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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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French Court To Consider Man’s $22,000 Claim Against Facebook

In 2011, a teacher in France posted an image of a sexually explicit 19th-century painting on Facebook and had his profile blocked. Now his case is in French court to determine if he can claim about $22,300 in damages from the social networking giant for “failing to distinguish pornography from art.”  This case has dragged…

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Facebook Real Name Policy Exposes Domestic Violence Survivors

Facebook has taken heat in recent months for its “real name” policy that requires users to register under an “authentic” alias found on official identification. The rule received bad press for punishing Native Americans and drag performers, but there’s another group that has unfortunately suffered: domestic violence victims. According to an article in The Daily…

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Facebook’s Internet.org Blasted Over Security, Privacy

Facebook’s Internet.org initiative is dedicated to bringing the web to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected to it. However, many parts of the world may not want it at all. A coalition of community groups wrote an open letter to the site this week criticizing Internet.org for many issues, including potential censorship, privacy…

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Belgian Privacy Watchdog Slams Facebook, Promotes Privacy Measures

The Belgian Privacy Commission, a watchdog group that has long clashed with Facebook over the site’s data collection policies in Europe, released a scathing critique of the site last week that it accused it of mistreating its users. The Belgian organization said that Facebook “refuses to comply” with Belgian privacy laws and the laws of…

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8 Steps to Protecting Your Child from Cyberbullying

We’ve all heard of cyberbullying, but as a parent, do you know how to help your child protect him/herself from this?  With social media becoming fully ingrained in our teens’ lives, replacing other forms of communication, it’s inevitable that instances of cyberbullying will increase.  What makes this such a difficult issue to address is the…

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Study: More Employers Are Looking At Your Social Media Than Ever Before

It’s no secret that potential employers snoop on the social media profiles of potential job candidates. And according to a recent study from CareerBuilder, more of them are doing it than ever before. The research found that 52 percent of companies now use social media sites to look at job applicants, up from 43 percent…

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Woman Finds Her Selfies On Escort Site

Facebook photo privacy (or lack thereof) has been a hot topic in the news this week. The trend continues with the story of a 21-year-old woman Houston woman who found that her selfies were being used to market an escort service online. The woman, Adriana Henderson, discovered that her Facebook photos had been stolen when…

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How To Protect Your Facebook Profile Photo From Recent Privacy Change

Facebook used to let users make their profile pictures unclickable. However, as pointed out by an article in CNET this week, that is no longer the case. That means that anyone, even Facebook users who are not your friends, can click on your profile photo and see a full-sized version. Unfortunately, truly securing your profile…

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Photographer: Facebook Rep Says Site Owns My Photos

Photographer Corey Ann was outraged to find many of her photos circulating online, but with other people claiming credit. She wrote an angry blog post about it on her Photo Stealers website, and soon her Photo Stealers Facebook page—with 13,000 followers—was reported and blocked. However, that’s just the beginning of the story; when Ann reached…

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Woman Mistakenly Facebook Shames Man For Being A Pedophile

An Australia woman posted a photo on Facebook of a man she believed was taking pictures of her children at a Target store. The post about this “creep” quickly went viral, being shared more than 20,000 times, and the man in the photo even received death threats. The only problem? He wasn’t taking pictures of…

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U.K. Woman Has Facebook Photos Stolen, Used On Tinder Profile

A 27-year-old U.K. woman learned the hard way to protect her Facebook photos when she found a hoax Tinder profile using her pics. The woman, who found out about the imposter after receiving a screenshot from a friend, was understandably horrified. “This is a situation that many women can relate to and it is sadly…

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Facebook Partners With RiseIQ To Fight Fake Ads

Facebook and digital security firm RiskIQ announced a deal this week that will see the private company monitor millions of Facebook advertisers for malicious behavior. The strategic partnership isn’t a surprising one; eight of the ten largest financial institutions in the country already use the service, as do five of the seven leading Internet companies.…

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