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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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Facebook Wins First Round In Privacy Lawsuit

Facebook scored its first legal victory against the Europe v Facebook activist organization this week. The group, fronted by Austrian law student Max Schrems, filed a class action lawsuit against Facebook in August 2014 over the site’s collection and transfer of user data. 25,000 people signed up for the suit, each seeking €500 each in…

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Delta Air Lines, Facebook Users Hit With Viral Giveaway Hoax

A Facebook promotion from “Delta Airways” has gone viral on the site, getting shared nearly 65,000 times in 24 hours. The only issue: the promotion is a hoax, and it’s from an imposter Facebook page. The fake promotion says that Delta is “celebrating a 100 million customers already this year we’re giving you the chance…

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Critics: Is Facebook Tracking Users With Rainbow Photos?

It’s no secret at this point: Facebook keeps track of almost all user information. That’s why some critics raised an eyebrow this week when the site introduced its “Celebrate Pride” rainbow photo filter feature for users to celebrate the Supreme Court’s marriage equality ruling. This marks the first time that Facebook has built a profile…

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Court Orders Facebook To Track Revenge-Porn Poster; Facebook Says It Can’t

A 21-year-old woman in the Netherlands became the victim of Facebook revenge-porn when an anonymous user posted a video of her performing a sexual act. The other party involved in the act denied posting it, and both the video and the account that posted it were quickly removed from Facebook. However, the video was shared…

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“Anti-Facebook” Social Network Launches Creepy Facebook Ad Campaign

When the social network Ello launched last fall, it was widely touted as a privacy-centric alternative to Facebook. However, since then, the site has both lost some of its buzz and sought to distance itself from its “anti-Facebook” stance. But despite statements to the contrary, Ello still seems to embrace its position opposite Facebook. For…

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UK Police Crack Down On Facebook Scammers Peddling Pirated & Counterfeit Goods

Police in the UK are deleting thousands of Facebook listings for counterfeit and pirated items, according to National Trading Standards, the government group behind the effort.  So far, law enforcement officials have raided 12 locations, taken down 4,300 Facebook listings and 20 profiles, and issued more than 200 warning letters. Some of the goods that…

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Facebook Algorithm Can Recognize You Even When You’re Not Looking At The Camera

The artificial intelligence lab at Facebook presented an algorithm earlier this month at the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition conference that they say can judge your identity in a photo with 83 percent accuracy—even without seeing your face. The identification method, named PIPER (Pose Invariant Person Recognition), takes into account identifying features, poses, partially exposed…

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Facebook Page Created To Shame South African Cyberbullies

A South African private investigator was tired of being defamed and harassed by anonymous cyberbullies. But instead of quietly accepting the trolls, he decided to take justice into his hands by creating Bully Busters South Africa, a Facebook page dedicated to exposing and shaming cyberbullies. The private eye, Brad Nathanson, says that he and his…

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Privacy Advocates Back Out Of Talks Over Regulating Facial Recognition Technology

Nine privacy advocate groups backed out of discussions this week with tech industry leaders that were being held to establish a voluntary code for how biometric data is collected and used. Companies like Facebook are intent on collecting as much information about users as possible, even including data on what users look like and how…

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Encrypted Social Network Launches To Take On Facebook

A new social network has launched that promises to offer more security, privacy and transparency than Facebook by encrypting user information. The site, Minds.com, aims to protect users from both advertisers and the government. Minds works like any other social network, with users sharing content with their friends, leaving comments and making connections. However, the…

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Facebook Moments App Sends Pictures From Your Camera Roll With Facial Recognition Technology

Facebook released a new photo-sharing app this week called Moments that relies on facial recognition technology to tag and send pictures of your friends from your private camera roll. “Syncing photos with the Moments app is a private way to give photos to friends and get the photos you didn’t take,” wrote Will Ruben, Facebook’s…

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Teenager Set Up Robberies Using Fake Facebook Account

A 17-year-old boy in Portland, Oregon, is accused of setting up a fake Facebook profile to lure his victims to a public park, where he robbed them at gunpoint and stole their expensive shoes. According to police, the boy set up a fake Facebook account under the name “Karl Stevens” and messaged people on the…

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