos from teenage girls on Facebook. Officials say they are investigating five cases in Johnston, Iowa, Ankeny, and several other communities. Officials say the victims in each instance accept a Facebook friend request from a stranger claiming to be a…

read more →

Police Ask Facebook To Deactivate Woman’s Account During Standoff, Facebook Complies

Facebook found itself at the center of yet another controversy involving race, police shootings and live video this week when 23-year-old black woman Korryn Gaines was shot and killed by Baltimore County police. During the standoff preceding the woman’s death, police asked Facebook to deactivate the woman’s profile and the social media giant complied. The…

read more →

Facebook Steps Up Fight Against Clickbait

Right now, your Facebook news feed is likely full of content with misleading or downright false headlines designed to get you to click them. Often these clickbait links only lead to trashy tabloid-like stories, but they can also be used to drive traffic to malicious, malware-spreading sites. Thankfully, Facebook is altering its news feed formula…

read more →

Facebook Sends “Violent Crime” Notification To People In Chicago

Facebook launched its “Safety Check” feature in fall 2014 that allowed users to check in with friends and family in the wake of natural disasters, shootings or other dangerous incidents that occur in the same geographic area as them. The tool has come under some scrutiny for the kinds of calamities it does and does…

read more →

Facebook Chief Privacy Officer: Site Is A “Privacy-Enhancing” Platform

Perhaps no website in the history of the Internet has faced more criticism for its privacy practices than Facebook. With well over one billion users and all of the personal data that comes with it, perhaps that’s no surprise — though as The Daily Dot pointed out in an interview with Facebook’s chief privacy officer…

read more →