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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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Teens Are Still Leaving Facebook Over “Safety” Concerns

When a study was released earlier this year saying that teen users were leaving Facebook in droves over privacy concerns, researchers and experts wondered if the trend would hold. Now another study has came out that appears to back up the first one’s findings. According to the report from Frank N. Magid Associates Inc., 88…

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Tech Experts: It’s Way Too Easy to Read Facebook’s Source Code

According to commenters on a Hacker News message board, Facebook’s source code is incredibly easy to read, and they warn that it could ultimately cause trouble for the site and its users.  The code was discovered when a digital security expert working for firm Sinthetic Labs was fixing a few bugs and Googled an error…

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Nordstrom Employee Fired For Racially Charged Facebook Threats

A Nordstrom employee in Portland, Oregon, was fired after making incendiary posts on Facebook threatening to kill white police officers. The man, Aaron Hodges, a sales associate for the store, linked to the Nordstrom page from his Facebook profile, and his profile picture appeared to show him inside of a store. “Instead of slamming the…

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook Profile Attacked by Relentless Brazilian Trolls

Mark Zuckerberg may be one of the wealthiest and most powerful individuals in the country, but he’s still susceptible to problems that plague all Facebook users. Namely, trolling: in recent days, several public posts on Zuckerberg’s Facebook page have been under relentless attack from users, mostly Brazilian, posting strange comments, jokes and images. It’s unclear…

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Facebook Working to Protect Drunk Users From Themselves

Users who take pictures and post them directly to Facebook during a night of drunken revelry is an unfortunate and common occurrence on social media. However, experts at Facebook want to make it an avoidable one with  an artificial intelligence program that would warn users before they posted pics they might regret. Yann LeCun, who…

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Teacher Gives Her Students a Viral Lesson on Facebook Privacy

An elementary school teacher in Tulsa, Oklahoma, used the viral sharing power of Facebook to teach her 6th-grade students a lesson in how quickly information can spread over social media. The teacher, Melissa Bour, became disturbed when she saw many of her students on Facebook taking selfies while posing in revealing clothing and giving the…

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Facebook Finally Rolls Out Graph Search for Everyone

Early this week, Facebook finally and officially implemented the Graph Search function that had previously only been in a beta stage, allowing users to search through any piece of content that has ever been shared with them on the site. The feature, which has been tested on a small group of users since September 2013,…

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People Are Using Facebook Less, But the Site Can Still Track You

According to researchers at GlobalWebIndex, less and less people are using Facebook. The research firm’s study found that the average Internet user in 2013 had 4.7 social media accounts, while the average user in 2014 has 5.2. Even though that would seem to be bad news for Facebook and its advertisers, it isn’t; the site…

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Update: Supreme Court Skeptical of Facebook Threats as Free Speech

When Pennsylvania man Anthony Elonis took his case to the Supreme Court, claiming that threats he made against his wife and an FBI agent counted as free speech, many social media experts were curious to see the results. So far in the case, however, the Supreme Court has seemed extremely unlikely to protect Facebook threats…

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Study: “Dark Social” Sharing Far More Popular Than Facebook

According to a study released by advertising firm RadiumOne, 69 percent of all online sharing activity takes place via “dark social.” Dark social is defined as sharing that occurs in emails, texts, messages and any communication method that can’t be tracked. The study, which surveyed over 9,000 people, found that only 23 percent of online…

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US Military Personnel Warned to Scrub Social Media Accounts to Shield from ISIS Targeting

The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI issued a joint bulletin on Sunday night warning US service members to remove any information from their social media accounts that could be used by ISIS to target them. Islamic radicals use social media to spread propaganda and to seek out sympathizers for possible recruitment. It’s also…

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Facebook Copyright Post Does Nothing to Protect Your Data

Countless Facebook users have posted the status update shown below in attempt to protect their private information on Facebook: “Today, 12/01/2014 in response to the Facebook guidelines and under articles L.111, 112 and 113 of the code of intellectual property, I declare that my rights are attached to all my personal songs, lyrics, literary excerpts,…

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