http://facecrooks.com Thu, 29 Sep 2016 22:13:50 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v= Facebook Accused Of Censoring Palestinian Journalists http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Accused-Of-Censoring-Palestinian-Journalists.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Accused-Of-Censoring-Palestinian-Journalists.html/#comments Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:22:48 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10175 The post Facebook Accused Of Censoring Palestinian Journalists appeared first on .

Facebook apologized this week for disabling the personal accounts of several Palestinian news editors and executives. The site said the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating Facebook’s Community Standards, though the journalists believe there was more to the profile takedowns than the social media giant is letting on. “The pages were removed…

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http://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photo-censorship-warning-sign-illustration-design-image26533865Facebook apologized this week for disabling the personal accounts of several Palestinian news editors and executives. The site said the accounts were mistakenly suspended after being reported for violating Facebook’s Community Standards, though the journalists believe there was more to the profile takedowns than the social media giant is letting on.

“The pages were removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate,” a Facebook spokesperson said. “Our team processes millions of reports each week, and we sometimes get things wrong. We’re very sorry about this mistake.”

However, many believe that the account removals were related to a recent (and highly controversial) agreement between Facebook and Israel to monitor for posts that “incite violence.” Of course, this deal between the Middle Eastern superpower and Facebook has raised suspicions that the site will essentially begin operating as another wing of Israeli security, policing only for Palestinian posts that contradict it. According to civil rights lawyer Nadeem Shehadeh, that’s exactly what’s happened.

“The vast majority of arrests in 2015 and the first half of 2016 for charges related to alleged incitement on social media outlets have been of Palestinian citizens of Israel. New laws are regulating and impinging upon freedom of expression in the country — particularly for Palestinian citizens — and this is most worrisome,” he said.

It’s no surprise that an agreement between Facebook and a country would prove to be controversial — but the site couldn’t have anticipated that it would cause a problem so quickly.


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Creepy New App Lets You Stalk Facebook Friends On Tinder http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Creepy-New-App-Lets-You-Stalk-Facebook-Friends-On-Tinder.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Creepy-New-App-Lets-You-Stalk-Facebook-Friends-On-Tinder.html/#comments Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:33:20 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10173 The post Creepy New App Lets You Stalk Facebook Friends On Tinder appeared first on .

 The fact that you need to provide your Facebook account information upon registration is one of the creepiest and most invasive parts of popular dating app Tinder. Well, that creepy factor got bumped up even higher this week with the announcement of a new app called FriendSwipe that lets you stalk your Facebook friends on…

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 facebook-privacy-200The fact that you need to provide your Facebook account information upon registration is one of the creepiest and most invasive parts of popular dating app Tinder. Well, that creepy factor got bumped up even higher this week with the announcement of a new app called FriendSwipe that lets you stalk your Facebook friends on Tinder.

The app works by scanning your Facebook connections for registered Tinder users. Once you log in, the app shows you a list of friends who are on the app, lets you look at their profiles, and even lets you swipe left or right on them. The app also lets you spy on your Tinder-using friends of both genders, ensuring no one is safe from its prying eyes. Of course, these users also have no way of knowing that you’ve viewed their profiles, making it an even more foolproof way to get away with creeping.

Thankfully, there’s an easy way you can avoid being seen by FriendSwipe — sort of. It pulls user information with the new Tinder Social feature, so if you switch that off, your profile should be hidden. Also, the app may not exist for long; its usage of Tinder’s database violates the dating app’s terms of service, so it could essentially disappear at any time. Still, the mere fact that this app encourages you to spy on your Facebook friends is disturbing.


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Facebook Safety Check Feature Activated During Charlotte Protests http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Safety-Check-Feature-Activated-During-Charlotte-Protests.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Safety-Check-Feature-Activated-During-Charlotte-Protests.html/#comments Tue, 27 Sep 2016 12:07:39 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10171 The post Facebook Safety Check Feature Activated During Charlotte Protests appeared first on .

Facebook originally created its Safety Check feature for people in the midst of natural disasters to let their family and friends know they were safe. The tool eventually expanded to include human-made disasters like terrorist attacks and, like so many of Facebook’s other tools, the triggering of Safety Check became automated using an algorithm. That…

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facebook iconFacebook originally created its Safety Check feature for people in the midst of natural disasters to let their family and friends know they were safe. The tool eventually expanded to include human-made disasters like terrorist attacks and, like so many of Facebook’s other tools, the triggering of Safety Check became automated using an algorithm. That became painfully obvious this week when the feature was activated during protests in Charlotte, North Carolina, regarding the fatal police shooting of an African American man.

