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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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Germany Wants Facebook To Toughen Up On Hate Speech

This week, Germany’s minister of justice and consumer protection wrote a letter to Facebook’s European public policy director urging the site to crack down harder on racist hate speech language. The minister, Heiko Maas, wrote the letter shortly after riots erupted in Germany at a neo-Nazi protest of a refugee shelter. Maas was critical of…

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Court: Facebook Can Be Used As Evidence In Custody Battle

The whole idea of social media sites like Facebook is to create a reflection of your real life online and display it to your friends. However, your friends aren’t necessarily the only ones who can observe your lifestyle and behavior. One woman found that out the hard way this week when her Facebook profile was…

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Facebook Accused Of Censoring Immigration Job Data

Facebook was again accused of censoring political-minded content on its site this week when it temporarily banned users from posting reports from immigration watchdog group the Center For Immigration Studies. The center, which leans politically to the right and often publishes information used by anti-immigration advocates, released a study this week indicating that many open…

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Update: Harvard Student Fires Back After Losing Facebook Internship

Harvard student Aran Khanna was supposed to begin a summer internship with Facebook when he had the position abruptly taken away from him in May. Why? Because he created a Google Chrome browser extension that highlighted a major privacy flaw on the site. The student’s tool, Marauder’s Map, allowed users to see the geolocation of…

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Hacker Pleads Guilty For Massive Facebook Scam

A New York hacker pleaded guilty this week to running a massive spam bot program that infected Facebook-connected PCs. The man, Eric Crocker, was charged along with nearly a dozen others for participating in a hacking forum called Darkode. Together, Crocker and others used a spam program called Facebook Spreader to infect PCs that were…

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Harvard Researchers: Facebook’s Privacy Policies Have Become Much Worse

Two Harvard undergraduates published a study last week showing that Facebook’s privacy policies have gradually become much worse since the site’s founding in 2004. The students, Jennifer Shore and Jill Steinman, reviewed old copies of Facebook’s privacy policies from 2005 to 2015. They then ranked each of the site’s privacy policies from 0 to 4,…

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Woman Fined For Posting Picture Of Cop Car On Facebook

A woman in Spain was ordered to pay an €800 fine after she took a picture of a police car illegally parked in a handicapped parking spot and posted it on Facebook. The fine, which seems outrageous to anyone familiar with the concept of freedom of speech, is the result of a controversial law passed…

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Update: Facebook Responds To Creepy Phone Number Search Capability, Says User Privacy is “Extremely Important”

A UK security researcher recently uncovered a big flaw in Facebook’s user protection that allowed him to find a user’s name, pictures locations and more simply by sending their cell phone number to Facebook’s API developer tool. Facebook responded to the criticism this week saying that they have strong security measures in place to protect…

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Facebook Cancels Student’s Internship Because He Pointed Out A Security Flaw

A Harvard student named Aran Khanna lost an internship position with Facebook because he created a Google Chrome extension that pointed out a major privacy flaw in the site. The tool, called Marauder’s Map, used location data gathered through Messenger’s Android app. Though many users didn’t know it, Messenger shared detailed location information whenever a…

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How To Keep Companies and Apps From Tracking You On Facebook

Whether you know it or not, many companies are likely tracking you across the web both on and off Facebook. How can they do that? Simple: when you download and use their apps on Facebook, you’re granting them many more rights and permissions than you might know. Even when you sign into a website using…

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Lawyer: Government Can Look On Facebook For Fraud, So Be Careful What You Post

When Facebook lost its appeal last month to prevent the government from obtaining 381 New York users’ information, many privacy advocates were outraged. What would the future look like if Facebook had to comply with every federal request? How could the site protect its users against not only hackers, but from the government itself? However,…

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[Privacy Alert] Make Sure Your Mobile Phone Number is Private on Facebook

A UK software developer discovered an enormous loophole in Facebook’s defenses that allowed him to obtain their names, profile pictures, locations and more just by guessing their mobile numbers. How did he uncover so much private information? Easy: Facebook Graph Search. You may not know it, but your default “who can find me?” search setting…

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