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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,…

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Colleges Facebook Stalk Alumni to Ask for Money

According to a recent story in The New York Times, colleges are combing through alumni Facebook and LinkedIn profiles to figure out who — and how — they should ask for money. These schools often use third-party companies to gather their information and create custom pitches to appeal to alumni for donations. One such company,…

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Government Pays Woman $134,000 Over Fake Facebook Profile

A woman sued federal agents from the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) last year over a bizarre case in which the agents created a fake Facebook account for her to try and catch drug dealers. After arresting her for intent to distribute cocaine in 2010, the DEA agents pulled salacious photos of the woman, Sondra Arquiett,…

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New Illinois Law May Force Students to Hand Over Facebook Passwords to Schools

A new law went into effect in Illinois on January 1 that allows schools to demand students’ Facebook passwords as part of school discipline. The law was made with good intentions, designed to catch cyberbullies, but with most issues of online privacy, it could have big unintended consequences. According to a letter sent out to…

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Facebook Will Show Fewer Hoaxes in Your News Feed

Facebook announced in a blog post this week that it is stepping up its efforts to reduce hoaxes and fake stories in users’ News Feeds. According to the site, the new update will reduce the distribution of posts that have been reported as hoaxes, and warnings will be added to these posts to discourage other…

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Florida Man Arrested in Massive Facebook Hack

A 30-year-old man in Tallahassee, Florida  has been arrested for hacking into multiple people’s email and Facebook accounts, stealing photos and wreaking general havoc in their online lives. The suspect, Michael Rubens, hacked one woman’s email and sent messages to her sister and boyfriend asking for “sexy pictures.” He also posted nude or sexual photos…

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Prime Minister David Cameron: Facebook Should Be Forced to Cooperate

British Prime Minister David Cameron slammed Facebook last year after it was revealed that extremists had discussed their plot to kill a soldier within the United Kingdom on the site, plans that ultimately led to the murder of Fusilier Lee Rigby. Cameron called Facebook a “safe haven” for terrorists, and said the site could have…

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Facebook Adds Warnings to Graphic Content

Graphic and violent videos have long been a controversial part of Facebook News Feeds. Even though the site takes down some explicit content, it often allow these posts to remain up either on free speech grounds or because they don’t violate Facebook’s often-confusing Community Standards. However, the site took a big step toward protecting users…

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Facebook Introduces Wide-Reaching Amber Alert Feature

Though many users and digital security experts are often dismayed by Facebook’s Big Brother-like tendency to gather user information, the site’s massive reach can also have big benefits. For example, Facebook used its power for good this week when it partnered with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children to broadcast Amber Alerts on…

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Facebook Knows You Better Than Your Friends And Family

Researchers at the University of Cambridge and Stanford University recently conducted a study to determine how well Facebook knows you. They released the results this week, and what they found is eye-opening. It turns out that the computer model the researchers built to analyze Facebook users could predict their personality better than their own friends…

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Mark Zuckerberg Pledges Facebook Support for Free Speech

After the brutal terrorist attacks on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo this week, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted on the site and pledged its dedication to free speech. “Facebook has always been a place where people across the world share their views and ideas,” Zuckerberg wrote. “As I reflect on yesterday’s attack and my…

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Man Creates Fake Facebook Page for Police Officer Who Arrested Him, Uses it to Distribute Child Porn

A Santa Cruz, California man arrested in January on child pornography charges has been arrested again – this time for creating a fake Facebook profile for the police officer that arrested him the first time, and using that fake profile to distribute child pornography. Santa Cruz county cops along with the FBI raided the man’s…

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Dog Photo Facebook Page Supporting Sick Child Gets Shut Down

Anthony Lyons, a 16-year-old leukemia patient in Phoenix, Arizona, loves it when the therapy dogs at the Phoenix Children’s Hospital visit him. So a family friend created a Facebook events page called “Photo Doggies for Anthony,” which invited users all over the world to share pictures of their happy pups. The heartwarming page quickly went…

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