Of course, what makes this so problematic is that a protest over racial and political issues was equated in Facebook’s eyes to a disaster. According to Facebook itself, Safety Check can be triggered if enough people “post about a specific incident” in a “crisis area.” In the wake of the Safety Check activation in Charlotte, many journalists and experts were critical of the tool and the many ways its automation could backfire.

“This is a move now typical of Facebook: An attempt to wash its hands of editorial and political judgment, to hand off all such responsibility to an opaque ‘algorithm’ we’re supposed to trust as impartial and democratic,” Sam Biddle wrote in The Intercept.

In its rush to automate everything, Facebook seems to have forgotten something important: the human touch can go a long way toward preventing senseless or callous incidents like this.


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Judge Explodes At Facebook For Sending Rookie Lawyer To Handle Terrorism Case http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Judge-Explodes-At-Facebook-For-Sending-Rookie-Lawyer-To-Handle-Terrorism-Case.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Judge-Explodes-At-Facebook-For-Sending-Rookie-Lawyer-To-Handle-Terrorism-Case.html/#comments Sat, 24 Sep 2016 15:33:55 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10169 The post Judge Explodes At Facebook For Sending Rookie Lawyer To Handle Terrorism Case appeared first on .

Facebook has faced intense criticism around the world in recent months for not doing enough to fight terrorist activity on its pages. A dramatic example of this anger toward the social media giant occurred this week when a federal judge exploded in court, accusing Facebook and its defense lawyers of not taking the issue seriously…

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Original Round Blue Facebook Web IconFacebook has faced intense criticism around the world in recent months for not doing enough to fight terrorist activity on its pages. A dramatic example of this anger toward the social media giant occurred this week when a federal judge exploded in court, accusing Facebook and its defense lawyers of not taking the issue seriously enough.

The outburst occurred in a routine scheduling conference for a case involving the families of Israeli and American terrorism victims who are suing the site for allegedly recommending extremists friend each other, acting as a “match-maker” for terrorists.

Facebook’s law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, sent a young associate to speak in front of U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis, and the judge was furious that Facebook and its lawyers didn’t send a more senior attorney or even a partner to the hearing.

“Reality is that people are communicating through the social media …[and] it has the potential of hooking people up to do very, very dangerous, bad and harmful things to other people,” Judge Garaufis said. “You tell your folks back at Kirkland & Ellis that I don’t much like the idea that they think so little of this court that they didn’t send a partner here to talk about this kind of a problem … Don’t say anything else. I think it’s outrageous, irresponsible and insulting, and you’re not the person doing the insulting. It’s whoever sent you here.”

The junior associate said that the lead counsel was handling a case in Texas, and the judge replied that he was “not impressed,” noting that a law firm of Kirkland & Ellis’ size could’ve sent a more experienced lawyer. He concluded his words to the young lawyer strongly, saying “I want to talk to someone who talks to the senior management of Facebook.”

Facebook certainly has the resources to dedicate to cases like this, but it’s clear the site will need to work hard to convince this judge it takes the issue of terrorism seriously.


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Facebook Will Expand Program To Fight Hate Speech http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Expand-Program-To-Fight-Hate-Speech.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Will-Expand-Program-To-Fight-Hate-Speech.html/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:35:54 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10166 The post Facebook Will Expand Program To Fight Hate Speech appeared first on .

In January, Facebook announced a program called the Online Civil Courage Initiative that offers free advertising to activists who fight back against hate speech on the site. Now, Facebook announced this week that it will expand the program beyond its initial test run in Germany, France and the U.K. to include a broader array of…

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Zipper on mouthIn January, Facebook announced a program called the Online Civil Courage Initiative that offers free advertising to activists who fight back against hate speech on the site. Now, Facebook announced this week that it will expand the program beyond its initial test run in Germany, France and the U.K. to include a broader array of groups.

Since the program’s creation, Facebook has dedicated €10,000 in advertising credits to these groups combating hate speech, and the site has pledged €1 million over two years. The theory behind the program is simple: not all hate speech can be caught and censored, so counter-speech efforts need to be made in order to stop its spread.

“Censorship is not effective,” Erin Saltman, program manager of Facebook’s Online Civil Courage Initiative, told The Wall Street Journal. “Conversations would start on mainstream platforms and migrate to less regulated, encrypted platforms.”

Facebook has faced pressure both in the United States and abroad to do more to fight terrorism, so this program is certainly a step in the right direction. Indeed, Facebook removed 38,000 pieces of content in the second half of 2015 alone at the behest of European governments. This organization also avoids potential censorship controversies, and that’s certainly a good thing.


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Facebook Winning Battle Against Ad Blockers http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Winning-Battle-Against-Ad-Blockers.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Winning-Battle-Against-Ad-Blockers.html/#comments Wed, 21 Sep 2016 15:26:16 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10159 The post Facebook Winning Battle Against Ad Blockers appeared first on .

In the ongoing fight between Facebook and ad blocking software, the social media giant appears to be winning. Adblock Plus (ABP), one of the leading ad blocking software companies, has struggled to create workarounds fast enough to match Facebook maneuvers, and the site’s ads have regularly slipped through ABP’s anti-ad measures. Facebook first announced its…

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Facebook and U.S. DollarIn the ongoing fight between Facebook and ad blocking software, the social media giant appears to be winning. Adblock Plus (ABP), one of the leading ad blocking software companies, has struggled to create workarounds fast enough to match Facebook maneuvers, and the site’s ads have regularly slipped through ABP’s anti-ad measures.

Facebook first announced its intention to stop ad blockers by spinning it as a positive for users, saying that the site’s new feature would give users greater control over what kind of ads they saw. However, the controversial policy change sparked a tug of war between Facebook and a network of hackers in the ad blocking community. At first, the ad blockers were able to work around Facebook’s rules within two days, and the pro-ad blocking users were optimistic.

“This is an unfortunate move, because it takes a dark path against user choice,” ABP wrote in a blog post at the time. “But it’s also no reason to overreact: cat-and-mouse games in tech have been around as long as spammers have tried to circumvent spam filters.”

Now, ABP says that Facebook has made its ads virtually unrecognizable on a code level, making them difficult for ad blocking software to detect. The ad blocking company has vowed to respond, though it said it will need more time to create and test a new tool.

While ABP and the large community of hackers it has mustered may be struggling to combat Facebook’s advertising machine, the developer of the browser extension FB Purity claims they are having no problem killing Facebook ads for it’s users.


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Dallas Man Busts Himself For Drugs On Facebook Live http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dallas-Man-Busts-Himself-For-Drugs-On-Facebook-Live.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Dallas-Man-Busts-Himself-For-Drugs-On-Facebook-Live.html/#comments Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:30:33 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10156 The post Dallas Man Busts Himself For Drugs On Facebook Live appeared first on .

It started as a simple traffic stop, but after 24-year-old Dallas man Dominique Desha Green live streamed his encounter with Dallas police on Facebook Live, he ended up getting hit with 11 charges — including drug possession — based off his own video. Green was originally pulled over for failing to wear a seat belt…

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facebook_blackbg_logoIt started as a simple traffic stop, but after 24-year-old Dallas man Dominique Desha Green live streamed his encounter with Dallas police on Facebook Live, he ended up getting hit with 11 charges — including drug possession — based off his own video.

Green was originally pulled over for failing to wear a seat belt and failing to use his turn signal, though he quickly became belligerent with police officers, claiming that “They’re just [expletive] with me because I’m young, black … and on the wrong side of the neighborhood.” He began to live stream his encounter, feeling that he was suffering unfair treatment, and told officers that he refused to speak with them.

Despite insisting throughout the video that he had not committed a crime, Green knocked the camera out of focus at one point during the stream and, according to police, stashed cocaine in the door of his car.

“I’m glad I didn’t get out of the car. I got a pocket full of all kind of [expletive],” he said. Using the video, police charged Green with drug possession, harassment of a public servant, resisting arrest, and more. It’s probably safe to say Green wishes he’d just accepted the simple traffic charges in the first place — and had never broadcast his actions live on Facebook.


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Facebook Says It Will Roll Out More Tech To Fight Fake Trending News Stories http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Says-It-Will-Roll-Out-More-Tech-To-Fight-Fake-Trending-News-Stories.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Says-It-Will-Roll-Out-More-Tech-To-Fight-Fake-Trending-News-Stories.html/#comments Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:12:02 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10154 The post Facebook Says It Will Roll Out More Tech To Fight Fake Trending News Stories appeared first on .

In recent months, Facebook has faced several heated controversies regarding its Trending Topics news feed.  First, there was the report by Gizmodo that alleged the feature’s human editors held a bias against conservative news stories. Then, Facebook fired all of its human editors. And finally, mere days after the site did that, a completely fake…

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Fake signIn recent months, Facebook has faced several heated controversies regarding its Trending Topics news feed.  First, there was the report by Gizmodo that alleged the feature’s human editors held a bias against conservative news stories. Then, Facebook fired all of its human editors. And finally, mere days after the site did that, a completely fake news story began to trend saying that Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly had been fired. Now, Facebook vowed this week to fight these fake trending topics the same way it combats spam in your News Feed — with more tech.

“We’ve actually spent a lot of time on News Feed to reduce [fake stories and hoaxes’] prevalence in the ecosystem,” said Adam Mosseri, Facebook’s head of News Feed. “We’re doing now some more similar work in Trending to improve the experience in a similar way… There’s a lot of room for improvement, not only with Trending but also with News Feed.”

Mosseri also said that the lack of human editors couldn’t be blamed for fake stories appearing (including a recent 9/11 truther story that was promoted in the feature), and that such a thing could’ve occurred before all the editors were fired.

Though Facebook claims the lack of human intervention doesn’t make a difference in how its systems run, instances like these and recent live stream censorship controversies say otherwise.


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Facebook Censors Live Stream Video Of Dakota Pipeline Protesters http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Censors-Live-Stream-Video-Of-Dakota-Pipeline-Protesters.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Facebook-Censors-Live-Stream-Video-Of-Dakota-Pipeline-Protesters.html/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:16:09 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10152 The post Facebook Censors Live Stream Video Of Dakota Pipeline Protesters appeared first on .

Facebook has repeatedly run into trouble in recent months for removing controversial live video streams. First, the site temporarily removed footage of the aftermath of a fatal police shooting in Minnesota, and then it took down video being shot by an African American woman in the middle of a standoff with police. Now, Facebook stands…

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Censorship And Free SpeechFacebook has repeatedly run into trouble in recent months for removing controversial live video streams. First, the site temporarily removed footage of the aftermath of a fatal police shooting in Minnesota, and then it took down video being shot by an African American woman in the middle of a standoff with police. Now, Facebook stands accused of censoring video shot by activists protesting the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota.

The video, which was shot by the media collective Unicorn Riot, shows police arresting a large group of protesters at the controversial pipeline. Facebook later apologized for removing the video and said an automatic spam filter had accidentally caught it, but the activists behind the video weren’t buying it.

“At a critical moment of our coverage of a Dakota Access Pipeline direct action today, Facebook’s automated censorship system blocked our video URL, shortly before two of our journalists were arrested onsite,” a Unicorn Riot collective member wrote in an email statement. “Both Facebook and law enforcement acted to block our media distribution today, but we will not let them stop our mission to amplify the voices of people who might otherwise go unheard, and broadcast the stories that might otherwise go untold.”

Even if it was a misunderstanding like Facebook says, incidents like this one seem to keep adding up — and they do not reflect well on the site.


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Teenager Sues Parents For Posting Childhood Photos On Facebook http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Teenager-Sues-Parents-For-Posting-Childhood-Photos-On-Facebook.html/ http://facecrooks.com/Internet-Safety-Privacy/Teenager-Sues-Parents-For-Posting-Childhood-Photos-On-Facebook.html/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:09:32 +0000 http://facecrooks.com/?p=10150 The post Teenager Sues Parents For Posting Childhood Photos On Facebook appeared first on .

An 18-year-old woman in Austria is suing her parents for posting pictures of her on Facebook for seven years without her permission. The woman’s lawyer says that her parents have posted about 500 childhood pictures of her on the social media platform without her consent, and that if she can successfully prove the photos “violated…

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Facebook privacy issuesAn 18-year-old woman in Austria is suing her parents for posting pictures of her on Facebook for seven years without her permission.

The woman’s lawyer says that her parents have posted about 500 childhood pictures of her on the social media platform without her consent, and that if she can successfully prove the photos “violated her rights to a personal life,” she may win the case. The woman said she has repeatedly asked her parents to remove the pictures, but they refused; her father said that since he took the photos, he could do with them as he pleased. So, since she couldn’t get her parents to listen to her via conventional means, the woman decided to take legal action once she turned 18.

“They knew no shame and no limits,” she told an Austrian newspaper. “They didn’t care if I was sitting on the toilet or lying naked in the cot, every moment was photographed and made public… I’m tired of not being taken seriously by my parents.”

The lawyer representing the woman said that he will seek financial compensation for her, and a court order demanding her parents remove the pictures.

While this case may seem extreme, you can bet there will be more ones like it once children born and raised in the Facebook era come of age. 


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